Facelift

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Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Craig Colville performs facelift surgery at his Toledo, Ohio, practice for women and men who want to restore a smoother, firmer, more uplifted facial appearance. Aging is inevitable, and many people experience the effects of time in the form of flattened cheeks, sagging skin, and jowls. Facelift surgery lifts and firms sagging skin and deeper tissues on your face and neck, and removes excess fat in the neck and chin.

If you’re interested in learning more about a facelift by Dr. Colville, request a consultation online, or call his office at (419) 534-6551. Women and men from nearby communities such as Maumee, Findlay, and Bowling Green, OH, as well as Monroe and Ann Arbor, MI, visit him for facelift surgery and many other facial cosmetic surgery procedures.

Face Lift
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Face Lift and Neck Lift Case 151

After visitng a few other doctors and having years of injectable treatments, this 76 year old patient decided to visit Dr. Colville for her face and neck lift after hearing reviews form her friends. She wanted a more permanent solution than just getting botox and fillers. Along with her face and neck lift, Dr. Colville also performed fat injections... Read More
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Face and Neck Lift Case 116

This patient underwent a Face Lift procedure, combined with a Neck Lift, to achieve the younger looking profile she wanted back.  These combined procedures greatly improved how she felt about herself.
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Face Lift Case 284

This patient felt that her face and neck were beginning to sag, adding age to her appearance. Dr. Colville was able to help this patient achieve a more youthful appearance with a facelift and necklift.
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Face Lift, Neck Lift, and TCA Peel Case 153

This patient came to Dr. Colville unhappy with the look of her neck and jaw line, feeling like it added many years to her appearance. After having a face and neck lift she also had a TCA peel done to add to her new look. She stated that she "wishes she would have done this much sooner!" View her pre-operative imaging as compared to... Read More
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Face Lift Case 363

This 67 year old patient decided that she was ready for a refreshed look. Dr. Colville performed a lower face lift with a neck lift giving her the younger, refreshed look that she was hoping for.
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Face Lift Case 213

This patient was unhappy with the loose, sagging skin around her chin and neck. She found Dr. Colville's website and chose to see him for a neck and face lift. Her wishes are now reality and her results are great! 
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Face and Neck Lift Case 94

This patient felt that the appearance of her neck aged her. She sought out Dr. Colville in order to get rid of the 'loose skin' around her jaw. She was very happy with the results, especially the compliments she gets regularly on her youthful appearance.  Read More
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Face and Neck Lift Case 210

This 60 year old patient wanted a sharper, more youthful looking jawline and to minimize the wrinkles on her face. After trying many different treatments for a more youthful look, she decided to have a face and neck lift done by Dr. Colville. Her results are great, taking years off of her appearance.  Read More
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Face Lift Case 362

This 65 year old patient decided that she would like a younger, more refreshed look. Dr. Colville performed a face lift and neck lift taking years off her appearance while still maintaining a very natural look. This patient is very happy with her results. Read More
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Face and Neck Lift Case 120

This patient was pleased that Dr. Colville could make her feel happy about her face and neck again.  A combined face and neck lift procedure allowed for the youthful healthy looking results she desired.
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Face Lift Case 212

This 53 year old patient desired a tighter, less wrinkled look to improve her appearance. Dr. Colville performed a face and neck lift with fat grafting to achieve her desired look. 
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Face Lift Case 227

This 64 year old patients main concern was her jowls and neck. She was unhappy with the sagging appearance of her skin and the hollow look her cheeks had. Dr. Colville performed a face and neck lift with fat grafting to renew this patients youthful look.  Read More
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Face Lift, Neck Lift, and TCA Peel Case 142

This 68 year old patient was very unhappy with the sagging skin around her face and neck. She was leary about the surgery at first, but felt much better after her first meeting with Dr. Colville and the nurses. She loved her face and neck lift results so much that she decided to also have a TCA Peel done a year later. View her pre-operative... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Should You Consider a Facelift?

Facelift surgery is appropriate for both women and men of varying ages. When evaluating a patient’s candidacy, Dr. Colville prefers to focus on his or her overall health and physical characteristics. Everyone ages at a different rate, and your particular timeline is affected by many factors. Some of these are controllable, such as sun damage, and some are beyond your control, such as heredity. Therefore, while some people may be ready for a facelift in their 40s, others may wait until their 60s or even later.

Facelift surgery improves the lower two-thirds of the face. It is a successful way to reduce the appearance of many common complaints, including:

  • Diminished volume in the cheeks which causes a flat, sunken or gaunt appearance
  • Lines, wrinkles, and deep folds around the mouth, nose, and chin
  • Loose skin on the cheeks and jawline, causing jowls
  • Excess neck fat under the chin

To undergo this surgery, you should be in good overall health and able to tolerate general anesthesia or sedation. For men and women with good skin tone who are primarily concerned about neck fat under the chin, KYBELLA® injections are an FDA-approved nonsurgical alternative. If you’re unsure of your facelift candidacy, Dr. Colville is happy to answer all of your questions during the consultation. In some cases, he may recommend a nonsurgical procedure, such as dermal fillers or a volumizer, to subtly refresh your face without surgery.

Craig W. Colville, MD, FACS

"My ultimate goal is to design a plan accommodating your wishes and desires in the most aesthetically pleasing manner possible."

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Planning Your Facelift

While the basic steps involved in a facelift are fairly standardized, Dr. Colville customizes each procedure to meet the needs of the individual. In most cases, patients can benefit from a traditional facelift, which requires relatively discreet incisions made around the ears and just behind the hairline.

Facelift incision options

In other cases, the incisions may be shorter, depending on the approach you and Dr. Colville agree upon. In any case, these incisions heal very nicely and shouldn’t prevent you from wearing your hair short or pulled up.

Many patients wish to combine their facelift procedures with other surgeries, such as neck lift, chin augmentation, or even fat grafting, a procedure which uses your own fat to add volume and softness. Those who would like to rejuvenate the upper part of the face, as well, can benefit from adding a brow lift or eyelid surgery. This approach can create a harmonious, comprehensive improvement, but it’s not appropriate for everyone. Dr. Colville guides you through the planning process so that you can make the decision that’s best for your face and your lifestyle.

Come to your consultation prepared to discuss your medical history, lifestyle, and other factors related to your physical health and aesthetic goals.

Your Surgery

Although it’s an outpatient procedure, facelift surgery is generally performed while you are under general anesthesia. Dr. Colville begins by making incisions around your ears and into the hairline in the pattern the two of you discussed. He repositions the underlying tissues and tightens the muscles for lasting, natural-looking improvements. Depending on your surgical plan, he may remove extra fat via liposuction or add fat via fat transfer to restore a more youthful shape of your face and neck.

He then redrapes the overlying skin, removing the excess. If you chose to add chin enhancement to your facelift, he also places an implant through a small incision either below your chin or within your mouth. Once he’s satisfied with the contours of your face, he sutures the incisions.

Healing After Surgery

After a brief observation in our surgical suite, you’ll be able to return home with the aid of a trusted friend or family member, or you can stay overnight in the surgery center overnight recovery suite. For the remainder of the day, you’ll need to rest in a comfortable chair or in bed in an upright or semi-reclined position. Keeping the head elevated minimizes swelling and ensures your incisions heal properly. You will receive a prescription for pain medication to keep you comfortable.

With facelift surgery, some bruising is expected, and downtime is about 7 to 10 days. Most facelift patients take 1 to 2 weeks off work; some opt to work from home during their recovery.

Dr. Colville removes your sutures, dressings, and compression garments at your follow-up appointments.

Although your face will continue to age after surgery, facial rejuvenation procedures “set back the clock” on the aging process. This means that, as you age, you’ll continue to look younger than your chronological age. Most patients feel they look 10 to 15 years younger after surgery.

In the long term, you can preserve your results even more by maintaining a good at-home skincare regimen with the guidance of Dr. Colville’s team of aestheticians at Bella Via. This includes keeping your skin protected from the sun as much as possible, since sun exposure can hasten aging and darken your scars. Some patients prefer to prolong their results with routine non-surgical treatments, such as injectable fillers. Whatever course of action you choose, the results of your facelift are likely to be lasting and beautiful.

Facelift FAQ

Will a facelift make me look unnatural, like I’ve had “work done”?

No. Using modern facelift techniques, Dr. Colville is able to provide consistently natural-looking facelift results. Instead of simply tightening the skin, as was common practice in the past, Dr. Colville first repositions deeper facial tissues and muscles to a higher, more youthful position. He then redrapes the skin and removes any excess. After your facelift, you can expect to look like yourself, just rested and years younger.

I’m often told that I look unhappy or too serious. Will a facelift help?

A facelift rejuvenates the lower two-thirds of the face. A heavy brow line often makes people look like they are scowling or unhappy. This condition is usually corrected with a brow lift or, in some cases, BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. During your consultation, Dr. Colville will examine your facial anatomy and recommend a treatment plan best suited to your aesthetic goals.

How should I prepare for a facelift?

Helpful preparations include:

  • Buy a wedge pillow to keep your upper body elevated for the first week or so, even while sleeping.
  • Visit your hair dresser because you will need to wait about 6 weeks to have your hair cut, colored, or permed after your surgery.
  • Stop drinking alcoholic beverages, including wine and beer, starting 2 weeks before surgery until at least 2 weeks afterward to minimize swelling and bruising.
  • Schedule some help from a friend or family member for at least the first week. Having help with cooking, hygiene, self-care, and other household responsibilities can optimize your recovery.

What can I do to maintain my facelift results?

The natural aging process will resume after your facelift, but there are steps you can take to make your rejuvenated look last as long as possible, including:

  • Use quality skin care products, including sunscreen, daily to protect and repair your skin.
  • Avoid tobacco because it accelerates the aging process in the skin, leading to thinning and wrinkles.
  • Follow a healthy lifestyle that includes plenty of water, nutritious food, and sleep, and minimizes stress.
  • Maintain your weight because significant fluctuations can diminish elasticity in the skin and increase sagging.
  • Have anti-wrinkle injectable and filler treatments periodically to minimize future wrinkles and maintain facial volume.
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