Facelifts in Scottsdale & Phoenix

Facial features are the very foundation of your unique appearance. Unfortunately, they are also the most delicate of our features and are susceptible to significant change over time due to things like sun damage, aging, lifestyle and even stress. When wrinkles begin to form on the face, or skin begins to sag, it can reveal your true age, or even worse, cause you to look older than you really are.

Facelift surgery is an intricate and comprehensive procedure which can help you regain the features of your youth. As an accomplished facial plastic surgeon in Scottsdale, AZ, Dr. Berardi has helped many men and women feel confident in their appearance through the facelift procedure. Read through the paragraphs below to learn more.

About Facelift Surgery

A facelift is a procedure which can enhance many features of the face and give you a more youthful, vibrant appearance by eliminating sagging skin.

Facelift surgery, which is performed under general anesthesia, begins with an incision within your hairline, follows along the front of the ear and then along the back of the ear. Dr. Berardi then lifts the skin to expose the underlying anatomy. Dr. Berardi will then remove and/or re-arranging underlying tissue while simultaneously lifting it to a higher position on the face. The excess skin that remains will then be removed. The procedure can sometimes be complemented by fat removal or soft tissue augmentation through liposuction surgery and/or fat grafting.

What Are The Different Facelift Techniques?

Rhytidectomy techniques offered by Dr. Berardi are:

  • Full facelift, which rejuvenates the lower two-thirds of the face.
  • Mid facelift, which addresses aging of the cheeks, brows and eyes. A mid facelift does not correct lower face sagging.

Dr. Berardi will plan the exact right surgical approach to achieve the rejuvenation you have in mind.

Can a Facelift be Combined With Other Procedures?

Yes, a facelift can often be combined with other procedures. These facial surgeries enhance and complement the results of a facelift:

Rhytidectomy does not address wrinkles on the forehead or sagging eyelids. Unless neck lifting is included in the facelift, the procedure does not address neck wrinkles and neck banding. To get the most natural, consistent results, Dr. Berardi may recommend a complementary procedure.

Facelift Candidates

The typical facelift candidate is an individual who is unhappy with signs of aging that have appeared on the face, including sagging skin of the cheeks and jawline and loss of volume. During a comprehensive consultation, Dr. Berardi will evaluate your bone structure as well as your skin elasticity to determine if you will respond well to treatment.

Other factors that will determine if you are a good facelift candidate include being in good general health and not smoking, as smoking can increase the risk of complications.

You should also have realistic expectations regarding facelift surgery, and understand that while the procedure can reverse already-existing signs of aging, it cannot stop the aging process altogether. Dr. Berardi will assess your cosmetic needs and goals, as well as your motivations for pursuing surgery, to determine if you are an ideal facelift candidate.

At What Age Should You Consider a Facelift?

The question is whether a facelift is the right match to correct the facial aging you are seeing now, whatever your age. Most people who receive facelift surgery are in their 40s, 50s and 60s, but not all fall within that range. If you are concerned about the way aging has affected your face, ask Dr. Berardi if a facelift is right for you. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 66 percent of facelift patients in 2019 were age 55 or older, and 32 percent were age 40 to 54.

How do I Prepare for Facelift Surgery?

We provide thorough pre-surgery instructions once you’ve decided to schedule a facelift procedure with Dr. Berardi. Those instructions include:

  • Stay hydrated and limit alcohol consumption in the weeks prior. Doing so will keep your body and immune system healthy and strong.
  • If you smoke, you must completely quit at least 6 weeks prior to surgery.
    Get your home ready for the recovery after surgery. Prep a relaxing area with blankets, books and entertainment. Get any errands, chores or to-do list items completed so you won’t need to worry about them while you recover.
  • Stop taking Advil or any type of NSAID at the time designated by our team.
  • Stop eating at the time we designate, the night before surgery.
  • Arrange to have someone bring you to the appointment, drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours.
  • Wear a loose top to the surgical appointment. Something that is comfortable is recommended. Avoid wearing a top that is difficult to pull over your head – this area will be bandaged and sensitive after your appointment.

Don’t worry – we will make sure you feel ready for your surgery. We care about our patients’ experiences, and arm them with the information they need and deserve.

How Long Does Facelift Surgery Take?

It depends on the exact procedure and what is being completed. Generally, most facelift procedures last several hours. We provide a time estimate after you’ve discussed the right facelift technique for your goals.

How Long Will Results Last After Facelift Surgery?

Most people continue to enjoy their facelift results for roughly 10 years or longer. There is no predetermined time at which your face returns to sagging. Each person’s skin quality, genetics and lifestyle will influence how long the results last. Even after 10 years, your face will likely look younger than it would have otherwise, even if some sagging appears.

Recovering from Facelift Surgery

Facelift surgery is an in-depth procedure which requires rest and relaxation afterward. You should expect to experience swelling, bruising and mild discomfort in the days after surgery. Dr. Berardi will provide you with complete post-operative instructions and pain medication to ensure that your recovery is as safe and comfortable as possible.<

Following a facelift procedure, you should:

  • Keep your head elevated and neck in a neutral position as much as possible
  • Use ice packs to reduce swelling and ease any pain
  • Rest for the first few days after surgery

Dr. Berardi will see you for a post-surgical appointment at our Scottsdale office to monitor your recovery, and will advise you on when you can return to work and other routine activities. Strenuous activity — contact sports, in particular — should be avoided for six weeks after surgery.

Full results from surgery are typically evident about one month after your surgery. After the recovery period is over, patients often report an increased sense of self-confidence thanks to the restoration of their more youthful, attractive facial features.


What Are The Risks of Facelift Surgery?

Like all surgery, facelifts carry the risk of complications. We provide you with a complete list of the risks at the time of your consultation. You and Dr. Berardi will go over it to make sure you are properly informed. In general, risks may include:

  • Anesthesia complications
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Numbness
  • Poor wound healing

Dr. Berardi will make sure you know what to do to reduce the risks, such as quitting smoking and following all aftercare instructions. After reviewing your health history, Dr. Berardi will be able to determine whether you are at a higher risk of any complications. Complications from Dr. Berardi’s facelift procedure are uncommon.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

A facelift can turn back the clock, not just on your appearance, but on how you feel overall. Dr. Berardi is well-trained in reconstructive and facial plastic surgery and has the skills and aesthetic eye to create beautiful cosmetic results, without sacrificing your unique characteristics.

If you are interested in learning more about facelift with Dr. Berardi, contact our practice in Scottsdale online or call us today at 480.397.0711 to learn more. Dr. Berardi is dedicated to providing you with an excellent, comfortable surgical experience and is available to answer any of your questions.

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