$6000 - $11780
What is a cutaneous facelift?
A cutaneous facelift is a plastic surgery procedure specifically targeted to skin laxity. Unlike in other traditional facelift techniques where excess skin, excess fat, and underlying muscle is altered, in a cutaneous facelift only excess skin and loose skin are addressed.
The results of this surgical technique will not be as long lasting or dramatic as traditional facelift surgeries that alter underlying muscle, however, there is less associated invasiveness and recovery time. A cutaneous facelift creates tighter, more toned skin for a more youthful appearance.
What cosmetic concerns does a cutaneous facelift procedure treat?
- Facial Skin Laxity: A cutaneous facelift is the only facelift surgery specific to excess skin and loose skin concerns exclusively. There are no alterations to excess fat or underlying muscle in this surgical technique.
Who is the ideal candidate for a cutaneous facelift procedure?
The ideal candidate for a cutaneous facelift is a younger individual only seeking corrections to facial excess skin and loose skin. A cutaneous facelift is not recommended for those with advanced signs of aging, or facial muscle laxity who would be better suited for a more invasive facelift surgery cosmetic procedure.
What is the average recovery associated with a cutaneous facelift procedure?
Of the surgical facelifts, the recovery time associated with a cutaneous facelift is typically the least involved. Swelling, bruising, and pain resolve within a week or two. The sutures, dressings, and drain are removed after one week. Most candidates return to work after two weeks, and resume strenuous physical activity after six weeks.
What are the potential side effects of a cutaneous facelift procedure?
Possible side effects following a cutaneous facelift include site infection, facial nerve damage, facial asymmetry, bruising, bleeding, numbness, tightness, and prolonged edema.
What can someone expect from the results of a cutaneous facelift procedure?
The results of a cutaneous facelift are visible directly following the facelift surgery and can last for up to five years. The enhancements to the facial aesthetic will naturally evolve with aging, use, gravity, and sun exposure.
What is the average cost of a cutaneous facelift procedure?
A cutaneous facelift procedure can cost anywhere from $7,700 to $20,000. The actual cost of a cutaneous facelift is dependent upon location, board certified facial plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery. Learn more in our complete guide to the cost of a facelift.
What to Expect
A cutaneous facelift only removes excess skin from the face and does not address muscle laxity. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a cutaneous facelift.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications for 2 weeks
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after surgery
- No alcohol 2 days prior
- Do not eat or drink for at least 6 hours before
- Skin is marked for incision
- Skin is separated from the muscle
- Skin is pulled into new position and extra skin is excised
- Drains may be placed to reduce swelling
- Sutures to close incisions
1-14 Days After Treatment
- Face is swollen and bruised
- Turn head by moving shoulders, not the neck
- Limit jaw movement
- Take antibiotics and pain medication as prescribed
- Return to work after 2 weeks
A cutaneous facelift is a plastic surgery procedure with less recovery time than a traditional facelift, in which deeper tissues and underlying muscles are altered. This facelift surgery is used to specifically address excess skin and loose skin concerns of the midface and lower face. Alterations to superficial facial tissues can create long term, natural looking results, restore youthful contours, and refresh a tired appearance.