What is a Facelift?

Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery provides a wide array of treatments that help Washington, DC-area patients look more youthful. Among these solutions, facelift surgery is the option that offers the highest degree of rejuvenation. Facelift surgery addresses excess skin, skin laxity, and jowling, restoring youthfulness and definition to features in the lower face and neck.

Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery is a specialty practice, meaning that the majority of our procedures are dedicated to facial rejuvenation.  Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter has years of experience in these treatments and surgeries, and she prioritizes the safety, comfort, and natural appearance of those in her care. With facelift surgery, she uses techniques that minimize scarring, with the goal of achieving results that look like the patient’s younger self.

Benefits of Receiving a Facelift from Dr. Porter

The procedure provides significantly more tightening than you can achieve even with the most advanced non-surgical options. Dr. Porter provides the following with a facelift:

      • Smoothens out fine lines and wrinkles
      • Tightens loose skin in the face
      • Reduces drooping in the cheeks
      • Remove excess skin under the jawline
      • Lifts the corners of the mouth

When treating these conditions, Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery emphasizes natural-looking outcomes and minimal scarring in these procedures: rejuvenation rather than alteration.

Patients in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia choose CCFPS for expert care and a supportive experience. Dr. Porter has over 20 years in practice and holds dual certification with the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. She also serves as a faculty member with Georgetown University Hospital’s Department of Head and Neck Surgery.

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What to Expect for Your Facelift Treatment

As part of your initial consultation at our Washington, DC-area office:

      • You and Dr. Porter will spend extensive time discussing the facial features that you would like to change.
      • You will have a physical examination and review your medical history to ensure that you are a good candidate for facelift surgery.
      • Porter will explain the procedure and the results you may be able to achieve. Establishing reasonable expectations is very important to our practice and to ensuring your satisfaction.

Once you receive medical clearance from your primary care physician, you will return to CCFPS for a preoperative visit. We will provide you with a kit that has items to make your recovery safer and more comfortable as well as postoperative instructions and answers to any questions you may have.

Dr. Porter performs all surgeries at the Suburban Outpatient Surgery Center in Bethesda or at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. On the day of your procedure:

      • Porter will prepare you for surgery and the nurses will escort you to the operating room.
      • You will receive either sedation or general anesthesia; you and Dr. Porter will discuss this anesthetic protocol as part of your consultation.
      • Small drains and a head wrap will be placed to speed the healing process.

After you wake up from surgery, you will spend about an hour in the recovery room.

The Recovery Process

Expect to take off from work and your normal routine for 10-14 days following a facelift. Dr. Porter will advise you about homecare, which will include monitoring your drains and sleeping with your head elevated. You will be able to eat a normal diet and be on your feet after surgery.

We will ask you to return to CCFPS at different points during your recovery:

      • One day after surgery, we will typically remove the drains and place a more lightweight wrap.
      • After 7-10 days, Dr. Porter will take out the sutures. You may have some light bruising and swelling around your ears.
      • We will see you back at CCFPS one month post-op to ensure you are healing as expected.

After you have fully recovered, you should see the complete benefits of your facelift: more youthful features and a firmer, more well-defined appearance in your lower face and neck.

Facelift Frequently Asked Questions

  • How Much Younger Will I Look After a Facelift?

    When getting a facelift, there is no set guideline for how young a patient will look after the procedure. Results can vary drastically depending on the extent of age-related wrinkles and laxity of the skin, the overall health of the patient, and the patient’s age, as younger patients tend to heal faster and better. Additionally, following the facelift aftercare regimen provided by Dr. Porter is essential, as otherwise, the healing process may be inhibited, reducing final results.

    However, numerous studies have tackled this subject and found that the average patient looks five to 10 years younger after a facelift procedure. This is not a hard limit; it’s entirely possible for Washington, DC, patients to look even younger under the experienced hand of Dr. Porter, especially if they avoid sunlight, stop smoking, and drink lots of water while they are healing. Results can be even more extreme if a facelift is paired with other treatments in the face and neck area for a completely revitalized appearance.

    To know for sure what kind of results they might be able to expect, patients in the Washington, DC, area should schedule a consultation with Dr. Porter. She can take a look at their medical history and perform a full examination to get a better idea of the condition of the patient’s skin. Together, she collaborates with her patients to discover their expectations and find a treatment plan that can help them achieve the results they crave. Using this information, she can provide a more accurate estimate for final results.

  • What Is the Ideal Age to Get a Facelift?

    Getting a facelift is an extremely personal decision that must be made by each Washington, DC, patient on an individual basis. Everyone ages differently, and some people might be much younger than average when they start to see fine lines and wrinkles ravage their once smooth and taut skin. For most people, this process begins in the mid-20s to late 30s and progresses over time. What might start out as a small crease during a smile can turn into always-present lines that make a person appear older than their age.

    Usually, the right time to have a facelift is somewhere in between the onset of wrinkles and the point where wrinkles have overtaken the face. Getting a facelift too early in life might just mean the same wrinkles appear in a few years as the patient continues to age. Getting a facelift too late in life might mean that wrinkles and fine lines are so severe that the chance for great results is limited. That’s why Dr. Porter often recommends getting a facelift in the early 40s or early 50s as part of a regimen to stop the aging process; the timing really depends on the degree to which laxity has set in.  Some people age much quicker than others due to genetics and lifestyle choices.

    The early 40s and 50s are the ideal time for a facelift for Washington, DC, patients because they are still healthy enough to undergo surgery. As a person gets older, they lose the ability to heal as well, meaning results might not be as dramatic. What’s more, people around this age are often more active than older patients, so they’ll be able to get more benefit from the procedure.

  • Are There Other Procedures Involved With a Facelift?

    Dr. Porter can also combine a facelift with other surgeries to restore your facial features more comprehensively. These include:

        • Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). Rejuvenating the eyelids can give you a more youthful, rested, and alert appearance.
        • Rhinoplasty (nose surgery). Porter can change the shape, size, slope, and nostrils of the nose to complement surgical changes in the lower face.

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Through a skillful and detail-focused facelift procedure, Dr. Porter can restore a firm and youthful appearance to a patient’s lower face and neck. Comprehensive knowledge of facial anatomy and aesthetic ideals promote results that are attractive, in harmony with other features, and in line with each person’s goals.

Find out more about facelift surgery and other aesthetic procedures through our practice. Contact CCFPS online for a consultation or call our Washington, DC-area office at (301) 200-4153.