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Facelift in Philadelphia

Introduction to Facelift

Take years off your face and restore natural beauty!

At our boutique pratie in Bryn Mawr, an affluent suburb of Philadelphia, facelift surgery is our most popular facial plastic surgery procedure. There is no fighting gravity or the hands of time, and sometimes the best way to turn back the clock might be a facelift. Lohner Plastic Surgery was founded and is still run by Dr. Ronald Lohner. Our award-winning practice stays on the cutting edge of education and excellence. Dr. Lohner has won Top Doc status by Philly Mag for 13 consecutive years.

Our Philadelphia facelift patients find that the surgery is life-changing, taking years off their face in just a few short hours. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Lohner who has over two decades of experience working with patients to meet their expectations in facial aesthetics.

What is a Facelift?

Let’s start with the basics

A facelift is an operation performed to restore a patient’s youthful appearance by removing or reducing scars, wrinkles, loose skin, and fat deposits. Sometimes this procedure, medically known as rhytidectomy, is performed in conjunction with rhinoplasty (nose surgery), blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), or other facial procedure to achieve the patient’s desired result. Facelifts are most effective at diminishing loose folds of skin around the neck area and tightening the skin over the cheeks.

Dr. Ronald A. Lohner M.D., F.A.C.S rated Philadelphia Magazine's Top Doctors 2008-2021

What are the Benefits of a Facelift?

As one of the top Philadelphia facelift practices, Dr. Lohner has seen firsthand the wonderful advantages that you’re able to get with the surgery. We’ve included the benefits below:

  • Look years younger in just a matter of hours
  • Long-lasting results
  • Get rid of lax skin and wrinkles
  • Improve your self-confidence and enjoy the way you look in photographs

Who are the Best Candidates for a Facelift?

Patients who have symptoms of facial aging but still have some skin elasticity are the ideal candidates for facelift surgery. Patients in their 40s to 60s are the best candidates for surgery, though younger or older people may also still be candidates.

Non-smokers and healthy individuals without medical issues that hamper healing are excellent candidates for this form of cosmetic facial surgery. Candidates should have a positive attitude and set realistic goals.

What’s the First Step?

The first step to getting a facelift in Philadelphia with Dr. Lohner is to schedule a consultation. By giving us a call or filling out a contact form, we’ll schedule a one-on-one appointment with you and the surgeon. You’ll be able to express your surgical desires and listen to Dr. Lohner’s recommendations. 

If you and Dr. Lohner both feel that a facelift is the best option for you, surgery will be booked and we’ll provide you with pre and postoperative instructions. Be sure to follow the instructions as closely as possible as they are designed to ensure that we can deliver the best results possible while minimizing risk. 

Dr. Lohner will have specific questions for you about your overall health, medications, and past surgeries. Be open and honest with Dr. Lohner with your answers and your goals for surgery. We’re all on the same team—to help you look and feel your best! This is the best time to get to know the practice and make sure you’re fully comfortable. 

What to Expect on the Day of your Facelift

A conventional facelift requires the surgeon to make an incision from the patient’s hairline near the temple, in front of the ear, under the ear, and following the hairline toward the back of the head. Some operations may involve another incision under the chin to tighten and smooth a patient’s neck.

After the incisions are made, the skin is separated from the underlying layers of muscle and fat. Unwanted fat, skin, and other tissues are excised, and sutures may be used to tighten deeper layers of tissue. The surgeon then repositions the remaining skin in the desired location and closes the incisions with sutures and staples.

Facelifts can be done while the patient is under general anesthesia or local anesthesia combined with a sedative. The use of general anesthesia may require the patient to remain in a hospital for one night or more, but the procedure can be performed on an inpatient or outpatient basis.

What are the Risks or Complications involved with a Facelift?

Complications of facelift surgery can include hematoma (pooling of blood beneath the skin), temporary or permanent nerve damage, infection, post-operative bleeding, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. Skin numbness and swelling around the operation site are to be expected; these symptoms will gradually subside over the following weeks.

Pain during the healing process is usually minor and easily controlled with medication. Patients may also find that their expectations do not match their final results, though the majority report satisfaction with their final appearance after surgery.

Facelift Recovery

Most of the stitches are removed within the first week of recovery, after which you can begin to resume your normal lifestyle.”

A facelift takes roughly two to four weeks to fully recover from. During this time, you should not be working. For at least two weeks, bruising is noticeable. The final results of the facelift may take six to nine months to be fully visible.

After the facelift operation, you should be on your feet in a day or two, though you should take it easy for at least a week and follow your doctor’s instructions explicitly. Most of the stitches are removed within the first week of recovery, after which you can begin to resume your normal lifestyle.

After the operation, you won’t be allowed to drive for a few days – Dr. Lohner will advise you on this. For the first two days, avoid showering and getting the bandages wet. Intense activities, saunas, and massages are also not recommended for at least two weeks. You should relax with your head propped up with cushions for a few days to help minimize swelling.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost in Philadelphia?

The cost of a facelift in Philadelphia will vary on a number of factors. During your consultation, Dr. Lohner will be able to give you a full breakdown of the costs and answer any questions you might have.

Because a  facelift surgery in Philadelphia is considered a cosmetic procedure, most health insurance companies do not cover its cost. The full price of a facelift may include facility fees, the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia fees, prescriptions, post-surgical garments, and medical tests.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you would like more information about getting a facelift in Philadelphia, or if you wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ronald Lohner, please feel free to contact us today. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with us.