Facelift

Facelift Surgery in Columbus, OH

Though there are many options to reduce the signs of aging, the facelift is still the most effective choice for rejuvenation. There are a variety of approaches available to customize the procedure for each individual patient.

Facelift Surgery Techniques

Mini Facelift Technique

The mini face lift is most often appropriate for younger patients. By lifting and repositioning facial skin, it can improve wrinkles in the cheeks. The mini face lift has less of an effect on jowls and minimal effect on the neck.

Short Scar Technique

In a short scar face lift, facial muscles are lifted vertically and fixated under tension. With the foundation of facial muscles and fat restored to a more youthful position, the skin may be tightened with minimal tension. The result is dramatic improvement with a natural-appearing result. The short scar face lift primarily improves the cheeks and jowls, but also improves the neck.

Full Incision Technique

Patients who wait until their 50’s or older for their first face lift may have significant folds of excess skin in the neck. For these patients, the best option is a traditional face lift with full incisions to obtain maximum benefit and a natural appearing result. The sheet-like muscles that contribute to neck bands are tightened, and excess fat is removed from the neck. Facial muscles are lifted and tightened in two vectors to improve the jowls and neck. The skin is then draped with minimal tension over the rejuvenated face.

Schedule a Private Consultation

If you’re in the Columbus area and have any questions or wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Christopher Zochowski, please contact our office today.

Am I a Candidate for Facelift Surgery?

Most candidates for a face lift are in their 40s to 60s. Mini facelifts and short scar techniques are most useful in younger patients. The full incision approach is best for older patients or following weight loss, when there is substantial skin laxity in the neck.

Patients should stop smoking and blood pressure should be properly controlled before surgery.

Recovery from Facelift Surgery

Most facelift patients take about a week off of work. Most people usually look their best 6 weeks after surgery.

Interested in Facelift Surgery? Contact us today to schedule your facelift consultation!

Patient Experiences

I had the most exciting and excellent experience with Dr. Zochowski. I have been seeing him for a few years for face lift by him under local and I am thrilled with my results. I highly recommend him.

—K.R.

Facelift Post-Operation

Most people can resume a normal diet within 24 hours. If you feel queasy or nauseated, start with clear liquids or soup. Advance your diet as tolerated to a regular diet. You may experience some constipation as a result of the pain medication. Over the counter laxatives such as Milk of Magnesia or a stool softener is recommended. If this is not sufficient, then dulcolax or suppository may be necessary.

On the day of surgery and for 2 days after, please avoid exertion, straining, bending or lifting. Moderate activity after the first few post-operative days is encouraged. Walking short distances is perfect. Avoid exercise until we discuss it at your first post op visit.

Keeping your head elevated while resting or sleeping in a recliner or on several pillows in bed will help decrease swelling and discomfort.

Expect some drainage, swelling and bruising for several days. Leave the dressings and compression garment in place until I see you in the office. If the dressing feels too tight, you may make moderate adjustments to a looser position, or release the Velcro if wearing a chin garment. Avoid mascara and make- up until we discuss this at the first post op visit.

If you have drains, follow the drain instructions provided and record the output twice daily on the drain output record.

Please refrain from showering until the first dressings are removed (sponge baths are ok).

Pain medication will be prescribed for post operative pain management . Please do not drive until you are no longer taking narcotic pain medication and are free of significant pain. When pain becomes more manageable, it is recommended to switch to Extra Strength Tylenol.

If there is a problem, please call the office (614) 604-7820. Most issues are easily addressed and do not require significant intervention.

The most common emergencies that might need attention are:

  • Sudden loss of vision or change in vision
  • Sudden increase in pain, especially if on one side only
  • Nausea that lasts 4 hours or more and does not respond to medication
  • Bleeding
  • High fever lasting more than a few hours and not responding to medication
  • Shortness of breath or chest pain
  • Leg swelling
  • Loss of consciousness

If you feel the situation is urgent, call 911 and/or proceed directly to the closest emergency room. Please call the office as well.

Follow-up is typically in 5-7 days and should be scheduled by calling our office at (614) 604-7820 if it has not already been arranged.

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