Are moderate-to-severe wrinkles and sagging skin bothering you? Consider a facelift in Shelton for a solution.

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgery designed to eliminate excess fat and skin, giving you a more youthful appearance. This procedure targets skin folds around the nose, mouth, cheeks, and jawline.

Making the decision to undergo a facelift can be challenging without the right information. In this Facelift 101 guide, we provide an overview of the surgery, from consultation to aftercare.


What Are The Types of Facelifts?

Traditional Facelift

Often considered the ‘standard’ technique, a traditional facelift involves a full rejuvenation. This procedure addresses the deep layers of the face, including muscles, and removes significant sagging and excess skin.


A mini-facelift is a less invasive option that provides modest changes with smaller incisions. This facelift technique is created to suit patients with less facial aging.


A mid-facelift focuses on the middle area of the face, enhancing the cheeks and removing deep creases.

How to Choose the Right Type of Facelift

Choosing the right type of facelift depends on your aesthetic goals, the degree of aging signs, and your personal health. It is highly recommended to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Reilly.

Dr. Reilly can assess your facial structure and skin quality properly, so you can get an idea of what level of skin aging you are at. This will also help him recommend the best type of facelift technique for your wrinkles and folds.

Before you book a consultation with Dr. Reilly, you can list your questions on facelift basics, the recovery process, and expected results, so he can answer them for you.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

Good candidates for a facelift include individuals who:

  • • Show signs of facial aging but still have some skin elasticity.
  • • Are in good overall health.
  • • Do not smoke or are willing to quit smoking well in advance of the surgery and throughout the recovery period.
  • • Have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery.

Candidacy requirements are important for a safe procedure with successful results. Be ready to discuss your complete medical history and lifestyle with your surgeon to determine if a facelift is suitable for you.

How to Prepare for a Facelift

  • • Get a comprehensive check to assess any health concerns that might complicate the surgery or recovery.
  • • Discuss the medicines you are taking during consultation. You might need to adjust your current medications and avoid certain supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, as they can affect your recovery and results.
  • • Pre-operative skincare, possibly including retinol or other topical agents as recommended by your surgeon, can improve your skin condition and aid recovery.
  • • Arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and help you during your first few days of recovery.

What to Expect During a Facelift Procedure

During a facelift procedure, incisions will be made along the hairline and around the contours of the ear to minimize visible scarring. Dr. Reilly will then reconstruct underlying tissues and remove excess skin to create a younger-looking appearance.

Facelift Procedure Recovery and Aftercare

Following a facelift, patients typically experience swelling and bruising during the first week of recovery. Pain management is addressed with prescribed medications. Patients are advised to keep their heads elevated and avoid strenuous activities during this time. Most individuals can return to non-strenuous work after five to seven days.

Proper aftercare is crucial for optimal results. This includes attending follow-up appointments, caring for incisions, and adhering to a recommended skincare routine. Patients are encouraged to maintain a healthy lifestyle, use sun protection, and avoid smoking to ensure the longevity of their facelift results.

Facelift Procedure Results

Week 1

During the first week post-surgery, patients will experience the most noticeable swelling and bruising. It’s common to have a compression garment around the face to help reduce these effects and support the healing tissues.

Discomfort can be managed with prescribed medications. Patients should rest and avoid any vigorous activity that could strain the healing incisions. Keeping the head elevated, even during sleep, is important to minimize swelling.

Weeks 2 to 3

By the second week, significant improvements will be visible. Most patients will notice a reduction in swelling and bruising.

This will make it possible to see the initial results of their new facial contour. Sutures are removed during the second week, depending on the patient’s healing progress.

While more activity can gradually be reintroduced, patients should continue to avoid strenuous activities or anything that could stress the facial tissues.

Weeks 4 to 6

During weeks four to six, patients will start to feel more like themselves and return to most of their routine activities. The swelling continues to subside, and the results of the facelift become more apparent and refined.

It is important to continue protecting the skin from excessive sun exposure, which can affect the scars and the quality of the skin. By the end of the sixth week, most patients are allowed to resume all types of physical activities.

Months 2 to 3

The healing process is well underway by now, with most of the residual swelling gone. The contours of the face are more defined, and the skin appears smoother and tighter.

Patients can generally start to see a more vibrant, refreshed version of themselves. This is also the phase when the incision lines begin to mature and fade, though complete maturation will take longer.

Months 3 to 4

By three to four months, patients often report feeling fully recovered. The results of the facelift are becoming stable, with more subtle improvements in skin texture and tightness continuing to develop.

Patients must schedule a follow-up in months three to four to monitor if the healing process is progressing as expected. Any concerns about scarring or discomfort can be addressed during these follow-up visits.

Each patient’s healing timeline can vary based on individual factors such as age, skin quality, and overall health. Following post-operative care instructions will contribute to a smoother recovery and more effective results.

Schedule Your Consultation

To learn more about a facelift in Shelton, contact us and schedule your consultation. Dr. Reilly will ask about your aesthetic goals, discuss the procedure in detail, and help you visualize the possible results.