Take years off your appearance with a facelift

Aging, exhaustion, sun exposure, and other factors can contribute to deep wrinkles and creases appearing along the face, which can have a significant effect on how we feel about the way we look. A facelift can reverse these effects by smoothing out wrinkles and folds and making facial features appear more rested, refreshed and youthful. 


Why Choose Ohio State for facelift surgery?
If you are considering facelift surgery, it is important that you find the most experienced team that have proven results. At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, you’ll find board-certified plastic surgeons with expertise in a wide range of innovative facelift techniques from full facial rejuvenation to skin renewal for specific facial areas. 
Because Ohio State is a teaching and research hospital, our highly-trained physicians train the next generation of plastic surgeons and also conduct research to bring about new advancements in cosmetic surgery. At Ohio State, you also have access to:

  • Our entire team of experts, not only in plastic surgery, but in every other field of medicine
  • The most comprehensive  and latest cosmetic surgery treatments and care
  • Safe procedures with fast recovery

What to expect

What to expect

Your surgeon isn’t only there for you during treatment. He or she is with you every step of the way – before, during and after.

Preparing for your treatment

Our plastic surgeons will meet with you to answer all your questions regarding full facelift or skin renewal for specific areas of the face. Together, you’ll determine the best treatment plan and design it specifically for your needs.

During your treatment

Traditional facelifts involve making incisions above the hairline at the temples, which extend to the front side of the ear or to the back of the earlobe. The skin is lifted and separated from underlying muscles. The muscles are then tightened and excess skin is removed. The remaining skin is smoothed out for a less wrinkled, more youthful appearance.

The doctors at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center see to it that incisions are very discreet and residual scarring is as undetectable as possible – often virtually invisible. Facelifts are performed under a general anesthetic and most are completed in two to three hours on an outpatient basis, reducing surgical stress and recovery time for you.

After your treatment

Some bruising and swelling is expected after a facelift, and facial bandages will be applied for a few days. Any pain or discomfort can be minimized with medication. You’ll need to keep your head elevated for the first few days after a facelift. Most patients are able to resume normal daily routines after about 10 days, but strenuous activities should be avoided for at least two weeks after treatment. Remarkable results from your facelift should be fully apparent within a few weeks.

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