The Natural A to V Facelift

About Facelifts

Facial rejuvenation is at the top of the list of the most common aesthetic surgical procedures performed by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Deborah Ekstrom at Salisbury Plastic Surgery in Worcester, MA. Most people feel physically and mentally energetic long after their appearance has begun to deteriorate due to aging. A facelift, mid-facelift, or mini facelift are procedures that are designed to provide you with a rejuvenated appearance. This way, you will look as vigorous as you feel. A facelift may be beneficial if you have excessive sagging of the facial and neck skin or dynamic wrinkles and fine lines.

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Ideal Candidates

The best candidates for facelift surgery are men and women who:
  • Have jowl formation, saggy skin and neck laxity
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Desire a long-term, natural-looking solution

What to Expect

A Full Facelift vs. a Mini Facelift:
While a full facelift is aimed at tightening sagging muscles under the skin and thus minimizing jowls and neck laxity, a mini facelift targets specific areas on the face around the cheek and jaw in patients without much neck laxity. A mini facelift is generally used for patients that show early signs of aging or those who have had a full facelift earlier and is less invasive than a traditional facelift. In a full facelift, sagging muscles are tightened but in a minilift, only skin is tightened. Both are done in the Orange County Surgery Center under a light general or under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. The effects of a mini facelift last up to 5 years depending on the lifestyle and aging of the patient, while the general facelift effects are much longer.
During a Traditional Facelift Procedure:
The Natural A to V Facelift is performed at the accredited Worcester Surgery Center under a light general or under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. With carefully-placed incisions behind the ear and around the hairline, the underlying muscles are tightened to create long-term results. Frequently, microfat grafts are used to add lost volume to a face. The skin is repositioned and re-draped tighter for a smooth, natural appearance. Facelift surgery typically takes around 3 hours to complete, more if eyelids or a brow lift are also performed.

Anticipated Results

After a facelift, a dressing will be placed over the surgical site and it will be replaced during the next day, the drain will be removed and the patient will be given an Oxymist® facial treatment. It’s normal to experience minimal discomfort, which can be alleviated by icing and elevating the head. There should also be an expectation of swelling and bruising up to 2 weeks after surgery. After about 2 weeks, most patients can resume normal activities like going back to work and working out. After about 3 weeks, patients are able to notice the dramatic and natural results of the surgery but the final improvement will not be realized before 4 to 6 months after surgery. While facelifts offer long-term solutions, just like any other surgery, the effects are not permanent since the face will continue to naturally age. However, a patient will still look younger compared to if he or she had never had the surgery.


You can turn back the hands of time successfully with a facelift surgery. The surgery can address all the tell-tale signs of aging, such as lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Not only will you look years younger, but you’ll also feel better about yourself. Give our office a call today to inquire about a facelift.

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