Face Lift

In time, gravity, sun exposure, and the stresses of daily life take their toll on our faces. Deep creases can appear beside the mouth, the jaw gets slack, and folds and fat deposits appear on the neck. Facelifts can resolve these problems by removing fat and tightening skin and muscles, giving your face a fresher, more youthful look. At the Polacek Center for Plastic Surgery near Providence, Rhode Island, face lift surgery with Dr. Polacek can take as much as 10 to 15 years off of your appearance.

If you live in the Providence, Rhode Island area and facelift is something you are considering, request a consultation and Dr. Polacek can answer your questions. Or phone us at (401) 331-0202 and we will discuss the best approach to address your specific needs.

Choosing Face Lift

Facelifts are most often performed on people in their 40s-60s, though those in their 70s or 80s can have facelifts as well. The procedure can be combined with other procedures such as brow lift and eyelid surgery for more dramatic results, or it can be restricted to the neck if that’s the primary concern of the patient.

Not everyone is a good candidate for face lift surgery. Patients who smoke, take certain medications or have serious medical conditions such as heart disease, blood clotting problems, diabetes or the tendency to form excessive scars should discuss potential risks with Dr. Polacek. However, today’s advanced face lift techniques are safer and more effective than ever before.

Procedure and Recovery

The procedure itself varies depending on your needs and facial structure. Dr. Polacek might incorporate liposuction in Rhode Island to provide additional sculpting. Other variables may include:

  • Incision placement
  • Areas of the face to be treated
  • Extent of correction needed

During your consultation, Dr. Polacek will review your treatment options for facelift surgery. This will include pros and cons of each different approach, potential risks and complications, recovery course, pre and post operative instructions, and aesthetic outcomes.

Most of Dr. Polacek’s patients remain in the hospital overnight for observation following their facelift. It may take 2-3 weeks for swelling and bruising to subside to the point where you will feel comfortable returning to work and social settings.

Patient Before and After Photos:



This patient also underwent CO2 laser resurfacing.