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Facelift Procedure Steps

Facelift Procedure StepsA facelift is a major aesthetic surgery procedure to mitigate the facial signs of aging, tighten sagging facial muscles, and give a subtle lift to the face. During the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will discuss about the steps involved in the facelift procedure and address the patient’s concerns. Once the patient knows more about the procedure, they will feel more confident about it.

Dr. Landon McLain is an experienced cosmetic surgeon providing facelift and various other innovative and advanced procedures. Dr. McLain will educate the patient about facelift surgery and help them make an informed decision. He provides this procedure to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and surrounding locations.



Once the patient is brought inside the operating room, the first step in the facelift procedure will be to place them under anesthesia. General anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation may be administered as per the surgical plan. Patient’s fitness to undergo anesthesia will be determined beforehand.

An anesthesiologist or a registered anesthetist nurse may perform the anesthesia procedure. In case of general anesthesia, they will be present during the entire surgery to monitor the patient’s response. The patient will not feel anything during the surgery and will have no memory of the procedure once they are brought out of anesthesia.


Incision Placement

Following anesthesia, the surgeon will create the incisions to perform the facelift procedure. The incisions will be located in inconspicuous sites in order to minimize subsequent scarring. The main incision is generally hidden within the hairline, but the scope of incisions will vary depending on the surgical technique.

Minor incisions are usually placed in natural facial creases because these sites heal well and can camouflage the scars. In a traditional facelift surgery, the incision starts from behind the hairline on one side of the head, slightly above the temple. It will then follow the hairline down to the ear, continuing into the lower scalp under the hair.


Muscle and Skin Tightening

Through the incisions, the surgeon will lift the facial skin to redistribute or remove excessive fatty tissue, tighten the weak muscles, and trim away loose skin. Once the facial contours are corrected, the skin will be re-draped evenly using staples or sutures.

Incision sites will be covered with bandages to allow for safer healing. Dr. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and nearby areas for facelift surgery and various other cosmetic procedures.


Additional Procedures

Facelift surgery may sometimes be performed in conjunction with other procedures to achieve more effective outcomes. Fat reduction in the face and neck may be performed through liposuction surgery in order to improve facial contours.

If certain areas of the face are depleted, facelift surgery may be combined with facial fat transfers, facial implants of the cheek, chin or lips, or dermal filler injections. Some patients may also choose upper face procedures such as eyelid lift or forehead lift to achieve more harmonious and natural looking results. The facelift surgery steps will be slightly adjusted to accommodate the additional procedures.

McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic surgery practice headed by Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS in Huntsville, AL. Dr. McLain is a double board certified cosmetic and oral & maxillofacial surgeon, offering a variety of procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, Botox, and laser skin resurfacing. For more information or to schedule a consultation call 256.429.3411 or click here. Now taking patients from Huntsville, Scottsboro, Decatur, Madison, Athens, Florence, Cullman, AL and surrounding areas.

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