Dr. Ruth Yeilding, MD

Frequently Asked Questions About Facelifts

When it comes to cosmetic surgeries, one of the most popular is the facelift. Otherwise known as a rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure performed on the face and/or neck with the intent of helping improve the appearance of the patient. Facelifts can help improve the visible signs of aging and sagging skin. There have been differences made between a facelift and treatment for the neck, but you should know that the best facelifts also improve the appearance of the neck.

Many patients have had this surgery performed on them with extraordinary results, but there are questions and concerns by those that may be uncertain about whether they need it. Here are the answers to some common questions about facelifts that can provide valuable information.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

You might think a simple look in the mirror could answer that question, but you should really speak to a qualified surgeon about a facelift first. There is a chance that you wouldn’t need one performed. If it turns out that you could be a good candidate, not only can you find out what specifically can be done for you, but you also can be given realistic expectations to come from the operation.

Are There Risks Involved?

This is a surgery that requires the patient to be placed under anesthesia, but there are measures and steps taken to maximize the chances of success while decreasing risks involved. Instead of local anesthesia around the area being operated on, a general anesthesia helps eliminate patient movement, which allows the operation to be performed smoothly.

One issue that is always taken very seriously is nerve damage to the face. This applies to all facelift surgeries across the board.  Another risk is bleeding underneath the skin once the procedure is finished. This could lead to a hematoma. Small hematomas can be drained, but larger ones must be removed immediately to avoid stretching the skin.

I Am Working to Lose Weight. Should I Have This Done?

If you’re attempting to lose weight, then it would be best if you waited until you reached your goal or are satisfied with where you are before having an operation like this performed on you.

How Long Does The Surgery Take?

It’s hard to give an exact time frame because different individuals would require different surgeries. It would be best to talk to the surgeon about your specific situation to determine the time you would need to commit.

How Long Would It Last?

It would be realistic to expect the benefits of your surgery to last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. Keep in mind that you will continue to age, and eventually you will notice changes again. Other factors to keep in mind is self-care, genetics, diet, and lifestyle.


Dr. Ruth Hill Yielding is passionate about helping her patients look and feel better and younger. When compared to other treatments, procedures, and strategies, facelifts have been far better at helping change the appearance of Dr. Yielding’s patients. For more information about facelifts as well as all of the services Dr. Yielding’s office provides, go to www.yieldingmd.com, or call 407-753-4101.

Dr. Yeilding is looking forward to meeting you!