Rhytidectomy (Facelift) from CT ENT

A facelift helps you achieve a youthful appearance in your face.

Don’t wear your age. Bring back your youthful appearance with a facelift from Dr. Heather Waters

Is your face starting to show your age? Have years of stress and hard work taken a toll on your look?

As you age, excess skin collects in certain places on your body, including your face. This causes wrinkles, loose skin, and can make you look less youthful and unhealthy. To combat this problem, over 121,000 (1) Americans in 2018 decided to stop their face from showing their age with a facelift.

You may not be getting any younger, but your skin and face can look like it with a facelift (rhytidectomy) from CT ENT's Facial Cosmetic Surgeon. Take the first step today by requesting an appointment with Dr. Heather Waters.

Don’t let your face hang loose. Look and feel refreshed and relaxed without saggy skin.

“While there are more options than ever to rejuvenate the face, a facelift done by a board-certified plastic surgeon can give a dramatic, longer-lasting result...” -- ASPS President Debra Johnson, MD (2)

Is your face saying what you want it to say when meeting someone for the first time, interviewing for a job, or connecting with an old friend? We communicate not only with the words we use but also with the expressions on our face and body language. While not intentional, your loose skin may be sending the wrong message.

Discover a more youthful face at CT ENT

Are you okay settling with loose skin and appearing to be tired and stressed out, or is looking refreshed, relaxed and youthful important to you? If you want to look your very best, schedule an appointment with Dr. Waters today to discuss how a rhytidectomy can improve the appearance of your face or keep reading below.

What is a rhytidectomy (facelift)?

A rhytidectomy, commonly known as a facelift, is a cosmetic surgery that is often misunderstood. It is a surgical procedure that involves making incisions and removing muscle and skin to tighten the skin around your face and neck. This gives you a youthful and natural look. Contrary to popular belief, a facelift is not a procedure that involves your entire face. The procedure is focused on the lower half, from just below your nose to the bottom of your neck. It can, however, be paired with a brow lift to refresh the top and bottom of your face.

At CT ENT, rhytidectomy is an outpatient procedure that takes from 2-5 hours to complete and is administered under local or general anesthesia.  

The most common rhytidectomy, a comprehensive facelift, involves an incision made under the chin, which will allow the surgeon to reduce excess skin and muscle in that area, tightening the look of the skin and providing a long-lasting result. An incision may also be made near the hairline on each side of your head near your ears. After the incision is made, skin in that area is moved back and facial tissues and skin are reshaped and altered as necessary.

The specific incisions made during your facelift will vary based on your needs and the preferences of your surgeon. A platysmaplasty, known as a neck lift, is also a common procedure performed during a rhytidectomy, which corrects saggy skin located on the neck.

As mentioned above, a facelift may be paired with additional surgical procedures to refresh other parts of your face not commonly addressed with a facelift, including:

  • Forehead
  • Cheeks
  • Brows
  • Eyelids

After skin and tissue have been removed and reshaped to give your face the youthful look you want, sutures or staples will be used to close the incisions. Bandages and an under-the-skin drain may also be used to collect draining blood or other fluids from the procedure to help the healing process take place.

Could you benefit from a CT ENT facelift? Here’s how to tell.

Couples can get facelifts to restore youthful appearance

When you look in the mirror, do you notice unpleasant changes in the way your face looks? When you begin to recognize sagging, skin folds, your jawline losing its definition, and the bottom half of your face showing wear, it may be time to talk to your ENT about the benefits of a facelift.

Our patients come to see Dr. Waters for a facelift to accomplish the following:

  • Cheeks that don’t sag
  • Tight, firm jowls
  • A neck without excess fat and sagging skin
  • An overall natural, refreshed, and youthful look

Candidates for a rhytidectomy should be in good health, nonsmokers, and without major health conditions.

What do you want to improve about the look of your face? Your surgeon will personalize your facelift to accomplish your goals and give you a long-lasting, youthful appearance. Schedule an appointment today to learn what you can realistically expect from a facelift and the potential risks.

Facelift Recovery: What to Expect

A facelift helps you achieve a youthful appearance in your face. To experience optimal results from your facelift, putting time and care into your recovery and overall health is needed.

Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to aid in the healing process.

Post-surgery, you will experience discomfort, bruising, and swelling. The discomfort can be lessened with the aid of prescribed medication. The majority of our patients have sutures removed in 5-10 days, recover in around two weeks, and return to exercise and other strenuous activities in around a month. You may experience slight scarring from the incisions that can take months or a year to disappear.

Bring your youth back and enhance your beauty with a facelift from CT ENT’s Dr. Waters

Dr. Heather Waters
“She answered all my questions and was so incredibly nice and caring. (I) would highly highly recommend!”

Dr. Heather Waters brings her years of experience as an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor and facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon to CT ENT. She has a long track record of achieving desirable results for her patients and can help you achieve a long-term, youthful look with a facelift that is designed specifically for you.

Dr. Waters is a board certified subspecialist in the field of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. In addition to facelifts, Dr. Waters performs blepharoplasty, brow lift, rhinoplasty, otoplasty, skin cancer reconstruction of the face and neck, and all aspects of functional nasal surgery including nasal fracture repair, and septoplasty.

Do you want to uncover your youth and put sagging facial skin in your past? Get started by requesting an appointment today.

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  1. 2018 National Plastic Surgery Statistics (American Society of Plastic Surgeons)
  2. New plastic surgery statistics reveal focus on face and fat (ScienceDaily)