13 07 traditional facelift infoDescription: A traditional facelift involves the lower to middle face and neck. It is meant to lift and smooth the skin in all of these areas, focusing not just on the skin but the structures beneath it, since the subcutaneous musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) is also tightened and restructured.

How it’s done: The skin is cut along the hairline behind the ear. Then, your surgeon works to tighten the SMAS and attaches it to fixed skeletal points, making it a firmer support for the skin to rest on. The skin is then lifted and tightened, and excess skin and fat is disposed of, and then the skin is reattached. The whole procedure takes about three to four hours.

Complications: Bleeding, hematoma, bruising, infection and loss of nerve sensation (though this is usually temporary) can occur.

Recovery: Light activity can be resumed after one to two weeks, while more strenuous activity can be resumed after four weeks.

Cost: $12,000 to $19,000.

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