Facelift for facial paralysis

Some patients with facial weakness may benefit from a facelift (rhytidectomy) on the side of their facial paralysis. The goal of this facelift, as in all facelifts, is the elevation of redundant and drooping soft tissue near the jawline and neckline.

This is not a facial reanimation surgery, but can improve resting symmetry and have a pleasing effect on the appearance of the face. 

Facelifts take about 4 hours to complete, require general anesthesia, and are usually performed as an outpatient.

For recovery, we recommend two weeks off of work. Expect that swelling and any bruising will resolve in 2 or 3 weeks.

Facial incisions for a facelift are shown in Figure 1 in red.

A patient who had a facelift performed by Dr. Pepper is shown in Figure 2.

Figure 1: incisions for a routine facelift after the procedure is complete. Skin incisions are shown in red. Stitches under the skin the hold the lift are shown in gray.

Figure 2: a patient of Dr. Pepper’s before and after facelift

Figures 3: a patient of Dr. Pepper’s, before and after facelift

Figure 4: a patient of Dr. Pepper's, before and after facelift