Entrusting your appearance to a plastic surgeon is a big decision, especially when you are considering a very visible procedure like a facelift. At Aesthetic Surgery & Spa in Columbus, Ohio, you can take comfort in the experience, skill, and artistry of Dr. Anne Taylor. Dr. Taylor is a board-certified plastic surgeon with nearly 20 years of experience performing complex procedures such as facelift surgery. She understands that women and men who come to her for this procedure aren't trying to look 20-something, but rather want to look healthy and vibrant for their age. Dr. Taylor consistently achieves great outcomes through open communication, detailed assessments, and personalized surgical techniques.
Is a Facelift Right for You?
A facelift is an excellent choice for women and men who are concerned about sagging skin and volume loss in the middle and lower face. Facelift surgery can take several years off your appearance and create smoother facial contours and a more defined jawline. While there is no specific age that qualifies you for facelift surgery, Dr. Taylor frequently performs this procedure for women and men in their 40s, 50s, and older.
Dr. Taylor is a board-certified plastic surgeon and has performed numerous facelift procedures. After an in-depth evaluation and discussion, she designs an approach to address your aesthetic concerns. This may include additional procedures such as eyelid surgery to address droopy skin and puffiness around the eyes, a neck lift to correct sagging skin below the chin and jaw, or other non-surgical treatments to provide more complete results.
Facelift Before & After Photos
Smartlift is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neckIn-office Procedure (6 weeks post-op) View Case
This male patient of Dr. Anne Taylor's had a SmartLift facelift - a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neckIn-office Procedure (6 weeks post-op) View Case
65-year-old who was concered with excess skin and decided to proceed with a Facelift surgery View Case
A Customized Procedure
Dr. Taylor customizes each procedure so that results look exceptionally natural, not surgical. Dr. Taylor spends a great deal of time with every patient so that she can understand their concerns and what they hope to achieve. She will evaluate your bone structure, skin elasticity, and other factors that contribute to facial aging. This information combined with Dr. Taylor's understanding of your cosmetic goals will help determine which approach is best for you.
- Liquid facelift: Some people with unpronounced wrinkling or mild skin laxity may benefit from a minimally-invasive liquid facelift. Dr. Taylor sometimes recommends this option to women and men with very minor skin sagging who want a subtle lift. A liquid facelift procedure uses a combination of facial fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic to gently smooth, lift and plump the skin. There are no scalpels or anesthesia required and the treatment can usually be performed within one hour.
- SmartLift: SmartLift is the word we use at Aesthetica to describe a great option for patients who have mild to moderate sagging and skin laxity in their lower face and neck, but want a less extensive surgery and a shorter recovery than a full facelift. The procedure includes liposuction of the neck for sculpting facial contours, and skin tightening of the cheeks, jaw, jowls and neck. The procedure takes about 3 hours and can be done with local anesthesia — so you do not have the risk of general anesthesia. Also, the shorter incisions heal up faster, and most people are able to go back to work after 7-10 days. Most patients feel very little discomfort and are able to work from home for the week after surgery. And there is normally minimal swelling and bruising, which can be minimized with cover-up. We have a YouTube patient education video that you should view to learn more.
- Mini-facelift: Dr. Taylor offers a mini-facelift to individuals who have moderate facial aging in the lower face, jawline and neck. This technique can provide dramatic results for the right person and uses shorter incisions. A mini-facelift tightens the cheeks and jawline and can often be performed with local anesthetic.
- Full facelift: When the degree of facial aging is advanced, Dr. Taylor will likely recommend a full facelift. This option provides complete facial rejuvenation by lifting and smoothing the skin in the temples, mid-face, and jawline. In some cases, fat may be harvested from another area of the body – such as the neck or abdomen – and injected to add volume to areas that have deflated with age. Fat grafting helps create more comprehensive results by restoring a youthful facial shape and softer contours.
Full Facelift Incision
Mini Facelift Incision
Your facelift surgery will be performed in a state-of-the-art, fully accredited surgery suite. For those undergoing a full facelift, general anesthesia is the best option. A mini-facelift can often be performed using local anesthetic. Most people are able to return home the same day, but in some cases, an overnight stay may be recommended.
Dr. Taylor customizes your surgical technique to accommodate the degree of correction needed as well as your desired results. The size and number of incisions will also depend on your specific procedure. Dr. Taylor is careful to hide incisions so that they are unnoticeable to the naked eye. Usually, incisions are placed in the hairline (in front of the ear) and tucked around behind the ear. The skin and lower layers of facial muscle and connective tissue are repositioned, with great care taken to adjust them in a natural way to avoid the "pulled" look of older facelift techniques. In some cases, excess fat will be harvested from the neck or abdomen and added to areas that need plumping.
I love what I do. What could be more rewarding than helping someone feel beautiful?
— Dr. Anne Taylor
A gauze dressing will be placed around your cheeks after surgery to speed healing and reduce puffiness. You will visit Dr. Taylor the day after surgery for a follow-up appointment. Dr. Taylor will evaluate your healing and address any questions or concerns you have about the recovery process. She will also provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your face over the next several weeks.
Most people find that any initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral pain medication. The length of recovery will depend on whether you had a full or mini-facelift. Most people who have a full facelift feel comfortable in public after about 2 weeks. The downtime needed for a mini-facelift is usually slightly less than a full facelift, with some patients feeling good enough to be out in public in 7 to 10 days.
Dr. Taylor will continue to monitor your results during recovery to ensure that you are happy, healthy, and thrilled with your results. After about 4 to 6 weeks, most men and women are pleased to find that bruising and swelling have subsided, and they look like a younger, refreshed version of themselves.