What is a Facelift?

A facelift focuses on correcting wrinkles and sagging skin on the face caused by aging. Many patients undergo a facelift to correct midface sagging, jowls, marionette lines, and a double chin. A facelift is the most comprehensive approach for combating signs of facial aging.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Individuals who are unhappy with the toll that time has taken on their face, whose sagging facial skin makes them feel self-conscious in social or work situations, or who feel that their face does not reflect their youthful attitude can often benefit from a facelift. During a consultation with Dr. Howland, patient’s will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns that they may have, as well as go over their aesthetic goals.

What to Expect

There are three main facelift incision patterns used today. These include:

Traditional Facelift

Incisions will be made in the hairline near the temples and down around the front of the ears, ending in the creases behind the ears.

Limited-Incision Facelift

Short incisions will be made at the hairline near the temples, down and around the front of the ears. Incisions may also be made in the lower eyelids, or under the upper lip.

Neck Lift

Incisions will begin in front of the earlobes and continue behind the ears, ending in the lower scalp. A small incision will also be made up the chin.

No matter which facelift incision pattern is used, excess skin is excised and underlying tissues and muscles will be repositioned and tightened to create a smoother and more youthful facial appearance. Facelift scars can be virtually invisible, and are very narrow, flat, and placed inconspicuously.


Following a facelift, compression garments or wraps will need to be worn as directed. Bruising and swelling are normal, and any discomfort can be managed with pain medication. It is recommended that patients recline rather than lie down to minimize swelling. Recovery time frame will be determined based on the extent of your facelift surgery.

If you are interested in a facelift in the Salt Lake City of Draper, UT areas, contact our office today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Howland.