Many individuals are concerned about looking older and tired, and are searching for solutions that can help them look the way they feel. Facelift surgery can help reverse the effects of aging by repositioning sagging skin, wrinkles, and jowls. This procedure can significantly rejuvenate your appearance. Dr. Kim performs
facelift surgery in Portland, Oregon with the most advanced and meticulous surgical techniques to deliver beautiful, natural results.
What Can a Facelift do for Me?
A facelift can restore a youthful, refreshed appearance by addressing the following:
Nasolabial folds and smile lines
Loss of jawline definition
Skin laxity under the chin
How Does a Facelift Work?
Portland facelift is a complex facial surgery that involves several steps. How the surgery is performed may vary based upon the degree of facial sagging, creases, and excess fat. The two most common facelifts performed by Dr. Kim are:
Deep Plane Facelift
A deep plane facelift is the appropriate procedure for more significant aging face changes. This procedure involves incisions that course along the sideburns, in front of the ears and around earlobe to the back of the ears. These incisions are strategically placed to produce inconspicuous scars that are easily camouflaged when fully healed. Through the incision, the deeper soft tissues of the face are elevated and secured to a more youthful position. Excess skin is trimmed away, and the wounds are meticulously sutured. All of this is to produce a change that appears to be a younger and more refreshed version of you.
A mini facelift (also known as short scar facelift) addresses facial aging predominantly along the jawline. This procedure involves shorter incisions and is appropriate for those with less excess neck skin and jowling. The incisions are shorter, as there is less need for correction and repositioning of the deeper tissues. Most patients who choose to undergo this procedure are in their late 40s to early 50s and are seeking facial rejuvenation surgery with faster recovery time.
What is a Facelift Like to Experience?
Portland facelift is performed under anesthesia, either general or local in combination with intravenous sedation. After you are made comfortable by our board-certified anesthesia provider, the surgery will begin. After the surgery, you will awaken in the recovery area with your face dressed in gauze bandages. When you meet the medical criteria for discharge, you will be allowed to return home to rest and recover, under the care of a trusted family member or friend. The surgery is much less painful than most anticipate, and we will provide prescriptions for pain medication and other pharmaceuticals as necessary.
What is the Recovery from a Facelift?
Recovery times vary from patient to patient. The day after surgery, you will have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Kim where bandages and drains are removed. Sutures (stitches) will be removed at another post-op visit in one week. During the initial stages of healing, you will need to keep your head elevated, avoid bending over, and avoid lifting heavy objects.
Bruising and swelling are expected after a facelift and can be alleviated with cold compresses. You will be comfortable in public in about two weeks, but your face will continue to improve in appearance in the months ahead. If you are planning to attend a special event where you want to look your best, plan your
facelift in Portland at least two months prior.
As of June 30, 2021, Oregon will lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions. We are very encouraged as we transition into this next phase of recovery. However, given we are a medical facility, we will still adhere to federal guidelines mandating masks in healthcare settings. Please see our updated COVID-19 policy below:
Patients are required to bring and wear masks for the duration of their appointment. If you do not have one, one will be provided.
Online check-in must be completed through our online portal 48-hours prior to the appointment.
To ensure patient privacy, please text us at 503-575-1910 upon arrival and wait in your parked car until you are notified via text message that we are ready to begin your appointment. Complimentary patient parking is located below our building.
We will obtain credit card information over the phone prior to the appointment. Payment will be processed after the treatment is completed. No payment will be handled onsite.
Coronavirus testing will be instituted for all surgeries and select in-office procedures.
We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility. See you soon.