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What Can a Facelift do for Me?

A facelift can restore a youthful, refreshed appearance by addressing the following:

  • Midface sagging
  • Nasolabial folds and smile lines
  • Marionette lines
  • Jowls
  • Loss of jawline definition
  • Skin laxity under the chin
  • Neck banding

How Does a Facelift Work?

Our 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.

Mini Facelift

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 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.

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We are excited to announce that we will start seeing patients on a limited basis in our clinic starting Friday, May 1st for select procedures and visits. The vast majority of postoperative checks and new patient consultations will still be done through our telehealth platform in order to minimize any unnecessary exposure for patients and staff alike. A future in-person consultation will not require an additional consultation fee.

As part of our commitment to the highest safety standards, we have made the following modification to your patient experience for the foreseeable future. We greatly appreciate your compliance and understanding.

  1. Online check-in must be completed through our online portal 48-hours prior to the appointment.
  2. We are instituting a curbside waiting room. 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.
  3. Patients are required to bring and wear masks for the duration of their appointment.
  4. Guests, children, or visitors other than the patient will not be permitted. In the case of patients who are minors, one accompanying parent or guardian is permissible.
  5. Restrooms will not be accessible during this time.
  6. 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.
  7. Patients will enter our main entrance and exit out of our back exit. This one-way patient flow will allow us to comprehensively disinfect our clinic to be ready for the next patient.
  8. We will limit our injectable treatments to upper face neuromodulators indefinitely (Botox, Dysport, Jeuveau).

We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility. We miss you and can’t wait to see you again.

Dr. Kim and Staff

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