Quick Recovery Facelift
Signs of aging on the face and neck can make you appear older than you actually are. Men and women with demanding careers usually can’t take the time needed to recover from a traditional facelift. In Harrisburg, PA, top board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Gayner offers a quick recovery facelift that meets the needs of these patients from Lancaster, York, and other nearby communities without the downtime of a traditional facelift. This procedure creates a refreshed, more youthful appearance by tightening jowls and minimizing wrinkles.
Quick Recovery Facelift
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
Dr. Gayner provides the best results by personalizing each facelift to the unique needs and cosmetic goals of the patient. He takes special care to use the technique that enables him to provide the desired results while minimizing incisions and recovery time.
A full facelift addresses aging in the lower 2/3 of the face, such as sagging cheeks, folds around the mouth, and jowls, and it typically includes a neck lift. Results last for years.
Also called a quick recovery facelift, this technique focuses on the lower 1/3 of the face and involves shorter incisions that run in front of the ears. Dr. Gayner tightens facial muscles and may also perform limited undermining and excision of the skin.
Deep Plane Facelift
A deep plane facelift tightens and elevates the skin and muscles together to correct moderate to advanced aging without a tight, pulled look. This technique minimizes tension on the skin for longer-lasting results.
Liquid Facelift (Nonsurgical Facelift)
This procedure corrects early signs of aging using a combination of injectables. Dermal fillers restore lost facial volume and a neuromodulator such as DAXXIFY® smooths away dynamic wrinkles and raises the brow area.
What Is a Quick Recovery Facelift?
During a quick recovery facelift procedure, Dr. Gayner removes excess skin and tightens underlying tissue. That’s the same technique used in a traditional facelift, which involves a long incision and disturbs a large area of skin. The quick recovery facelift uses only a short incision in front of the ear. Because a shorter incision is used, people usually experience only minimal bleeding during the procedure and less bruising or swelling after the procedure.
Dr. Gayner tightens the facial muscles and may also perform limited undermining and excision of facial skin during a mini facelift. This facelift technique is usually performed with the patient under local anesthesia, and because a great deal of skin cannot be removed, it’s usually best for younger individuals or patients with less sagging.
While experiences vary, here’s a general timeline of what to expect during recovery:
- Day of surgery: Return home in the care of an adult friend or family member.
- Day after surgery: Surgical area feels sore and tight. Begin gentle walks around the house.
- 3 to 5 days: Pain medication no longer needed.
- 5 to 7 days: Swelling and bruising fade.
- 1 week: Return to nonstrenuous work and go out in public.
- 2 weeks: Gradually resume low-impact, nonstrenuous exercise.
- 3 to 4 weeks: Resume vigorous exercise and activities (as cleared by Dr. Gayner).
- 1 month: Improvements become noticeable.
- 3 months: Final results attained.
Combining Facelift Surgery With Other Procedures
Dr. Gayner may also recommend combining a short-recovery facelift with other facial cosmetic surgery procedures, such as:
What Less Invasive Options Should I Try if I’m Not Ready for Surgery?
If your skin retains most of its elasticity, but you’re still concerned about early signs of aging, you may be a good candidate for a nonsurgical facelift. This procedure is often called a “liquid facelift” because it is performed with injections of dermal fillers and Sculptra® Aesthetic to restore volume to the cheeks and fill hollows around the eyes. It also involves injections of neuromodulators like BOTOX® Cosmetic to relax dynamic wrinkles such as crow’s feet and frown lines.
Quick Recovery Facelift FAQ
Is the surgery safe?
When performed by an experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Gayner, facelift surgery has an excellent safety record.
What’s the best age for a facelift?
Dr. Gayner’s quick recovery facelift is best for adults of any age with mild to moderate facial aging. Candidacy for this less invasive facelift depends on the degree of laxity in the cheek and neck area, not the patient’s age.
Will a facelift get rid of jowls?
Yes! Facelift surgery is an effective, long-lasting way to correct this sagging along the jawline.
Is the surgery painful?
Most patients experience soreness but not actual pain after facelift surgery. Prescription medication makes most patients comfortable and is typically unnecessary after the first week.
Will my results look natural?
Dr. Gayner uses modern facelift techniques that help patients look years younger yet natural.
How much younger will I look after surgery?
Patients typically look 5 to 10 years younger after this facelift; however, experiences vary with their age and degree of facial aging at the time of surgery.
How long will my results last?
Mini facelift results typically last 8 to 10 years, depending on the patient’s unique genetics, lifestyle, and skincare regimen. While a facelift cannot stop the natural aging process, you can expect to look years younger than if you had not had the surgery at all.
Your first step in learning what procedure can best address your concerns is to request a consultation using the online form to meet personally with Dr. Gayner or call our office directly at
(717) 728-1700 to schedule an appointment.
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