What Makes a Weekend Facelift Different?

A lot of people turn to facelift surgery to help them look younger as they reach middle age. Last year, more than a quarter of a million facelifts were performed on people around the country. At the Williams Center, our surgeons perform different types of facelifts, including one known as the weekend facelift. The weekend facelift is a variation of the traditional facelift that can address aging problems in the face before it’s necessary to have the full version.

Target Areas for the Weekend Facelift

Aging begins to show in the lower half of your face around your early 40s and 50s. The skin starts to loosen and sags around your jaw and chin. It also starts to form wrinkles around your mouth and between your upper lip and nose. Over time, the wrinkles become more pronounced and the sagging skin becomes more obvious around your jaw line and neck.

A traditional facelift is focused on lifting your skin at the neck and the lower half of your face. A weekend facelift, on the other hand, focuses specifically on improving the look of your jowls. “Jowls” is a term used to describe skin tissue that hangs loosely around the jaw and under the chin. It is one of the biggest indicators of age around the face and neck. For most people, the jowls become more pronounced over time, creating gobblers, double chins, and sagging skin.

Facelift Procedure Vs. Weekend Facelift Procedure

When you’re comparing the facelift and the weekend facelift, the two procedures are quite similar. This makes sense considering that the weekend facelift is a variation of the traditional facelift. However, there are some key differences that are worth noting when you’re contemplating the two surgeries.

  • Length of the procedure – A traditional facelift can take between two and three hours. It covers a larger area and requires more time to improve the lower part of your face. A weekend facelift targets a smaller area of the face and requires less time, usually about an hour.
  • Incisions – In a traditional facelift, the incisions are made in the hairline starting at the temple and moving behind the ear towards the back of the neck. This allows the surgeon to lift more soft tissue to achieve a greater effect. In the weekend facelift, the incisions are concentrated around the ear.
  • Surgery sedation – Facelift surgery almost always uses intravenous anesthesia to put a patient completely under for the procedure. This procedure is far more extensive than a weekend facelift and makes it necessary for greater sedation. A weekend facelift can be performed using local anesthesia and may not require patients to be completely sedated.
  • Recovery time – Traditional facelift surgery typically requires at least a week of recuperating before a patient can resume normal activities. A weekend facelift, on the other hand, is true to its name and usually only needs two or three days of recovery.
  • Results – Both lift procedures can take years off your face to help you look younger and more energized. Both procedures have long-lasting results that will continue to keep you looking younger than your actual age as long as you take care of yourself.

Weekend Facelift Consultations at the Williams Center

The Williams Center offers a weekend facelift as well as midface lifts and neck lifts to patients who struggle with loose or sagging skin around the lower half of their face and neck. These procedures can be performed individually or together to give you the best results possible. To get started on improving your appearance, contact the Williams Center at (800) 742-2797 to schedule a patient consultation. The consultation with allow you to meet with our expert plastic surgeons, discuss your goals for surgery, and have an examination of your face and neck. All this will help your surgeon decide which procedure will give you the best results. Call or email today to get started!