Introduction to


Patients who are interested in facelift procedures often desire to address common signs of aging. Some of these signs of aging may include deep lines and wrinkles, excess or drooping skin, bulges or fat loss in specific areas.

You may wish to address specific areas of your face or take a more generalized approach, depending on your desired outcome. Patients who undergo a facelift look naturally younger, more radiant, and more energized.

A facelift procedure requires very careful planning in order to create the best possible final results.

How to Get Started on

my Facelift?

That process with Dr. Ogilvie starts early, with your consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Ogilvie will take very detailed analysis of your face and suggest an approach that will work for your personal and unique physiology.

During your consultation, you will also have the opportunity to articulate your vision for your transformation and what you expect out of your facelift procedure. Dr. Ogilvie will take the time to thoroughly answer any questions you might have about your facelift procedure.

Who is a Good Candidate for


Good candidates for facelift procedures are usually attempting to address some common signs of aging, including lines and wrinkles, drooping skin (such as jowls), bulges and predictable fat loss. Many patients feel as though these signs of aging may develop too early; they don’t feel as old as they might look. Facelift surgery, then, is used to help patients look as young as they feel.

There are several available approaches to facelift procedures, some of which favor less invasive techniques. However, candidates for facelift surgery should be prepared to take some time off of work immediately following your surgery.

Actual Patient

Before & After Photos



Patients who are good candidates for a facelift will typically:

  • Notice significant lines and wrinkles across the face (in broad, non-localized areas).
  • Notice that lines and wrinkles are significantly deep.
  • Will not be able to achieve desired results with injectable options.
  • Have a degree of excess tissue, some which may be drooping in places.
  • Be concerned with out-of-position bulges of fat or loss of fat beneath the skin (this especially manifests around the eyes).
  • Be generally healthy enough for surgery.
  • Maintain realistic expectations throughout the process.

If you want your face to look significantly–and more permanently–younger and you think you’re a good candidate for a facelift, contact our offices to set up an appointment with Dr. Ogilvie.

The Facelift


Facelift procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, meaning patients can return home once the immediate effects of the anesthesia wear off. In most cases, there is no overnight hospital stay involved in a facelift procedure. The vast majority of recovery, therefore, is experienced in the comfort of your own home.

Facelift surgery usually follows these steps:

Anesthesia — In most cases, patients are given general anesthesia. In some cases where less invasive techniques are used, patients might be given local anesthesia with a sedative. Approaches to anesthesia are always discussed with Dr. Ogilvie.

Incision – All facelift incisions extend around the back of the ear. Depending on how extensive of a transformation is required, the incision in front of the ear may extend from just in front of the earlobe to all the way into the temporal hairline.

Closing the Incisions — Once the incision is made, excess skin can be removed and other tissues moved back into a more youthful placement. Once that work is complete, the incisions are closed with sutures and potentially is some locations with surgical staples.

Recovery and


Results — Recovery from facelift surgery may take several weeks. In most cases, swelling and bruising will begin to subside in 7-14 days (depending on the incision approach taken). Once recovery is complete, you will notice that your face looks transformed; facelifts will generally take 10-15 years off of your face, depending on the approach. While no surgical result is permanent, facelift results tend to last 5-10 years before any signs of aging recur.

To get started on your facelift process–and start taking those years off your face–contact the office of Dr. Ogilvie to schedule a consultation. During your consultation with Dr. Ogilvie, you’ll decide on the best approach to achieve your youthful transformation.


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