Dr. Conderman’s Approach to a Facelift

Dr. Conderman’s approach to facelifting has evolved over time and he is well versed in both traditional and more modern facelifting techniques. This technical evolution revolves around his approach to the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) layer of the face. The SMAS is a fibroconnective and muscular tissue layer in the face and neck that is located deep to the skin’s outer layer. Facelifting techniques revolve around the depth of dissection and how the SMAS layer is manipulated and addressed at the time of surgery. During his fellowship training he gained extensive experience with a SMAS plication and imbrication technique and now largely performs deep plane facelifting techniques which allow for a more natural and long lasting result.

In addition to the techniques that more directly lift the face, Dr. Conderman employs methods of neck-rejuvenation at the time of facelifting, that include a platysmaplasty (tightening and suturing of the platysma muscles – a superficial muscle that can have a significant impact on the appearance of the neck), as well as surgical techniques to address the deeper structures of the neck that include descent of the submandibular glands, the digastric musculature and deeper fat layers.

The deep plane facelift approach focuses on the lower two-thirds of the face and neck, offering extended longevity and transformative effects. This technique involves simultaneous lifting of the SMAS and skin layers, leading to longer-lasting results. What sets it apart is its ability to combat the long-term effects of muscle movement on facial folds with a more natural repositioning of aging tissues in the face and neck.

For those seeking facial rejuvenation without surgery, our clinic offers injectable fillers and less invasive techniques. These minimally invasive option requires less recovery time, though it’s essential to note that a surgical facelift offers longer lasting results.

Facelift Benefits

A facelift procedure, also known as a rhytidectomy, is an excellent option for facial rejuvenation that can make many patients look 10-15 years younger. When considering the benefits of a facelift, patients can expect:

  • A more youthful appearance of the mid and lower face and neck
  • A reduction in age lines, wrinkles, and folds
  • Tightening of loose face and neck skin, which restores facial contours

The Facelift Journey

Facelifts aren’t exclusive to a particular age group. A wide range of patients, each with unique goals and needs can benefit from this procedure.  However, it’s important to note that individuals both young and old can achieve remarkable results from this procedure.

The Healing Process

Swelling and bruising are expected during your facelift recovery and keeping your head elevated and applying cold compresses will help to mitigate these discomforts. Over the course of the first 7-14 days, Dr. Conderman will see you frequently to ensure a proper post-operative recovery. Sutures will be removed within the first 5-10 days. This process ensures that the healing process is on track.

Initial results emerge when the bandages are removed, but the full transformation becomes evident over the subsequent weeks to months, as the post-operative swelling dissipates.  Patients may continue to notice improvements in swelling over the course of 6-12 months.

Understanding Facelift Costs

The cost of a facelift is not a one-size-fits-all; it varies from case to case and from surgeon to surgeon. Several factors influence the final cost, including procedure duration, techniques employed, and anesthesia choices.

A Facelift from Dr. Conderman

Dr. Christian Conderman is an ideal choice for your facelift procedure. He is an expert in facial rejuvenation procedures and is double-board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

Dr. Conderman did his facial plastic surgery fellowship with world-renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Russell Kridel and has trained numerous medical students, fellows, and residents. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

 To learn more, contact our office today and schedule your facelift consultation.

A deep plane facelift focuses on the lower two-thirds of the face. This technique involves a dissection that is below/deep to the SMAS layer. This allows Dr. Conderman to lift both the SMAS and the skin simultaneously. This typically creates a longer-lasting result.

Is a Deep Plane Facelift Better?

Different facelift techniques are better for different patients depending on their aesthetic needs and goals. The main advantage of a deep plane facelift is that it can result in longer-lasting results that look natural. Recovery time is similar to that of other facelift techniques, as is overall procedure time.

How Long Do Deep Plane Facelift Results Last?

Patients who undergo a deep plane facelift can look forward to their results lasting up to 15 years. There can be some variation depending on the extent of the facial aging. In some cases, patients can even enjoy much longer periods of looking younger.

What Happens

During a Facelift?

Anesthesia is the first step in most surgical procedures. For a rhytidectomy, we can use either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Both general anesthesia and conscious or deep sedation allow the patient to be comfortable during the procedure.

Dr. Conderman then carefully makes incisions near the temples that curve around and behind the ears. He creates an incision that is hidden in the hair behind the ear to allow patients to continue to wear their hair up after the procedure. He lifts the skin, and then performs plication on the SMAS layer. Dr. Conderman removes excess drooping skin as needed during this process. To end the procedure, he closes the incisions with both absorbable and non-absorbable sutures.

What is a

Rhytidectomy Recovery

Swelling and bruising are normal parts of the rhytidectomy healing process. Keeping your head elevated during facelift recovery will help with these issues, as will cold compresses.

Sutures will be removed during a follow-up appointment with Dr. Conderman. At this time, he will examine the patient to ensure that the healing process is going as expected.

Initial results can be seen as soon as the bandages are removed, but the full results of the procedure will not be visible until 2-3 months after surgery. At that time, the majority of swelling will have disappeared. However, some patients will continue to note improvement in minor residual swelling over the course of the subsequent 6-12 months.

Facelift Cost

There is no standard price for a facelift procedure because facelift cost varies from case to case and from surgeon to surgeon. The final cost will be determined by factors like the length of time it takes to perform the procedure, the types of techniques used, and the type of anesthesia chosen.

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