Facelift

Growing old is a privilege, but looking older than you feel can be an annoyance. Men and women considering facelift come to Dr. Collins’ plastic surgery practice locations in Guilford and Mystic from New Haven, New London, Essex, and other Connecticut cities because they’ve done their research and decided that Dr. Beth Collins is the best fit for them. Here, learn about her specialized approach to all parts of the facelift experience and her commitment to your long-term satisfaction.

Contact Dr. Collins at our Guilford location at (203) 689-5295 or Mystic location at (860) 572-6868 or request a consultation online to learn more about how a facelift can help improve your appearance.

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Before & After Facelift Case 107 View #1 View in Guilford, CT
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Case #107

After her own hard work of diet and exercise, this young lady lost a significant amount of weight. This left her with some sagging in her skin and loss of volume in her face. Despite her young age, she underwent a lower face and neck lift with fat grafting to tighten up the skin that had loosened from her weightloss and restore the volume in... Read More
Before & After Facelift Case 135 Front View in Guilford, CT
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Case #135

This beautiful lady came to have a lower face and neck lift with fat grafting. As so many say, she felt as if the outside didn't match the inside and she wanted to definitively fix the sagging skin in her neck and lower face. Dr. Collins performed a deep plane, high lamellar SMAS facelift to recon tour her lower face and neck. The result is a... Read More
Total facial rejuvenation
Total facial rejuvenation
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Case #139

This patient had an endoscopic brow lift, upper and lower lid blepharoplasty, lower face and neck lift, upper lip lift and fat grafting to her face for full face rejuvenation. Following her surgery, she began a series of photo facials to correct pigment problems that had accumulated over the years through sun exposure. This process is ongoing... Read More
Before & After Facelift Case 105 View #1 View in Guilford, CT
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Case #105

This patient had a lower face and neck lift with fat grafting. The fat grafts were added to her cheeks and lower eyelid area to fill in the hollows that left a shadow and dark circles under her eyes. Additionally, fat was used in the upper eyelid as lost volume around her eye socket caused a hollow aged appearence. The result is a softer and... Read More
Facelift
Facelift
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Facial rejuvenation

This beautiful patient was troubled by the heaviness of her upper eyelids and brow and some early jowls. She came to Dr. Collins for options to get the most natural result and it was without question that she would benefit most from a lower face and neck lift, and a brow lift. At the same time, she had an upper lid blepharoplasty to complete... Read More
Deep plane facelift
Deep plane lower face and neck lift
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Correction of "heavy neck" with deep plane lower face and neck lift

Excess fat in the lower face and neck not only gives the impression of an aging face, but also may falsely classify someone as "overweight". After deep plane lower face and neck lift, this lovely lady states that everyone keeps telling her she has lost weight despite the fat that she is at her heaviest weight. She looks much more beautiful, s... Read More
Before & After Facelift Case 106 View #1 View in Guilford, CT
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Case #106

This patient complained of the loose skin in her neck and under her chin. She was unhappy with the jowls that were starting to form as well as the hallows in her upper eye. Dr. Collins performed a deep plane lamellar high SMAS facelift with fat grafting to her cheeks and upper lids to restore her natural youthful beauty. She has restoration o... Read More
Full facial rejuvenation
Full facial rejuvenation
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Case #147

This patient felt as if she was beginning to sag in her brow and lower face and felt as if she looked older than she felt. Additionally, she had a lot of sun damage to her skin. Dr. Collins started with repositioning her drooping tissues with a lower face and neck lift, brow lift, upper and lower lid blepharoplasty and upper lip lift. She als... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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The Basics of Facelift Surgery

Loved by patients for decades, the traditional facelift is the ideal option for treating aging of the mid and lower face. Throughout the years, facelift protocol has advanced quite a bit, leading to today’s refined methods. Previously, facelift surgery was sometimes associated with an overly tight or windblown appearance. This is because the surgery was relatively superficial and focused mainly on pulling the skin in a lateral (sideways) direction. However, today’s surgeons employ a variety of techniques that manipulate the deeper tissues of the face to create a lifted, yet still natural-looking, result. Some skin improvement is also part of today’s facelift, but re-creating youthful contours is the focus.

Who Is a Good Facelift Candidate?

A facelift is appropriate for men and women alike, and there’s no ideal age to undergo the procedure. Instead, candidacy is determined on a case-by-case basis. However, you may benefit from the surgery if you’re bothered by any of the following symptoms:

  • Sagging jowls
  • Deep facial folds
  • Flattened or hollow cheeks
  • Loose skin along the lower face or neck
  • Fat around the neck

Other qualities that make for a good candidate are overall mental and physical health, a clear idea of the intended outcome of surgery, and realistic expectations. In some cases, you and Dr. Collins may determine that you’re actually a better candidate for another procedure, such as brow lift or BOTOX® Cosmetic.

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Beth Collins, M.D.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Beth Collins offers a blend of clinical expertise and warm, open communication to ensure beautiful results from your chosen procedure. Learn more about her experience and explore what she can do for you.

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Types of Facelift

Dr. Collins customizes facelift procedures to address the patient’s specific concerns and facial anatomy. Because every patient is unique, she may recommend different types of facelifts based on the signs of aging she sees and how significant they are. Types of facelift include:

Traditional Facelift

A traditional facelift addresses and improves the advanced signs of aging in the face and neck. Dr. Collins repositions the underlying tissue and muscle and then removes excess skin. By lifting the tissue to avoid tension on the skin, the results look natural and avoid the “windswept” appearance.

Mini Facelift

Some men and women who consult with Dr. Collins have early signs of aging. In these cases, a mini facelift may be all that is needed. A mini facelift is appropriate for patients with changes limited to the cheek area. The recovery time is less than needed for a traditional facelift—the procedure is sometimes called a “weekend lift.”

Liquid Facelift

Not all patients need surgery to produce the desired results. Dr. Collins may recommend combining BOTOX and injectable fillers such as JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC and JUVÉDERM® for a liquid facelift. This is an ideal approach for patients looking to treat early signs of aging who would prefer little to no recovery downtime. Patients can expect to see their facial volume restored and wrinkles and fine lines minimized.

What Happens During Facelift Surgery?

Dr. Collins almost always performs facelift surgery while you are under general anesthesia. She begins by making an incision above the hairline at the temples, following the natural contour of the hair to the front of the ear, around the earlobe, and into the lower scalp. She accesses the underlying muscles and other tissues of the face through these incisions. She then gently re-drapes the skin over the underlying tissues, removing any excess, then closing the incisions with sutures.

In cases where the neck is also to be rejuvenated, Dr. Collins uses a small incision beneath the chin to access to tissues of the neck, contouring them and tightening the skin as well.

The typical facelift requires between 2 and 3 hours to complete, and patients may return home the same day after a brief period of observation.

“Dr. Collins provides excellent care and combines technical skill with an artist’s eye. What sets her apart from so many other cosmetic surgeons is that her results are so natural—not stretched and ‘plastic-y.’ Patients look like themselves—only more well-rested and refreshed—not ‘done.”

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What Can I Expect After a Facelift?

After surgery, you may experience some symptoms including numbness, swelling, and discomfort as your face heals. These go away on their own within a few weeks. Keeping your head elevated as much as possible, including when you sleep, can mitigate swelling during recovery.

How Long Is Recovery From a Facelift?

It’s a good idea to plan to take about 2 weeks away from work and normal social engagements after facelift surgery. This allows your incisions to heal fully and any residual bruising and swelling to dissipate.

How Long Do Facelift Results Last?

The results of your facelift have the potential to last for more than a decade, especially if you protect your skin from the sun, refrain from smoking, and practice other healthy habits.

Women and men considering facelift surgery travel from South Rhode Island and beyond to Guilford or Mystic to consult with Dr. Collins about their procedures. Request a consultation online, or give the office a call at our Guilford location at (203) 689-5295 or Mystic location at (860) 572-6868 .

Important Reminders

  • Dr. Collins does not accept insurance.
  • There is a $150 consultation fee for surgical and injectable procedures with Dr. Collins.
    • The consultation fee is waived for injectable treatments if the procedure is performed on the day of your consultation.
    • There is a $50 consultation fee for consultations with our RNs.
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