Extraordinary Facelifts in Denver, CO with Dr. Jeffrey Schmidt

Most of our Denver facelift patients admit that they had been thinking about the procedure for years before committing to it. Once they see their jowls tightened up, skin smoothed, and nasolabial lines diminished, they regret waiting so long. Their youthful results remain natural-looking, but the years have melted away.

The facelift’s effects last 10 to 15 years, making it the most powerful facial rejuvenation procedure available. The key to long-lasting, beautiful results, however, is in choosing a surgeon who is expert at determining your skin’s condition and face’s underlying musculature.

Board-certified in both plastic surgery and otolaryngology (head and neck surgery), Dr. Jeffrey Schmidt focuses his practice on facial procedures only.  During his time as Chief Resident, he was mentored by the world’s best facial plastic surgery specialists. In his 15 years dedicated solely to facial cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, he has treated patients of all ethnicities and ages. Dermatologists and other plastic surgeons frequently refer their toughest cases to him, and Denver 5280 magazine has recognized him as a Top Doctor for three years in a row. Selecting a plastic surgeon who is a dedicated facial specialist ensures you get celebrity-level results and the utmost in safety and integrity.

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Table of Contents

  • Facelift Candidacy
  • Benefits of Surgery
  • The Procedure
  • Rhytidectomy Recovery
  • Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift in Denver, CO?

During facelift surgery, Dr. Schmidt does far more than tighten and trim skin. With age, facial muscles lose tone and fat moves lower on the face, two events that dull the sleek contours associated with youth. Dr. Schmidt restructures the muscles and tissues deep within the face before “re-draping” and trimming the skin.

Where people in their twenties, thirties, and forties tend to rely on minimally invasive procedures like dermal fillers or injectables or both, most of our patients in their fifties and older get the best results with a facelift. They come to us because they are tired of looking perpetually sad, angry, or tired. Rejuvenating the skin and re-placing muscle and fat beneath it brings back that fresh, ready-for-anything youthfulness.

Good candidates for the procedure do not smoke and are in good overall health. They have experienced age-related facial changes that include:

  • Sagging skin on the face and neck
  • Skin laxity
  • Loss of facial muscle tone and definition
  • Lower face sagging including the development of jowls
  • Deep creases and wrinkles

If you’ve experienced these facial changes and enjoy good health, you may be a good candidate for facelift surgery. The next step in your rejuvenation journey is to come in for a consultation with Dr. Schmidt. As you meet, he’ll assess your candidacy for this procedure and help you determine if it’s a good fit for your aesthetic goals and lifestyle.

facelift surgery recovery

What Are the Benefits of Facelift Surgery?

While the primary benefit of the facelift is always a younger-looking appearance, our patients find they feel more confident and energized as well. Top benefits of facelift surgery in Denver, CO include:

  • More youthful appearance – Turn back the clock and look 10 to 15 years younger.
  • Skin ages from new, younger point – While your skin will age, it ages from a newly rejuvenated starting point. You will always look less wrinkled and worn than friends of the same age who have not had facelifts.
  • Complete customization – Based on your goals, you can include a brow lift, eyelid lift or neck lift with your facelift. Some patients add facial fat grafting or dermal fillers to achieve fuller lips or fill in under-eye troughs. Combining procedures saves time and money because two or more get completed with one anesthesiologist and one trip to the surgical suite.
  • Restored confidence- When you know you look your best, it is easier to feel confident and comfortable with your appearance.

What Happens During a Facelift in Denver?

While dermal fillers and skin care products only work skin-deep, a rhytidectomy’s natural-looking results begin far beneath the skin’s surface. Dr. Schmidt lifts and tightens the muscles within the face and manipulates or removes the fat that makes your face look shapeless.

Modern surgical techniques, performed by a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, produce stunning, natural results. Our patients never look windswept or overdone. They enjoy youthful radiance and ageless beauty. Skin is simply redraped over the deeper tissues that have been restored to their natural, more youthful position. Our goal is to simulate the appearance of a naturally youthful face.

Most of our facial plastic surgery procedures are performed at our in-house operating room, equipped with the latest surgical and safety equipment.

Facelift Recovery

A rhytidectomy is an outpatient procedure. You’ll come in for surgery and return home the very same day. Since you’ll still be experiencing the effects of anesthesia, you’ll need someone to drive you home. We recommend that patients arrange to have a responsible adult at home for the first two to three days to help as needed.  We feel that allowing us to coordinate recovery with one of our Patient Care Technicians may offer the most comfortable postoperative experiences.

Initially, many patients require prescription pain medication. This medication helps ensure that you can rest comfortably and won’t experience significant discomfort. Within a few days, many patients no longer require prescription pain medication and can manage any discomfort with over-the-counter options.

You’ll feel many sensations as the face heals, one of the most notable being tightness. Tenderness, bruising, and swelling generally occurs as well. These side effects are temporary and will begin to fade a few days after your surgery with full resolution in about two to four weeks. Most patients take 10 to 14 days off from work and abstain from exercise and strenuous activities for two to three weeks.

Our team will provide extremely detailed recovery instructions.  They’re not meant to be restrictive.  Rather, they’re compiled from many years of experience and designed to optimize your results. Dr. Schmidt is always available should you have questions or concerns.

Learn more about Dr. Schmidt’s Denver facelift by calling 720-443-2235 or contacting us online to schedule a consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Denver Facelift

Can I Get a Facelift if I’ve Had One Previously?

If you’ve undergone a rhytidectomy in the past, and desire additional rejuvenation, you need a procedure we call a revision facelift. Facial surgery doesn’t stop aging; it just resets it. A well-timed revision procedure helps patients to keep pace with aging as it continues to occur, enjoying an age-defying appearance throughout their lifetime. Still, most patients find facelift results last 10 or more years.

What Procedures Can Enhance My Facelift Results?

When aging is advanced enough for a facelift, it is common to have other facial concerns you have. We can pair your procedure with other surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments including blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), lip augmentation, facial fat transfer, and skin resurfacing. Dr. Schmidt can provide personalized recommendations to address your facial concerns during your consultation.

What Type of Anesthesia Is Used?

Dr. Schmidt typically performs rhytidectomy surgery using IV sedation. All anesthesia at our practice is administered by a qualified anesthesia provider.

Will I Have Scars After My Procedure?

Scars occur after most facial plastic surgery procedures, but the good news is in many instances they are minimally or not-at-all visible. Dr. Schmidt uses advanced suturing and skin closure techniques combined with careful incision placement to ensure that scars don’t detract from your stunning results. Whenever possible, incisions are placed in natural facial borders, within creases, and along the hairline so they aren’t easily visible.

What’s the Right Age for a Rhytidectomy?

In plastic surgery, age is just a number. Rather than focusing on your chronological age, we assess your signs of aging, its emotional impact on you, and your overall health to determine when you’re ready for surgery. If you have lines, deep creases, and sagging, and can’t alleviate these problems with a non-surgical option like BOTOX® or dermal fillers, it may be time for surgery.

What Makes Dr. Schmidt the Best Facelift Surgeon in Denver, Colorado?

Dr. Schmidt uses his specialized training and expertise to focus solely on facial procedures. He realizes some patients hesitate to commit to facelift surgery because they worry it will change their appearance too much. Dr. Schmidt takes time to note what features and attributes make you unique, and will tailor your surgical approach accordingly. Thanks to his extensive knowledge of facial anatomy, you will emerge from your recovery looking like a refreshed, rejuvenated, and more naturally youthful version of yourself. Check out our before-and-after photo gallery to see results from our previous facelift patients!

Will My Facelift Improve My Neck’s Appearance?

While a neck lift is a separate surgical procedure to address age-related concerns on your neck, the best facelift in Denver, Colorado, will provide a notable improvement to your neck because Dr. Schmidt carefully repositions tissues in the lower two-thirds of the face and removes sagging, excess skin. After facelift surgery, your jowls will be gone, and you will have a clearer line of separation between your jawline and neck.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost in Denver, CO?

Nationwide, the average cost of a facelift is around $7,500, according to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. However, this figure doesn’t include extra fees such as anesthesia. After meeting one-on-one in a private consultation, Dr. Schmidt can give you an accurate estimate of the cost of your customized facelift procedure and discuss financing options with you.

What Should I Do to Prepare for My Facelift in Denver?

Getting ready for a facelift is like preparing for any other cosmetic or medical procedure. Before the surgery, Dr. Schmidt will ask you about your health history and evaluate whether you are a good candidate for surgery, including any risk factors that might increase your chances of experiencing post-surgical complications. 

If you’re a smoker, you will need to quit using tobacco products at least two weeks before your surgery and throughout your recovery. Smoking slows blood circulation and impedes the body’s natural healing response. The habit will also age your skin rapidly, giving you less time to enjoy your facelift results.

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