Facelift

Facial Surgery in Salt Lake City, UT

As time marches forward, our faces are forever exposed to the sun and gravity. When combined with years of emotional expression, these factors impact the musculature and skin of our face. Wrinkles, jowls, and loose skin await us all. 

Facelift surgery, also called rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure that counteracts the effects of time on the aging face and neck. Because today’s facelifts now address both the skin and the muscles beneath it, restoring youthful contours that look natural is the norm rather than the exception. A facelift performed by Dr. Derrick Gale can return you to your appearance of years ago.  When done properly and good results are achieved, you won’t look “done,” “stretched,” or unnatural in any way.

The complexity of the facial musculature, delicate bones, planes of cartilage and skin, however, demands an expert level of training and experience.    

Board-certified otolaryngologist (head and neck surgeon)and fellowship trained, Dr. Gale has the highest level of specialized facial surgical training available to doctors. Dr. Gale’s in-depth understanding of both the cosmetics and functionality of all parts of the face render exquisite, youthful facial contours. 

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To discuss the subtleties of facelift, please contact Dr. Gale directly on 801-506-6344. Alternatively, if you are considering a facelift or a different restorative procedure in Riverton and Salt Lake City, Utah, don’t hesitate to book a consultation with Dr. Gale by filling out his online contact form. 

How Will I Benefit From Facelift Surgery?

Every year, over 120,000 facelift procedures are performed in the United States. The numerous cosmetic benefits associated with a facelift include:

  • Reduced appearance of fines lines and wrinkles
  • Reduced signs of jowls and saggy, excess skin
  • Restoration of a more youthful rested countenance 
  • Results that last years to decades

With facelift surgery, Dr. Gale restores smooth skin through muscle repositioning which creates contours beneath the skin with a more youthful appearance. To provide you with the best possible results from your facelift procedure, Dr. Gale will work in close collaboration with you to first establish your desired results and design the appropriate treatment plan and discuss all of the options available to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

Am I a Suitable Candidate for Facelift Surgery?

Suitable rhytidectomy candidates are people who are experiencing signs of aging and wish to have these signs eliminated. These include:

  • Drooping skin around the jawline and mid-face
  • Jowls around the lower face and upper neck
  • Marionette lines – skin creases from the corners of the mouth to the chin
  • Nasolabial folds – skin creases that join the nose and turns of the mouth
  • A double chin as a result of fat tissue deposits along the jaw 

Furthermore, ideal candidates for a facelift in Riverton and Salt Lake City are individuals who:

  • are healthy, without medical conditions that may hinder recovery
  • do not smoke
  • have positive outlooks and realistic expectations for the procedure 

Most facelift patients tend to be over forty years old. This is simply because forty is when signs of aging start to become more apparent. If you are a younger individual and are concerned about premature aging, consider contacting Dr. Gale on 801-506-6344 to discuss your options. 

Meet Dr. Derrick Gale, MD

Customized Consultations, Individualized Results

With a focus on improving both form and function, Dr. Gale applies experienced aesthetic judgment and surgical expertise to achieve each patient’s individual cosmetic and functional goals. While delivering the highest level of care and expertise, Dr. Gale and his team maintain a down-to-earth and comfortable atmosphere to put you at ease. 

What Can I Expect During My Facelift Surgery Consultation?

Dr. Gale cares about patients as individuals and enjoys meeting them and learning about their families and hobbies.  He understands that surgical outcomes are far better when patients and their doctors enjoy a genuine, honest relationship.

Dr. Gale’s approach also involves honestly sharing the benefits, possible side effects, and shortcomings of all procedures and treatments. He won’t leave the consultation until he is sure the patient understands his or her options thoroughly. He never recommends ineffective procedures, no matter how popular or hyped they are currently. The treatments he offers have been proven to warrant the time, money and effort patients invest.

During your consultation, prepare to leave with a different plan than you went in with. Please bring any and all questions your friends or the internet have sparked. While facelift surgery is usually more suited to patients forty years and older, Dr. Gale also offers a variety of restorative, non-surgical procedures that deal with fine lines and wrinkles in patients of all ages. Dermal fillers, Botox® injections, and laser resurfacing all offer unique cosmetic benefits to patients who may be experiencing a loss of facial volume or premature wrinkling. Eyelid surgery or brow-lift can also make a dramatic difference in the appearance of a patient’s face. 

What Will the Day of My Surgery Be Like?

Dr. Gale’s office will call you the day before your surgery to confirm and clarify any last-minute queries. The next day, a friend or family member will drive you to you procedure, where you will all meet Dr. Gale for a final chat. 

You will meet the nursing team that will be caring for you and the anesthesiologist that will be keeping you comfortable during the procedure.

Dr. Gale will then perform your procedure. This involves making small incisions behind the ears and along the hairline to eliminate excess skin and tighten the facial muscles. The whole process generally takes around two-three hours. 

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As you come around following anesthesia, Dr. Gale will consult with your family or loved ones on how the procedure went and to inform them about how to help you with your recovery at home. After recovery from sedation, you will return home to rest. 

What Will Recovery From Facelift Surgery Be Like?

You will likely have some swelling, bruising, and tenderness after your surgery. This is normal and will gradually subside within the first week or two of recovery. 

You will need plenty of rest, water, and healthy foods to encourage a speedy recovery. Most patients return to their full routines two weeks after surgery.  

Expert Facelift in Riverton UT and Salt Lake City, UT

Dr. Derrick Gale specializes in face and neck surgery. With his extensive training and experience in facial reconstruction, combined with his eye for surgical cosmetics, makes him the ideal choice for a facelift surgeon. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Gale at 801-506-6344.

We look forward to hearing from you.