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Facelift

As the signs of aging become more pronounced, drooping jowls and deep creases can make you unhappy with your appearance.

Dr. Tracy McCall can effectively treat sagging skin and facial wrinkles with a facelift, helping your feel confident and refreshed. 

Lake Country Plastic & Hand Surgery in Waukesha, WI, provides patients in the greater Milwaukee region with incredible facelift results...

Natural-Looking Transformations

One of the most effective ways to get a sense of Dr. Tracy McCall's skill is to browse our collection of before and after pictures. 
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Maisie Alsteen

2019

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Dr. McCall and her nurse Kristen were the best! I had been bounced around from doctor to doctor and they took care of me right away! Calm environment, very nice and professional staff. It was a joy to be a patient with them. Would recommend any day.

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courtney larsen

2017

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Dr. McCall was fabulous when I need a breast reduction. She talked to me and told me what was going to happen and what recovery was going to be like, so I had no surprises. I am throughly impressed and very happy.

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A Closer Look at Facelift Surgery

​A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to correct moderate to serve signs of aging around the eyes, cheeks, and mouth. 
Illustration of facelift procedure
During the procedure, our plastic surgeon removes excess skin and tightens the underlying facial tissues. To ensure even enhancement in the upper, mid, and lower regions of the face, we can incorporate additional types of plastic surgery, such as a neck lift or brow lift.  

What Can a Facelift Do for Me?

Time, gravity, and exposure to the sun can cause your facial skin to lose its elasticity. There are several important areas of fat beneath your skin that provide contour to your face. When the skin sags, these fat pads fall out of position, which causes prominent folds and a hollowed appearance. A facelift is designed to correct these aesthetic issues that develop with age, and can specifically improve:

  • Deep creases below the lower eyelids
  • Deep creases extending along the nose to the corner of the mouth
  • Fat that has fallen or is displaced
  • Jowls caused by loss of muscle tone
  • Loose skin and extra fat under the chin and jaw

Learn More About Treatment Today

Aging is a natural part of life, but aesthetic changes can be hard to accept, especially when you feel much younger than you look. Fortunately, wrinkles, sagging, and fat loss can all be treated with plastic surgery at Lake Country Plastic & Hand Surgery.

If you are considering cosmetic enhancement and want to learn more about a facelift, please schedule an appointment at our Waukesha, WI, practice. Dr. McCall will be happy to see you for a confidential one-on-one consultation to discuss your goals and treatment options. Contact us online or by calling:

(262) 523-1200

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Lake Country Plastic & Hand Surgery serves patients in the greater Milwaukee, WI, area with advanced cosmetic techniques and personalized service.
"Dr. McCall is the best and only plastic surgeon I will ever go to. She has done many HS surgeries on me and has always been so kind even with insurance changes. I would give her 10 stars if possible. Thank you so much for all you do!" Tessa Sanchez

Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

All of our patients in the greater Milwaukee, WI, region will first meet with our plastic surgeon for a consultation to discuss cosmetic treatment. Facelift surgery is an invasive procedure, so you must meet several requirements in order to qualify:

Good Health

We do not recommend plastic surgery if you smoke or suffer from a serious health condition. These could increase your risk of complications and impede your recovery after surgery.  Please talk to our doctor about your medical history and any medications you are taking so we can ensure your safety during treatment.

Age

While you can technically undergo a facelift at any age (health permitting), most good candidates are between the ages of 40 and 70. Your age is related to many factors that can affect treatment, including skin elasticity, texture, and the ability to recover after surgery. During your consultation we will discuss your surgical options and help you select a method that is age-appropriate and effective. 

Expectations

The key to being satisfied with the results of any plastic surgery is having realistic expectations. While a facelift is one of the most effective and long-lasting anti-aging procedures, there are limitations to the surgery.  Rhytidectomy can't completely stop the aging process. During your consultation, it is important to ask questions so you can make an informed decision about your treatment plan. 

Facelift Procedure Variations

Diagram of Mid-facelift procedure

Mid-Facelift

A mid-facelift (sometimes referred to as a cheek lift) is a facial plastic surgery technique that targets the cheek area between the eyes and the mouth. The goal is to restore volume and definition in the cheeks where fat and skin have descended. A mid-facelift involves shorter incisions, less recovery time, and minimal chance of visible scarring, making the procedure an ideal solution for mild to moderate sagging. If you are looking for more comprehensive enhancement, we can combine your mid-facelift with a neck lift to eliminate excess skin and sagging below the chin. 

Diagram of Deep Plane Facelift procedure

Deep Plane Facelift

The deep plane facelift is an innovative technique that corrects substantial signs of aging in the mid-face, chin, and neck areas. During this procedure, the skin and the underlying muscle are tightened in unison, avoiding the overdone, swept appearance that can result from targeting the facial skin alone. The deep plane facelift reaches a deeper layer of the facial anatomy than the standard SMAS facelift, offering more natural-looking and long-lasting effects. Unfortunately, that also means the deep plane facelift is more invasive, so you should be in great health before surgery.

A Step-By-Step Look at the Procedure

Our facelifts are done as outpatient surgeries, meaning you will return home the day of your procedure.
Our facelifts are done as outpatient surgeries, meaning you will return home the day of your procedure.

Anesthesia

We administer general anesthesia so patients experience complete comfort during the procedure.

Incisions

A traditional facelift normally involves an incision that starts at the hairline near the temples, follows a course around the ear, and then ends in the lower scalp. The scars are carefully positioned in the hair and around the ear for maximum concealment.

Fat Redistribution

Dr. McCall may sculpt the fat or redistribute it from the face, jowls, and neck to produce a more youthful and balanced appearance.

Repositioning the Skin & Muscles

The underlying tissue is repositioned; often the deeper layers of the face and muscles will be lifted to produce more natural-looking results. 

Get Started Today It All Begins With a Consultation

Begin your transformation by requesting a consultation at our Waukesha, WI, practice. Contact Lake Country Plastic & Hand Surgery online, or by calling:

(262) 523-1200

"Dr. McCall reshaped my ear lobes, and did a fantastic job. I wish I would have done this procedure years ago. The procedure was painless, and the healing time easy. I went to work the next day. My ears are beautiful. Extremely happy." Renee F., 5-Star Reviews

The Facelift Recovery Process

When you visit our Waukesha, WI, practice, serving the greater Milwaukee, WI, area, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of post-surgical instructions. Some of these include:

  • You must stop smoking for at least three weeks prior to and three weeks after the surgery.
  • You will be advised to keep your head elevated for the first few days after surgery.
  • You can expect some swelling that may take four to 12 weeks to disappear, depending on the technique used.
  • Bruising may develop and last for two to three weeks.
  • The majority of our facelift patients are able to go out in public with make-up after about 10 to 14 days.

Facelift Surgery Results

Since facelift surgery is relatively invasive, it can take some time before the final results settle in. Most patients will notice a dramatic difference once the majority of swelling and bruising subside (typically in three to four weeks), but complete recovery takes much longer. It is normal for residual swelling to persist for several months, so be patient. Within six months to a year, all temporary side-effects should fade, leaving you with the full results of your enhancement.

The longevity of your facelift can vary, but it is not uncommon for the results to last ten years or longer. You can help prolong the effects by practicing good skin care and leading a healthy lifestyle.

Minimally Invasive & Nonsurgical Facelift Alternatives 

If you are looking to refresh your appearance without an extensive operation and recovery period, our Waukesha, WI, practice offers several minimally invasive alternatives. 
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Renuvion

Renuvion® is a minimally invasive procedure that tightens and rejuvenates the skin. The innovative Renuvion device is inserted under the skin, delivering helium gas and radiofrequency energy to the subdermal tissues. The gas and energy cause the tissues to contract and create new collagen, leading to tighter, more youthful-looking skin. Renuvion treatment can be used in several regions of the body, such as the face, neck, and abdomen. While the effects are less dramatic than those of a facelift, the procedure involves smaller incisions, minimal downtime, and less chance of visible scarring. 

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​Injectables

Completely nonsurgical enhancement is also possible with a range of injectables. Injectable treatments provide more subtle enhancement than a facelift, but are quick, easy, and safe for most patients. JUVÉDERM® is a versatile solution for several common signs of aging. The dermal filler is injected underneath the skin to restore volume, increase definition, and smooth out deep creases and wrinkles. BOTOX® Cosmetic is another popular injectable treatment. BOTOX injections are designed to temporarily paralyze targeted muscles and prevent the muscle contractions that cause wrinkles. 

Dr. Tracy McCall

Lake Country Plastic and Hand Surgery

Dr. Tracy McCall is a board-certified plastic surgeon that has been providing exceptional results to patients since 2001. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including:

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Association of Women Surgeons

Fill out our online form to request a consultation or call us in Waukesha, WI, at (262) 523-1200.

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