Facelift
in Novi, Michigan

A facelift at Illuum Cosmetic Surgery in Michigan is a surgical procedure that restores a youthful appearance. This fantastic cosmetic procedure has helped countless individuals reclaim their youthful radiance, enhancing their confidence and self-esteem.

With its ability to redefine facial contours and eliminate visible signs of aging, the facelift remains one of the most efficient and popular solutions for facial rejuvenation. Illuum Cosmetic Surgery is an excellent choice for the facelift procedure due to its exceptional expertise and personalized care. With the highly skilled board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Lakin, specializing in facelifts, he can ensure a precise and successful outcome.

What Is a Facelift?

The surgical procedure known as a facelift, or rhytidectomy, aims to rejuvenate the face by addressing signs of aging. It involves tightening and lifting the underlying facial tissues and removing excess skin to create a smoother, firmer, and more youthful appearance. A facelift typically targets sagging skin, deep creases, jowls, and other visible signs of facial aging in the lower face and neck. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Lakin, performs the procedure, which can be customized to suit each individual’s unique needs and desired outcomes.

Facelift Procedures: What to Expect

At Illuum Cosmetic Surgery, we understand that any facial plastic surgery can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. So, to help ease any concerns and prepare you for a smooth and successful journey, we’ve provided an outline of what to expect during the various stages of a facelift procedure:

During your initial facelift consultation, Dr. Lakin will discuss your facelift goals, concerns, and expectations. He will evaluate your health and facial anatomy to determine your suitability for the procedure. We will conduct a thorough medical evaluation, including a physical examination, full medical history review, and possibly lab tests, to ensure you are in the best health for surgery.

Anesthesia for a facelift is based on the complexity or scope of the surgery, patient preference, and Dr. Lakin’s recommendation. Options include local anesthesia with sedation, intravenous (IV) sedation, or general anesthesia. Most patients elect to have the procedure done asleep under general anesthesia. The choice is determined through discussions with Dr. Lakin, considering your medical history, preferences, and the procedure’s complexity.

The facelift procedure involves several key steps, each to restore a rejuvenated and younger appearance. Dr. Lakin will carefully plan and make discreet incisions in the natural contours and creases of the face, ensuring minimal visible scarring. Common incision locations include along the hairline, around the ears, and sometimes under the chin.

The underlying facial tissues (SMAS), including muscles and fat pads, will be lifted, repositioned, and tightened to address sagging tissues and improve facial contours. This step helps restore a youthful appearance by reducing jowls and enhancing the jawline. Any excess skin will be trimmed to eliminate wrinkles, creases, and loose skin, which helps to create a smoother, more youthful facial appearance.

Once the needed adjustments have been made, the incisions are meticulously closed using sutures, ensuring minimal scarring. 

Additional Procedures for Facial Rejuvenation

In addition to a facelift, other procedures can be combined to enhance the overall results and provide a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Four standard procedures often combined with facelifts are facial filling, skin resurfacing, neck liposuction, and blepharoplasty (eyelid procedures).

Facial Filling

In addition to facelifts, we offer facial filling as an additional procedure to achieve proper facial rejuvenation. Facial filling can be done through two methods: fat transfer or dermal fillers.

In addition to facelifts, we offer facial filling as an additional procedure to achieve proper facial rejuvenation. Facial filling can be done through two methods: fat transfer or dermal fillers.
Fat Transfer, also known as fat grafting, restores volume and improves facial contours by harvesting fat through liposuction from one body area and injecting it into specific facial regions. Fat grafting to the face is usually performed with a facelift to replace the fat loss that occurs with normal aging. The benefits include natural and long-lasting results and improved facial contours for a harmonious appearance.
Dermal fillers are injectable substances, typically made of hyaluronic acid, that rejuvenate the face by providing hydration and volume and targeting specific areas of concern. They offer immediate results and can be customized based on individual needs. The advantages of fillers include quick and convenient procedures, immediate volumizing effects, and the ability to customize and reverse the treatment if desired.
Fat Transfer

Fat Transfer, also known as fat grafting, restores volume and improves facial contours by harvesting fat through liposuction from one body area and injecting it into specific facial regions. Fat grafting to the face is usually performed with a facelift to replace the fat loss that occurs with normal aging. The benefits include natural and long-lasting results and improved facial contours for a harmonious appearance.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are injectable substances, typically made of hyaluronic acid, that rejuvenate the face by providing hydration and volume and targeting specific areas of concern. They offer immediate results and can be customized based on individual needs. The advantages of fillers include quick and convenient procedures, immediate volumizing effects, and the ability to customize and reverse the treatment if desired.

In addition to facelift surgery and our Morpheus device for lifting and filling, we offer skin resurfacing to enhance the overall results of facial rejuvenation. This additional procedure aims to polish the skin by improving its texture and appearance. We can address fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and surface imperfections using techniques such as laser resurfacing or chemical peels. Skin resurfacing works in synergy with the facelift and Morpheus device, complementing the lifting and filling effects by creating a smoother, more refined complexion. We aim to provide comprehensive facial rejuvenation that offers natural-looking, youthful results.
Neck liposuction is an important part of your facelift journey. Firstly, it refines your jawline by removing excess fat, giving you a youthful, confident look. Secondly, it restores balance to your facial features by eliminating areas such as a double chin. Finally, a balanced rejuvenation can significantly boost your self-confidence, helping you feel comfortable and self-assured. In addition, by targeting stubborn fat deposits in the neck and under the chin, neck liposuction enhances the overall impact of facial rejuvenation.
Combining a facelift with blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can offer transformative results for a holistic approach to facial rejuvenation. The facelift targets sagging and wrinkles in the mid to lower face, while blepharoplasty addresses issues in the upper and lower eyelids, leading to a more alert and refreshed look. This pairing ensures balanced rejuvenation across the face, enhances aesthetic harmony and can be more cost-effective with a potentially reduced overall recovery time.

Skin Resurfacing

In addition to facelift surgery and our Morpheus device for lifting and filling, we offer skin resurfacing to enhance the overall results of facial rejuvenation. This additional procedure aims to polish the skin by improving its texture and appearance. We can address fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and surface imperfections using techniques such as laser resurfacing or chemical peels. Skin resurfacing works in synergy with the facelift and Morpheus device, complementing the lifting and filling effects by creating a smoother, more refined complexion. We aim to provide comprehensive facial rejuvenation that offers natural-looking, youthful results.

Neck Liposuction

Neck liposuction is an important part of your facelift journey. First, it refines your jawline by removing excess fat, giving you a youthful, confident look. Secondly, it restores balance to your facial features by eliminating areas such as a double chin. Finally, a balanced rejuvenation can significantly boost your self-confidence, helping you feel comfortable and self-assured. In addition, by targeting stubborn fat deposits in the neck and under the chin, neck liposuction enhances the overall impact of facial rejuvenation.

Blepharoplasty

Combining a facelift with blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, can offer transformative results for a holistic approach to facial rejuvenation. The facelift targets sagging and wrinkles in the mid to lower face, while blepharoplasty addresses issues in the upper and lower eyelids, leading to a more alert and refreshed look. This pairing ensures balanced rejuvenation across the face, enhances aesthetic harmony and can be more cost-effective with a potentially reduced overall recovery time.

Are You a Suitable Candidate for a Facelift?

Facelift procedures can be transformative solutions for individuals seeking to address signs of aging. While the suitability for a facelift depends on an individual basis, several factors generally make someone a good candidate for this procedure. These factors include: 

Visible Signs of Aging

Individuals with sagging skin, deep wrinkles, jowls, or loose facial tissues

Non-Smoker

Being a non-smoker or willing to quit smoking for one month before and after the surgery

Overall Health

Good general health without underlying medical conditions that could impair healing or increase complications

Stable weight

Maintaining a stable weight to ensure long-term results

Realistic expectations

Understanding the limitations of the facelift procedure and expecting a partial transformation or perfection

Psychological Readiness

Patients with a healthy self-image and a positive mindset for the procedure

Certain situations may make a facelift less suitable for some individuals. Several aspects include having certain medical conditions (such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart disease, bleeding disorders, or immune system disorders) that increase surgical risks, unrealistic expectations, minimal signs of facial aging, poor overall health, and smoking.

Consulting with Dr. Lakin is crucial to determine if you are a suitable candidate. He will assess your circumstances, discuss your goals, and recommend appropriate treatment options while prioritizing your safety and well-being.

Recovery Process for Facelift Surgery

After your facelift surgery, it is essential to follow these guidelines for a successful recovery:

Facelift Before & After

Facelift Surgery Results and Long-Term Care

Facelift surgery offers excellent results, rejuvenating the face and restoring a youthful appearance. However, understanding what patients can expect in terms of results and how to maintain those results for a long time is essential. Here’s an overview of what you can anticipate and tips for long-term care after a plastic surgery facelift:

After the initial recovery, immediate improvements in facial appearance are noticeable. Excess skin is removed, contours are enhanced, and wrinkles are reduced. However, complete results may take several weeks or months due to post-surgical swelling.

As swelling subsides in the following weeks and months, facial features continue to refine, revealing the final results. Skin settles into a smoother, more youthful position, enhancing overall facial harmony.

While a facelift doesn’t halt aging, it provides long-lasting improvements—results typically last several years, influenced by skin quality, lifestyle, and individual aging processes. Remember, personal experiences may vary.

Facelift Surgery Results and Long-Term Care​

Long-Term Care and Maintenance

When under the sun, shield your facial skin from harmful UV rays by wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and protective clothing, which helps prevent premature facial aging and sun damage.

Establish a consistent skincare routine using gentle cleansers, moisturizers, and antioxidant-rich products. Consult with a skincare professional for personalized recommendations.

Support your skin’s health by following a balanced diet, staying hydrated, exercising regularly, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

Attend regular follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor progress, address concerns, and receive guidance on long-term care.

Consider complementary non-surgical treatments like dermal fillers, skin resurfacing, or Botox injections to enhance and prolong your facelift results.

Cost of Facelift Surgery

The cost of facelift surgery in Michigan may differ based on several factors, including the surgeon’s experience, the complexity of the procedure, the geographic location, and any additional treatments or services included. It’s important to note that the following information is a general overview, and specific pricing details should be obtained through a consultation with a qualified cosmetic surgeon in Michigan. On average, a facelift surgery in Michigan ranges from $8,000 to $15,000. This estimate typically includes the surgeon’s fees, anesthesia fees, facility fees, preoperative and postoperative appointments, and any necessary follow-up care. However, it’s essential to inquire about what is specifically included in the quoted price to understand the overall cost comprehensively.

How to Choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon for Your Facelift Procedure?

Dr. Lakin of Illuum Cosmetic Surgery stands as the top choice for individuals seeking a facelift procedure, underpinned by several compelling reasons. He’s a board-certified plastic surgeon, assuring his credentials meet stringent education, training, and ethical practice standards. His extensive experience over the years has honed his skills, giving him a profound understanding of facial anatomy, which is crucial in proficiently performing facelift procedures. An impressive portfolio of before and after images from past procedures enables potential patients to evaluate his aesthetic style and the quality of his work.

Dr. Lakin’s professionalism, skill, and patient-centered approach are vouched for by plentiful positive patient testimonials, indicating high satisfaction levels. He also offers personalized consultations, using his attentive communication style to ensure a thorough understanding of patient goals, concerns, and expectations, facilitating customized treatment plans. Illuum Cosmetic Surgery operates within an accredited surgical facility that meets stringent safety and quality measures, minimizing complication risks. Above all, Dr. Lakin prioritizes patient safety and support, incorporating comprehensive preoperative evaluations, correct anesthesia management, and thorough postoperative care.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Facelift Michigan

The optimal age for a facelift to address sagging and excess skin varies for each individual. Generally, individuals in their 40s to 60s tend to be good candidates, but it ultimately depends on the patient’s concerns and overall health.

The optimal age for a facelift to address sagging and excess skin varies for each individual. Generally, individuals in their 40s to 60s tend to be good candidates, but it ultimately depends on the patient’s concerns and overall health.

Other cosmetic procedures combined with a facelift to address excess and sagging skin include eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), skin resurfacing with Morpheus8, neck liposuction, and fat grafting. These procedures can provide comprehensive rejuvenation and enhance the overall outcome of a facelift.

A mini facelift is a less invasive facial procedure focusing on mild to moderate signs of aging in the lower face and neck. It involves smaller incisions and targets specific areas such as sagging jowls and loose skin. In contrast, a traditional facelift is a more comprehensive procedure that addresses a broader range of aging concerns in the face, mid-face, and neck. The selection between the two options depends on the extent of aging and desired results.

Yes, a neck lift is different from a facelift. While both procedures focus on rejuvenating the appearance of the face and neck, they target other areas. For example, a facelift primarily addresses sagging skin, deep facial wrinkles, and loss of volume in the lower face and jowls, including the cheeks and jawline. On the other hand, a neck lift specifically targets excess neck skin, muscle banding, and fat deposits in the neck area, addressing issues such as a “turkey neck” or “double chin.”

There are various facelift techniques, including the traditional facelift, mini facelift, mid-facelift, deep plane facelift, and thread lift. The traditional facelift involves lifting and repositioning the deeper facial tissues (SMAS), removing excess skin, and tightening the remaining skin. A mini facelift targets mild to moderate signs of aging in a smaller area, while a mid-facelift focuses on rejuvenating the cheeks and under-eye region. The deep plane facelift addresses sagging in the deeper layers of the face, and the thread lift involves lifting sagging skin using dissolvable sutures.

The deep plane facelift lifts the skin combined with the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) layer as a combined unit compared to the SMAS facelift which lifts the two layers separately. Both techniques have longer lasting results than a mini facelift or skin only facelift which only target the skin layer. When the SMAS layer is addressed as well, there is less tension placed on the skin layer leading to long lasting and more natural results. The deep plane facelift is an older technique with higher risk of nerve injury while the SMAS facelift is a safer because there is less risk of facial nerve injury. The SMAS facelift is also more versatile because it can separately control the vectors of movement of the various planes. For instance, the SMAS layer can be lifted separately vertically, while at the same time the skin can be re-draped in a diagonal tension-free vector. For these reasons we prefer to use the SMAS facelift technique when performing our facelifts.

Schedule a Consultation

Whether you’re looking for Dr. Lakin’s expert insight or know exactly what you’re looking for, scheduling a consultation is the obvious and easy next step. Sit down with one of Michigan’s premier plastic surgeons and start your journey into illuminating the best version of yourself.

Dr. Gregory Lakin of Illuum cosmetic surgery in Novi, Michigan.

Dr. Gregory Lakin, M.D.

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Lakin is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Novi, MI who believes cosmetic surgery should illuminate the best versions of his patients. He is bilingual in Spanish after growing up in South Florida and living abroad for 7 years in Spain, Mexico, Bolivia, and Puerto Rico. He moved from his hometown of Ft. Lauderdale, FL with his family to practice in Novi and live closer to his wife’s family. Dr. Lakin has nearly 20 years of experience in plastic surgery and has performed over 20,000 surgical procedures in South Florida, Los Angeles, New York, Cleveland, and Detroit. He has memberships in national plastic surgery organizations and has received numerous national awards in plastic surgery.

Katie Wells BSN, RN

Nurse Injector

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University and worked as an operating room nurse at Michigan Medicine for 2 years before transitioning to aesthetics. She
received her certification as a Nurse Injector, and attended further training and certification through Allergan Medical Institute. She absolutely loves being a Nurse Injector and is very passionate about
combining medicine and the creativity and artistry of aesthetics in her practice. It is extremely important to her to remain educated and up to date with the newest and best treatments and injection techniques. Her goal as an Injector is that when you sit in her chair that you feel comfortable, fully educated on your procedure, and confident and happy in your results when we are done. She loves forming connections with her patients and feels truly honored to be a part of your journey to becoming your most confident self, inside and out! She is a great listener and looks forward to creating an individualized plan to meet each of her patient’s unique goals and desires. Some of her favorite treatments include lip filler, Botox, and midface/cheek filler (but there is so much more!). When she is not injecting, you can find her trying new recipes, spending time with family, working out, gardening, or taking a long walk with her dog.

Heidi Winkler BSN, RN

Director of Nursing & Surgical Services Leadership

Heidi’s goal is to ensure every patient has a positive experience and is satisfied with the high quality of service provided by our clinical staff. Her passion as a caregiver is to impact each person’s life in a positive way.

Tonya Gilbert BSN, RN

PACU Nurse

Tonya has been a registered nurse for 15 years. She earned her BSN at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

She started her career as a trauma RN in Detroit. She has been working as a recovery RN for the past 8 years. She loves being part of a team that makes a difference in people’s lives. 

Her passions include lounging with her fur babies, family, and friends, traveling, crunching, and recycling. 

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