Weekend Facelift

Plastic Surgeon Serving Indianapolis, Indiana

The terms "weekend facelift" and "lunch-time facelift" have been used by the media and marketers to describe a range of procedures that can correct loose and sagging facial skin "in the time it takes to have lunch". The idea of getting facelift-like results with no scars, no anesthesia and no downtime is tempting, but can it be done?

The answer is not really. Non-invasive (non-surgical) procedures, such as  Botox® and Injectable Fillers, can improve and enhance your appearance, but at this time they are not as effective as surgical procedures to reverse the signs of an aging face. To learn about how Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Fata performs these surgical and non-surgical procedures, please call Renaissance Plastic Surgery in Indianapolis at 317-575-9152.

Dr. Fata's Take on the 'Weekend Facelift'

Most of the techniques that fall under the umbrella of "weekend facelift" procedures have over-promised and under-delivered. Some topical treatment devices, such as Thermage®, promise to tighten the skin and while there are good results out there, the average outcome has  been unpredictable and often so subtle that it is difficult to distinguish between the "before" and "after" pictures. The Thread Lift® promised to lift sagging jowels by inserting barbed, rigid thread-like structures under the skin, but the improvement only lasted a few months because the barbed-wire threads cut through the tissues being lifted. This technique is rarely used anymore.

One procedure that did legitimately qualify as a "weekend facelift" was the Ribbon Lift®, which can be performed under local anesthesia. Through a small incision along the hairline of the temple, a bioabsorbable device (the "ribbon", which dissolved over a few months) was inserted to lift the jowels and skin.

The  Ribbon Lift® technique was only appropriate for patients with early and mild sagging of the jowels and minimal changes in the neck. Unfortunately, the Ribbon Lift® only lasted 1-2 years, much less than the more traditional facelift procedures. As with just about everything in life, the less you put into it the less you get out of it.

In Dr. Fata's experience, most women who consult him about a weekend facelift are better served with a mini facelift. In the mini facelift, the incision of the Ribbon Lift® is extended but hidden along the natural creases of the ear. This extension allows Dr. Fata to remove excess skin and more thoroughly tighten the "jowels", giving a better and longer-lasting result. The difference in downtime is only a few days and the difference in longevity is several years. Just think of it as a "weekend lift" but a long weekend, about 4 days on average, before you will be comfortable out in public with some makeup.

Dr. Joseph Fata performs weekend facelift surgery on his patients in Indianapolis and Carmel, Indiana. To assist you as you gather information on the procedure, Dr. Fata has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions based on his extensive experience with patients who have had weekend facelift.

Please feel free to call 317-575-9152 or contact Renaissance Plastic Surgery online to learn more about the weekend facelift/Ribbon Lift®. We serve patients throughout the Midwest as well as Carmel and Indianapolis, Indiana, and will be glad to schedule a confidential consultation for you.