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Michael C. Fasching, M.D.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon


Facelift Surgery in Minneapolis


No one has discovered how to stop the natural aging process completely. However, by undergoing facelift surgery with Dr. Michael C. Fasching, a talented facial rejuvenation plastic surgeon in Minneapolis, you can look like you once did.

When to Consider Facelift Surgery

As time passes, various factors, such as genetic traits, constant exposure to the sun, the effect of gravity and certain lifestyle habits (e.g., smoking) can have a negative impact on the skin’s texture as well as overall skin health.
Diagram of Facelift Surgery

In addition, as individuals age, the body increasingly produces less and less collagen and elastin, two proteins that are essential for preserving healthy, elastic skin. Once this happens, the skin loses its elasticity and begins to sag. Fat is displaced, and muscle tone is lost. These occurrences cause noticeable signs of aging to develop throughout the face. These may include wrinkles, deep folds, creases, furrows, hollow-looking pockets, and drooping skin and jowls, among other bothersome issues.

For men and women who feel young in spirit but are frustrated with visible signs of facial aging, it might be time to consider undergoing facelift surgery with Dr. Fasching. By doing so, patients can combat visible signs of facial aging, so they look as young as they feel at heart.

What Facelift Surgery Entails

Facelift surgery is a suspensory procedure designed to lift the soft facial tissues. The goals of the facelift procedure are to restore muscle tone, redistribute displaced fat, and tighten loose skin.

Facelift surgery can be performed alone or it can be combined with another facial rejuvenation procedure, such as brow lift, neck lift or eyelid surgery, to optimize the aesthetic benefits of facelift surgery.

What to Expect During the Facelift Procedure

Facelift surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure with the use of general anesthesia.

The incision approach may differ for each patient, depending on the person’s surgical goals and the complexity of his or her anatomical needs. During a facelift consultation, Dr. Fasching examines each patient’s facial structure and listens to his or her aesthetic concerns. Based on this information, he suggests a suitable facelift treatment plan, including an incision approach.

The traditional facelift approach involves making an incision that starts at the temple, extends around the ear, and ends either in the back of the ear or in the scalp region. Once Dr. Fasching has made the incision, he gently lifts a skin flap to access the underlying tissues. He restores muscle tone and repairs the supporting tissue structures while redistributing any displaced fat as needed. Dr. Fasching re-drapes the skin, pulling it taut, before excising any loose excess skin. He closes the incisions with sutures or skin adhesive, choosing the technique that most effectively conceals them.

Various Facelift Approaches

As mentioned above, Dr. Fasching will recommend an appropriate surgical approach for facelift surgery, based on the patient’s skin health (including the degree of skin laxity), distinct bone structure, and other considerations. Depending on these factors, Dr. Fasching may suggest an alternative facelift technique. The Minneapolis plastic surgeon performs the following facelift techniques:

  • SMAS lift. This technique involves repositioning the skin and other tissues, removing surplus skin as necessary and tightening the underlying connective tissue layer (the superficial musculoaponeurotic system, or SMAS). With this approach, Dr. Fasching can more easily re-drape the skin over the cheeks, jaw line and neck region, providing smoother contours without visible tension.
  • Subperiosteal lift. Dr. Fasching performs this approach endoscopically when medically appropriate for the patient. It involves vertically lifting the soft facial tissues by releasing the tissues off the bony layer of the facial structure. This approach is not typically recommended, as it is more advantageous to re-contour and raise the underlying structures along with the overlying tissues for a more natural-looking, longer-lasting result.
  • Deep plane facelift. This surgical approach is used to elevate the skin, fat, muscles and other facial tissues in one continuous section, so Dr. Fasching can reshape the entire face. However, most individuals can achieve their goals for facial rejuvenation surgery with a less invasive technique.

The Facelift Recovery Period


Facelift patients should expect to take about one to two weeks off from their jobs or usual routine. Even though many postoperative symptoms will improve within the first week, it generally takes about two weeks for any visible symptoms to become less apparent.

During the first few days following the facelift procedure, patients should keep their head elevated at all times, even while sleeping. The treatment area may be tender or sore, but taking oral pain medication as instructed will help relieve any discomfort. The treatment area may also be bruised and swollen, but these are normal symptoms that should, again, improve within about one week. Dr. Fasching will remove any non-dissolvable sutures during one of the follow-up visits, within about 10 days after the facelift surgery.

Depending on the patient’s lifestyle practices, such as sun tanning or smoking, hereditary traits and prior facial surgical history, the aesthetic benefits of facelift surgery should last about five to 10 years.

Rejuvenate Your Look — and Your Spirits!

Facelift surgery is an effective way to take years off your facial appearance. Doing so rejuvenates both your look and your entire outlook!

To schedule a personal facelift consultation with Dr. Fasching to learn more about facial rejuvenation surgery, please contact his practice by calling (763) 577-7500.