Dr. Butterfield is a Basalt plastic surgeon that specializes in facial cosmetic surgery. Many individuals will make the decision to have a facelift to slow down the visible effects of aging. This procedure places the incision along the hairline, where the skin is pulled up, trimmed away, and tightly secured. This repositions drooping facial structures resulting in a restored, tighter facial appearance. Facelifts are among the top 5 most common cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.S. Dr. Butterfield’s goal during surgery is to create a natural result that meets the patient’s aesthetic goals.
"I loved working with Dr. Butterfield, Bea and ALL the staff! Every follow up appointment felt like a family reunion because they are all so caring! I was happy with my results and would chose Mount Sopris Plastic Surgery again and again!"- J.P. / Google / Jan 25, 2020
"If i could give 100 stars, I would! Dr. Butterfield is a highly talented surgical artist with an eye for aesthetic perfection. From the moment I walked into her office, I felt confident in my decision to use Mt. Sopris Plastic Surgery. The waiting room and office were clean, comfortable and inviting while the office staff were knowledgeable, accommodating and friendly. I was quite nervous on the day of my procedure especially once inside the procedure room; Nurse Bea recognized my anxiety quickly resolved it with reassurments the procedure was quick and painless. 14 gears ago, I pierced my ears and 12 years ago, I began gauging the holes. After getting married and having children (among many other reasons), I felt the droopy holes were no longer representative of the man I am today. Everytime I looked in the mirror, my ears reminded me of stupid decisions in the past. In just under 15 minutes per ear, Dr. Butterfield erased the dissatisfaction and regret I held onto for so many years c"- A. / Healthgrades / Jun 13, 2020
"Dr Butterfield is incredible in every way - from her understanding nature and gentleness towards patients to her knowledge about best practices with plastic surgery to her perfectionism with her work. Anyone in her care is in good hands. And the team of women who surround her add an extra layer of care, support and kindness to the experience."- M.S. / Google / Jan 25, 2020
"I had my eye lid surgery done by Dr. Butterfield 18 day ago and the scars had almost disappeared. to achieve the results I obtained it is required to have a doctor who is skillful with a creative imagination and art. She has a beutiful smile and a good aura which inspires trust."- J.B. / Google / Sep 08, 2019
"Dr. Butterfield is one of the kindest, most compassionate, straightforward and honest doctors I have ever met with. She took the time (a LOT of time) to explain all of my options and was honest with me about what would and wouldn’t work for my situation. Dr. Butterfield made me feel confident with my decision and is not a doctor that will talk you into something that is not necessary. If you are searching for a professional, compassionate, honest physician, you do not need to look any further because you will not find anyone better than Dr. Butterfield."- C.F. / Google / Jun 06, 2019
Facelift Surgical Technique
There are various techniques used today to perform a facelift. Facial anatomy, skin laxity and the overall aesthetic goal of the patient will determine the best approach. Each procedure will be unique to the patient and will vary based on the type and location of the incision, the number of tissue layers affected, the plane of elevation and the level of invasiveness.
Skin Only Facelift
The skin only facelift has been in practice since the early 1900s. Known as a cutaneous facelift, this technique is less invasive because it addresses the skin only. The result of this surgery is a bit subtler than some of the newer muscle tightening procedures. However, it also offers a lower risk and recovery period for the patient.
Traditional Facelift (SMAS)
This SMAS facelift is considered the gold standard. This surgery, while more complicated, produces results that are more dramatic and longer lasting. The technique involves manipulating a group of muscles beneath the skin known as the superficial musculo-aponeurotic system (SMAS). This section of muscle controls facial expression. An incision is made along the hairline from the temple to just behind the earlobe. The skin is then separated and lifted. The underlying muscles and tissue are tightened and secured so they maintain their new position.
Deep Plane Lift
The deep plane lift goes a step further than the traditional approach. It is better suited for those with severe sagging and drooping — usually reserved for older patients. In addition to the SMAS layer being adjusted, a deeper section, known as the deep plane, is also treated. While this procedure offers certain advantages over a traditional facelift, surgeons must be skilled and act with caution so facial nerves are not damaged during the surgical process.
A mini facelift is geared towards patients who want some of the benefits of a facelift, while at the same time minimizing the cost and invasive nature of the surgery. Some procedures that are considered “mini” include the “Quicklift” or “Lifestyle Lift”. Patients who wish to maximize the outcome of their surgery, resulting in the most dramatic results, will most likely need to turn to having a full facelift in order to meet these aesthetic goals.
Full Facelift Video
Mid Facelift Video
Mini Facelift Video
Facelift During/After Surgery
All facelift procedures are performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. The length of the surgery will vary, but it generally takes between 3-4 hours. This surgery is considered an outpatient procedure. However, some patients may be required to stay overnight in the hospital. After surgery, patients will be bruised and swollen and the face and neck will feel tight. This will gradually improve within a few days. It is common for patients to feel anxious about how their face will appear. Patients need to understand it can take several full months for the final results to appear.
Facelift Expected Cost
Each facelift surgery is unique and will be tailored to each patient. Most patients can expect to pay between $6,000-$8,000 for a less invasive/skin only facelift, while more invasive procedures, such as the SMAS facelift and the deep plane facelift, can run between $8,500-$14,000. RealSelf.com lists the average facelift cost at $11,050.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $8,500 - $14,000
- Recovery Time
- 10-14 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 3-7 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In & Out-Patient
BOTOX®, injectable fillers, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels are examples of some non-surgical procedures that can assist in smoothing out wrinkles, improving fine lines and adding facial volume. These procedures also help to even out skin tone. However, these are treatments that will only affect the skin’s surface. Patients with loose skin, drooping jowls or a sagging neck will need to consider surgery if they want these features improved.
Will I Look Fake?
In the days immediately following facelift surgery, patients will feel tight and pulled. These are some short-term effects, but they will subside. It’s important to find a reputable surgeon skilled in facial surgery. Surgeons who know what they are doing will make every effort to work within the confines of the patient’s bone, skin and muscle structures so a younger, more natural look can result.
Facelift surgery does require a long incision. However, in almost all cases, these scars are well hidden as they fall just along the hairline and around the ears in the natural folds of the scalp. In most cases, the scars should be barely visible to the naked eye.
The common age range for patients who undergo a facelift is between 50-70. It is safe to say most patients will look 5-10 years younger following a facelift procedure. Younger patients (40-50 years old) generally have stronger skin elasticity so their results may last longer than those of someone older. However, older patients may have results that appear more dramatic and, for them, this can be very worthwhile. Patients should think of a facelift as a process to turn back the aging clock. You will still age, but you will appear a few years younger.