Learning About the Facelift Procedure

Learning About the Facelift Procedure

faceliftDr. Trang Vo-Nguyen (Dr. V) is a board certified facial plastic surgeon, who heads the Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts in Northern Virginia. She provides a range of advanced cosmetic surgery procedures for patients in Chantilly, Fairfax and surrounding communities in VA. Dr. V specializes in facial plastic surgery and performs cosmetic and reconstructive procedures such as facelift, neck lift, eyelid surgery, brow lift, and rhinoplasty.

Dr. V is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. She received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota, and completed her residency training in Head and Neck Surgery. She followed it up with a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA.

What is a Facelift?

Facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a plastic surgery procedure to reduce the signs of aging, primarily from the midface and lower face. Aging signs may appear more conspicuously on the face due to heredity factors, gravitational forces, environmental exposure, sun damage, medical condition, and natural facial expressions. Skin elasticity also goes down with age due to depletion of natural collagen. Facelift is an effective way to reverse the signs of aging, make the facial skin appear tighter and smoother, and restore youthfulness to the face.

The procedure involves re-contouring the loose skin and muscles, re-positioning the underlying fat and tissue, and restoring volume to the cheeks and mid-face without causing excessive stress to the overlying skin. A typical facelift can take several years off the patient’s face. The goal is to meet the patient’s needs and expectations from the procedure without compromising safety and customizing the treatment in accordance with the unique facial features and anatomy of the patient.

Facelift Techniques

With advancements in cosmetic surgery, a number of innovative approaches to facelift and neck lift surgery are available today. However, the traditional facelift procedure still continues to be preferred by many surgeons. An experienced plastic surgeon will choose the technique that is most suited to meet the patient’s needs and facial condition.

Traditional Technique: The traditional or standard facelift technique is designed to treat the lower two-third portion of the face as well as the neck. It involves removal of excess fat and skin, tightening the loose muscles, and re-draping the skin on the face smoothly. This procedure can be used to correct conditions such as sagging skin, excess fat pockets, droopy jowls, lines beneath lower eyelids, tired or old looking mid-face, lines around the mouth and double chin.

Endoscopic Technique: This facelift procedure involves the use of a miniature camera that is inserted underneath the skin to help identify problem areas and perform corrective surgery. The technique is minimally invasive to ensure that the recovery period is shorter, surgical risk is reduced and scars are negligible. Tiny incisions are made in this technique to help lift the upper face and cheeks. This technique can help improve conditions such as droopy brows, loose skin over cheeks, frown lines, sagging mid-face and jowls, and lines around the mouth.

Facelift is essentially a facial plastic surgery of the mid-face, lower face, and may also include the neck. However, conspicuous signs of aging in the upper face may not be corrected by any facelift technique. To ensure overall facial harmony, the plastic surgeon may recommend combining of facelift with other procedures such as forehead lift, eyelid surgery, brow lift, and minimally invasive treatments such as Botox or laser skin rejuvenation.


Facelift is usually performed under local anesthesia. The surgeon will begin the procedure by making an incision along the hairline or natural creases or folds on the face to hide the scars. Through the incision, the surgeon will remove a certain amount of excess tissue and fat. Multiple small incisions may be made to remove fat and loose skin from the chin and neck to enhance the overall facial contour. The overlying skin will be smoothed and re-draped on the face and the incisions will be closed.

The patient will have the face bandaged after the surgery and it may take a day or two before the dressings can be removed. Stitches will be removed in about a week. Pain relieving medication may be prescribed for the first few days. Cold compresses can be used to provide relief from swelling and bruising. Most patients can resume their normal activities within two to three weeks following the surgery.

Facelift with Dr. V

The Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts is a state of the art facility for facial plastic surgery in Chantilly and Fairfax, VA. Dr. V is board certified facial plastic surgeon, with expertise in various cosmetic surgery procedures. She is an experienced surgeon in Northern Virginia for facelift, brow lift, eyelid surgery, and other facial rejuvenation techniques.

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Warrenton’s An Evening Under the Stars Event & Silent Auction

Old Town Warrenton welcomes the 24th Annual Evening Under the Stars fundraiser for the Partnership for Warrenton Foundation. The fundraiser helps support the annual activities we all enjoy such as the nationally recognized GumDrop Square and Christmas in Old Town as well as the lamppost restoration project, Main Street’s American Flags and the economic and aesthetic revitalization of Old Town and much more. The 24th Annual Evening Under the Stars boasts tastings from an estimated two dozen of the area’s top restaurants and caterers, dancing in the street to live music performed by the Daryl Davis Band, a cash bar, and a silent auction. The event promises something for everyone. This is the social event of the fall, a true not-to-miss event! Tickets will be on sale starting in July on the web site under the Tickets Tab, at participating shops in Old Town and in Partnership office (26 S. Third Street).

Don’t forget to bid on the silent auction items Dr. V donated from the Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts that include a Botox Party and Facial Rejuvenation Package!

To purchase your tickets, reserve a table or a VIP Package please click on the Tickets tab of this web site. You may also purchase tickets by credit card by calling the office at 540-349-8606 or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 3528, Warrenton, VA  20188

If you have items you would like to donate to the silent or live auction, please contact Jennifer@PartnershipforWarrenton.org or call 540.349.8606.



What is the most basic skincare regimen to take care of your face?

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The most basic skincare regimen consists of cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting.

Wash your face twice a day with a mild cleanser specifically formulated for the face.  You may use a soft brush or your fingers to gently exfoliate and refresh in the morning, and de-stress and fully cleanse in the evening after a long day.

Moisturize with a balanced complex that uniquely harmonizes with your type of skin:  dry, neutral, oily.  Don’t be tempted to skip this step if you suffer oily skin.  Lack of moisture initiates a vicious cycle that throws your skin even more off-balance and causes more oil production.

And most importantly, protect your canvas at all times from the harsh aging effects of the sun.  Allow me to repeat.  Protect. Protect. And protect!  Each and every morning, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of at least 30, covering both UVA and UVB.

In the summer months, constant reapplication is essential as the sunscreen shield often fades away during activity.  Don’t neglect your skin in the coming winter months.  Although the sun may not be directly beaming down on us, its rays still reach and damage our skin.  Most of us in the metro area spend an abundance of time in the car commuting during the week.  Sun exposure comes directly and indirectly reflected from other cars, from dashboards, from any shiny surface. Protect yourself.

In addition, always apply an initial layer of sunscreen before you apply make-up or other cosmetic products. Even though some products offer a degree of sun protection, most do not fully prevent sun penetration adequately. Check and confirm next time you pick up a foundation product.

Vigilance and dedication to nourishing and cultivating your skin with delay the signs of aging and lead to a healthy canvas whereupon a work of art and expression arises.

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