Men and women who have facelift surgery at our Kalispell plastic surgery practice often say they want their faces to reflect the energy and youthfulness they feel inside. Sagging skin, jowls, and neck wrinkles, however, send a very different message. Our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Michelle Spring and Dr. Michael Hromadka, specialize in facial rejuvenation and create results that look refreshed yet natural for patients from Whitefish and Great Falls, MT; Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint, ID; and throughout the Northwest.
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
What Happens During a Facelift?
Whether you consult with Dr. Spring or Dr. Hromadka, each surgeon takes the time needed to discuss your concerns and recommend the best approach to achieve your goals.
A facelift typically involves the surgeon making incisions concealed in the ear’s natural creases and along the hairline. After making the incisions, your surgeon lifts the skin and repositions the layer of tissue and muscle that provides structure to the skin, called the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS). This technique prevents the “windswept” appearance that comes from simply pulling the skin tight. Instead, the surgeons carefully re-drape the skin, removing some excess, so you’ll look like a more youthful version of yourself.
How long the results of your facelift will last depends on your age at the time of surgery and factors such as your skin quality, genetics, lifestyle, and overall health.
Combining a Facelift With Other Procedures
A SMAS facelift addresses the lower area of the face and neck, tightening jowls and neck skin, minimizing nasolabial folds, and improving the contours of the cheeks. It doesn’t address sagging eyelids or a droopy brow. Patients often combine eyelid surgery, or a brow lift with a facelift. If the texture of your skin is rough or you want to minimize discoloration, our surgeons can also perform laser skin treatments with a facelift.
How Long Is Recovery After a Facelift?
Your facelift recovery can be divided into two phases. The first is the time it takes to physically heal, which involves taking about 7 to 10 days off work. The second phase is the amount of time before you feel comfortable going out and socializing. Depending on your comfort level, that may be two weeks or more. For more significant events, such as a wedding or class reunion, you should plan to have your surgery at least 6 weeks before the event date.
Recovery after a facelift often involves less discomfort than patients expect. Prescription medication may be needed, but some patients manage pain with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Meet Our Surgeons
The combination of surgical skill and decades of experience sets Dr. Spring and Dr. Hromadka
apart from other plastic surgeons not just in Kalispell, but throughout Montana and the
Northwest. Assisted by Kristy Ehrmantraut, PA-C, their surgical physician assistant, Dr. Spring
and Dr. Hromadka are known for their down-to-earth personalities and for spending the time to
truly understand their patients’ goals.
Michael Hromadka, MD
Credentials You Can Trust
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Choose a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Are you ready to discover how facelift surgery at Mountain West Plastic Surgery can help you look as good as you feel? To discuss your options with one of our two highly trained plastic surgeons, request a consultation using the online form. Or you can call our office at
(406) 609-0210 to schedule an appointment.