Face Lift

Although some people refer to any kind of aesthetic facial surgery as a face lift, the word more appropriately applies to surgical rejuvenation procedures dealing with visible signs of aging in the cheeks, chin, and neck. Deep wrinkles below your lower eyelids, creases descending from the nose to the corners of your mouth, and sagging in the middle portion of your face are usually addressed with a facelift. A more targeted face lift procedure, known as a neck lift, will remove jowls or a double chin.

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How a Face Lift Works

A standard face lift employs an incision on either side of your head, beginning at the temples near your hairline. The incision extends downward along the front of your ear and then wraps around below the ear to end near the bottom of your scalp. This incision enables us to adjust the position of your muscles and the underlying tissues of your face, jowls, and neck. We then trim away any excess skin and close the incisions with sutures or skin adhesives. It will take you about two weeks to recover fully from a face lift procedure.

Conducting a face lift requires a high degree of surgical skill, and the negative effects of a bad one are highly visible. Having a qualified plastic surgeon perform your face lift is essential; a good one will restore a youthful look without making your skin appear stretched or pulled.

A face lift also offers a good opportunity to refine the shape of your facial structure by adding volume to your soft tissues. We can also improve the tone and texture of your skin using resurfacing techniques in conjunction with the face lift, and can further reduce wrinkles using injections or fat transfer. The breadth of our practice enables us to provide all these services in addition to the surgery.*

*Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.

Before & After

Before and after front view of a face lift View more images in our gallery

Surgery length

4-8 hours






Temporary Swelling, Bruising, Some Pain, Bleeding, Infection, Rare Damage to Nerves, Incomplete Improvement


Back to work with makeup: 1-2 weeks. More strenuous activity: 2-3 weeks

Final appearance

1-2 months for swelling to completely resolve*

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