Although some people refer to any kind of aesthetic facial surgery as a facelift, the word more properly 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 facelift procedure, known as a necklift, will remove jowls or a double chin.

A standard facelift 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 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 facelift procedure.

Conducting a facelift requires a high degree of surgical skill, and the negative effects of a bad one are highly visible. That’s why it’s essential that your facelift be performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. A good one will restore a youthful look without making your skin appear stretched or pulled.

A facelift also offers a good opportunity to refine the shape of your facial structure, by adding volume to your soft tissues. The tone and texture of your skin can be improved using resurfacing techniques in conjunction with a facelift, and wrinkles can be further reduced using injections. The breadth of our practice enables us to provide all these services in-house at the time of surgery.*



*Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed. 



4-8 hours




An overnight stay may be recommended but is not usually necessary


Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain


Pain, bleeding, infection, rare damage to nerves, incomplete improvement


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


1-2 months for swelling to completely resolve*