Years of fun in the sun eventually take their toll on our facial appearance. This includes the faces of even the most young at heart! One way to address wrinkles and sagging skin of our neck and around our jawline is with a facelift. Facelifts and Necklifts (often performed together) can bring your face into harmony with the rest of your youthful shape and appearance in a natural way. In some cases, a Face Lift may be performed with Liposuction or Fat Grafting to rebalance the youthful proportions of volume in your face.

How is Facelift surgery performed?

During a Facelift, we make incisions hidden in your hairline and behind the ear, which give us access to the facial structures. We lift up the skin like a loose rug, and we shake it out. We tighten and resuspend the underlying sagging neck musculature – this helps sharpen the jawline. Lastly, the skin is re-draped over your face. Volume atrophy — meaning your face loses its fullness — occurs naturally along with the aging process. That’s why we often perform Fat Grafting at the same time as the Face Lift to restore that volume and create a natural look instead of a “pulled” appearance.

Facelift surgery generally includes a Necklift, because the signs of aging usually extend into the neck. During your consultation, Dr. Tannan discusses your upper face and how we pursue the goal of facial harmony. We may also suggest a blepharoplasty and brow lift, depending on your particular needs.


Is a Facelift right for me?

Facelift surgery can give an incredibly refreshing and rejuvenated look when done correctly. Remember, our goal is for a natural look. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Tannan always considers your safety first. While many places offer some form of “Face lift” or “mini Facelift,” do your homework. As you pick the best plastic surgeon for you, make sure he or she is a fully trained and board-certified plastic surgeon.

A Face Lift procedure addresses the areas that cannot be fixed with botox/fillers, addressing areas that require resuspension of tissue in addition to redistribution. During your consultation, Dr. Tannan will help you develop a plastic surgery approach that addresses your problem areas in a way that looks natural and stays true to you. Those recommendations vary from using injectable Botox to a surgical Facelift and other procedures like chemical peels. Your personalized, in-depth consultation will help you navigate your best solution for aging gracefully. (Ask her about the best age for getting a Facelift.)


Still not sure what’s right for you? Read more about the difference between a facelift and fillers.


How much does a Facelift cost?

Good question. The facelift cost can vary depending on your particular needs, which we discuss with you during your personal consultation. In the meantime, try out the Plastic Surgery Cost Calculator to see a breakdown of average prices for a Face Lift and other popular cosmetic surgery procedures, like Mommy Makeover or Breast Augmentation.

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What is the recovery like after Facelift surgery?

Facelift recovery usually involves 1-2 weeks of limited physical activity. Plan to have a helper for your movements around the house, your heavy lifting and everything in between for a little while. We suggest you minimize bending or doing anything that increases your blood pressure. After those first few weeks, we progressively advance your activity level. Plan out your recovery from a facelift using the Cosmetic Surgery Recovery Calculator.

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