Revitalize your facial appearance with a facelift procedure

Slow the Signs of Facial Aging

Getting older doesn’t necessarily mean you have to look old. Over time, gravity, sun exposure, daily stress, and genetics can take their toll on the appearance of your face and neck. Deep creases can appear beside the mouth as the jawline slackens and the neck develops loose folds or bulging fat deposits. A facelift, or rhytidectomy, can improve the appearance of the lower two-thirds of your face by tightening sagging facial muscles, smoothing wrinkled skin, and removing excess fat.

Types of Facelifts

SMAS Facelift

The superficial muscular aponeurotic system facelift, or SMAS, targets issues of skin and muscle laxity in the lower two-thirds of your face. A SMAS facelift helps to reverse the appearance of aging in the jawline, cheeks, nasolabial folds, and jowls. During a SMAS facelift, expect your surgeon to tighten the underlying muscles of your face while removing fat and trimming excess skin.

Deep Plane Facelift

This customized surgical procedure addresses severe facial aging, including the cheeks and neck. Targeting sunken cheeks, sagging of the neck, and issues of skin laxity, deep plane facelifts raise the underlying muscle tissue into a more youthful position. This procedure is particularly useful for addressing issues in the mid-face. These often don’t respond to traditional facelift methods. During your procedure, your surgeon will reposition and tighten any loose or saggy facial muscles to restore natural-looking definition and contour.


The mid-facelift seeks to lift and contour the lines of the mid-face, addressing sunken, hollow cheeks, loss of definition, and deep creases and wrinkles. Candidates for a mid-facelift should not be experiencing significant issues of skin laxity at the jawline, jowls, or neck. A mid-facelift can refine the contours of the cheeks, smooth deep nasolabial folds, and can improve the appearance of the lower eyelids.

Mini Facelift

Younger patients typically desire a mini facelift when the signs of aging become prevalent and he or she begins looking tired, older, and overworked. This procedure is not designed to address heavy sagging of the jowls or neckline, rather, it should be used to create smoother, more uplifted facial lines and contours.

Non-Surgical Facelift

If you’re not ready to undergo a procedural facelift, there are alternative options that may create a more youthful, rested appearance—without the need for surgery. Non-surgical facelifts are typically made up of a combination of laser skin resurfacing or rejuvenation, cosmetic injectables, and dermal fillers.

Mini vs Full Facelifts

The difference between a traditional facelift and a mini facelift is the area of your face that it’s on. The overall goal of a full facelift is to tighten, remove, or contour facial skin, muscles, and fat as needed. A mini facelift specifically addresses the mid-to-lower section of the face. Consequently, less tissue is removed and the cosmetic procedure requires less time. Facelifts make it possible to achieve a more lasting effect than dermal injections or other procedures.

What Should I Expect From A Facelift Procedure?

Recovery is a gradual process and differs for everyone. Most patients go home on the same day. However, you may need to remain in the hospital overnight. The amount of time varies depending on the procedure, type of anesthesia, general health, age, and other factors. Facial numbness generally resolves itself over several months, and full recovery takes up to two or three weeks.

Pain control is important for smooth recovery and healing. Your board-certified plastic surgeon will treat your pain so you can rest and recover comfortably. If your pain becomes excessive: call your doctor right away as it may be a sign of a complication.

– Complications
– Persistent pain
– Facial asymmetry
– Surgery to revise unsatisfactory results
– Facial nerve damage
– Fat necrosis, or death of fat in the skin
– Changes in skin color or contour
– Fluid collection under the skin
– Numbness or changes in skin sensation

Patients find that regaining a youthful appearance enhances their self-esteem as well as their overall look. That being said, a rhytidectomy can’t stop the natural aging process. Factors such as skin elasticity, exposure to the sun, and lifestyle choices (e.g. smoking, weight changes) can impact the longevity of your improvements.

Am I A Good Candidate for A Facelift?

Facelifts are designed to rejuvenate the mid-to-lower face and neck. If you’re looking to address any of the following issues, you’ll most likely be a great candidate for our facelift procedure:

– Midface sagging
– Loose skin and fat under the chin and jaw
– Nasolabial folds, between the nose and mouth
– Deep creases under the eyes
– Sagging areas of excess fat
– Jowls, due to loss of muscle tone

Keep in mind that a facelift won’t necessarily rejuvenate the brow, eyelids, nose, and other similar parts of the midface. Combining your facelift with a brow lift or eyelid surgery, however, is a great way to address multiple areas of concern. Be sure to consult a trustworthy, board-certified plastic surgeon to choose the best procedure for your physical characteristics and esthetic concerns. Dr. Mazaheri’s precision and commitment to excellence make him an ideal choice to help you achieve natural-looking results.

Schedule your Personal Consultation Today

With over 20 years of experience performing successful facelifts as well as face, body, and breast procedures, Dr. Mazaheri is a board-certified professional you can trust to help you achieve your desired results. He’s an experienced professional who genuinely cares about every client. If you’d like more information on what facelifts can do or if removing excess facial skin is right for you, contact Dr. Mazaheri Cosmetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery today.

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