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Why a Facelift?

Address three major areas in one procedure.

If you have concerns with your cheeks and midface, your jowl and jawline, as well as your neck and chin, a facelift can help you achieve natural results and restore your youthful appearance. 

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Do I Need a Facelift?

If you have concerns with your cheeks and midface, your jowl and jawline, as well as your neck and chin, a facelift can help you achieve natural results and restore your youthful appearance. 

Hear Dr. Clevens explain who makes a good facelift candidate.

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Facelift Benefits

The classic treatment for looking 10 to 15 years younger. 

A facelift remains the gold standard in facial rejuvenation for a reason. By correcting deep folds and loose skin that superficial treatments cannot, this classic treatment makes your skin appear firmer and tighter. Plus, a facelift re-contours several areas in one procedure, minimizing your total surgery and recovery time.

A facelift will benefit you in three main areas: the cheek and midface, jowl and jawline, as well as neck and chin. Watch Dr. Clevens to learn more about facelift benefits.

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Facelift Procedure

Minimizing discomfort, maximizing safety.

Facelifts are performed by Dr. Clevens or Dr. Khelemsky alongside an anesthesiologist in a state-licensed, nationally accredited Ambulatory Surgery Center, ensuring the highest levels of safety and comfort.

Dr. Clevens and Dr. Khelemsky specialize in modern and comprehensive facelift techniques, such as the deep plane facelift, which addresses the fat pads deep under the skin to recontour the face in a way that creates natural-looking results. They will also remove excess fat or add fat for volume as needed. Dr. Clevens and Dr. Khelemsky carefully hide incisions in natural creases—you won’t be able to tell you had surgery. Watch Dr. Clevens explain the facelift procedure.

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Facelift Recovery

Aiding you in the speediest and most comfortable recovery possible.

By providing the best aftercare, our team gets you back to living your life. Many patients will return to work within two weeks of their facelift procedure. Bandages are typically removed a day or two after surgery. Sutures dissolve a few days after the procedure, too. 

Our team of experienced medical aestheticians assist you with makeup and perform lymphatic massage to aid in the rapid resolution of any fullness. As with any surgery, facelifts have rare risks and the potential for complications, such as bleeding, infections, hematoma, and change in facial sensation. 

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What Our Patients Say

Hear from one of our facelift patients.

“I've told a lot of my friends about what I've had done and always with confidence, telling them that I knew that they would be happy if they would see Dr. Clevens.” 


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Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS

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Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS

*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.

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I dislike the sagging and deep creases in my face, but I’m only in my 40s. Am I too young for a facelift?

No, not necessarily. Aging affects people at different rates depending on their genetics, diet, and other factors. If you have drooping cheeks, jowls, a loose neck, or other severe problems, a facelift may be a good option for you regardless of your chronological age. A consultation with Dr. Clevens will be the best way to determine the extent of your issues and whether they can be improved with less invasive measures like fillers or fat transfer.

Will it be obvious that I’ve had work done?

Fortunately, that stereotypical pulled-tight look associated with aging celebrities is mostly a thing of the past. Modern facelift techniques like the deep plane method performed by Dr. Clevens will preserve your unique facial characteristics and add volume where appropriate to provide a look that is youthful but still very natural.

What can I do to minimize the scars from my facelift?

The scarring from a facelift is usually surprisingly minimal, since they will be carefully placed and typically turn out to be quite flat and narrow. Your exact scars will vary depending on factors like genetics and nutrition, but you can help minimize them by not smoking, avoiding unprotected sun exposure, and carefully avoiding infection. Scar massage and corticosteroids will also help reduce scarring.

I have recently lost a large amount of weight, and it left me with loose skin on my face. Will I need a facelift to correct this?

Loose facial skin as a result of weight loss is common, and a facelift can certainly correct this. Often, however, the problem will resolve itself with time, particularly if you are young. Waiting for a year to see how much the skin will tighten on its own is a good idea before undergoing surgery. Depending on the extent of the loose skin, Dr. Clevens may also advise fillers or fat grafting as an option.

How long will the results from my facelift last?

Think of it like setting back a clock. While you will continue to age after getting your facelift, you will always look 10-15 years younger than if you had not gotten the facelift. You can help to extend the results even further by avoiding smoking, unprotected sun exposure, or large changes in weight, since all of these will harm your skin elasticity and cause you to look older faster.

What is a facelift?

A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to improve the most visible signs of aging and restore a more youthful appearance to the face and neck. As time passes, facial lines and wrinkles form, laxity in the neckline develops and deep folds appear along the nose-cheek groove. No one lives a life completely shielded from the sun, immune from gravity, while not allowing ourselves to make the facial expressions that cause wrinkles. The purpose of a facelift is to restore the youthful cheeks, lower face and neckline you had years ago. Properly performed, a facelift should not to make you look like someone else; instead, a facelift should make you look better, certainly not different. The procedure can improve the appearance of sagging facial skin of the lower face as well as jowls and loose neck skin.

Dr. Clevens brings a skilled touch to the facelift procedure, his patients should expect to achieve a smoother neck area, reduced jowls, and a refined jawline and chin. Your face will never looked pulled or operated upon. Through the use of the most sophisticated and up to date facelift techniques, Dr. Clevens strives to create a subtly more youthful face by lifting and restoring the muscles in addition to tightening the superficial layers that serve as the foundation of our skin. The soft tissues and fat are addressed by Dr. Clevens to achieve a rejuvenated appearance.

Are other procedures typically performed at the same time as facelift?

A facelift rejuvenates the lower two thirds of the face and neck. A facelift lifts the cheeks creating an uplifted appearance to the cheeks and midface, smooths the nasolabial folds, lifts the jowl thereby defining the jawline creating a more youthful and angular jawline and neck line. In addition, a facelift lifts the neck and chin improving you profile and neckline.

Facelift is often performed in conjunction with other procedures that rejuvenate the face and turn back the hands of time including browlift, blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid surgery) and skin resurfacing procedures such as laser skin resurfacing, Rhytec Portrait skin resurfacing and chemical peels. . These procedures improve the forehead, brow position, the appearance of the eyelids and the texture of the skin. Often additional procedures are necessary to achieve a balanced improvement. For example, if someone receives a facelift, their youthful lower face may accentuate an aged forehead, saggy brows, or tired looking eyelids.

During your consultation with Dr. Clevens, he and his staff will help you decide what combination of procedures, if necessary, will best address your individual needs if a facelift alone is not enough to achieve the best post operative result.

Who is the best candidate for a facelift?

The best candidate for a facelift is a physically healthy person who is realistic in their expectations regarding the appearance of loose facial and neck skin. You do not need to wait until the signs of aging are severe, an increasing number of men and women elect to have facelifts performed at a younger age at the first signs of a sagging lower face – creating a less dramatic and less noticeable result than if they had waited longer. In general, a facelift performed at a younger age creates a longer lasting and more natural appearing lift, enabling you to enjoy the results of your procedure for more years to come. Conversely, so long as you are healthy, a facelift can be performed at any age and can deliver remarkable results. Many healthy patients over 80 years of age enjoy the benefits of a facelift.

Where is the facelift procedure performed?

To ensure your safety and comfort, Dr. Clevens performs facelift surgery in a state-licensed, fully accredited ambulatory surgery Center of Outpatient Surgicenter. Dr. Clevens does not perform this type of procedure in an office setting as this is generally considered unsafe.

What type of anesthesia is used for the facelift?

Dr. Clevens typically performs facelift with either general anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia and sedation. Regardless, a board certified physician MD anesthesiologist will be responsible for administering your anesthesia or sedation. Dr. Clevens and your anesthesiologist will help determine what best suits your particular needs.

How is the actual facelift procedure performed?

In a facelift, Dr. Clevens creates fine incisions around the folds and contours in front of and behind the ear. The skin is carefully separated from the underlying fat and muscle. Fat is removed from around the neck and chin, the muscles are tightened, and excess skin is removed. The incisions are then meticulously closed. Dr. Clevens typically performs the most sophisticated, state of the art facelift known as a ‘Deep Plane’ or Extended Sub-SMAS facelift – creating the most natural looking lift and the longest lasting lift.

How long does it take to perform the actual facelift procedure ?

Facelifts typically require several hours to perform.

Are the incisions made for a facelift? Are there scars after a facelift?

For a traditional facelift, the incision usually begins at the temples just above the hairline and runs in front of and then behind the ear into the lower scalp. If the neck requires work, a small incision may be made just under the chin.

It should be noted that the incisions for a facelift are different in men than they are in women. In women, the hairline and border of the ear hide the scars. If these incisions were made the same way in men, beard growth and pattern would be altered! For this reason, in men the incision is made in front of the ear, where it can be hidden by sideburns.

Dr. Clevens takes great care to make inconspicuous facelift incisions that will heal into the least obvious scars possible. Before your procedure and during your aftercare you will receive advice from Dr. Clevens and his staff on how to care for your incisions.

Is the facelift procedure painful?

Patients may experience some discomfort after the facelift procedure, though this pain is typically mild and can be easily controlled with prescription pain medication that Dr. Clevens will provide.

What is the recovery like after a facelift?

After a facelift, some numbness, bruising and swelling will occur. Bruising typically takes two to three weeks to fade. Dr. Clevens has an experienced team of aestheticians on his staff available to instruct you how to conceal any bruising or swelling that may remain when you are ready to return to your normal routine. Many patients will return to work within two weeks of their facelift procedure.

Dr. Clevens and his staff are devoted to delivering the best aftercare and aid you in the speediest and most comfortable recovery possible.

How much time will I need to take off from work after undergoing a facelift?

Many patients will return to work within two weeks of their facelift procedure. Our team of experienced medical aestheticians will assist you with makeup to cover-up any bruising and will perform lymphatic massage to aid in the rapid resolution of any bruising or swelling.

When can I exercise after undergoing a facelift?

Exercise and strenuous activities will need to be avoided for one month after your facelift procedure. Take it easy, and though your mind may feel restless make a conscious effort to give your body time to catch up and recuperate to achieve the best results of your facelift.

It is also wise to limit sun exposure for several months after your facelift procedure, as the tissues in your newly youthful face may be fragile.

When are the stitches removed after the facelift procedure?

Dr. Clevens uses dissolving stitches that vanish a few days after your procedure.

What are the risks or complications associated with a facelift?

Patients should be informed that every surgical procedure carries certain risks and the potential for complications. The potential complications associated with the facelift procedure may include the following: bruising, swelling, sensitivity to anesthesia, asymmetry, infection, nerve injury and poor healing.

Does insurance cover the facelift procedure?

Facelifts are a purely cosmetic procedure, and are therefore not covered by insurance.

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We’re excited to help you look and feel your best.

Take the first step toward making your facelift a reality: Meet with Dr. Clevens or Dr. Khelemsky and their team.

During your private and comprehensive consultation, our facial plastic surgery specialists will evaluate your skin and facial structure and provide video imaging so you can see what your end result may look like. Consultations generally take 60 to 90 minutes and are focused on discussing your goals, exploring your treatment options, and answering all of your questions so you can make the most informed decision.

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