The facelift is the cornerstone procedure in facial rejuvenation surgery, facelift surgery lifts the cheeks, smooths the nasolabial folds, lifts the jowl, creates a youthful jawline, and eliminates the double chin. The facial plastic surgeons at Clevens Face and Body Specialists are experts in facelift surgery. Drs. Ross Clevens and Renata Khelemsky create a natural facelift, turning back the hands of time with the most advanced deep plane facelift techniques that create the longest-lasting and most natural-looking facelift.

As time passes, facial lines and wrinkles form, neck laxity develops, and deep folds appear along the nose-cheek groove. No one lives a life completely shielded from the sun, is immune from gravity, or avoids making the facial expressions that cause wrinkles. The purpose of a facelift is to restore the youthful cheeks, lower face, and neckline of years past. When correctly performed, a facelift should not make you look like someone else; instead, a facelift should highlight your most beautiful natural features. The procedure improves the appearance of sagging facial skin in the cheeks, lower face, jowls, and loose neck skin.

If you have concerns about your midface, jawline, or neck, a facelift can help you achieve natural-looking results and restore your youthful appearance. A facelift (rhytidectomy) is a surgical treatment designed to reduce the visible signs of aging in the face by correcting the folds between the nose and mouth, jowl development, and facial tissue laxity.

The facelift experts at Clevens Face and Body Specialists, Drs. Ross Clevens and Renata Khelemsky, are dedicated to making your journey successful, empowering, and safe. 

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Do I Need a Facelift?

If you are worried about your cheeks and midface, your jowl and jawline, and your neck and chin, a facelift can help you achieve natural results and restore your youthful appearance. You may feel you need a facelift if visible aging is affecting your quality of life. A good candidate for facelift surgery is a non-smoker who is in good overall health with realistic expectations of their treatment and a positive outlook. 

Facelift surgery may be of substantial benefit to patients who have poor skin quality, regardless of age. Additionally, patients with a double chin or those who dislike their displaced facial and neck fat may be good candidates, finding a significant correction to excess skin and fat.  

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What Are the Benefits of a Facelift?

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 recontours several areas in one procedure, minimizing your total surgery and recovery time. 

Dr. Clevens and Dr. Khelemsky both bring a skilled touch to the facelift procedure. Patients should expect to achieve a smoother neck area, reduced jowls, and a refined jawline and chin without looking pulled or like they have been operated on. By using the most sophisticated and up-to-date facelift techniques, your facial plastic surgery experts at Clevens Face and Body Specialists strive to create a more youthful face by lifting and restoring the muscles and tightening the superficial layers that serve as the foundation of your skin. The soft tissues and fat are also addressed by your surgeon to achieve a rejuvenated appearance.

A facelift will benefit you in three areas: the cheek and midface, jowl and jawline, and neck and chin. Drs. Clevens and Khelemsky are experts in the deep plane facelift technique. This advanced technique ensures a natural, rested result that lasts for many years. In fact, you will always look better having had a facelift. Performed properly with attention to detail, the muscle is lifted and tightened in the cheek, along the jowl, and in the neck, while the fat is lifted and repositioned to create the appearance of youthful cheeks. 

 

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What is the Facelift Procedure Like?

Minimizing discomfort, maximizing safety.

Facelift surgery is 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. Many doctors perform these procedures in their office with anesthesia administered by a nurse. Insteads Clevens Face and Body Specialists have chosen a higher standard to ensure the safety and comfort of our patients. 

During your consultation, you will be given a thorough walkthrough of facelift surgery to educate you on the details of the procedure as well as explain what to expect from the results. You will also discuss your goals, concerns, and questions to provide you with clarity and specificity. 

Dr. Clevens and Dr. Khelemsky specialize in modern comprehensive facelift techniques, such as the deep plane facelift. The deep plane facelift technique addresses the fat pads deep under the skin to recontour the face in a way that creates natural-looking results. 

During a facelift, Dr. Clevens or Dr. Khelemsky creates 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 facial muscles are tightened, and excess skin is removed. The incisions are then meticulously closed and hidden within the hair and along the folds and curves of the ear. 

Dr. Clevens and Dr. Khelemsky will remove excess fat or add volume as needed. Both traditional and modern techniques hide incisions in the hairline and around the ear to make their presence indiscernible during the healing process, making it hard to tell that you even had surgery. Each step of the facelift procedure is carefully strategized to fit your personal needs. 

Dr. Clevens and Dr. Khelemsky typically perform the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art facelift known as a ‘Deep Plane’ or Extended Sub-SMAS facelift—creating the most natural-looking and longest-lasting lift.

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What is Facelift Recovery Like?

Aiding you in the speediest and most comfortable recovery possible.

Dedicated to the comfort and safety of our patients, the surgeons at Clevens Face and Body Specialists provide complication-free recovery guidelines to help you get back to living a confidence-filled life. 

Numbness, bruising, and swelling will occur after a facelift. Bruising typically takes 10 to 14 days to fade. The facelift experts at Clevens Face and Body Specialists use TXA (tranexamic acid) and your own natural healing cells to help your healing and greatly reduce bruising and swelling after facelift surgery. During your follow-up appointment, we will provide you with comprehensive plans that include multiple methods for quickening your recovery. For example, one of the most useful facelift recovery tips is applying cold compression to the face as well as slight elevation of the head to reduce swelling. It is also important to stay relaxed for the initial 72 hours, avoiding any overexertion of the facial muscles or the body. 

Many patients will return to work within two weeks of their facelift. Bandages are typically removed one to two days after surgery, and sutures dissolve within a few days. 

Our team of experienced medical aestheticians assists you with makeup and perform lymphatic massage to aid in the rapid resolution of any fullness. Our aestheticians can also provide you with tips regarding improving scar fading if necessary. For example, one essential tip to allowing scars to fade properly is by lessening their exposure to the sun through sunglasses, applying topical creams, and more. 

As with any surgery, facelift surgery has 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.” 

–Rose

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FACELIFT FAQ

Will I need a facelift?

For some patients, a surgical facelift may not be necessary. If not, the surgeons at Clevens Face and Body Specialists will introduce the possibility of a non-surgical treatment like the highly effective C-lift or other facial surgeries, such as brow lift surgery, chin implant surgery, or dimple area surgery. Liposuction may also be a viable addition to your treatment if excess neck fat needs to be addressed. 

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 and Dr. Khelemsky 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 after a facelift?

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 and Dr. Khelemsky, will preserve your unique facial characteristics and add volume to provide a look that is youthful but still very natural. You should look like a rested, more youthful version of yourself. 

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

The scarring from a facelift is usually surprisingly minimal since incisions are carefully placed and typically turn out to be quite flat and narrow. Your incisions are hidden in the hairline, in front of the ear, and inside the ear canal so very little of the incision is ever visible. You can wear your hair up, in a ponytail, or pulled back, and the incisions are still hidden. 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 to 15 years younger than if you had not gotten the facelift. In fact, you will always look better having had a facelift, so some patients feel it lasts ‘forever’ because of this. You can help extend the results even further by avoiding smoking, unprotected sun exposure, or large weight changes since all of these will harm your skin elasticity and cause you to look older faster.

Where is the facelift procedure performed?

To ensure your safety and comfort, Dr. Clevens and Dr. Khelemsky perform 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 and Dr. Khelemsky typically perform 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.

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 long does it take to perform the actual facelift procedure?

Facelifts typically require two to three hours to perform.



How 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 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 and Dr. Khelemsky take great care to make inconspicuous facelift incisions that will become the least visible scars possible. Before your procedure and during your aftercare, you will receive advice from the surgeons at Clevens Face and Body Specialists and our 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.

When can I exercise after undergoing a facelift?

Exercise and strenuous activities will need to be avoided for one month after your facelift. 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?

Our surgeons use 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. In the hands of an experienced facial plastic surgeon, complications are very uncommon.

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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