Facelift

Over time, environmental and genetic factors can lead to folds, jowls, and pockets of fat that combine to make your face look older than you feel inside. Fortunately, there’s a way to bring back a younger-looking version of you and feel like yourself once again. A facelift addresses age-related changes that affect your face, including loosening connective tissues, volume loss, and sagging, particularly in the lower face and neck.

Dual board-certified and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeons Dr. Andrea Garcia and Dr. Josh Surowitz offer only the best facelift and neck lift techniques at their Charlotte, NC, practice. Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz possess the skill and expertise to perform a deep plane facelift that allows for the most optimal anatomic repositioning of the descended tissues. They create natural-looking results and a fresh, “unoperated” appearance to help facelift patients, who visit from the Lake Norman area such as Cornelius, Huntersville, and Davidson; Lake Wylie communities including Tega Cay and India Hook; Belmont; Indian Trail; and other nearby cities, look like themselves, only revitalized.

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Deep Plane Facelift, Bilateral Upper Blepharoplasty, Bilateral Earlobe Reduction

This patient wished to rejuvenate her face and neck.  Drs. Garcia and Surowitz performed a deep plane facelift to restore youthful volume to her cheeks, remove her jowls, create definition of her jawline, tighten and improve the contour of her neck.   Read More

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Deep Plane Facelift

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Necklift, Facelift, Upper Blepharoplasty, Lower Blepharoplasty, Otoplasty

This gentleman wished to address his facial and neck aging, upper and lower eyelid aging, and prominent ears.  Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz treated him with a deep plane face and neck lift, upper blepharoplasty (not shown), lower blepharoplasty, and otoplasty.  He is very pleased with his natural results.  Read More

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Deep Plane Facelift - Before
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Deep Plane Facelift

This patient was seen regarding options to address facial aging changes.  Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz preformed a deep plane facelift to address these concerns.  Patient is very pleased with her results.

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Deep Plane Facelift

2 months post procedure.

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Deep Plane Facelift, Browlift, and Quad Blepharoplasty

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Facelift & Necklift

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Deep Plane Facelift

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What Is a Facelift?

Also known as a rhytidectomy, the facelift is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the U.S. each year.

A facelift reduces midface sagging, deep creases, and jowls by tightening the tissues that have drooped. Excess fat is removed or repositioned to fill in hollowing areas. These changes result in:

  • Fuller cheeks
  • A more defined jawline
  • Smoothing and tightening of the neck
  • An overall more youthful look

While there are surgical steps typical to every facelift, Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz customize each surgery to create a harmonious, natural, and refreshed look.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost in Charlotte, NC?

The cost of a facelift at our Charlotte facial plastic surgery practice varies depending on the amount of correction needed, the complexity of the procedure, and other factors. When you visit us for a private consultation, we will give you a personalized pricing estimate based on the treatment plan you and your surgeons create together.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

The ideal facelift candidate is someone in generally good health and looking to lift drooping tissues, remove excess skin, and achieve more youthful facial contours.

Deep Plane Facelift

Our surgeons are two of the few in the community who perform the deep plane facelift. They have the skill and expertise to perform this advanced approach that allows for the most optimal anatomic repositioning of the descended tissues. 

Mini Facelift vs. Full Facelift

The mini facelift, also called a short scar facelift, is less invasive than a full facelift and produces less dramatic results. Here is an overview:

  • Good candidates: People with early jowls, mild skin laxity in the lower face, and good skin elasticity.
  • Scars: Begin at the temple and run in front of the ear (not under the earlobe like a full facelift).
  • Recovery: Involves less bruising and swelling than a full facelift. Patients return to work in approximately 7 to 10 days.
  • Results: Last less than 10 years (experiences vary).

Meet Our Surgeons

Dilworth Facial Plastic Surgery combines the expertise of two dual board-certified, fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeons for unparalleled patient care. Dr. Andrea Garcia and Dr. Josh Surowitz offer a unique collaborative approach to facial plastic surgery, working as a compassionate and highly trained duo to bring out the very best in you.

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American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery logo, American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery logo, RealSelf Top Doctor badges, and TMC HIPAA Trained logo

Why Choose Dilworth Facial Plastic Surgery for Your Facelift?

Double board-certified facial plastic surgeons Dr. Andrea Garcia and Dr. Josh Surowitz are facial rejuvenation specialists who work as a team to give you the exceptional results you desire and deserve. From your first unrushed consultation, the doctors collaboratively devote their expertise to bringing your vision to life.

You’ll be in the hands of not one but two experienced facial plastic surgeons who care about you as both a patient and a person. You can count on not only looking 10 years younger but also on enjoying laughter, warmth, and partnership along the way.  

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What Is Facelift Recovery Like?

The recovery experience following facelift surgery is unique for each patient. In general, however, you can expect the recovery to follow a timeline similar to the following:

  • Immediately after surgery: You’ll feel a bit unsteady after waking up in the recovery room. You’ll need a family member or friend to drive you home and stay with you overnight. Taking pain medication will help manage discomfort, which typically peaks during the first day or two.
  • Day 2: A follow-up is usually scheduled the day after surgery when the surgeon removes or changes your dressings and evaluates the incisions and swelling. You should still be getting plenty of rest while also taking brief walks around your home to ensure good circulation.
  • First week: You can expect swelling and bruising to peak during this period, even as you begin to feel much more like your usual self. Over-the-counter medications are often all that’s needed to manage discomfort by the 4th or 5th day after surgery. You may feel well enough to do some light chores around the house.
  • Second week: You may notice some numbness or tightness as your swelling and bruising continue to dissipate. That’s normal.
  • Weeks 3 to 4: Most patients return to work about 3 weeks after a facelift. Depending on your level of comfort with your appearance, you may go out to dinner or meet with friends during this time. By the end of the first month after your surgery, you’ll start to see the initial results of your facelift. Make sure to apply sunscreen before leaving home.
  • Weeks 4 to 6: At this point, your recovery is nearly complete. You can resume all normal activities as the tissues return to their relatively normal state. Some residual bruising or swelling can persist for the next couple of months, but these changes are very subtle, and you can safely return to your everyday life.

Most people return to work and social activities within 2 to 3 weeks after a facelift. You will experience some bruising and swelling during the first couple of weeks, and it’s normal to feel a little fatigued for the first few days. You will need to hold off on intense exercise for about 4 to 6 weeks as you recuperate.

Will I Have Scars After a Facelift?

A facelift does involve some fine incisions, but Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz take great care to disguise these along your hairline and around your ears, so they are barely visible once healed.

How Long Does a Facelift Last?

While a facelift is ideal for tightening and lifting facial tissues, it does not stop the natural aging process. Your face will continue to age, but it will do so from a new starting point, effectively turning back the clock by a matter of years.

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Are There Nonsurgical Alternatives to a Facelift?

For most facelift candidates, surgery is the best way to achieve natural-looking results that last. However, some people with less advanced signs of aging may benefit from a nonsurgical liquid facelift using a combination of the following injectables:

  • Dermal fillers: Fillers add volume in the cheeks, tear troughs, temples, and more to smooth away wrinkles and restore youthful fullness.
  • BOTOX® Cosmetic: BOTOX relaxes wrinkles caused by muscle contractions, such as forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet.

These treatments also work beautifully for extending your facelift results so you can enjoy a naturally rejuvenated look for as long as possible.

Combining Facelift Surgery With Other Procedures

While a facelift rejuvenates the lower part of the face, facial aging rarely stops there. For more complete rejuvenation, many people have one or more of the following procedures combined with their facelift:

Nonsurgical treatments can be combined with facelift surgery as well.

Facelift FAQ

What’s the best age to get a facelift?

Nearly two-thirds of all facelift patients are between the ages of 55 and 69. This is generally when sagging and jowls become more noticeable. It’s important to note, however, that there is no “right age” for a facelift; some people are ready in their 40s while others wait until their 70s.

How painful is facelift surgery?   

You can expect some pain after facelift surgery, but it is usually well managed with prescription or over-the-counter pain medication. Sensations of heaviness, tightness, and tenderness in the face are common, often due to post-surgical swelling and bruising.

How many years younger, on average, do people look after a facelift?

You’ve probably read that a facelift “turns back the clock” for your appearance. Just how far back does that clock turn back? When performed by a facial plastic surgery specialist, a facelift usually results in patients looking like they did 10 to 12 years earlier. Even though the aging process continues after a facelift, you’ll continue to look younger than if you didn’t have a facelift.

Will my results look natural?

Modern facelift techniques emphasize creating results that look natural. Instead of the “skin-only” facelift procedure of the past, which resulted in a “windblown” appearance, facelift techniques now lift and reposition the tissue and muscle below the skin. The results look much more natural.

Will a facelift also treat my neck and jowls?

A facelift addresses the lower two-thirds of your face, which includes the jowls. Our facial plastic surgeons combine a neck lift with a facelift because the neck typically shows signs of aging, such as sagging or banding, at the same time your face does.

Will my results be permanent?

While facelift results last for several years, the aging process will continue. You may need a revision procedure in the future depending on your age at the time of your facelift, how diligent you are about sun protection, whether you have nonsurgical procedures to help your results last longer, and other individual factors.

Is the surgery worth it?

Our patients consider the surgery worth it when they have realistic expectations for their outcome and are prepared to take time out for recovery. Most are thrilled to look at least 10 years younger and still like themselves.

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If you would like to meet with our Charlotte facelift specialists to discuss what is possible for you with facial plastic surgery, please request a consultation online or call (980) 949-6544.

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