Facelift for Washington, D.C.

As the primary means we have for expressing ourselves, our faces are often the center of attention. They are also constantly exposed to the elements and may be the first place you start to notice signs of aging or sun damage. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Center for Plastic Surgery offer facelift surgery in the Washington, D.C., area to help women and men look naturally refreshed and more youthful. Our surgeons’ facial rejuvenation expertise and case histories are unmatched by other practices in the area.


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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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What Is the Best Age for a Facelift?

When changes to your face from aging, sun damage, or genetic factors begin to affect your confidence, it may be time to consider consulting with an experienced plastic surgeon about facelift surgery. There is no “right” or “best” age to begin thinking about a facelift—the aging process is unique and affects individuals at different times.  You may be a candidate for facelift surgery if:

  • Your face appears tired or concerned all of the time
  • The line of your jaw has become undefined, leading to jowls or the loss of a youthful chin
  • Nasolabial folds (from the base of the nose to the corners of the mouth) have deepened
  • Your face and neck have lost skin elasticity and muscle definition

Striving to constantly refine our approach to facial rejuvenation, CPS is committed to helping you find the best solution for your facial aging concerns. Our board-certified plastic surgeons are dedicated to performing facial surgery with skill and artistry and have many years of experience providing patients with successful, natural-looking results. Our work is defined by what’s best for each individual patient’s goals, appearance, and cosmetic needs.

Why Choose CPS for a Facelift?

Center for Plastic Surgery has developed a unique and comprehensive facial consultation process called FACE360. Our facelift patients see a plastic surgeon, aesthetic nurse, and an aesthetician during the initial consultation so that joint planning can be done to create the best result for each patient. Instead of focusing on surgery, we also consider the appearance and condition of the skin when creating a treatment plan.

Some patients need more attention to surgical procedures, some benefit from a quality, medical-grade skin care program or non-invasive procedures such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, fillers, and resurfacing options done on our office. No other practice in the area offers such a comprehensive and detailed program.

Everything was thorough and classy. I felt cared for and important during my facelift procedure.”

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

How Is Facelift Surgery Performed?

Your facelift will be performed either in our Virginia office’s accredited outpatient surgery suite or at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., depending on which is more convenient for you. Surgery will be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation administered by one of our board-certified anesthesiologists.

Although most of our facelifts are performed as outpatient surgeries, some patients choose an overnight hospital stay for convenience or because they are coming from out of town. We have a special post-op recovery ward at Sibley Hospital with a dedicated staff of nurses who regularly take care of our plastic surgery patients.

Your surgeon will begin by making carefully hidden incisions behind the hairline at the temples and around the front of the ear (see illustration). Through these incisions, he will reduce and reposition the deeper fatty tissues beneath the skin along the neck and jowls. The underlying SMAS layer and facial and neck muscles are tightened then excess skin is removed. When the desired results are achieved and a natural contour of the face and neck has been restored, your incisions will be closed and sutured. The J-Plasma treatment may be used to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and enhance skin tightening. Fat grafting is often used to restore volume to the cheeks and nasolabial folds using your own natural tissue.

We often perform laser resurfacing or light chemical peeling at the time of facelift surgery to not only rejuvenate lax skin and tissue, but to improve the overall beauty and quality of the skin.

What Is Recovery Like After a Facelift?

Immediately after your procedure, you will be wrapped in a turban-style surgical dressing that extends under your neck and chin. In some cases, drains may be required. The dressing will be removed and replaced within one to two days, and your surgeon will provide you with specific aftercare instructions.

You should expect to need a few days of downtime as your body begins the healing process, and you may experience swelling or bruising for a few weeks. If you are uncomfortable, your surgeon may prescribe medication for pain management.

How Long Will Facelift Results Last?

The answer is as individual as you are. While surgery can turn back the clock, it does not stop aging. Facial aging will continue at a normal rate for you. Some patients begin to consider a second facelift in six to ten years, while many patients never have a second procedure.

I am happy. Once in a while someone will notice and say: What did you do that is different? Most never notice. I am privileged to be able to look as young as I feel. Lucky, too. Not everyone can pull it all together to have the time, money, support, ability, etc. This was a bucket list experience…”

~Facelift patient on RealPatientRatings.com

Which Procedures Are Commonly Performed With a Facelift?

Your facelift procedure should be custom-designed for you. In our experience, every facelift is a unique combination. For many patients, facelift surgery includes a neck lift or combination of procedures that focus on the lower face, jawline, and neck. For others, aging is most apparent in the upper and lower eyelids, cheeks, and brow, so their treatment plan focuses on refreshing those areas of the face.

Often, we recommend including laser skin resurfacing or light chemical peel at the time of surgery to both rejuvenate the lax skin and tissue and improve the overall quality and appearance of the skin. Other nonsurgical procedures such as BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, dermal fillers, or fat injections can enhance surgical results.

Learn More by Scheduling a Complimentary Consultation

If you are considering facelift surgery, it’s important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with the proper training and experience. Your surgery should be performed in a safe, clean, and accredited surgical facility with board-certified anesthesiologists and properly licensed surgical staff. To continue learning about facial rejuvenation, request a complimentary consultation using our online form.