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Center for Plastic Surgery
1945 Old Gallows Road, Suite 400
Tysons Corner, VA 22182
Phone: (703) 560-2850
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Center for Plastic Surgery
5550 Friendship Blvd, Suite 130
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: (301) 652-7700
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Facelift

As our primary means 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 to help patients from Washington, DC; Chevy Chase and Bethesda, MD; Arlington and Fairfax, VA; and surrounding areas look naturally refreshed and more youthful. Known for providing some of the best facelift results, our surgeons’ facial rejuvenation expertise and case histories are unmatched by other practices in the area.

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Facelift Case 429 Before & After Front | Chevy Chase & Annandale, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area | Center for Plastic Surgery
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Patient underwent a full facial rejuvenation surgery which included a facelift, necklift, upper and lower blepharoplasty. Results shown are 8 months post op.
Facelift for Men Case 203 Before & After Left Side | Chevy Chase & Annandale, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area | Center for Plastic Surgery
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This male patient in his 60s wanted to improve the appearance of his neck and face following significant weight loss. To achieve this rejuvenated look, the patient underwent a facelift, TCA peel, and fat grafting to the mid-face, and was placed on a medical-grade skincare regimen. Read More
Facelift Case 195 Before & After Right Oblique | Chevy Chase & Annandale, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area | Center for Plastic Surgery
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This patient received a FACE360 transformation. This transformation included a lower facelift, blepharoplasty, BOTOX, permanent makeup, and a skin care regimen. 
Facelift for Men Case 291 Before & After Front | Chevy Chase & Annandale, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area | Center for Plastic Surgery
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This patient underwent a facelift and lower blepharoplasty.
Facelift Case 364 Before & After Front | Chevy Chase & Annandale, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area | Center for Plastic Surgery
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Patient underwent a face and neck lift, upper blepharoplasty, laser resurfacing, and fat grafting.
Facelift Case 10 Before & After Front | Chevy Chase & Annandale, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area | Center for Plastic Surgery
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Patient had a lower facelift to tighten and smooth folds along her neck and facial contours along her jawline.
Facelift Case 420 Before & After Front | Chevy Chase & Annandale, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area | Center for Plastic Surgery
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54-year-old female underwent a facelift, necklift, and lower blepharoplasty for a full facial rejuvenation. She was bothered by the loose skin and wrinkles around her eyes, by the loss of midface volume (cheek volume), deepening nasolabial folds, early jowling, neck skin laxity, and platysmal banding. Read More
Facelift Case 7 Before & After Front | Chevy Chase & Annandale, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area | Center for Plastic Surgery
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Patient had a facelift to rejuvenate her appearance and give a subtle, natural lift to the lower face, brow, and neck.

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

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
  • You’ve developed excess skin on your face after significant weight loss

Striving constantly to refine our approach to facial rejuvenation, CPS is committed to helping you find the best solution for your facial aging concerns. Our plastic surgeons, Dr. G. Wesley Price, Dr. Samir S. Rao, Dr. Frank P. Albino, and Dr. Arjun P. Kanuri, 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 patient’s goals, appearance, and cosmetic needs.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost in the Washington, DC, Metro Area?

We perform facelift and neck lift as one surgery, starting at $11,000. You will be provided with a personalized price estimate after your consultation with one of our providers.

Mini Facelift

Candidates for a less invasive mini facelift have early facial aging and are often in their late 30s or 40s. This procedure is also called a short-scar facelift because the incisions are shorter than those made for a traditional facelift. Recovery can be shorter as well. Keep in mind that the improvements from a mini facelift are more limited than what can be achieved with a traditional facelift.

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 aesthetician during the initial consultation so that we can do joint planning 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 skincare program or nonsurgical procedures such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, fillers, and resurfacing options done in 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.”

Facelift vs. Liquid Facelift

People who are not ready for or interested in surgery may consider a liquid facelift. This nonsurgical procedure rejuvenates the face with a combination of dermal filler and BOTOX injections. Here is a comparison:

Best Candidates

  • Facelift: Have moderate to advanced skin laxity and sagging tissues on the cheeks, around the mouth, and along the jawline.
  • Liquid facelift: Have early signs of aging, such as mild marionette lines or nasoblabial folds; volume loss around the eyes, on the cheeks, and at the temples; and wrinkles across the forehead, between the eyebrows, and at the outer corners of the eyes.

Downtime

  • Facelift: Requires about 2 weeks of recovery time.
  • Liquid facelift: None.

Results

  • Facelift: Dramatic yet natural-looking. Last 6 to 10 years or more.
  • Liquid facelift: Subtle, making patients look refreshed. Last 6 months to a year.

Minimally invasive skin procedures such as Halo™ laser skin rejuvenation, UltraPulse CO2 laser skin resurfacing, and J-Plasma skin tightening can enhance the results of surgical and nonsurgical facelifts.

How Is Facelift Surgery Performed?

Facelift incision options

Your facelift will be performed either in our Virginia office’s accredited outpatient surgery suite or at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC, 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 To Expect 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 placed during surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with specific aftercare instructions on incision care, controlling swelling, facial massage, and more.

Facelift Recovery Milestones

Facelift recovery varies with the specifics of the surgery and individual patient factors. In general, you can expect it to progress as follows:

  • Dressing removed: 1 to 2 days
  • Take a shower: 48 hours
  • Drains removed: within a week (if used)
  • Resume washing your hair: 48 hours
  • Return to work and nonstrenuous activities: 1 to 2 weeks (depending on your job)
  • Swelling and bruising fade: 2 to 3 weeks
  • Ready to stop wearing compression wrap: 3 weeks
  • Safe to color or perm your hair: 4 to 6 weeks
  • OK to sleep on your side: 4 weeks (when cleared)
  • Resume workouts: 3 to 4 weeks (increasing intensity gradually)
  • Numbness in surgical area fades: 3 to 4 months
  • Final results: 6 to 12 months
  • Scars fade: 12+ months

Minimizing Swelling & Bruising

Swelling and bruising usually peak within 3 to 4 days and can vary between sides of the face. Your post-op instructions will list things you can do to minimize swelling and bruising after your facelift, including:

  • Wearing your chin strap/compression wrap as directed.
  • Keeping your head elevated even while sleeping. It is helpful to prop yourself up in bed with pillows or sleep in a recliner.
  • Applying cold compresses as directed during the first 48 hours.
  • Avoiding bending over at the waist, heavy lifting, and straining for the first 3 weeks.
  • Limiting sun exposure for at least 2 to 3 months.

Facelift Scars

Our surgeons conceal the facelift scars within the hairline and natural facial creases. The scars initially look pink and gradually turn white as they heal, eventually becoming unnoticeable. For optimal results, protect your scars by wearing high-quality sunscreen with at least SPF 15 daily. If you wear makeup, apply your sunscreen first.

Established Excellence

Choose the experts that locals know and trust. Our multigenerational practice includes 4 board-certified plastic surgeons who provide the best possible care with state-of-the-art technology.

Meet Our Surgeons
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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 6 to 10 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…”

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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 a 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.

Facelift FAQ

What’s the average age to get a facelift?

Facelift patients are typically in their 50s to 60s; however, age is not the determining factor. The “best” time is when aging of the lower face cannot be corrected with nonsurgical treatments.

Is facelift surgery painful?

Discomfort after facelift surgery is typically mild and can be controlled by taking prescription pain medication for the first few days after surgery, then transitioning to over-the-counter medication as needed.

Can I get a neck lift without a facelift?

While not common, our surgeons do perform neck lifts without facelifts for patients who want to tighten skin and vertical neck bands and do not have sagging jowls and cheeks.

How many facelifts can you have?

Secondary facelift procedures are safe and beneficial for healthy patients with realistic expectations. Learn more in this blog post.

A Reputation Built on Results

Dr. Albino and staff are incredible. I had a double mastectomy and my doctor recommended immediate reconstruction....
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If you are considering facelift surgery in Chevy Chase, MD, Arlington, VA, or elsewhere in the DC area, it’s important to choose a 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 or call us at (703) 560-2850.

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