Facelifts are some of the most popular facial surgeries, offering patients a dramatic reduction in signs of aging that can last for many years. Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Associates is proud to offer facelift procedures to residents of Fairfax, Washington DC, Arlington and Annandale, VA, and the nearby communities.
What is a Facelift?
A facelift is a cosmetic facial surgery that improves facial features by tightening muscles, removing excess fat, and lifting and firming skin. As you get older, skin begins to lose volume and drop downward, becoming dry and loose. Repeated facial expressions pull on the muscles, creasing skin and leading to deep wrinkles like those around the mouth and on the forehead. A facelift doesn’t affect the shape of your eyelids, eyebrows, nose, or chin, but it can reverse many of these signs of aging. Many patients who have a facelift say they look up to 10 years younger after their surgery. For more dramatic results, your facelift procedure can be combined with other facial surgeries, including a brow lift or a blepharoplasty. At Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Associates, we offer both traditional facelifts and mini facelifts.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost?
The cost of your facelift procedure at Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Associates will depend on a number of factors. During your initial consultation, we will review your treatment goals in order to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your personal needs. Once this treatment plan is developed, we will be able to provide you with the exact cost of your procedure. In an effort to keep our treatments accessible, we are proud to accept CareCredit® financing in addition to traditional payment methods.
What is a Mini Facelift?
A mini facelift may be an ideal treatment for patients who are looking for more subtle results or a shorter recovery time. A mini facelift targets the lower parts of the face, from the cheeks and below. The goal of a mini facelift is the same as a full facelift, which is to address wrinkles and sagging skin. However, due to smaller incisions and a more limited treatment area, the results may not be quite as dramatic as those from a full facelift.
How is a Facelift Performed?
All facelift surgeries are performed using anesthesia to ensure optimal patient safety and comfort. During the procedure, incisions are made either along the hairline, behind the ears, or both, where they are well-hidden. Through these incisions, we will remove excess fat and skin while tightening the remaining skin to produce a more youthful appearance. Once the desired results are achieved, the incisions are closed and the treatment will be complete.
What is the Recovery Like After a Facelift?
After a facelift, patients can expect mild swelling and bruising that can last for a few months, but most of these effects will fade within the first two weeks. During the first few weeks, patients may want to take time off of work and other activities to rest and ensure proper healing. The recovery from a mini facelift is shorter, with the initial recovery period lasting about one week. During your consultation, Dr. Mirali will provide you with specific recovery instructions based on your personal treatment plan.
Are the Results from My Facelift Permanent?
The results from your facelift will be permanent, but it is important to remember that normal effects of aging can still occur. Patients will continue to notice gradual changes in their appearance due to the natural aging process. However, the majority of patients are satisfied with their results as long as 10 years after their treatment.
Plastic Surgery and Dermatology Associates welcomes patients from Fairfax, Washington DC, Arlington, Annandale, and the surrounding areas of the DMV. Contact us today to schedule your consultation for a facelift or to learn more about the procedure.