Over time, your body becomes less effective at turning over cells and generating new collagen. Without a healthy, supportive collagen matrix, aging can cause loose skin and fat around your neck and jaw to sag, producing deep folds around the nose and mouth. Unfortunately, skincare products or fillers may not always be enough to produce the anti-aging results you’re hoping for. In this case, a board certified plastic surgeon can create the right transformative surgical plan for you.

What is a Facelift?

A facelift is a surgical procedure that can improve your cheek, jawline, and neck area by repositioning and reshaping loose skin and muscle. During a facelift procedure, incisions are made around the hairline so that the underlying tissues can be manipulated and reshaped. Then, the skin is re-draped over the rejuvenated tissues. This results in a rejuvenated, lifted appearance, taking as much as one decade off your profile. With a facelift, you can enjoy a younger, more rested version of yourself.

Candidates for Facelift

Patients who are good candidates for a facelift procedure are those who have signs of aging around the midface which don’t respond to fillers or non-surgical treatments. In general, many patients opt for a facelift in their 50s or 60s, although there is no ideal age at which to have a facelift. You should be in overall good health and have realistic expectations about what a facelift can achieve, and you should also be able to undergo surgery.


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Types of Facelift

There are two main types of facelift available, and you may benefit from one more than the other. Dr. DiFrancesco will discuss your best options during a consultation.

Traditional Facelift

During a traditional facelift, incisions are placed within the hairline at the temples and continue around the ear into the nape of the neck. This allows the most access to the underlying tissues.

Limited Incision Facelift

Also called the short scar facelift or mini facelift, this type of facelift is ideal for minimal correction and requires a much smaller incision. It comes with a shorter downtime than a traditional facelift.

Facelift Procedure

The facelift is performed under general anesthesia and can often be paired with options like a neck lift or brow lift. Once the area has been prepared, the appropriate incision is made so that it will be easily concealable within the hairline. Then, Dr. DiFrancesco will perform surgical techniques to rejuvenate the tissues and skin before closing the incisions. After a brief monitoring period, you can return home with the help of a friend or family member.

Facelift Recovery

Depending on the type of facelift, you can expect to take between one to two weeks away from work and social engagements. During this time, it’s common to experience swelling and bruising. Any discomfort can be managed with prescribed medications. You should be sure to follow Dr. DiFrancesco’s aftercare instructions, which includes keeping your head elevated while sleeping and avoiding exercise for a period of time. Overall, it can take around 6 weeks to fully recover, and your final results will continue to emerge in the months and years following. We can recommend the best ways to maintain your results, but most patients find long-term results with a facelift.

Schedule a Consultation

The facelift is one of the premier ways to achieve your anti-aging goals with the help of a facelift expert. To meet with Dr. DiFrancesco and begin discussing your options for facial rejuvenation, contact our Atlanta office by calling or filling out our online form.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the deciding factors on which facelift procedure to choose (traditional versus limited incision)?

The length of your facelift incision can depend on a number of factors. Longer incisions are usually needed to address more advanced facial aging and patients with a lot of loose skin.

Do you need fillers after a facelift?

We will often use fat grafting to the face during a facelift to add volume. This is a permanent solution and may prevent the need for fillers after surgery.

How do I prepare for a facelift?

You will be given your pre-operative instructions at your pre-op visit. However, good diet and exercise while stopping all herbal medications is recommended.

How many times can you get a facelift?

There is no limit to the number of facelifts you may get.

How long should you ice your face after a facelift?

Most patient keep their head elevated and use gentle ice packs for 48- 72 hours after surgery.