Facelift

Gain A More Youthful Look with Facelift Surgery

For many patients, non-surgical treatments such as laser resurfacing, injectable fillers, and IPL treatments, as well as better skin care products, have all made an impact. Yet, at a certain point for many patients, surgery becomes the logical alternative to achieve a smoother jaw line, neckline, and cheek area. The facelift is one of the best and most effective ways to remove years from the facial profile for the long-term.

Doctor Certifications

Dr. Angelchik was certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) in 1996 and successfully completed a rigorous recertification process in 2006 and 2016. He participates in the Maintenance of Certification program through the ABPS. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has also been named to Castle & Connolly’s Top Doctors in America every year since 1996.


What is a Facelift?

A facelift, sometimes called rhytidectomy, is a plastic surgery procedure that aims to lift and tighten the skin and tissues of the midface. This is accomplished through various techniques and incisions, and can commonly be performed at the same time as other facial procedures such as a brow lift. The facelift is one of the most popular facial cosmetic surgeries because it produces long-term results and can effectively craft a younger, more rejuvenated version of yourself.

Who is a Candidate for a Facelift?


The best candidate is someone who has begun to show signs of facial aging, but whose skin still retains a certain amount of elasticity. There is no magic age that a facelift patient must reach because everyone ages at different rates. However, you should also be in general good health and stop smoking at least a few months in advance of your procedure. It’s important to discuss your concerns and expectations with Dr. Angelchik, as these topics are an important facet of the initial consultation. It’s also important to determine whether your expectations are achievable through a facelift procedure. Dr. Angelchik wants patients in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Glendale, AZ area to understand what the chosen procedure can do for them, and what it can’t do.

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What are My Options for a Facelift?


There are different types of facelift that vary in extensiveness and incision type, since not all patients will need the same techniques from their facelift. The two most common facelifts are:

Traditional Facelift

This type of facelift works for most patients who need substantial lift and tightening of the skin and underlying tissues. It includes an incision that begins at the hairline of the temples and wraps around the ears and into the nape of the neck. This incision allows for the best access to the underlying muscles, which are gently tightened and lifted. This technique is sometimes called SMAS, or superficial nusculo-aponeurotic system.

Mini Facelift

This option is becoming increasingly popular with younger patients (generally in their 40s) because it offers a small improvement without the extensive incisions of the traditional methods. It often includes a short scar incision around the ear that allows for slight improvement of the jawline and cheeks. It can often be combined with an additional incision under the chin to perform a necklift or chin liposuction.

How is a Facelift Performed?


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A facelift is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Glendale, AZ area. Once the anesthesia is administered, Dr. Angelchik performs a predetermined incision that allows the skin and underlying tissues to be lifted and manipulated. Often, underlying fat is rearranged for better contours and the muscles are tightened and lifted into a more youthful position. One the new contours are created, the skin is redraped and any excess is trimmed away before the incisions are closed. Most patients return home after this procedure, although Dr. Angelchik may determine that an overnight stay would be best for your circumstances.

Facelift Recovery and Results


Recovery time often depends on the individual who is undergoing surgery. Most people can return to work within 2–3 weeks. It is important to understand that bruising may remain for up to three weeks and can be substantial. Exposure to the sun should be very limited and when you go outdoors, so be sure and use sun protection factor. Vigorous activities should be avoided for two weeks. You can expect some pain and swelling, but these can be managed with prescribed medications. Dr. Angelchik will give you explicit care steps to follow during your initial recovery period, which includes sleeping with your head elevated, among other things.

Schedule a Consultation


The facelift is one of the best ways to restore and rejuvenate an aging profile when non-surgical treatments are no longer effective. To begin planning your unique facelift procedure in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Glendale, AZ area, schedule a consultation with Dr. Angelchik by calling our Glendale office or filling out our online form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does a facelift make you look younger?

Yes, a facelift can help both men and women achieve a more youthful appearance. This procedure can help patients achieve a smoother jawline and neckline, and improve the cheek area.

How can I tighten loose skin on my face?

A facelift is the most effective solution to tightening lax skin on the face.

How do I reduce swelling in my face?

Following a facelift, swelling is a common part of the healing process. In order to reduce swelling, be sure to follow your post-operative instructions, keep your head elevated, use cool compresses, and stay hydrated.

How do you reduce swelling after a facelift?

Swelling is a common occurrence following a facelift procedure. To reduce this swelling, use cool compresses, stay hydrated, keep your head elevated, and follow your doctors post-surgical instructions.

How do you take care of your face after a facelift?

Your doctor will provide you with post-operative instructions to help ensure that you heal properly after surgery. These instructions may include how to keep the treatment site clean, how to take prescribed medications, information about hydration and diet, and more. It is very important that you follow these guidelines to ensure that you achieve optimal results.

How long does it take for bruising on the face to go away?

Bruising following a facelift usually takes 1-2 weeks to resolve.

How long is recovery from a facelift?

Overall, the recovery time following a facelift will depend on the individual patient. However, most people can return to work after 2-3 weeks.

How many times can you get a facelift?

There is no maximum number of times a facelift can be performed. However, most surgeons want to avoid performing this procedure too many times, as it can make your face appear overly worked on.

How much does a mid face lift cost?

The general cost of a mid face lift is between $6,000 and $8,000 but may vary.

Is a facelift permanent?

The results of a facelift are not permanent, as this procedure cannot stop the natural aging process. However, it can help patients to appear younger for about 10-15 years.

What is a facelift called?

A facelift is also known as rhytidectomy.

What is a mid face lift?

A mid face lift, also called a cheek lift, is a procedure to address aging and sagging in the cheek area.

What is the average cost of a full facelift?

The average cost of a facelift ranges from $8,000 to $20,000. However, this price can vary.

What is the difference between a deep plane and SMAS facelift?

Both the SMAS and deep plane facelift techniques target the lower area of the face and address lax skin, excess fat, jowls, and loss of volume in the mid face. However, the deep plane facelift also improves the look of the neck.

When should you get a facelift?

In most instances, patients in their 40s, 50s, and 60s can benefit from a facelift, as this is when signs of aging begin to become apparent.

What is best age for facelift?

There is no best age for a facelift, however, most patients in their 40s, 50s or 60s find that they can benefit most from this procedure.

What is a thread lift?

A thread lift is a cosmetic procedure in which temporary sutures are used to create a subtle lift in the skin. These threads also stimulate collagen production in the treated area to help further combat signs of aging.

What is a non surgical facelift?

A non-surgical facelift involves the use of dermal fillers, Botox, fat injections, or threads to target signs of aging. There is no downtime involved with a non-surgical facelift.

What is a neck lift called?

A neck lift is also called platysmaplasty.

How painful is a facelift?

Most facelift patients will experience some discomfort following their procedure. However, medications can help to combat pain.

How much is a facelift?

The cost of a facelift ranges from $8,000 to $20,000.

How much is a face lift and neck lift?

The average cost of a facelift is $8,000 to $20,000, while the average cost of a neck lift is between $4,000 and $15,000. The best way to determine exact costs is to speak with your plastic surgeon.

How much does laser face lift cost?

A laser face lift achieved through laser skin tightening can cost between $600 to $1,000 per session.

How long does facelift last?

The results of a facelift can last from 10-15 years.

How long does fat transfer face last?

Fat that is transferred during a facelift will last for the rest of your life.

How long do ears hurt after facelift?

Patients may experience a feeling of fullness in their ears or pain in the ears for the first few days after facelift surgery.

How long after a facelift can I exercise?

Most patients can return to exercise about five weeks after surgery. However, your surgeon will have more information regarding your individual recovery period.

How do I prepare for a facelift?

To prepare for your facelift, your doctor may ask you to get some lab testing or a medical evaluation, adjust certain medications, stop smoking, and avoid taking anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin, which can increase bruising and bleeding.

What can I expect from a facelift?

A facelift can help to take years off of your appearance, tightening lax skin on the face for a refreshed appearance.

How do I get rid of my double chins?

A facelift combined with a neck lift can eliminate a double chin or localized pockets of fat under the chin.

How do I tighten my jawline?

A facelift is a great way to tighten lax skin on the jawline and reduce the appearance of jowls. This will create a more defined and youthful jawline.

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Dr. Paul Angelchik is a Phoenix plastic surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Angelchik is well-trained and experienced in all forms of plastic surgery, namely breast enhancement and facial rejuvenation. He has been serving patients for over 20 years. Dr. Angelchik brings his surgical experience, expertise, and quality care to patients in and around Phoenix, Arizona.

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