Facelift Plastic Surgery – Types, Cost, Recovery, & Risks

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Posted on January 17, 2019 under Facelift

Facelift ranks among the more popular cosmetic surgery procedures today because of the excellent aesthetic benefits they can provide for the face. On average, a facelift can take at least five to 10 years off the face, and restore an attractive, more youthful appearance.

Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Dean Jabs and Dr. Franklin Richards, having offices in McLean VA, and Bethesda MD, provide facelift and other procedures to patients in Northern Virginia, Fairfax, Alexandria, VA, Chevy Chase, Rockville, MD, and surrounding communities.

Who is a Legitimate Candidate?

Any healthy person above the age of 18, who is bothered by the conspicuous aging signs on the face, maybe a good candidate for facelift cosmetic surgery. Most of the candidates are in the age group of 30 to 65 years. A good candidate will have some amount of elasticity in the facial skin to achieve natural-looking results. The facial bone structure should be sturdy enough to support a successful surgery.

Facelift Before & After Photo Gallery

Types of Facelift Surgery

Some of the common types of facelift surgery include the following:

Endoscopic Facelift

An endoscopic facelift involves the use of a microscopic camera that is attached to one end of an endoscope and is inserted through a small incision in the targeted area of the face. It allows the surgeon to have a view of the underlying muscle structure on the monitor and enables them to perform precise surgery in a less invasive manner.

Cutaneous Facelift

This traditional technique may be used when the patient only needs the removal of excess skin from the face. A long incision is placed along the hairline. The surgeon will excise loose skin through the incision, and replace smooth and tight skin. The technique does not disturb the underlying muscles in the face.

SMAS Facelift

SMAS facelift is one of the most popular forms of facelift surgery today. It involves tightening and lifting the facial muscle structure to improve facial contour. Loose skin and excess fat will also be removed to produce more natural-looking, sustainable, and comprehensive results as compared to traditional techniques.


This type of facelift begins with the surgeon making an S-shaped incision in front of the ears. The benefit here is that the size of incisions is smaller, which results in minimal risk and a reduced recovery period. Patients who need a rejuvenation of the lower face and jaw can be appropriate candidates for this procedure.

As leading plastic surgeons, Dr. Jabs and Dr. Richards receive patients from Northern Virginia, Fairfax, Alexandria, VA, Chevy Chase, Rockville, MD, and nearby areas for facelift surgery.

Recovery and Results

The downtime involved in a facelift will range from one to two weeks. Swelling will disappear gradually over several weeks, and full results will continue to establish during this period.

If you would like to learn more about plastic surgery procedures performed by Plastic Surgeons Franklin D. Richards, M.D. and A. Dean Jabs, M.D. please visit https://cosmeticplastics.com/ or http://breastaugmentationmd.com/ Serving patients in and around Northern Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, McLean, Bethesda, Fairfax County, Rockville, Alexandria, Chevy Chase, and Potomac.

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Our Plastic Surgery Associates team includes Dr. Franklin Richards, Dr. A. Dean Jabs, and Dr. Keshav Magge. Each of our plastic surgeons is board-certified, and together they have over 60 years of combined experience. Drs. Richards, Jabs, and Magge are all highly qualified in procedures for the face, breast, and body, and pride themselves in providing excellent results through our state-of-the-art, Quad A certified operating centers