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Face Lift

Gravity, sun exposure, stress, and environmental factors cause many people to develop noticeable signs of facial aging. Facelift surgery improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, loose neck skin, and jowls by tightening muscles, removing excess fat, and redraping the skin. This procedure allows patients to regain a more youthful and rejuvenated facial appearance while still looking natural.

Your Facelift Options

Traditional Facelift

A traditional facelift improves many visible signs of aging on the middle and lower regions of the face. This surgery removes excess skin and fat as well as tightening the muscles. Incisions extend from the hairline at the temples, down, around, and behind the ears where the tissues are tightened to reveal natural-looking youthfulness.


Occasionally, time and gravity cause the cheeks to lose their suspension and fall towards the lower regions of the face. A mid-facelift procedure restores the cheeks to their youthful position with minimal risk of visible scarring using Dr. Mabourakh’s advanced surgical techniques.

Neck Lift

Neck lift surgery is combined with a facelift when significant jowls or vertical banding on the neck is present. Neck lift surgery involves removing excess fat and skin from the neck region through a small incision made beneath the chin. When performed in combination, a facelift and neck lift procedure produce balance and harmony between the facial features, creating the best results.

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Facelift surgery is an outpatient procedure. You must have someone come with you to drive you home and provide assistance for the first day or so of recovery. Patients can expect their faces to be bruised, swollen, numb, tender, and tight. These are temporary and will fade within a few days or weeks. Minor dressings will be placed and are removed in 24 hours. Dr. Mabourakh avoids the use of drains during facelift and neck lift procedures. Patients are encouraged to be up and moving around the same day of surgery, but all strenuous activity should be avoided for at least two weeks. Most patients return to work within 7 to 10 days.


Traditional facelift incisions start at the hairline on the temples and extend in front of the ear and around to the back of the earlobe. Scarring can be minimized by avoiding direct sun exposure and applying silicone strips or gel. All scars fade with time and can be reduced with simple laser treatments in our office.


The cost of your facelift surgery will be determined by the methods used as well as whether or not any other cosmetic techniques are combined with the procedure. Additional cost factors include anesthesia, surgeon’s, and facility fees. You will receive a cost estimate during your consultation.


Facelift surgery is performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia to ensure that there is no pain during the operation. Once the anesthesia wears off, patients can expect bruising, swelling, and numbness, all of which will improve with time. Pain is minimal and well-controlled with medication. Most bruising and swelling subsides within two or three weeks. Residual swelling may remain for a few months.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Most patients who undergo facelift surgery are age 40 and above. That said, age does not play a significant role in determining your candidacy for facelift surgery. The quality of your skin and your bone structure are what matters, regardless of your age.
Most patients experience a noticeable reduction in fine lines and wrinkles for up to 10 years. While facelift surgery improves the appearance of facial aging, it does not stop the aging process; therefore, additional concerns will eventually resurface.
All men and women eventually experience some degree of facial skin laxity. Ideal candidates for facelift surgery include men and women whose facial and neck skin has begun to sag but still retains elasticity. Prospective patients should be in good overall health, be non-smokers, and have realistic expectations of their results.

Complications after facelift surgery are rare and typically minor. Unfortunately, all surgeries come with inherent risk. These risks include:

  • Adverse reactions to anesthesia
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Hematoma
  • Nerve damage
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Poor wound healing

You can reduce your risk of these complications by following all of Dr. Mabourakh’s pre- and post-operative instructions. This includes eating a healthy diet, limiting alcohol consumption, and avoiding the use of certain vitamins and medicines. Patients can also reduce the chance of complications by not smoking for at least three weeks before and two weeks after the surgery, as tobacco use significantly increases the chances of complications and poor wound healing.

Facelift surgery addresses aging and skin laxity on the middle and lower regions of the face. Patients commonly combine their facelift with a forehead (brow) lift or eyelid surgery to address aging on the upper part of the face. By combining procedures, Dr. Mabourakh can maintain balance and harmony between the upper and lower regions of the face.
Dr. Mabourakh takes the time to listen to every patient’s desires, concerns, fears, and medical history. He evaluates every part of your face, skin, underlying muscles, and bone structure to ensure that the proper techniques are used. Dr. Mabourakh has certifications with the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Surgery, and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
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