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Face Lift

The skin of the face and neck lose elasticity as one ages. The underlying muscles also lose tone. These effects are magnified through sun exposure, weight gain or loss, gravity and stress. These factors may act together and accentuate the appearance of wrinkles, creating a tired look. A facelift-necklift helps improve the most visible signs of aging through the removal and redistribution of excess fatty deposits, the tightening of underlying muscles, and the removal of sagging skin. The standard facelift addresses the lower 1/3 of the face and the upper neck.

Variants include the mini and extended facelift-necklift procedures. Your procedure choice depends on your needs and must be discussed with Dr. Tehrani. Surgeons have recognized the three dimensional nature of the facial structures and often complement this procedure with others to restore volume and address cosmetic issues throughout the facial-neck structures.

Before and After Photos

What is a Facelift?

Facelift Takes 10 Years Off

Look years younger thanks to Facelift at Tehrani Plastic Surgery. Dr. Ali Tehrani artfully tailors each facelift surgery to revive the unique features and facial structure of his patients. A facelift-necklift results in a less tired look with a more youthful appearance. Dr. Tehrani’s surgical methods produce minimal-scarring and long-lasting rejuvenation. Incisions will be made in the hairline in front of and behind the ear, where they will be easily concealed. Patient preference and the extent of your surgery will determine if you receive your surgery under local anesthesia with or without oral sedation, conscious sedation, or general anesthesia. If you have developed jowls, sagging skin along your jawline, or a wrinkled neck, you are an excellent candidate for a facelift-necklift. 

If the person you see in the mirror doesn’t match how you feel on the inside, you are invited to schedule a private consultation at Tehrani Plastic Surgery today.

Mini Facelift

Mini facelift accomplishes youthful rejuvenation with a shorter recovery and minimal post-procedure discomfort or numbness.

 If you have a moderate degree of facial aging and healthier skin elasticity, you may be an ideal candidate for a Mini Facelift. The mini facelift is a minimally-invasive method of tightening the skin of the lower face to restore smooth, youthful contours. The mini facelift is performed using half-inch incisions, through which Dr. Tehrani inserts a tiny fiber-optic camera. The camera allows Dr. Tehrani to visualize the internal structures of the face and neck while minimizing strain on the area. Dr. Tehrani uses the optic camera and fine tools to excise and tighten the underlying tissues. 

Extended Facelift 

Extended Facelift will lift and tighten the underlying facial tissue and muscles to a greater degree than a standard facelift-necklift. The incisions may span farther along the temple. Extended Facelift helps Dr. Tehrani correct more advanced facial aging and reverse the appearance of crow’s feet, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines.

Facial aging affects every individual differently. Often other facial procedures are performed at the same time including forehead lift, eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), chin and cheek implants, nose reshaping (rhinoplasty), liposculpture, chemical peel, laser resurfacing and lipotransfer.

Who is a Candidate for a facelift?

  • Men and women with jowl formation (the lower cheeks and jaw line are saggy).
  • Men and women with a poorly defined jaw line.
  • Men and women with wrinkled saggy and fatty neck.
  • Men and women ages 30 to 60.

Ideal candidates for a facelift are in overall good health and do not have pre-existing conditions that impede their ability to heal post-procedure. Facelift candidates should have positive but realistic expectations of the outcomes the procedure can achieve. If you have advanced facial aging that makes you look fatigued, aged, or unwell, you are a good candidate for a facelift. 

Candidates who smoke will be asked to discontinue smoking at least two weeks before and two weeks following their facelift surgery date.


Facelift Procedure Details

The details of your surgical plan will depend on the needs of your case and Dr. Tehrani’s professional recommendation. Dr. Tehrani will custom-tailor your standard facelift-necklift, mini facelift, or extended facelift to your unique case. Additional procedures such as forehead lift or blepharoplasty may be combined to achieve the most lifted, youthful look possible. Length of surgery will range from under two hours for a mini facelift and up to seven or eight hours for a more involved facial rejuvenation.

  • Face Lifts are usually performed in an accredited office facility, outpatient surgical facility or in the hospital.
  • They may be performed under local anesthesia with or without oral sedation, conscious sedation, and general anesthesia.
  • The surgeon usually makes incisions in front and behind the ear. This should be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Tehrani.
  • Sutures and/or staples are used for closure followed by placement of an elastic dressing around the face and neck.

Facelift Recovery

You will receive personalized recovery instructions to help you complete your most comfortable recovery following a facelift. You will return throughout your recovery for follow-up appointments with Dr. Tehrani. If you have questions at any point of your recovery, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

  • Due to the after-effects of anesthesia, patients should ask a friend or family member to drive them home following their facelift. 
  • Recovery may be at home with a responsible adult, in a recovery facility or overnight in the hospital.
  • A compression garment may be worn around the lower face and neck for approximately one week.
  • Bruising and swelling are normal and may take several weeks to resolve.
  • Stiffness in the neck and some soreness with swallowing and eating is common.
  • Sutures and staples are removed within two weeks.
  • Drains, if used, are usually removed 1-3 days after the procedure.
  • Make-up can be applied over the skin immediately but not over the incisions for 2-3 weeks.


Facelift and neck lift results

Facelift will produce a sharper and better-defined jawline and an improved neck and chin angle. Your skin will be smoother and tighter: you will look years younger! A facelift helps patients look less tired and more youthful. A facelift does not treat the lines around the mouth and will not improve skin surface defects and discoloration.

Results of facelift surgery will improve over the weeks following surgery. You will see the final results of your facelift-necklift as swelling subsides, which is usually within two to three weeks. Results of standard and extended facelifts will last for 15 years, or more! Results of a mini facelift last an average of six years.


Facelift procedure pricing varies based on the type of facelift, the targeted area, and the extent of your facelift surgery. The price of the facelift at Tehrani Plastic Surgery will reflect the details of your personalized surgical plan. Once you have customized your surgical plan with Dr. Tehrani, you will receive an appropriate cost breakdown. 


What is the best age to have a facelift?

The goal of a facelift is to refresh and preserve the facial features and achieve a long-lasting result. It is best to receive facelift when you have a moderate to advanced degree of facial aging and a mild degree of remaining skin laxity. Most patients receive facelifts between the ages of 40 and 55, but can receive them as young as 30, or as old as 65! Every patient ages differently: Dr. Tehrani will meet privately with you to help you determine the best, longest-lasting solution for you.

When will I look normal after a facelift?

Most patients are able to attend social events within two weeks of facelift-necklift without issues. Your face will adjust to the changes and begin to look more and more normal with every passing week. Swelling will subside within two to three months.

How Painful is a Facelift?

Patients feel no pain during their facelift-necklift surgery. Bruising, swelling, soreness, or numbness may occur post-procedure, but these are normal conditions that will gradually abate. You will receive personalized recovery instructions following your procedure, including approved methods of controlling any post-procedure discomfort. We take care to achieve a safe, comfortable experience for our patients. If you have any concerns before or after your facelift surgery, please do not hesitate to contact us!