Facelift

Women and men from Canton, Plymouth, and surrounding areas visit Center for Plastic Surgery Ann Arbor to look naturally younger and feel more confident. Our team of 2 board-certified plastic surgeons has more than 50 years of combined plastic surgery experience. They understand how aging affects the face and have the refined abilities to address each patient’s unique needs.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

Women and men choose this procedure to rejuvenate the lower 2/3 of the face and the neck by addressing:

  • Lax, sagging skin
  • Loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone of the face and neck
  • Jowls and deep creases between the base of the nose and the corners of the mouth
  • Lack of youthful chin and neck contours and tired facial appearance

A facelift helps restore more rested, youthful-looking contours of the face and neck.

Meet Our Surgeons

Our board-certified plastic surgeons have more than 50 years of combined experience in all facets of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. As a qualified and compassionate team, they share a goal of providing a safe and rewarding plastic surgery experience while creating exceptional results worthy of your trust.

Credentials You Can Trust

Doctors Credentials - ASPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, realself Top Doctor, ABPSI

How Much Does a Facelift Cost in Ann Arbor, MI?

The cost of a facelift at our Ann Arbor practice ranges from $6,733 to $15,824, depending on the extent of the procedure and the technique used by the surgeon. The cost of a mini facelift (also called a MACS facelift) using a local anesthetic plus sedation is $5,838. We also offer flexible payment plans to help you achieve your goals.

You can see the cost of combining a facelift with other procedures, such as neck liposuction, on our plastic surgery pricing page.

The price of your surgery includes:

  • Surgeon’s fees
  • Anesthesia fees
  • Operating facility fees

Residents considering a facelift in Plymouth, Canton, Chelsea, and surrounding areas can get detailed quotes after consulting with one of our surgeons.

How Is Facelift Surgery Performed?

Facelifts vary in extent, depending on the location and skin laxity. All facelifts are done on an outpatient basis under sedation with local anesthesia. If there is loose skin in the lower face or neck, incisions behind or in front of the ears may be necessary.

Incisions are made in the hairline (or along the hair margin) above the ear, extending down around the earlobe and extending in or below the hairline behind the ear. The neck muscles are tightened, the facial skin is re-draped and lifted, and the excess skin is removed.

Mini Facelift Surgery

A mini facelift is an effective option for people who have mild or moderate facial sagging that doesn’t require a more invasive approach. A mini facelift won’t address sagging neck skin and isn’t the right procedure for patients whose concerns also involve the mid-face. The benefit of a mini facelift is that the incisions are shorter, and it requires less recovery time than a full facelift. The best way to determine if you’re a good candidate for a mini facelift is to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons.

Alternatives to Facelift Surgery

People with mild to moderate sagging on the lower face and neck may be candidates for the minimally invasive FaceTite procedure. This FDA-cleared procedure can provide an effective alternative to a facelift for people who are not ready for surgery. It can be performed as a standalone procedure or combined with Morpheus8 RF microneedling.

Can a Facelift Be Combined With Other Procedures?

A facelift focuses on the lower face. To rejuvenate the upper face, a facelift may be combined with a brow lift to address a sagging forehead or brows that hang onto the upper eyelids. The brow lift may be performed using the endoscopic technique, which involves short incisions hidden in the upper hairline, or with the coronal technique which requires longer incisions.

Additional procedures that may complement facelift results include:

What Is Facelift Recovery Like?

Recovery after a facelift can be divided into the physical healing stage and the social readiness stage. Even though each patient recovers at their own pace, the timeline below provides a general idea of what to expect:

  • Day of surgery: You’ll go home with dressings wrapped around the head and neck. Your surgeon typically removes them on the following day. Prescription medication helps minimize discomfort.
  • First week: It’s important to get plenty of rest, but also be sure to take short walks around the house to boost your circulation. After the first couple of days, most patients experience very little discomfort and no longer need prescription pain relief. By the end of the first week, you’ll notice reduced swelling and start feeling more like your normal self.
  • Second week: We usually remove sutures at some point during the second week of recovery. Bruising and swelling continue to decrease, and you may feel comfortable returning to work. You can apply makeup to camouflage redness or bruising.
  • Weeks 3 to 4: Most of the physical healing is complete at this point. You can usually go out to dinner or social gatherings with friends without feeling self-conscious at this point. However, residual swelling can last up to 3 months or more.
  • Week 5 and beyond: If you’re planning to attend a significant social event, such as a class reunion or wedding, you should allow at least 3 months to fully heal after your facelift. More time is even better, just in case you experience any minor complications.

Learn more about recovery time following a procedure here.

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When Will I See My Final Facelift Results?

Improvement is evident in 4 to 6 weeks or sooner, with continued improvement over several months.

Insurance Guidelines

Facelifts are considered cosmetic procedures and are not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.

Facelift FAQs

What age is too late for facelift surgery?

Your age is not the primary factor determining if you’re a good candidate for a facelift. Even though most facelift patients are in their late 40s to early 60s, someone in their 70s or older who is in good overall health and wants to appear more youthful can benefit from a facelift.

What’s the best age to get a facelift?

There is no specific “best age” to undergo a facelift. However, patients who get facelift surgery earlier—say in their early 50s—tend to see their results last longer.

Is the surgery worth it?

Whether facelift surgery is worth it is something that only you can determine. On the RealSelf website, 93% of actual patients say a facelift is “worth it.” To feel good about the results of the procedure, it’s important to choose a skilled plastic surgeon with experience performing facelift surgery.

Does the procedure make you age faster?

No. How fast the signs of aging develop depends on your genetics and your lifestyle. You’ll appear several years younger after a facelift, but the aging process continues. You can’t change your genes, but you can avoid spending too much time in the sun, quit smoking, and take other steps to slow the aging process.

How many years younger will I look after facelift surgery?

In most cases, a facelift will result in a patient looking about 10 years younger.

How long will my results last?

Your facelift results can last for several years or more. You can extend the results by being diligent about applying sunscreen and scheduling periodic nonsurgical facial rejuvenation treatments.

Your Next Step

At Center for Plastic Surgery Ann Arbor, we look forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals. Please request your consultation with our easy-to-use online form or call our office at  (734) 712-2323 to schedule your visit. Our consultation fee for both virtual and in-person consultations is $125, which is applied to the cost of surgery if you choose to move forward with the procedure.

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