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Over time, gravity and other environmental factors affect us all and can cause the face to sag and droop which creates a tired and older appearance. Facelift surgery can turn back the hands of time and help you look as young on the outside as you feel on the inside.

A facelift is a surgical procedure that resuspends the facial tissue and removes excess skin creating a younger and more refreshed appearance to the face and neck. A facelift generally lasts about 10 years, or removes about 10 years of aging from the face.

A facelift is most effective for correcting the following:

  • Facial wrinkles
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Jowls
  • Facial sagging
  • Loose skin and bands in the neck
  • Loss of jawline definition


The best candidates for facelift want to correct one or more of the signs of aging indicated above; have some facial sagging, but still have good elasticity in their skin; are generally healthy; do not smoke; and have realistic expectations regarding the possible results from facelift surgery.


A facelift is typically performed in an office-based facility, surgery center or hospital. Patients may have a choice of oral sedation, IV sedation, or general anesthesia. There are many different approaches and techniques that can be used during the procedure. A thorough discussion of the risks and benefits of each will help decide the best approach for you during your consultation with Dr. Caceres

Deep Plane Facelift

A deep plane facelift rejuvenates the face, jowls, and neck by releasing the deep facial ligaments and resuspending the deep facial tissue as well as removing some excess skin. This corrects the natural signs of aging while creating natural and long-lasting results. The incision usually begins at the temples, and travels down the front of the ear, around the back of the ear, and into or along the hairline behind the ear. In some cases, an additional incision below the chin may be used to access the central tissue of the neck. The pros and cons of the exact incision placement will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Caceres so, together, we can make the best decision for you.


A mini facelift is a surgical procedure that resuspends the facial tissue creating a more refreshed and youthful appearance on the lower half of the face. The mini facelift is less invasive and uses a shorter incision than a traditional facelift resulting in less downtime and a faster recovery than a traditional facelift. Due to the limited approach, the results of a mini facelift are also less dramatic compared to a traditional facelift but in the right patient, a mini facelift may be the perfect procedure. The pros and cons of each procedure will be thoroughly discussed during your consultation with Dr. Caceres.


A facelift is usually performed as an outpatient procedure but, depending on your risk factors and comfort level, you may stay overnight in the hospital. You can expect some swelling, bruising, numbness and discomfort in the treatment area for a few days after surgery but these are temporary and will subside. Patients often take about a week off from work and need to avoid strenuous activity for about four weeks after surgery. Most patients are ready for social events in about a month after surgery.


A facelift will generally remove about 5-10 years of aging from the face and neck depending on the patient and chosen approach. Although patients will continue to age, the time taken off the facial aging clock will be permanent. The incisions usually heal imperceptibly and are hidden in key areas.