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Facelift  – Northern Virginia

Fairfax Plastic Surgery | Loudoun | Cosmetic Facelift | ManassasDr. Trang Vo-Nguyen, also known as Dr. V among her patients, is a board certified facial plastic surgeon providing state of the art plastic surgery procedures in Chantilly, Northern Virginia. She heads the Virginia Institute for Surgical Arts, which is an advanced facility for cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery procedures. Patients in Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Fauquier County, Arlington County and surrounding areas have an opportunity to receive remarkable, impressive, and verifiable treatments from Dr. V.

What is a Facelift?

Facelift is among the popular plastic surgery procedures to reduce the signs of aging from the face and provide a rejuvenated look. The procedure involves skin tightening and reposition of fat, muscle and skin. People in the age group of 40 to 70 are usually magnificent candidates for this procedure, and a facelift can at least seven to 10 years off their face.

An experienced plastic surgeon will ensure that the patient achieves a younger looking face, but the basic integrity, countenance, and features of the face remain unaltered. Dr. V is a dedicated facial plastic surgeon providing facelift surgery for patients in and around Middleburg, Leesburg, Fairfax, Manassas, Warrenton, and Arlington.


A facelift surgery practically involves lifting the skin off the face so that the underlying tissue and muscles can be tightened. Once this skin and muscle tightening is completed, the skin is repositioned smoothly over the face. The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation and local anesthesia. The surgeon begins by making an incision starting in the temple area and circling the ear.

Through the incision, the muscle and tissue are tightened. The raised skin is then re-draped over the face and incisions are closed with sutures. A skilled facial plastic surgeon will make sure that the incision is made along the hairline or in an area where the skin would naturally crease to keep the scarring hidden. The procedure may take several hours, depending on the extent of surgery involved.


The face is wrapped in a bandage after the surgery, and the dressings will be removed in a day or two. Drain tubes, if any, are also removed around the same time. Stitches will be removed in about a week or 10 days. The plastic surgeon may prescribe pain medications for a few days. The patient may experience bruising and swelling on the treated area for several days.

Patients must avoid smoking for a few weeks before and after the surgery. The patient can expect to resume normal activities within two to three weeks in most cases. Numbness may last for several months on the affected area, and the skin may feel dry and rough. Dr. V prepares and instructs her patients in Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Fauquier County, and Arlington County for the recovery period.

Facelift Types

Facelift procedure can be performed either with the traditional approach or with a modern endoscopic technique. The traditional facelift addresses the lower face and neck area, and involves removal of excess fat and skin and tightening of underlying muscles. A traditional facelift can improve the following conditions:

  • Loose skin
  • Sagging jowl
  • Fat deposits
  • Creases below your lower eyelids
  • Mid-face sagging
  • Creases around the mouth
  • Double chin

The endoscopic facelift plastic surgery, on the other hand, is a less invasive procedure. The advantage with this technique is that it leaves little or no scarring. The technique involves the use of a miniature camera that is inserted in the skin through tiny incisions. The surgeon can view the inside condition of the face with this technology and lift the upper face and cheeks in a safe and minimally invasive manner. This technique can help correct the following conditions:

  • Sagging brow
  • Frown lines
  • Sagging cheeks
  • Cheek folds
  • Lines around your mouth
  • Sagging jowls
  • Sagging mid-face

Choice of Technique

Both traditional and endoscopic facelift have their own merits, and the surgeon will choose the right technique that is best suited to a particular patient’s needs. Dr. V takes into account the unique aesthetic goals and health condition of her patients in Middleburg, Leesburg, Fairfax, Manassas, Warrenton, Arlington, and surrounding communities while recommending the appropriate technique.

The facelift procedure may be performed independently or in combination with other procedures such as brow lift or rhinoplasty. Patients should also be aware of what a facelift can or cannot do. This helps them have realistic expectations from the procedure, and they can experience more satisfactory outcomes.

For more infomation please contact Dr. V. Dr. Trang Thuy Vo-Nguyen, known to her patients as “Dr. V,” is a board certified facial plastic surgeon providing the latest surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures in Northern Virginia, Leesburg, Loudoun, Fairfax, Warrenton, Fauquier, Arlington, Manassas, Middleburg, Prince William, and other areas.

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