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Facial Plastic Surgery | Loudoun County | Chantilly | Fairfax VirginiaRhytidectomy, commonly known as facelift plastic surgery, is one of the more sought-after procedures to rejuvenate the face and restore a youthful look. The procedure can reduce up to 10 years off the patient’s face in many cases. It typically involves removal of loose facial skin and redistribution of excess fat, and may sometimes also require tightening of underlying facial muscles.

Face is a complex part of the body in an aesthetic sense, which makes it necessary to choose a specialized facial plastic surgeon to receive a facelift. Dr. Trang Vo-Nguyen (Dr. V) is a board certified facial plastic surgeon providing facelift and other procedures to patients in Chantilly, Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Arlington, Middleburg, Leesburg, Manassas, Warrenton, and surrounding locations.



Most people seeking facelift surgery will be between the age of 35 and 65 years. Any adult who is bothered by the appearance of a sagging mid face, prominent jowls, and obvious facial lines and wrinkles may be appropriate candidate for a facelift.

The candidate should ideally have a reasonable degree of skin elasticity remaining in order to achieve natural looking results with facelift. A sturdy underling facial bone structure is also important to create support for sustainable outcomes.


Facelift Techniques

A number of advanced surgical techniques are available today to customize the facelift as per the patient’s needs. Dr. V receives patients from Chantilly, Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Arlington, Middleburg, Leesburg, Manassas, Warrenton, and nearby areas for this procedure.


Endoscopic Facelift

Endoscopic facelift is an innovative technique to make the procedure more precise and less invasive. The surgeon will place small incisions in discreet locations to insert a tiny camera in the deeper facial structures. The inner structures will be visible on a monitor, enabling the surgeon to perform a more targeted procedure. Three minor incisions are generally involved, and the surgeon will remove excess tissue and lift sagging muscles through the incisions.


Cutaneous Facelift

In a few cases, where the patient only requires removal of excess facial skin, this old traditional technique may be used. It involves the placement of a long incision along the hairline to keep it inconspicuous. The skin will be lifted gently and sutured to a raised level. The procedure is less invasive because alterations to the muscular structure are not involved.


SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System) Facelift

SMAS facelift ranks among the more popular facelift techniques today. The procedure is designed to achieve more comprehensive outcomes without making it overly invasive. Excess skin will be removed, and the underlying muscle structure will be lifted and tightened to improve facial contours. SMAS technique reduces risk, pain and downtime, and creates more natural looking and longer lasting results.



Following facelift surgery, the patient will have to stay for about seven to 10 days. Light movements and activities can be performed to promote blood circulation. However, vigorous exercises must be avoided for at least three weeks. In the first week, the surgeon may prescribe pain medications to keep the patient comfortable.


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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