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Facial Plastic Surgery - Types of Lifts, Cost, Recovery, & Results

Facelift, clinically known as rhytidectomy, is a proven and widely accepted plastic surgery procedure aimed at minimizing the facial signs of aging to restore a younger appearance. The procedure is intricate because face is one of the most complex parts of the body from a cosmetic perspective. Facelift surgery typically involves surgical removal of excess skin and fat tissue from the face, and in some cases, tightening of underlying weak muscles.

An experienced surgeon will customize the procedure according to the unique facial anatomy and personal aesthetic needs of a patient. Dr. Trang Vo-Nguyen (Dr. V) is a leading 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 communities.


Individuals with visible wrinkles and lines on the face and sagging facial skin and muscles can make fine candidates for facelift surgery. Most of the patients are typically in the age group of 30 and 65 years who seek facelift.

The ideal candidate will have some degree of elasticity in the facial skin so that smooth and natural looking results can be produced with facelift. The underlying bone structure of the face should be robust enough to support the surgery and contribute to an appealing aesthetic outcome.

Facelift Details

Types of Facelift

As an experienced facial plastic surgeon, Dr. V will recommend the appropriate facelift technique to her patients in Chantilly, Northern Virginia, Loudoun County, Fairfax, Prince William, Fauquier, Arlington, Middleburg, Leesburg, Manassas, Warrenton, and nearby areas.

Endoscopic Facelift

The surgeon will insert a tiny camera attached to an endoscope at the other end through small incisions in discreet facial areas. The camera makes it possible for the surgeon to view the underlying muscle and tissue structure on a screen, and perform accurate surgery in a less invasive way. Excess skin and tissue will be removed through the incisions, and muscles will be lifted.

Cutaneous Facelift

This is a limited technique designed to remove only excess skin from the face. The procedure involves a long incision that is placed discreetly along the hairline. The surgeon will lift the skin gently, excise loose skin, and suture it tightly at a more youthful position. Risk is minimal in this technique because muscle tightening is not involved.

SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System) Facelift

This is one of the most popular procedures today for facelift. The surgeon can remove loose skin along with tightening and lifting of the underlying muscle structure to improve facial contours. SMAS technique usually leads to more sustainable, comprehensive, and natural looking results.

Price Tag

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of facelift surgery in the US in 2014 was $6,550. However, this figure did not cover the costs of anesthesia, operating facility costs, and related expenses. The basic effect on your checking account that a facelift can have is a subtraction of $8,000 to $12,000, depending on various factors.


Facelift generally involves a downtime ranging from one to two weeks, depending on the choice of technique. Vigorous exercises should be avoided for about four weeks, and the patient should follow the post-op instructions of the surgeon carefully.

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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