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What is a Facelift?

A facelift procedure addresses the natural effects of aging by lifting and tightening sagging facial skin and underlying structures, resulting in a more youthful appearance. Over time, gravity can have a noticeable impact on the neck, jowls, and cheeks, causing them to lose firmness and definition. A facelift effectively targets and enhances these areas, providing a beautiful transformation that helps turn back the hands of time.

Facelift Options

Some of the different facelift options include:

Traditional facelift

A primary facelift is a comprehensive procedure that can significantly transform a person's appearance by addressing advanced signs of aging, such as deep wrinkles, chin fat deposits, and heavy jowls. Often combined with other treatments, it offers a holistic solution to reverse visible signs of aging.

Deep Plane Facelift 

The deep plane facelift differs from traditional facelifts by addressing deeper layers of the face. By lifting the skin, muscles, and fat pockets as one unit, it achieves natural-looking results that last longer with reduced scarring and complications. Treating both surface and sub-levels of aging yields significant benefits.

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Mini facelift

The mini-facelift offers a less involved alternative to address advanced signs of aging. With minimal skin pulling, it targets deeper wrinkles, chin fat deposits, and large jowls. Benefits include shorter procedure duration, quicker recovery with reduced swelling and bruising (typically nine to twelve days), and no need for a full facelift.

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Revision facelift

A revision facelift is a follow-up procedure performed after the initial facelift. Scar tissue and stretched skin are considered in this procedure. Consulting an experienced plastic surgeon is crucial for better results. Reasons for revision facelifts include outdated techniques, dissatisfaction, issues with specific facial areas, asymmetry, skin problems, or unnatural outcomes.

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Who is a Candidate for a Facelift?

Ideal candidates for a facelift in Phoenix are individuals who are beginning to notice sagging skin in the mid-face and neck area. If you are interested in the procedure and fit this description, you may be a suitable candidate. 

Ideal candidates also:

  • Have enough sagging/excess skin for the surgery to be beneficial  
  • Are in good overall health
  • Are non-smokers
  • Between 40 and 80 years of age

How Much Does a Facelift Cost?

Facelift procedures can vary in price depending on multiple factors, including the geographic location, the surgeon's experience, and the specific techniques used. On average, the cost of a facelift in the United States ranges from $7,000 to $15,000. 


How to Prepare for a Facelift

  • Undergo a medical evaluation with Dr. Craft for surgical eligibility.
  • Follow Dr. Craft's instructions regarding medication adjustments or cessation.
  • Cease smoking 3-6 weeks prior to the procedure.
  • Maintain proper hydration for enhanced recovery.
  • Discontinue use of aspirin, Advil, and anti-inflammatory drugs or supplements.
  • Abstain from eating as instructed on the night before surgery.
  • Prepare a comfortable recovery environment at home.
  • Arrange for transportation and post-operative care for at least 24 hours.

During the Surgery

The appropriate facelift technique will be determined based on your facial structure, previous surgeries, and desired outcome. This procedure can target the upper, mid, or lower face and the entire face, often combined with a neck lift, for optimal results. Under general anesthesia, Dr. Craft will mark the incision points based on your surgical plan. With a meticulous approach, inconspicuous incisions are made in front of the ear, followed by additional incisions if necessary. Through tissue sculpting, muscle tightening, and skin redraping, your face will be rejuvenated, resulting in a natural, firmer, and youthful appearance. The incisions are then carefully closed.


Dr. Craft's Approach

Before & After Facelift in Phoenix

Recovery and Results Timeline

In the initial week following your facelift in Phoenix, swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort are normal. Dr. Craft may prescribe medication to alleviate these symptoms. It is important that patients rest and keep their heads elevated, even while sleeping. Activities should be limited to walking and light tasks. Dressings are removed within a few days, but bruising, swelling, and soreness persist.

Most patients take 10 to 14 days off work and avoid intense exercise for six weeks. Thorough home care instructions are provided, and our staff is available for support. Bruising and swelling gradually diminish over the next few weeks, and most patients feel comfortable around others after 2 to 3 weeks. Though slight swelling and occasional tingling may persist, final results are seen within four months, with lasting effects for up to ten years when coupled with proper skincare.

Complementary procedures

Some surgical procedures that are often combined with a facelift include:

Some non-surgical options include:

Why Choose CraftMD?

Dr. Craft, a double-board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, completed nine years of prestigious training at the Mayo Clinic and Harvard University. As the founder of CraftMD, he specializes in aesthetic and reconstructive procedures, including gender confirmation surgery.

With eight years of clinical practice and extensive surgical training, Dr. Craft has the expertise to deliver exceptional care and achieve natural-looking results. His patient-centric approach, coupled with a commitment to safety, ensures compassionate care. His knowledge, artistry, and numerous publications contribute to his ability to provide customized outcomes for his patients.

Scarring and risks

Some of the potential risks associated with facelift surgery include: 

  • Anesthesia complications
  • Bleeding
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Facial nerve injuries
  • Accumulation of fluid in the treatment sites
  • Infections
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
  • Persistent pain

The scars from a facelift may appear raised for the first week before flattening out. They will look red for roughly 6 months before fading into a lighter color. Dr. Craft makes incisions very carefully to ensure that the scars are as unnoticeable as possible. 


Facelift FAQ

How long is the procedure?

The procedure can last anywhere from two to six hours.

What are the differences between male and female facelift procedures?

Male procedures focus more on defining the chin and jawline, while female procedures tend to focus on promoting an “oval” facial shape and softening the neckline.

When can I resume exercise after a facelift procedure?

It is typically recommended that patients wait six weeks before resuming their exercise regimens.

Do insurance plans cover facelift procedures?

Unfortunately, most insurance plans do not cover cosmetic procedures.

What is the difference between facelifts and neck lifts?

A facelift is more comprehensive and treats more areas, while a neck lift focuses entirely on the areas of the chin and neck.

What is the best age for a facelift?

The ideal age range for a facelift is 50 and above.

Am I too old for plastic surgery?

Facelift procedures are a great option for older patients.

What are the limitations of a facelift?

It is not a permanent treatment and will require follow-up treatments to maintain the results in the long term.

How painful is a facelift?

A facelift recovery involves swelling and bruising and creates a sensation of fullness and pulling for the first week or so. Patients usually manage this with pain medication.

How much younger can a facelift make you look?

Patients typically look 10 to 15 years younger after undergoing a facelift.

When can I get back to work?

It is typically recommended that patients wait 10 to 14 days before going back to work.

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