Facelift Surgery in the Atlanta Metro Area

As you age, the effects of gravity, sun, and daily stress can affect your appearance. A facelift helps Marietta and Atlanta, Georgia, women and men reduce the signs of aging and provide a more rested, refreshed look. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Plastic Surgery Center of the South will work closely with you to achieve the most natural results based on your individual needs. Their expertise, artistry, and skill are sought out by people seeking the best facelift results from Woodstock, Roswell, Canton, and Acworth, GA, and other nearby communities.

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Case #65

This 53 year old woman came to our office wanting to learn more about facial rejuvenation plastic surgery in Atlanta. During her consultation her surgeon noted that she had good facial structure overall but was experiencing some of the typical signs of aging - wrinkled skin, jowling, and hooding around the eyelids.The excess skin in he... Read More
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Case #256

59-year-old female underwent a face and neck lift along with an upper and lower blepharoplasty.
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Case #160

59 year old female was not satisfied with her aging face, neck and eyes. She had a facelift fourteen years prior with great result; however, she has noticed increased facial wrinkling and creasing. She had an adequate amount of loose skin around her eyelids and face. This patient also had a sufficient amount of skin damage to her face af... Read More
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Case #83

This 59 year old Atlanta face lift patient came to our cosmetic surgery office concerned about an aging look on her face, excess skin on her upper and lower eyelids, and excess skin on her arms. She had recently lost over 150 pounds and felt that excess skin on her face and body was detracting from her weight loss results.Due to h... Read More
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Case #186

Patient is a 64 year old women who was concerned about excess skin of the anterior neck area and eyelids along with bulging fat pads under the eyes. She felt that these areas were giving her an aged and tired look. The patient had a face and neck lift along with liposuction of the neck and upper and lower blepharoplasty. Read More
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This patient had a full face and neck lift and liposuction of the jowls.
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Case #153

64 year old female who desires a more youthful look. Patient underwent a full facelift and necklift.
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Case #183

A 51 year old female who wanted improvement of the face. Patient was particularly concerned about fullness of the lower face, along the jaw line. She also wanted to improve excess skin and puffiness of the eyelids. The patient went through a full face and neck lift, as well as upper and lower eye lid surgery. In addition she got liposuction o... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost in Atlanta?

In metro Atlanta, the average cost of a facelift is approximately $12,000 and varies with many factors such as the complexity of the surgery and whether it is combined with other procedures such as a neck lift or brow lift. Other factors include the experience and expertise of the facial plastic surgeon, anesthesiology fees, and surgical facility costs. Your surgeon will provide you with a customized cost estimate after your consultation.

What Are the Different Types of Facelifts?

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, rejuvenates the face by tightening the underlying facial tissues, reducing or repositioning excess fat, and redraping the loose skin. Volume can be restored to the cheeks and other areas using fat transfer or fillers as needed.

Our surgeons are trained in the top, state-of-the-art facelift techniques, as well as time-honored ones. We customize each procedure based on the individual’s unique needs and physical characteristics, so often we combine or modify techniques for the best outcome.

Deep Plane Facelift

This technique involves releasing and repositioning the layer of muscle and tissue beneath the skin called the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS). This is a highly technical approach, which involves going to the “deep plane” beneath the SMAS layer to detach and reposition it. To perform this technique, your surgeon makes incisions along the hairline, following an inconspicuous path that ends behind the ears. A deep plane lift is often recommended for men and women with more severe facial sagging.

SMAS Facelift

For patients whose skin retains some of its elasticity and who have less severe sagging, a SMAS lift can achieve excellent results. Incisions made during the SMAS lift are essentially the same as during a deep plane lift, but the layer of tissue and muscle isn’t released from the deeper layer and moved. Instead, the surgeon tightens the SMAS layer using sutures, redrapes the skin, and trims away any excess.

Incision Types

Woman's face with SMAS incision marked as a dashed line from her temple down in front of and around the back of her ear
SMAS Incision
Woman's face with short scar incision marked as a dashed line in front of and around the back of her ear
Short Scar Incision

Short Scar (Mini) Facelift

Many techniques are called short scar facelifts, or mini facelifts. They each feature limited incisions and are options for patients who are usually in their 40s or 50s with more moderate signs of aging. Unlike more extensive versions of the procedure, the incisions used during a short scar facelift don’t extend behind the ear. This technique typically doesn’t address the neck.

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Facelift: Just the Facts

Some of the most common goals patients have for their facelifts include:

  • Attaining a more youthful and rested appearance with smoother and firmer skin
  • Addressing aesthetic problems from the eyes to the jawline
  • Minimizing deep creases between the nose and mouth
  • Taking 5 or even 10 years off the appearance

Our surgeons take pride in tailoring each procedure to the individual patient for one-of-a-kind results. At your consultation, your surgeon will discuss your surgical plan in detail and explain your options thoroughly.

Are There Any Nonsurgical Facelift Alternatives?

Some people who want to minimize wrinkles and fine lines aren’t ready for a surgical facelift. For these patients, our surgeons may recommend a “liquid facelift,” which combines dermal fillers with BOTOX® Cosmetic injections to address their cosmetic concerns. This approach requires periodic touch-up treatments to maintain the results but requires minimal downtime.

The results of a nonsurgical facelift won’t be as dramatic as those accomplished by facelift surgery, and not everyone is a good candidate for a liquid facelift. Patients with significant skin laxity, for example, won’t benefit from injectables.

What To Expect During Surgery

Facial plastic surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis but may include an overnight stay depending on the extent of the procedure. Incisions usually begin above the hairline at the temples and extend within the natural facial contours in front of and behind the ears. If a neck lift is also being performed, a small incision may also be made under the chin.

Through these incisions, a surgeon addresses deeper tissues, redrapes the skin, and reduces excess skin or fat, then closes the incisions with fine sutures. Your head may be bandaged loosely to minimize bruising and swelling.

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What Is the Recovery Time for a Facelift?

The recovery period following a facelift varies from patient to patient and depends on the techniques used during the operation. All patients receive detailed instructions to follow when they return home after surgery. Following these instructions closely is essential to the healing process and ensures a more comfortable recuperation.

While individual healing rates vary, your recovery timeline will likely be similar to the one below:

Days 1 to 3

  • Swelling and bruising is the most intense during this period
  • Gentle walking is encouraged to promote blood circulation
  • Avoid excessive activity, alcohol, or extreme heat
  • Keep your sutures clean and dry
  • Keep your head elevated, especially when sleeping

Week 1

  • Attend or prepare for your follow-up appointment with your surgeon
  • Your sutures may be removed, depending on the surgical technique used
  • You can pick up your activity level a little but don’t do anything that could injure your sutures
  • Continue to sleep on your back with your head elevated

Weeks 2 to 4

  • Major improvements to bruising and swelling can be seen during this time
  • You can begin to gradually resume your normal activities, including going back to work
  • Visible signs of the surgery will continue to diminish
  • Most patients can resume their normal sleeping positions at this time

Weeks 4 to 6

  • Most swelling should have subsided, revealing the beginning of your surgical outcome
  • Most normal activities can be resumed
  • Continue to see improvements with the expectation that your final results will become apparent by the six-month mark

Facelift Results

After your recovery is complete, you can enjoy improved facial contours and enhanced confidence about your appearance. In fact, many of our patients feel much more attractive and youthful as a result of their facelift procedures. In some cases, facelift surgery results can be enhanced with eyelid surgery or a brow lift to address signs of aging in the upper face.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will a facelift rejuvenate my entire face?

No. This procedure focuses on the lower two-thirds of the face, which includes the mid-face, lower face, and jawline; therefore, signs of aging around the eyes and brows are not addressed. Many patients combine a forehead lift or non-surgical treatment such as BOTOX® Cosmetic with their surgeries to accomplish a more complete facial rejuvenation.

What is the best age to get a facelift?

There is no specific age limit for facelift patients. Sometimes we see patients in their early 40s who come in for a consultation, and we may ultimately recommend less invasive treatments. Sometimes we recommend surgery for younger patients who have lost a lot of weight and have sagging skin left behind. On the other end of the spectrum, patients in their 70s or older may benefit greatly from a facelift if they are in good overall health and want to look younger.

How long will I need to take off work after facelift surgery?

Our surgeons typically recommend returning to work after 2 weeks of recuperation if your job doesn’t require extensive physical activity. If swelling and bruising are a concern, you may need additional time off. Incisions are located where they can be easily hidden by your hair.

How long do facelift results last?

Typically, facelift results last 7 to 10 years, but because this surgery turns back the clock, you can expect to continue looking younger than your chronological age indefinitely. The aging process continues, so the results of your procedure will change over time. After a few years, you may consider touch-up treatments or non-surgical services to help maintain a youthful look.

Is facelift surgery popular in Atlanta, GA?

Facelift procedures are quite popular in Atlanta and the Southeast. According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 30% of the facelifts performed in 2022 in the U.S. occurred in the Southeast region.

Do I have to get a neck lift with my facelift?

Facial aging typically occurs in multiple areas of the face and neck, which is why facelift surgery often includes a neck lift. Some plastic surgeons consider a facelift and neck lift as the same procedure. Our surgeons tailor their approach to each patient’s needs and won’t include a neck lift if it’s not necessary.

Will facelift surgery address sagging jowls?

Yes. One of the primary reasons for getting a facelift is to lift and tighten jowls. The result is a more well-defined and youthful-looking jawline.

If you’re considering visiting us in the Atlanta area for facial surgery, call us today at (770) 421-1242 to schedule an appointment or request a consultation online to meet personally with one of our surgeons.

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