Facelift

As we age, the loss of youthful contours can occur due to thinning of the skin, a loss of youthful fat, sun damage, smoking, gravity, and stress. These factors can leave us with many noticeable signs of aging such as sagging facial skin, jowls, deepening folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), and fat that has fallen. A facelift procedure is a fantastic option for you if you wish to erase these signs of aging, taking years off of your appearance. Dr. Walker is highly skilled in facelift and revision facelift procedures, producing beautiful and long-lasting results for each of his clients.  Walker MD is 19 minutes from Downtown Atlanta and 16 minutes from Buckhead.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you desire to achieve a more youthful, refreshed appearance, a facelift may be a great option for you. The best way to determine candidacy is to contact us today to schedule your personal consultation appointment with Dr. Walker. During this time, you will discuss your individual aesthetic goals, and Dr. Walker will create a treatment plan to help you look and feel your very best!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Facelift cost?

The cost of your facelift will vary based on the technique used. During your consultation, Dr. Walker will develop a customized treatment plan for you based on your needs and goals. After the treatment plan is mutually agreed upon, a team member of Dr. Walker will discuss pricing with you. Although we are aware and sensitive to the fact that pricing matters, ultimately it is most important that you find a surgeon you trust, are comfortable with, and who is board-certified and very experienced in the procedure you are looking for. At WalkerMD, we can help you find low-interest financing that will make your surgery easier to afford. An average cost of a facelift can range between $8,000 - $15,000, depending on the type and extent of surgery.

Does insurance cover the cost of a facelift or neck lift?

Since a facelift and neck lift is a cosmetic surgery, insurances do not cover the cost of the procedure.

Can a facelift be combined with other facial procedures?

It is very common for a facelift and neck lift to be performed in conjunction with one or more other procedures. This has the advantage of not subjecting you to anesthesia multiple times, utilizing fewer incisions, and minimizing overall healing time. It is typically also cheaper to have multiple procedures combined by being able to minimize anesthesia times. Procedures commonly performed at the same time as a facelift include:n•tEyelid surgery – upper, lower, or both.n•tBrowlift.n•tUpper lip lift.n•tBuccal fat removal.n•tSkin resurfacing treatments.n•tFiller injections or fat transfer to correct contours.n•tLiposuction to remove excess fat under the chin.n•tRhinoplasty (nose surgery).

Fillers and BOTOX® after facelift?

Injectables such as fillers (Juvéderm®, Restylane®, Sculptra®, Radiesse®) or neuromodulators (BOTOX®, Dysport®, Xeomin®, Jeuveau®) are very popular to refresh the face. Also known as a liquid facelift, injectable treatments may be a great choice for clients with early signs of aging and who are not ready to undergo a surgery yet. Results are associated with no downtime, but are temporary, whereas a surgical facelift can produce more dramatic improvements, but are associated with some downtime. Please ask Dr. Walker about injectable treatment alternatives during your consultation.

How long do results from a full facelift and mini facelift last?

The changes made by Dr. Walker during your facelift are semi-permanent. Excess skin is removed and future sagging won’t recur to the same degree. Muscles and deeper supporting structures are repositioned, elevating the skin and support tissues. However, no surgery can stop the process of aging altogether. A full facelift provides the most dramatic results that can last for 10-15 years. Mini facelifts deliver more subtle changes and usually last up to five years. No matter which facelift technique is used, your face will still continue to age, but it will age from a younger starting point.

Will I have visible scars after a facelift?

Dr. Walker is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in plastic surgery exclusively in the face and neck. He uses his extensive training, experience, and knowledge of facial anatomy to hide your incisions in the hairline and behind the ears in skin creases. They are essentially invisible to others. Initially, these scars will be pink, but after a few months, they will gradually turn white and become essentially unnoticeable to the casual observer.

Is facelift and neck lift only for women?

No, not at all. Facelifts and neck lifts are performed in both men and women. Historically, all cosmetic procedures were more commonly done in women than in men. However, the trend of cosmetic surgery is rising in our male population so that cosmetic surgeries, including facelifts, are extremely common nowadays in male clients as well.

Are there non-surgical alternatives to a facelift?

There are many great nonsurgical skin tightening options, but all of them can only produce mild improvements and none can produce results as long-lasting as a facelift can. The more invasive a technique, the greater the result and the longer-lasting the result. If you have moderate to severe skin sagging, a surgical facelift is the best choice to rejuvenate your face and neck. During your consultation, Dr. Walker will discuss your options, including non-surgical treatments, to help select the best treatment for your individual needs taking your goals and tolerability for downtime and financial means into consideration.

What is the difference between a mini facelift and full facelift?

A mini facelift is a variation of facelift that goes by many other names, oftentimes trademarked, that describe the same operation. Some of these names include “lifestyle lift, lunch lift, weekend lift, short scar lift, quick lift, etc.” Mini-lifts are actually one of the oldest techniques used for a facelift and best for patients with more subtle signs of aging in the face and neck. A mini facelift can be performed in the office under local anesthesia or under light sedation.nAs you would expect, mini facelifts cannot deliver the same degree of change as a full facelift. Results are more subtle, as mini facelifts treat mild to moderate skin laxity in the jawline and jowls without addressing the neck at all. A full facelift addresses more prominent jowls and neck sagging. Mini facelifts involve a quicker and easier recovery with less downtime. Choosing an experienced, double board-certified surgeon like Dr. Walker will help minimize risks and complications during and after your surgery and assure proper post-operative care including in the rare event should a complication arise.

Will I look “overdone” after a facelift?

Many patients worry that with cosmetic surgery that they may look “fake”, “overly done”, or “artificial”. Some patients worry that facelift surgery will make their skin look too tight, shiny, or like they are in a wind tunnel. Dr. Walker prides himself on his natural results, focusing on giving you a natural-looking outcome with any surgical or non-surgical treatment he does, including facelifts. Dr. Walker listens carefully to your goals before establishing a customized treatment plan together with you.

Can there be nerve damage after a facelift?

Any facelift has a chance of skin numbness in the cheeks and ear lobes. Almost every patient has some level of numbness in these areas after surgery. However, the body quickly recovers and the sensory nerves usually recover after a few weeks to months for normal sensation to return. Only in rare cases may the numbness be permanent at the ear lobe. Another type of possible nerve injury is related to the nerve that moves the face (facial nerve), which could impact your ability to smile (corner of mouth asymmetry). This is a risk in any facelift surgery, but the risk is quite low, and almost always temporary if it were to occur. The risk is higher in revision surgery than in patients who never underwent a prior facelift or neck lift. A thorough understanding of facial anatomy is critical to minimize the chance for such occurrence, and Dr. Walker, as a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, possesses the necessary knowledge and skill to safely perform your surgery minimizing the chance for an untoward outcome.

What can I do to decrease the risk of a hematoma (blood clot)?

Before surgery:nuf0b7Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil, Motrin, or naproxen 14 days prior to surgery if approved by Dr. Walker or your prescribing physician. nuf0b7Avoid all fish oil and omega-3 supplements 14 days prior to surgery.nuf0b7Avoid garlic, Ginkgo Biloba, ginseng, and vitamin E supplements 14 days prior.nuf0b7If you take prescription blood thinners, we will discuss with your prescribing physician the best course of action.nuf0b7Check your blood pressure three times a day for seven days (at various times of the day). If your pressure is elevated (which is usually without symptoms!), please let us know and we will decide what steps to take.nuf0b7Consider taking a homeopathic supplement called “Arnica Montana.” You should start seven days prior to surgery. Some studies suggest taking this supplement may decrease your risk of bleeding and hence hematoma formation.nAfter surgery:nuf0b7Keep pain and nausea well controlled. Poorly-controlled pain and nausea can elevate your blood pressure and contribute to bleeding /hematoma formation.nuf0b7Do not strain with bowel movements. You may need a stool softener if constipated. nuf0b7Continue Arnica Montana (if you started taking it before surgery). Consider taking Vitamin C supplementation. Vitamin C is essential during the healing process.nuf0b7Consider drinking pineapple juice. Pineapple juice contains bromelain, an enzyme that is thought to be beneficial during the healing process.nAvoid strenuous activities for at least 14 days after a facelift.