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Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Houtan Chaboki understands that you're not ready to let your face give away your age. The women and men who visit him for facelift surgery in Washington, DC feel the same way. Because the face is such an expressive and complex feature, it's particularly important to choose a specialist for your facelift. Dr. Chaboki is an excellent choice. In addition to his impressive qualifications and extensive experience, he is highly regarded for his attractive and natural-looking facelift results.

To discuss your goals for cosmetic facial surgery and the areas that you would like to improve, request your cosmetic consultation with Dr. Chaboki online or call his office at (202) 800-2085.

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Case 173, Chin Augmentation, Facelift, Facial Sculpting

A double chin gradually develops in many as one gets older. Fat accumulates under the chin, loose skin and muscle of the neck sags, facial bones thins, and glands fall with time. Each anatomic factor plays a different role in each patient. For example, some patients have excess neck fat, while others may have a weak chin bone. As a result, treatment for submental fullness (i.e. a double chin) will vary based on a patient's anatomy and personal preferences.This woman had multiple factors contributing to her ill-defined neck and jawline. She had sagging skin and muscle, excess neck fat, a weak chin bone, and droopy neck glands. Plastic surgeons generally do not lift droopy neck glands.&nbs...

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Case 114, Chin Augmentation, Facelift, Facial Sculpting

Facelift candidates in the Washington DC, Maryland, and northern Virginia areas are always looking for alternatives to a traditional facelift, which has long incisions and a prolonged recovery. A traditional facelift to rejuvenate the neck and jawline used to be the only option years ago. Modern plastic surgeons now utilize a variety of minimally invasive techniques to lift and tighten, but without the prolonged recovery or risks of a traditional facelift. While a facelift may give the maximum lifting effect, not every patient wants or has the recovery time for such plastic surgery. Some Washington DC patients may obtain a neck lift just by reducing neck fat with liposuction alone and/or aug...

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Case 118, Facelift, Fat Transfer, Lip Enhancement

Busy Washington DC cosmetic surgery patients often seek alternatives to a traditional facelift. A traditional facelift rejuvenates the neck and jawline, but may have longer recovery as compared to a mini lift or s-lift type facelifts. Regardless of facelift type, additional procedures are often required, such as fat injections, chin implant, or cheek lift, to further improve aesthetic results. Due to the multifactorial changes to bone, fat, and skin that occur in one's face, lifting the face alone may not be sufficient to restore youthful features.This Washingtonian facelift patient wanted to improve her neck, cheeks, and lips. She previously had Restylane® injections in her cheek ar...

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Case 176, Brow Lift, Cheek Augmentation, Chin Augmentation, Eyelid Surgery, Facelift, Facial Sculpting, Fat Transfer

Sagging neck skin gradually develops as one gets older. In addition, fat accumulates under the chin and facial bones thin over time. Each factor plays a different role in every patient to create an aging neck or submental fullness (i.e. a double chin). Plastic surgery options will vary based on a patient's anatomy and personal preferences.This woman had prior facelift and chin surgery, and has multiple factors contributing to her aging neck and jawline. She had sagging skin and muscle, excess neck fat, a weak chin bone, and droopy neck glands. She consulted with several plastic surgeons and chose Dr. Chaboki, a facelift specialist, to perform revision cosmetic surgery...

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Case 128, Facelift, Facial Sculpting

Professional men and women of Washington DC often request improvement in their necks and jawlines. Washingtonians have active lives and need to return to the office quickly with cosmetic surgery. However, all face lifts surgery usually involves an incision around the ear, which includes mini lifts or s lifts. Not every patient wants or has the recovery time for such neck plastic surgery. As a result, a short recovery time is a reason why many non-surgical facelift technologies have increased in popularity with light, heat, or ultrasound to lift and tighten areas. While recovery is normally shorter with these energy based neck lifts, the cosmetic results may also be limited.This Washington pr...

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Case 104, Cheek Augmentation, Facelift, Facial Sculpting, Fat Transfer, Lip Enhancement

Washington DC facelift candidates often ask plastic surgeons if alternatives exist for a traditional facelift. While nothing yet replaces face lift surgery for its rejuvenating effect, non-surgical options have been developed that can improve one's appearance without the downtime of traditional facial cosmetic surgery. Part of the reason non-surgical treatments have exploded is from a better understanding of facial aging. The face does not merely sag with time, but also shrinks and looses volume in certain facial areas. Fat loss in the cheeks, around the eyes, and lips contribute to looking "older" or "tired".This Washingtonian wanted to improve her neck contour that ...

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Case 175, Chin Augmentation, Facelift, Facial Sculpting

A double chin, otherwise known as submental fullness, has different etiologies. Skin, muscle, fat, bone, and glands all contribute to the appearance of the neck and jawline. Some patients have sagging, loose skin that give the appearance of "turkey neck". Other patients may have excess neck fat giving a double chin.Consultation with a facial plastic surgeon can help determine appropriate treatment options for a double chinA double chin from a small chin is typically augmented with a silicone implant. In addition to being permanent, the other benefit of a silicone chin implant is that it offers three dimensional augmentation that facial filler injections do not p...

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Case 163, Facelift, Facial Sculpting

A double-chin or submental fullness naturally develops with age, but can be present from an earlier age too. Fat is one of the primary factors that contributes to submental fullness and tends to accumulate under the chin, despite a healthy diet and regular exercise. Plastic surgeons have a variety of surgical and non-surgical options to treat submental fullness, which we reviewed in a previous blog post. As with many cosmetic procedures, there isn't one "best" option for all patients. Plastic surgeons tailor procedures to the needs and preferences of each patient.This Washington DC patient always had a softness to the neck, similar to other family members. The patient had ...

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Case 108, Chin Augmentation, Facelift, Facial Sculpting

The neck is rejuvenated via a variety of methods, such as neck liposuction, chin augmentation, neck lift, or lower facelift. Excess fat and sagging skin develop with age and sun damage. However, some patients may have a double chin from a receding chin bone too. Washington DC neck lift patients frequently want a facelift procedure to reduce excess neck fat and skin. However, a traditional facelift is typically not required to improve the neck or lower face in some patients.This DC area woman wanted to improve her neck without cosmetic surgery, if possible. She wanted to avoid external incisions, even the short-scar or mini lift incisions, due to her particular risk of scarring. She had consi...

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Case 106, Facelift, Facial Sculpting

Washington DC facelift patients frequently want a neck lifting procedure to reduce excess neck fat and skin. Many plastic surgeons offer a traditional lower facelift surgery to tighten and lift the neck skin. All surgical face lifts or neck lifts typically involve an incision around the ear, including mini lifts, s lifts, or MACS lifts. While a facelift may give the best cosmetic result, not every patient wants or has the recovery time for such plastic surgery. Some Washington DC patients may obtain a neck lift just by reducing neck fat with liposuction alone.This woman was seeking neck improvement without cosmetic surgery due to an upcoming engagement. She did not have the recover...

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Facelift Improvements

Dr. Chaboki understands how the natural aging process affects the intricate anatomy of the face. At his Washington, DC practice, he performs facelift surgery to rejuvenate the lower face by:

  • Tightening wrinkled, sagging skin and loose facial muscles
  • Raising fat and tissue that has sagged to the lower cheeks and jowls
  • Defining the jawline
  • Contouring the neck (when combined with a neck lift)

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Types of Facelifts

Dr. Chaboki specializes in multiple face lift techniques in his Washington, DC practice and tailors each procedure to the patient. After a comprehensive evaluation, he will recommend the best option for you based on your areas of most concern, the amount of correction you would like to achieve, and your underlying facial anatomy. Facelift options include:

  • The limited-incision facelift - also called a mini lift, short scar lift, or S-lift - allows patients in their 40s to 50s with early signs of aging to enhance their looks without the downtime of a full facelift. Dr. Chaboki chooses this technique based on a patient's anatomy and degree of sagging, not necessarily his or her age.
  • The traditional facelift, also called a full or complete facelift, is for patients with more advanced aging of the lower two-thirds of the face. Fat, skin, and tissue will be reshaped, lifted, and repositioned for a refreshed appearance.
  • A secondary facelift may be required for those who have had a prior facelift. These procedures vary in complexity and degree of correction. Minor touch-ups may be performed in the office with local anesthesia. While Dr. Chaboki can make you look younger and more beautiful, he can't stop the natural aging process.

How It's Performed

Dr. Chaboki performs your facelift while you are under either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The anesthetic option that's best for you depends on the specifics of your procedure as well as other factors, such as your overall health. Regardless, Dr. Chaboki works with you to develop a surgical plan that prioritizes your safety and comfort.

Once you are anesthetized, Dr. Chaboki makes incisions around your ears and possibly under your chin. This provides him with maximum control during surgery while also creating very discreet scars. However, if you choose a limited incision facelift, Dr. Chaboki makes incisions that trace around only the lower part of your ears. He tightens underlying muscle and other tissue, removes excess fat deposits, and lifts and redrapes the skin for a smooth, refined contour.

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Recovery After Facelift Surgery

The immediate recovery from a facelift varies depending on the details of your surgery, and Dr. Chaboki offers you a detailed outline of what you can expect in the days, weeks, and months following surgery. Expect to take between 1 and 3 weeks before you feel comfortable enough to return to work or social activities.

During this initial recovery period, expect to experience some temporary swelling and bruising. Your discomfort is manageable with prescribed medicine, and keeping your head elevated and avoiding physical exertion further improves your comfort.

Your Facial Rejuvenation Options

Dr. Chaboki often combines facelift surgery with other procedures to provide more complete rejuvenation of the face. Options include:

  • Neck lift eliminates a double chin and other fat deposits, corrects vertical neck banding, and tightens the skin.
  • Facial sculpting defines the jaw, chin, and neck with liposuction and facial implants.
  • Med spa treatments, such as facial fillers, chemical peels, and BOTOX® Cosmetic, provide non-surgical rejuvenation for patients who are not ready for cosmetic surgery.

Although the aging process affects the entire face, it may be noticeable in some areas earlier than others. Dr. Chaboki gives patients the choice of whether to address individual areas or the entire face based on their needs and desires. He offers a variety of facial rejuvenation options that can complement a facelift by renewing the forehead, lower eyelids, and the mid face.

COMMON QUESTIONS
While every facelift Dr. Chaboki performs is unique, the questions from facelift patients are often the same:

  • How much does a facelift cost?
  • Will a facelift fix my sagging jowls?
  • What age is appropriate for a facelift?
  • How long should swelling last after a facelift?
  • When can I wear makeup after my facelift?

For answers to these and many other questions, visit Dr. Chaboki's Facelift FAQ page.

Your Renewed Look

Once your recovery is complete, your face will look younger, fresher, and more attractive. When you choose Dr. Chaboki as your facelift surgeon, your results should appear natural without looking extreme or "worked-on." His priorities are patient safety and natural-looking rejuvenation.

After a facelift, you should look better than nature intended for the remainder of your life. The aging process continues, however, so the procedure won't stop wrinkles and sagging skin from developing over the years. You should look better than if you had not had the procedure in the first place.

Some patients visit Dr. Chaboki for a secondary facelift several years after the original procedure. Minor touch-ups may be requested earlier. You may choose non-surgical procedures such as BOTOX, facial fillers, or laser treatments to help maintain a youthful appearance.

For detailed information about the facelift procedure, please be sure to view our Facelift FAQ answered by Dr. Chaboki.

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    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.