Facelift in the Washington, DC Metro

A skillfully performed facelift procedure can refresh your appearance and help you look more energized and vibrant. Dr. Houtan Chaboki is a facelift specialist in Washington, DC, who uses his refined surgical skills to elevate your natural appearance, not to change the way you look. As a renowned, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, he specializes in numerous advanced techniques, including the limited-incision facelift (mini facelift) and deep plane facelift (SMAS facelift) to customize your procedure. Men and women from Arlington and Ashburn, VA; Bethesda and Chevy Chase, MD; and other nearby areas trust him to bring out their inner vitality and boost their self-confidence with facelift surgery.

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Facelift with liposuction and facial fat transfer to achieve a naturally rejuvenated appearance

Men want plastic surgery of the face and neck too. Plastic surgery now has less stigma and greater acceptance as men are undergoing cosmetic surgery. This growth in plastic surgery offices from male aesthetic demand comes from men in all areas of life, from millennials to baby boomers and interns to chief executives.Read More
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Upper Blepharoplasty and upper face lift to improve the vision and refresh the appearance of an older woman

Excess skin, droopy eyelids, and a descending eyebrow in this metropolitan DC area woman had obstructed her visual field, in addition to making her appear older than she felt. She also had to strain or tilt her head to read. She underwent an upper face lift via a minimally invasive endoscopic brow approach (endobrow lift). Very small inc... Read More
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Revision facelift, neck lift, fat transfer, chin augmentation in middle aged woman

7 months results with revision facelift and neck lift surgery! Facelift and neck lift surgery is popular in our office. A facelift enhances the face and neck by lifting sagging skin and muscle, in addition to  reducing excess neck fat. Modern facelift surgery commonly includes additional procedures on the chin, cheeks,... Read More
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Mini facelift to improve loose neck skin in a middle-aged woman

Loose neck skin gradually develops with age. Despite diet and exercise, fat may also accumulate under the chin over time. Each anatomic factor plays a varying role in patients to create an aging neck or submental fullness (a double chin). As a result, the best plastic surgeons will tailor facelift surgery based on a patien... Read More
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Face and Necklift to rejuvenate the appearance and tighten the jawline of a middle aged woman

Busy women and men 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, our Washington, D.C., patients often require additional procedures, such as fat injections, chin implant,... Read More
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Facelift with neck liposuction and chin implant to rejuvenate the face of a middle-aged woman

Very early results with revision facelift and neck lift surgery! A facelift can dramatically enhance the face and neck by lifting sagging tissue and reducing excess neck fat. Modern facelift surgery commonly includes additional procedures on the chin, cheeks, eyes, and/or lips to address multiple factors that occur with age... Read More
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Lower Facelift, Neck lift with liposuction, and fat transfer to sculpt the face of an older male

More men are getting facial cosmetic procedures, as there is less stigma and a greater acceptance of men undergoing cosmetic surgery. This growth in the male aesthetic demand comes from men in all areas of life, from "millennials" to "baby boomers".The neck is one the most popular areas that men look for cosmetic improvement. The... Read More
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Facelift with facial fat transfer to refresh the appearance of an older woman

Facial skin, fat, and bone change gradually with time to various degrees in each patient to create a saggy and droopy appearance. As a result, plastic surgery treatment options will vary based on a patient's individual anatomy and personal preferences. Plastic surgeons will offer specific procedures so that patients c... Read More

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

What Is a Facelift?

A facelift is a plastic surgery procedure that rejuvenates the lower 2/3 of the face. There are a variety of techniques designed for patients with early signs of aging and those with advanced aging. Dr. Chaboki personalizes each procedure to the needs and cosmetic goals of the patient.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost in the Washington, DC, Metro?

Because facelift surgery is such an extremely personalized procedure, it’s not possible to provide a detailed quote without an in-person consultation. Ultimately, the exact cost of your facelift is dependent on a number of factors, such as the technique Dr. Chaboki uses and the fees associated with the operating facility. After your initial consultation, we provide you with a quote that reflects your specific surgery. Learn more about what’s included in the cost of your facelift on our Financing & Fees page.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

Women and men who are in good health make good candidates for a traditional facelift when they want to correct moderate to significant facial aging that includes:

  • Creases and deep wrinkles on the cheeks
  • Volume loss in the cheeks and hollowing around the eyes
  • Smile lines and other folds around the mouth
  • Sagging along the jawline (jowls)
  • Loose, sagging skin on the face and neck

Although the aging process affects the entire face, it may be noticeable in some areas earlier than others. Dr. Chaboki gives patients a choice 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.

Which Type of Facelift Do I Need?

After a comprehensive evaluation at Potomac Plastic Surgery, Dr. Chaboki will recommend the best option for you based on your areas of greatest concern, the amount of correction you would like to achieve, and your underlying facial anatomy.

Limited‐Incision Facelift (Mini Facelift)

Also referred to as a short scar lift, S‐lift, or mini facelift, this technique allows our Washington, DC, 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 their age.

Traditional Facelift

Also called a full or complete facelift, this approach 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.

Mid Facelift

A mid facelift, or cheek lift, focuses more on improving the lower eyelids and the cheeks rather than the chin and jawline. If this is the area of your face that’s primarily affected by aging, it may be the best match for you.

Deep Plane Facelift (SMAS Facelift)

This technique improves the deeper tissues of the face, tightening and repositioning them before also redraping the skin. The results of this approach tend to be more dramatic and longer lasting.

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Lower Facelift

A lower facelift rejuvenates the lower face by tightening wrinkled, sagging skin and loose facial muscles, and raising fat and tissue that have sagged to the lower cheeks and jowls. It can also define your jawline and contour your neck when combined with a neck lift.

Facelift Revision Surgery

Occasionally, a second 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 vital, he can’t stop the natural aging process.

Houtan Chaboki, MD

Double Board-Certified
Facial Plastic Surgeon

Houtan Chaboki, MD

Certified by both the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Chaboki has extensive knowledge of the intricacies of the face and neck. When you choose him for your procedure, you’re choosing one of the most reputable facial plastic surgeons in DC, as well as a nationwide leader in preservation rhinoplasty.

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Can I Get a Facelift While Under Local Anesthesia?

Dr. Chaboki performs your facelift via various types of anesthesia, including local anesthesia and 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.

How Is a Facelift Performed?

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 may make incisions that trace around only the lower part of your ears. He tightens the underlying muscle and other tissue, removes excess fat deposits, and lifts and redrapes the skin for a smooth, refined contour.

Facelift incision

Facelift vs. Neck Lift

A facelift is rarely performed as a standalone procedure. Facial features tend to age at the same pace, so signs of skin laxity in the lower face are usually accompanied by neck skin sagging. A facelift without a neck lift will cause your sagging neck to appear more pronounced. A neck lift, which can be performed without a facelift, involves removing excess fat and/or tightening muscles under your chin through a small incision below your chin.

Adding a neck lift to your facelift procedure targets problems a facelift itself cannot, such as excess fatty deposits under the chin, prominent bands in the neck,  and loose neck skin. The types of facelift procedures that Dr. Chaboki often combines with a neck lift include traditional facelift, lower facelift, and deep-plane facelift.

What Is Recovery Like After Facelift Surgery?

During your initial recovery period, expect some temporary swelling and bruising. Discomfort can usually be managed with prescribed medicine. Keeping your head elevated and avoiding physical exertion also minimizes swelling and discomfort.

Dr. Chaboki will give you a detailed outline of what you can expect in the days, weeks, and months following surgery. While experiences vary with the details of the surgery and individual patient factors, here are some general recovery milestones:

  • 1 to 7 days: Bandage and suture removal.
  • 1 to 3 weeks: Return to nonstrenuous work and social activities.
  • 2 to 3 weeks: Swelling and bruising fade. OK to wear makeup.
  • 4 weeks: Resume vigorous exercise and activities.
  • 6 weeks: OK to have hair colored and use a hairdryer.
  • 3 to 6 months: Results continue to mature.

Can a Facelift Be Combined With Other Procedures?

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.
  • Eyelid surgery removes lax skin and pockets of fat around the eyes.
  • Brow lift raises a heavy brow area to open the upper eye area.
  • Facial sculpting defines the jaw, chin, and neck with liposuction and facial implants.
  • facial fat transfer

Are There Nonsurgical Facelift Alternatives?

Med spa treatments provide nonsurgical rejuvenation for patients who are not ready for cosmetic surgery. Options include:

A liquid facelift is a personalized combination of nonsurgical treatments, best for patients with early to moderate signs of aging, that usually involves little to no downtime. During your consultation, Dr. Chaboki can help you understand the pros and cons of surgical and nonsurgical procedures.

What Will My Facelift Results Look Like?

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.

How Long Do Facelift Results Last?

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 nonsurgical procedures such as BOTOX, facial fillers, or laser treatments to help maintain a youthful appearance.

Facelift FAQs

How painful is facelift surgery?

Patients are comfortable during surgery, whether the procedure is performed in the office via local anesthesia or in a surgical facility with IV sedation. Patients may experience a very brief, mild sting from the initial numbing medication.

A certain level of discomfort is normal and expected after plastic surgery. Patients often describe sensations as tightness, soreness, or discomfort that is easily managed by oral pain medication (e.g., acetaminophen, codeine). Many patients have reported not requiring prescription pain medication after the first several days or so.

Severe pain, which is unusual, should always be reported immediately to your plastic surgeon.

 What’s the best age for facelift surgery?

Patients may start considering cosmetic facelift surgery at a younger age, for those who were born with excess skin or fat. Neck liposuction and chin augmentation with an implant are more often performed for these younger patients. Many patients start considering cosmetic facelift surgery (e.g., mini lift or S lift) after age 40.

How safe is facelift surgery?

A patient’s safety is always our primary concern. Any plastic surgery has inherent risks, but facelift surgery is considered a safe surgery in healthy patients.

Dr. Chaboki will review your medical history and medications, in addition to an appropriate examination to evaluate not only the aesthetic plan, but also to perform plastic surgery safely. Some patients may also need testing and/or preoperative medical evaluation by their primary care physician before surgery.

How do I minimize scars after facelift surgery?

The skin and tissue near incisions may appear puffy and pink initially. This puffiness will improve with time. Topical petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline® or Aquaphor®) applied to external incisions helps the skin appear its best and reduces scars. Keep incisions moist with petrolatum ointment at all times during the initial healing period. Do not use any other hair products, creams, or lotions until advised otherwise. In addition, take extra care when combing, brushing, or styling the hair in the early recovery period.

Other methods to maximize skin health include not smoking, staying adequately hydrated, maintaining a healthy diet, sleeping well, and using sun protection.

Which is better, a mini facelift or traditional facelift surgery?

Those patients with significantly more skin laxity and neck fat will generally require more surgery. Older patients usually require more surgery as compared to younger patients. Generally, ideal patients for mini lifts or S lifts are typically younger with mild signs of facial aging.

Less invasive plastic surgery procedures sound appealing, but may not give desired results in some patients. Each patient is unique, and an appropriate facelift procedure can only be determined by a comprehensive evaluation by a cosmetic surgeon. A consultation with a facelift surgeon will help determine which factors are contributing to your appearance — and which procedures are appropriate to rejuvenate the face and neck.

How many years younger will I look after a facelift?

You can ask this question of 5 different surgeons, and you might get 5 different answers. Pinpointing the number of years a facelift can erase isn’t possible, but typically patients believe they look about 10 to 12 years younger after facelift surgery. A successful facelift not only turns back the clock, but accomplishes this goal in a way that looks natural.

Is the surgery really worth it?

This really depends on the reasons someone has for wanting a facelift. Many women and men who get facelift surgery say they feel more confident in their personal lives or at work after the procedure. When considering whether a facelift is “worth it” or not, it’s important to have realistic expectations about the results. If you do, chances are you’ll be happy with the outcome.

Do I need a brow lift with a facelift?

Combined brow lift, eyelid lift, and facelift surgery is referred to as a “full facelift.” Facial plastic surgery is tailored to the unique needs of each patient, based on several factors such as individual anatomy, degree of facial aging, medical conditions, and patient personal preferences. While a brow lift, eyelid lift, and/or facelift are commonly performed together, these procedures don’t have to be performed at the same time. 

When can I resume regular exercise after facelift surgery?

Strenuous activities or exercise after plastic surgery will increase the risk of bleeding, swelling, and bruising. Activity restriction during the recovery period varies based on the operation performed and patient’s medical condition. Light activities, such as slow walking, may be performed soon after anesthesia. Heavy activity, such as aerobics, yoga, cycling, running, heavy lifting, or similar vigorous activities are typically allowed 2 weeks after the procedure. Contact sports are generally allowed after 6 weeks. 

Will I need time off work or school after facelift surgery?

Patients can go to work or school the next day or work from home, if desired. Most patients, however, plan at least one week off from work or school after plastic surgery. A longer period of recovery may be necessary for combined procedures. 

When can I travel after facelift surgery?

Patients should remain in the area at least the first day after plastic surgery. Regional travel by car is usually allowed the following day after surgery. Patients should wait at least 1 week before air travel after plastic surgery, but waiting 2 weeks is preferred. The risks associated with travel reduce with time. 

When can I wear makeup or shave after facelift surgery?

Makeup should not be used around the operated area for the first week after surgery. Shaving is usually allowed after the first week from facelift surgery. As healing is monitored, Dr. Chaboki will help determine an appropriate time to resume makeup and shaving on or near operated areas. 

What can I do to help recovery and reduce swelling or bruising after facelift surgery?

Any plastic surgery procedure (surgical or nonsurgical) may result in bruising and swelling, which may peak in the first day before improving. In addition, the bruising generally fades away faster than swelling. Lastly, surgical procedures tend to swell or bruise more, as compared to nonsurgical treatments performed in the office. 

To ensure the best outcomes after facelift, make sure to read and follow our plastic surgery care instructions and the following guidelines below: 

Avoid Blood Thinners 

Some normal medications or herbs may worsen bruising. Stop all ibuprofen, aspirin and aspirin-like products for at least 2 weeks prior to your procedure. Avoid any herbal teas, supplements, or medications that thin the blood, such as St. John’s wort, ginkgo, ginger, garlic, ginseng, kava, vitamin C, and vitamin E. 

Elevate Your Head 

Let gravity play a role in the recovery process. Positioning your head on top of a few pillows, or elevated mattress top, will help reduce bruising and swelling in the treated area. Avoid bending over as much as possible, too. 

Apply Ice 

In addition to reducing swelling, a cool compress helps constrict blood vessels, which may decrease the extent of bruising. Ice, however, should not be placed directly on the skin. A soft cloth helps spread the cooling effects. Ice is the most important during the first 2 days after cosmetic treatments. 

Avoid Heavy Activity 

Heavy or strenuous activity that increases the heart rate or blood pressure can increase bruising and delay recovery. Heavy activities to avoid include, but are not limited to, all types of exercise and sex. Even lighter activity, such as yoga, should be avoided. This restriction on activity is for the first 2 weeks after plastic surgery. 

Try Arnica Montana and Bromelain 

Herbal supplements that help some patients reduce bruising and swelling include Arnica montana and bromelain. Both of these are available over-the-counter without prescription. You should look for these supplements in a tablet form. Bromelain is also found in pineapples. 

How long should bruising last after facelift surgery?

Bruising improves faster than swelling after plastic surgery. On average, most bruising resolves within the first 1 to 2 weeks in the early phase of healing. 

What type of anesthesia is used during facelift surgery?

Nonsurgical facial procedures (e.g., BOTOX®, Restylane®, KYBELLA®) are performed in the office with local anesthesia. Minor surgery (e.g., mini lift) may also normally performed with local anesthesia. Facelift surgery may be performed with either IV (twilight) sedation or general anesthesia at accredited facilities with a licensed anesthetist. 

Patients are safe and comfortable during their procedures. The decision on the type of anesthesia used during plastic surgery depends on the extent of surgery, additional cosmetic surgery procedures along with the eyelid surgery, patient factors and preference, and surgeon factors and preference. After an evaluation, the plastic surgeon and patient decide together the appropriate anesthesia type for plastic surgery. 

Where is facelift surgery performed?

Dr. Chaboki practices facial plastic surgery at several DC-area surgical facilities to accommodate his patients: 

  • George Washington University Hospital
  • Georgetown University Medical Center 
  • MedStar Surgery Center 

Minor procedures with local anesthesia are performed in the DC office. Surgical procedures with IV (twilight) sedation or general anesthesia are performed at accredited facilities with a board-certified anesthetist. 

Where are the incisions placed for facelift surgery?

Incisions for many facelift techniques, including mini lift and S lifts, are hidden within the natural contours around the ear. The facelift incision may be anywhere from the temple, sideburns, around the ear, and/or upper neck. The incision location and length vary largely based on the age of the patient and how much lift he or she needs. Dr. Chaboki will minimize the incision but maximize the lift, without creating an unnatural appearance. The facelift incision, regardless of exact location, fades from view over time. 

Most facelift and neck lift surgeries also have a supplemental incision under the chin. This chin incision is well hidden in a natural crease and is used largely to access fat in the neck for liposuction, chin augmentation, or neck muscle tightening. 

For more information, read our blog post on facelift incisions.  

Do facial exercises, micro-current, or electric stimulation help prevent the need for facelift surgery?

Some have argued that facial exercises or electric stimulation of the facial muscles can help tighten the face and reduce the sagging appearance common with aging. However, there isn’t scientific research that shows it being worthwhile for cosmetic improvement. In addition, most plastic surgeons and dermatologists have not seen long-term, predictable results from such nonsurgical treatments. Any cosmetic results, if present, tend to be very short term and subtle. 

Facial exercises and electric stimulation are not a replacement for a surgical facelift or neck lift. Patients with significant neck fat or sagging skin will typically require facelift surgery. 

Is there a “mini” facelift or nonsurgical lift available using BOTOX® Cosmetic?

The newer techniques of facelift surgery, such the S lift or SMAS lift, are generally considered “mini” lifts when compared to older facelift methods. Mini facelifts generally have shorter incisions and quicker recovery time. 

Nonsurgical facelifts can be performed with wrinkle relaxers such as BOTOX Cosmetic or Dysport®. By relaxing the muscles that pull down the jowls (i.e., platysma), BOTOX can provide a temporary neck lift. This type of nonsurgical lift may be referred to as a Nefertiti lift. Results with a BOTOX nonsurgical facelift are subtle as compared to surgery and are temporary. 

What is a liquid facelift?

A liquid facelift, also called a nonsurgical facelift, refers to nonsurgical methods of rejuvenating the face with injections. These cosmetic injections include facial fillers (such as JUVÉDERM® or Restylane®), fat injections, and relaxer injections (such as BOTOX® Cosmetic). Liquid facelifts are better to enhance the cheeks, midface, lower eyelid, temples, chin, jawline, and lips; these procedures generally do not focus on the neck. 

Why is fat transfer commonly performed with facelift surgery?

The face ages in a multidimensional manner. Gravity is only one aspect of appearing older. We all also gradually lose facial volume with age and sun damage. Fat and bone loss contribute to this facial shrinking and thinning. A combination of lifting with a facelift and filling with fat transfer, also called fat injection, provides a more natural, comprehensive rejuvenation. 

If I go to a plastic surgeon, will he/she only recommend plastic surgery?

Patients may assume that facial plastic surgeons only recommend plastic surgery. The best plastic surgeons, however, provide a variety of options (including nonsurgical), with a preferred option given a patient’s personal goals, underlying anatomy, and degree of facial aging. 

What is the SMAS in facelift surgery?

The SMAS, which stands for superficial musculo-aponeurotic system, is a layer of fat and muscle tissue just under the surface of the skin on the face. Modification of the SMAS is the main component of most facelift surgery, not just the skin. Long-lasting facelift results are obtained by lifting and tightening the SMAS through a variety of techniques, including deep plane facelifts. 

Can I correct uneven jowls, neck, or asymmetry with facelift surgery?

Some asymmetry might be improved with facelift surgery. As a result, Dr. Chaboki may make modifications on facelift surgery to improve symmetry. 

Keep in mind that a certain degree of asymmetry will still persist and cannot be corrected. For example, patients with asymmetric jowls commonly also have asymmetry of the eyes, ears, and face and underlying asymmetric bone. 

What is a thread lift?

Thread lifts were once considered a possible solution to tighten the face and neck without surgery. However, there isn’t clinical evidence that shows it being worthwhile for cosmetic improvement. In addition, plastic surgeons and dermatologists have not seen long-term, predictable results from such nonsurgical treatments. Any cosmetic results, if present, tend to be very short term. Thread lifts are not worth it. 

A thread lift is not a replacement for a surgical facelift or neck lift. Patients with significant neck fat or sagging skin will typically require facelift surgery. 

What is the difference between a facelift and a mid facelift?

A facelift focuses on the lower face, neck, and jowls. A mid facelift focuses on the cheeks and mid facial area, including the lower eyelids. A mid facelift can be combined with other facelift types, or performed on its own. 

Does insurance cover facelift surgery?

Plastic surgery covers a broad area of medicine, which includes both reconstructive procedures and cosmetic procedures. If your procedure is medically indicated, some portion of the cost may be covered by your insurance plan. Insurance coverage varies greatly for patients, and patients are ultimately responsible for fees. 

To discuss your goals for cosmetic facial surgery and the areas that you would like to improve, request a consultation with Dr. Chaboki online or call his office at  (202) 800-2085. Women and men visit him for facelift surgery from Arlington, VA; Silver Spring, MD; and throughout the Washington, DC, metro area.

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