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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Revision facelift, neck lift, and eye lift to rejuvenate the appearance of an older woman

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... Read More
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Revision facelift and neck lift to rejuvenate the face of an older woman

The face and neck continues to age despite cosmetic surgery. Plastic surgeons might be able to turn back the clock, however, cannot stop the clock of aging. Skin continues to sag and fat changes gradually with time. Each factor contributes to varying degrees to the appearance of the face, eyes, and neck in every patient. As a r... 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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Face/Neck lift with blepharoplasty and a chemical peel to rejuvenate the face of a middle-aged woman

Natural and refreshed! Patients who choose facelift and neck lift procedures may have complaints such as a full neck, sagging jowls, or double chin. Dr. Chaboki evaluates the underlying anatomy of bone, fat, skin, and muscle to diagnose the reason for each patient's specific appearance and then determines the "best" plastic sur... 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
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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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Neck Liposuction to rejuvenate the appearance of an older woman

Many people want a neck lifting procedure to reduce excess neck fat and skin. Plastic surgeons often offer a traditional lower facelift to tighten and lift the neck skin. Facelifts and neck lifts typically involve an incision around the ear, including mini lifts, S-lifts, or MACS lifts. While a facelift may give the best cosmet... 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

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?

The cost of a facelift in Washington, DC, typically ranges between $6,500 and $20,000*. 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 full 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.

Dr. Chaboki’s Facelift Patient Enthusiastically Discusses Her Results

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 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.

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 makes 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: Final results attained.

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.

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.

See FAQs below or visit Facelift FAQ where Dr. Chaboki answers additional questions about facelift surgery in detail.

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 more moderate 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 do I know if I need a facelift or neck lift?

There is overlap between neck lift and facelift procedures. Unless it’s a full facelift, a limited incision facelift (e.g., mini lift, S lift) improves the lower face, jawline, and neck primarily. A neck lift improves the neck only. Facelift surgery involves incisions around the ear, while a neck lift typically has an incision only under the chin. A facelift is more likely required when loose skin is present that needs to be lifted, while a neck lift is more likely required when there is loose neck muscle (i.e., platysma) which creates bands. A neck lift can be performed with liposuction or chin implant too.

A consultation with a facelift surgeon will help determine what factors are contributing to one’s appearance, and subsequently what 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.

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.

* Price information is an estimation and individual pricing will vary. All prices are subject to change and costs are non-refundable.

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