Facial Skin Tightening

A facelift (rhytidectomy) is performed by surgically lifting and tightening facial skin and underlying muscle for smoother, more youthful skin. The surgery also removes excess fat to correct a jowl-like appearance to smooth the deep creases from the base of the nose to the corners of the mouth. A facelift (from a full to mini-facelift) is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures our Scottsdale, AZ board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Carlos Mata, provides his patients who wish to look well-rested, healthier, and energetic.

Your facelift may be performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures such as a neck lift, forehead lift, brow lift, eyelid surgery, or nose shaping. Together, you and Dr. Mata, a.k.a. Dr. Scottsdale can determine the best procedures and timing to create your rejuvenated, new look. People who have had major weight loss and post-bariatric surgical patients may benefit greatly. Our skilled plastic surgeon, who is trained and well-versed in post-bariatric cosmetic surgery procedures, is committed to providing the best possible results for patients in these unique circumstances. Also, men and women between the ages of 40 – 60 are the best candidates for this surgery, but facelifts may be performed on patients much older very successfully.

Revision Surgery

Dr. Mata offers revision facelift surgery to patients who are unhappy with the results or if they want to refresh their results. A facelift requires a delicate technique to get natural-looking results, which is why it's important to select an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Carlos Mata for your revision facelift. He will create a custom surgical plan based on your unique needs and goals.

Surgical Technique

The technique used during a facelift is dependent on the patient’s facial features and conditions. Most surgeons will always aim for the less invasive technique, but some patient cases are severe and will require internal tissues, fat, and skin to be manipulated. Patients must also understand the procedure in detail, including the level of invasiveness, placement of incisions, what layers of tissues will be corrected, and what risks may be associated with the surgery before moving forward.

Skin - Only Facelift?

Also referred to as the cutaneous facelift, this technique removes excess and loose skin to create a tightened look. The remaining skin is repositioned to lift sagging cheeks and jowls. It also improves the profile along the jawline. With this facelift technique, the muscles or fat tissues are left untouched. As the treatment focuses on the skin only, recovery is quick. This is ideal for those who still have good tone muscle and distribution of fat, but find the skin losing elasticity in some areas.

Traditional Facelift? (SMAS)

There are two options for incisions when it comes to lower eyelid surgery. This treatment will improve any appearance of bulging and sagging below the eye. Incisions may be made just slightly below the lash line and excess fat, tissue or skin will be excised. If the skin has retained good elasticity, a transconjunctival incision may be a better option as the cut is made inside the lower eyelid, which effectively makes any resulting scar concealed. A lower lid lift does not necessarily improve the dark circles that may occur under the eyes. The surgeon may recommend combining a lower blepharoplasty with another procedure such as a chemical peel or an injectable filler.

Deep plane lift

For those who have severe cases of drooping and skin folds that are normal with aging and extensive sun exposure, a deep plane lift may be the best approach. This is especially true for those whose facial profiles need extensive reshaping on areas that typically have the volume and tight contours. This involves a highly specialized skill set and the plastic surgeon must be carefully selected as the nature of procedure has a high chance of damage to the facial nerves.

Mini Facelift

Also called a short-scar facelift because of the shorter incisions made, a mini lift is a quick treatment that corrects the middle and lower face. Many patients initially consider this technique, but this doesn’t correct any severe issues and usually renders short-term results. Patients who undergo this procedure are most likely to also stage a full facelift as a final step to fully rejuvenate and reshape the face to its youthful curves.

During/After Surgery

Also called a short-scar facelift because of the shorter incisions made, a mini lift is a quick treatment that corrects the middle and lower face. Many patients initially consider this technique, but this doesn’t correct any severe issues and usually renders short-term results. Patients who undergo this procedure are most likely to also stage a full facelift as a final step to fully rejuvenate and reshape the face to its youthful curves.

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Facelift FAQs


​​​​​​​Non - Invasive Techniques?

Cosmetic surgery is constantly evolving and always finding ways to minimize the invasiveness of procedures. There are countless options that are considered less invasive than a facelift, including wrinkle relaxers such as B flatten and soften folds and contours. The effects, while effective, are often short-term lasting about 6 months to a year. Although these procedures can be safely repeated, for some, a facelift may be a better, more permanent option.

How Natural?

Immediately following a facelift procedure, the patient will feel tightness and a pulling sensation. This is normal as the facial tissues, skin, and muscles adjust to their new positions. It is important to choose a reputable plastic surgeon that has years of experience in facial cosmetic surgery. A doctor with experience in facial surgery will create natural, smooth results that will last for years to come.

Visible Scars?

A traditional facelift requires a long cut from the temple to the lower hairline, but the scars will be well concealed within the hairline and natural creases on the face. With the lesser invasive techniques, the scars heal pretty well and will almost be completely invisible to the naked eye.

Best Age?

Anyone may consider a facelift as soon as evidence of aging starts taking a toll on the skin. Generally, patients who are age 40 to 60 consider a facelift. Personal habits and environmental conditions may impact the skin.