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Aging happens to everyone, but that does not mean we can't age gracefully. After your facelift, you still look like you — just the younger version.


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What is a facelift?

Over time, our skin begins to lose its elasticity, resulting in sagging jaws, cheeks, and other folds of skin on your face. Also known as a rhytidectomy, our Philadelphia facelift is a popular cosmetic procedure used to reshape the contours of your facial features, resulting in a younger appearance.

In essence, a facelift works by removing excess skin and tightening the remaining skin for a firmer, more taut look. This process eases deep lines and wrinkles in your face. Even better, the results last a long time.

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Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

A Facelift is a good choice for many people. Ideal candidates should have the following:

  • You can undergo anesthesia for the surgical procedure.
  • Your skin should still have some level of elasticity to help it heal afterward and tighten once the facelift is complete.
  • Good facial structure. If you have some potential problem areas, such as a crooked nose or small chin, you might consider other procedures before a facelift.
  • You're between 40 and 70. Although facelifts can occur at any age, optimal results tend to happen once the aging process begins forming lines on your face.

To find out more, it's best to schedule a consultation and discuss your concerns with Dr. Stark.

What are the different types of facelifts?

Much like our features, there is a variety of facelift types. This variety allows us to address specific aesthetic concerns you have for particular areas of your face by focusing on them specifically or as a whole.

  • Mini facelift: This is the least invasive approach and is usually performed for younger patients with the aim of improving mild and moderate aesthetic issues affecting the jawline and mouth.
  • Full facelift: This surgery is the most invasive and takes the longest to recover from as it involves the largest incisions. It's usually reserved for patients who are older, with more aggressive and advanced signs of aging.
  • Mid-facelift: This particular procedure focuses on the lower two-thirds of the face, and includes the mouth, cheeks, and jowls, and focuses on lifting these areas.
  • Lower facelift: This technique addresses concerns you may have in your lower face, including sagging in the chin, jowls, and neck.
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Which kind of Facelift is best for me?

Not all facelifts address the areas of your face the same way, as not everyone has lines and wrinkles in the same way.

  • Mid-Facelift: Targets sagging cheeks and the lines around your nose and mouth (nasolabial folds). This procedure works best on someone with sagging cheeks by recontouring this area and eliminating the deep folds in this area.
  • Deep Plane Facelift: Targets sagging neck and heavy cheeks. This surgery works by lifting both skin and muscle tissue. It's considered one of the most effective kinds of facelifts with the longest-lasting results. It redefines the face by erasing years from its appearance.
  • Neck Liposuction: While not the same thing as a facelift, neck lipo targets the jowls and extra fat in the neck. It's generally used to tighten the skin in the neck and chin area and lift heavy jowls.
  • Full Facelift: Targets all areas of the face, including the eyes, brows, forehead, neck, and jawline. Multiple surgeries and incisions may be needed.
  • Mini Facelift: Targets minor skin sagging, early jowls, and extra skin. This technique focuses on younger clients who want to define their neck and lower face more clearly.

Gone are the days when facelift surgeries meant being left with that overly tight, pulled or overdone appearance. At StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center, modern surgical techniques allow Dr. Stark to perform a facelift that delivers natural looking and subtle results. After years of wear and tear, gravity, weight fluctuations and sun exposure, the skin on the face loses elasticity and begins to sag. Volume loss often leads to a gaunt look and a tired expression. Common concerns of Dr. Stark's patients are "I still feel young and have a lot of energy but I look tired" or "my friends always ask me if I'm sad but I feel great inside". A facelift procedure is a way to regain smoother, less wrinkled skin that restores that rested, more youthful and energized look and delivers a boost to your confidence.

Advanced technology and training has allowed Dr. Stark to become well-adept at many non-surgical techniques that can help blunt subtle signs of aging such as fillers, botox, and lasers. However there comes a point where these tools are not sufficient to help you win the battle against time.

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Goals of a facelift

Another common misconception about facelifts is that they are targeted towards older women. More and more Philadelphia area men and women are coming to StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center when they first notice signs of aging to the face in order to enjoy the benefits longer and have less of a dramatic outcome. Some of these signs that a facelift can address are:

  • Loose skin
  • Deep wrinkles
  • Loss of volume in the cheeks
  • The appearance of jowls or drooping cheeks
  • Sagging skin around the jaw and on the neck
  • A tired or sad expression due to sagging skin around the eyelids and mouth
  • The appearance of deep creases between the nose and mouth called nasolabial folds

Recovery from a
Facelift Surgery

The combination of Dr. Stark's refined surgical techniques, gentle approach and minimal manipulation of the tissue bodes well for an easy recovery.

The incisions and swelling improve quickly such that patients usually feel comfortable being seen less than two weeks post-operatively. At two weeks patients often return to work and at three weeks post-operatively, patients feel comfortable going to social gatherings. Results continue to improve as the swelling gradually subsides completely within several months.

Here's a week-by-week breakdown of the entire recovery process.

  • Week One: This is the time you will feel the most discomfort as your incisions will be healing, and there will be dressings on your face. There will be swelling and possible bruising. You'll be on prescribed medication to help with the pain, and you'll need to rest for at least a few days.
  • Week 2: The bruises and swelling will really start to fade during this week, but you will still need to take it easy and avoid any lifting.
  • Weeks 3-4: This is the most likely time your sutures will be removed (although they can come out earlier depending on the type of facelift you get). You will experience some tightness in your face from the reshaped skin and tissues. You will also see more visible results with the swelling gone. You should also be able to return to your regular activities.
  • After the first month: Slight swelling can continue for up to six months to even a year. However, your results should be completely visible. Your scars will begin to fade, and you should be completely back to your regular routine.

Revision Facelift Surgery

Facelift revision surgery, also called secondary facelift surgery, is the term for having a facelift procedure after having had one previously. No matter how good the outcome of your procedure, sun, aging and gravity continue to take their tolls on your skin. Many people come in to StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center 8-10 years post-operatively to have a facelift revision. Additionally, because of Dr. Stark's extensive training and expertise, patients often come to him to seek his opinion regarding a facelift done by a different surgeon. Despite modern techniques, some surgeons will leave patients feeling displeased with their results. They may be left with that overdone or drawn appearance. They may feel they don't look like themselves. Depending on the circumstance, Dr. Stark may feel that a revision is needed in these cases as well.

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What's the difference between a Mini Facelift and a Full Facelift?

A full facelift involves a larger incision along the hairline and ears to maximize tightening of the skin on all areas of the face, including the forehead, midface, jaws, and neck.

A mini facelift is exactly what it sounds like. The incisions are smaller because this surgery focuses on correcting sagging in the jawline and upper parts of your neck. In addition, mini facelift recovery is faster because less tissue and skin are removed, making it less invasive than a full facelift. Like a full facelift, a mini facelift is also longer-lasting than non-surgical techniques.

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Schedule a consultation

Many patients have already experienced the incredible results of a facelift with Dr. Stark. Dr. Stark uses the full scope of his years of experience, medical knowledge, and excellent communication skills to understand your goals and work with you to attain your desired results. If you're interested in attaining a more youthful appearance with a facelift Philadelphia experts at StarkMD are ready to help. Call today.

Your patient experience

Dr. Stark will ensure you feel comfortable the minute you walk into StarkMD Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Center. His friendly staff, comfortable exam rooms and warm bedside manner will immediately put you at ease. We understand surgery can be emotionally difficult and ultimately the key to a successful surgery is alignment of your goals with those of your doctor.

Your facelift consultation at StarkMD Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery will allow the time and comfort you deserve to discuss your desired outcome. As with any surgery, health is of the utmost importance and Dr. Stark will ensure you are taking any necessary supplementation and stop any medications that may interfere with surgery. In addition, Dr. Stark's considerable skill and finesse come through to minimize scarring with every closing suture.

Philadelphia Facelift surgeon Dr. Ran Stark
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Meet the Doctor

Ran Stark, M.D. is double board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.

He completed more than 10 years of additional training and residencies after completing his medical degree to become one of the foremost plastic surgeons in the Philadelphia area. His keen attention to detail, artistic eye, and practiced hands help him give his patients consistently exemplary results - but the difference is also in his manner. Dr. Stark makes your goals his own. He will always do the utmost to help you uncover the greatest version of yourself.

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With his years of experience and knowledge, Philadelphia plastic surgeon, Dr. Stark, can address all of your concerns during a consultation appointment. His gentle and warm bedside manner will make you feel comfortable from start to finish. After a face and skin quality analysis, and with the help of Vectra H2 3D imaging, you and Dr. Stark will create a customized plan together to achieve your desired outcome. Every patient is different and the surgery is not one-size-fits-all. Depending on your needs, Dr. Stark may combine a facelift with a brow lift, blepharoplasty or eye lift, laser skin resurfacing and facial fat grafting to achieve a more youthful and rested appearance of yourself.

Facelift FAQs

How much does a facelift cost in Philadelphia?

The price of a facelift varies depending on the specific kind you choose and if you combine it with other procedures. As this is elective surgery, insurance does not usually cover the cost. For a more specific quote, it's best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stark.

How long do the results of a facelift last?

Results vary depending on the specific procedure you get, but maximum results can last up to 15 years.

What is the best age to get a facelift?

Generally speaking, a facelift is the most effective for patients between 40 to 70, when lines and wrinkles really begin to develop due to aging.

Will the facelift scars be noticeable?

Dr. Stark works to place the scars behind the hairline, which minimizes their appearance. Over time, your facelift scars will fade and become barely visible.

Can you get rid of wrinkles with a facelift?

Definitely. A facelift is specifically designed to address fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, cheeks, and jawline.

Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. Ran Stark brings decades of experience and training to each consultation. When you meet with Dr. Stark, he takes the time to give you information and options, so you can have confidence in your decision to move forward with the best procedure for you. Confidence. Personalized care. Impeccable results. That’s the Stark Difference. Discover that difference yourself by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Stark today.

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