At Kovanda Aesthetic Surgery, we believe that age is not just the number of birthdays celebrated; it’s a state of being. No matter your numeric age, your own mentality and vitality are ultimately responsible for who you are. Unfortunately, our bodies tend to advance in age whether we like it or not, and sometimes at a rate that does not properly sync with how a person feels inside. With a facelift, you can achieve a more youthful and energized look for years, even as time continues to march on.

Although there is no way to pause this process, some apparent effects of aging can be temporarily reduced through plastic surgery.  If you are in the Minneapolis area and interested in facelift surgery, take note of the information below to see if you may be a good candidate.

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Facelifts Techniques (Incisions) to Consider

Before determining if you are a candidate for treatment, it is worth considering which type of facelift may be better suited for you. In a traditional facelift (also called an SMAS facelift), an incision is made along the hairline that extends around the ears. From this incision, subcutaneous tissues are repositioned, and the skin is re-draped and pulled tautly. In a mini facelift (also called a MACS facelift), a few small incisions are placed behind the hairline, from which muscles are repositioned and skin is tightened.

The type of facelift you choose may be dependent on a few factors. Here are the key points for consideration:

  • Full facelift: A conventional facelift can address a wider range of cosmetic flaws, with more pronounced results. Patients who want a more substantial change, or who are certain they want the benefits of a facelift, are likely good candidates. However, a full facelift utilizes a larger incision, resulting in a larger scar and longer recovery time.
  • Mini facelift: Because the incisions are smaller and placed above the hairline, a mini facelift offers less noticeable scarring. Likewise, patients experience a quicker procedure and easier recovery. Although the results are more subtle, this may be beneficial for patients looking for a less dramatic change in appearance.

Common Problems Treated by a Facelift

A facelift can primarily address signs of aging below the eyes – most notably, the cheeks, mouth, jawline, and upper neck. By removing excess fat and skin and tightening the underlying muscle structure, patients gain a smoother overall appearance. More specifically, a facelift targets the following problems:

  • Wrinkled skin
  • Lines between the mouth and nose (the nasolabial folds)
  • Sagging cheeks
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Jowling near the jawline
  • Loose skin at the upper neck

Patients with a large degree of loose skin near the jawline and neck may be better suited for a full facelift, as a mini facelift cannot target the lower face as easily. On the other hand, patients who are just beginning to show signs of aging, such as younger patients in their 40s, are often great candidates for the mini technique.

Who is a Good Candidate for Facelift Surgery

The best candidates for any facial plastic surgery are those in good overall health. When patients have a strong immune system and few risk factors, they also tend to have a satisfying experience from start to finish. Along these lines, patients should discuss their medical history with their surgeon, especially regarding any diseases or conditions that may compromise their health. Heart disease, diabetes, bleeding abnormalities, and tobacco use are a just few of the risk factors that should be discussed.

It may seem counter-intuitive, but good candidates for a facelift also have some semblance of skin elasticity. It’s true that most patients seek a facelift specifically because their facial skin is sagging, but the more elasticity remaining, the better the skin will be able to heal and conform to changes. For this reason, younger patients in their 40s or 50s often achieve the best results.

Finally, all candidates for plastic surgery should have appropriate expectations for treatment. A facelift can last a decade before its effects fade, and is therefore not a permanent solution. Rather, patients should understand what a facelift can achieve in the near future, as well as its practical limitations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does a facelift make you look younger?

A facelift can make you look like a younger version of yourself. It cant prevent aging or make you look like someone else, however.

How can I tighten loose skin on my face?

The facelift is one of the best ways to tighten skin and reduce signs of aging. However, there are many non-surgical alternatives that can be effective depending on your needs and goals.

How do I get rid of my double chins?

A facelift and neck lift can be a great option for getting rid of a double chin. Additionally, liposuction can be effective if your double chin is being caused by stubborn fat.

How do I prepare for a facelift?

You should avoid taking blood thinners and NSAIDs like ibuprofen a few weeks before surgery. You should also avoid using active skincare ingredients like retinoids ahead of surgery, too.

How long after a facelift can I exercise?

You should plan to wait at least two weeks before returning to light exercise. Your plastic surgeon will give you the best idea of when you can return to your regular exercise regimen.

How do I reduce swelling in my face?

You can expect some swelling after a facelift, which can be managed by taking your prescribed medications. Your plastic surgeon may also instruct you to use a protected ice pack for 15 minutes at a time.

How do I tighten my jawline?

The best way to achieve a tighter jawline is through a facelift and neck lift procedure. Your plastic surgeon can recommend the ideal surgical approach for you and your goals.

How do you take care of your face after a facelift?

Youll be given detailed instructions by your plastic surgeon to follow after surgery, including washing your incisions and caring for dressings. You should keep your head elevated when sleeping and avoid taking long, hot showers.

How long does it take for bruising on the face to go away?

It can take a month or more for bruising to completely subside. By week 2, you may feel comfortable returning to public and using makeup to conceal residual bruising.

How long is recovery from a facelift?

You should plan to take about 1 week away from work and social activities, depending on your unique surgical plan. If you work a more labor-intensive job, you may need to take 2 weeks away.

What is best age for facelift?

In most cases, a facelift is beneficial for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, when signs of aging become most apparent.

When should you get a facelift?

If you are bothered by fine or deep lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin on your face due to the aging process, you may be able to benefit from a facelift. The best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is to meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Kovanda.

What is the average cost of a full facelift?

The average cost of a facelift is $7,467. However, this price may fluctuate depending on a number of factors. Contact our office today for more information regarding pricing.

What is a facelift called?

A facelift is also known as a rhytidectomy.

What is a mid face lift?

A mid-face lift is a surgical procedure to address sagging on the cheeks and the surrounding area. Small incisions are created around the hairline and ear, through which an endoscopic camera will tighten and smooth muscle.

What is a thread lift?

A thread lift is a procedure to lift the skin on the face. Temporary sutures are used to produce a subtle lift.

What is a neck lift called?

The medical term for a neck lift is platysmaplasty.

How much is a face lift and neck lift?

The cost of a combined facelift and neck lift will vary depending on your individual anatomy and the amount of change desired. For more information regarding pricing, please contact our office today.

Is a facelift permanent?

A full facelift can last up to 15 years. However, this procedure cannot stop the aging process, so the results are not permanent.

How many times can you get a facelift?

There is technically no limit to how many facelifts you can undergo. However, too many surgeries may cause your face to appear overdone which is not always desirable.

Schedule a Consultation

The best way to evaluate your candidacy for treatment is through a personal consultation with Dr. Kovanda. From there, your risks can be assessed and the proper surgical technique can be recommended for maximum satisfaction. Contact us to schedule your initial appointment at (612) 335-9032.

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Dr. Christopher Kovanda is a plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. He is a member of several medical professional societies including the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He has been honored with several awards including “Most Compassionate Doctor” on and has earned “Top Doctor” status on Finally, Dr. Kovanda is a Board-Certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Surgery-General and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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