Face Lift

A Personalized Approach to Facelift Surgery

A facelift is a popular surgical procedure for our northern Virginia patients to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck. Many patients in their 50s are looking for a second lease on life and want to look as youthful as they feel. A facelift with a qualified, experienced plastic surgeon can make that possible.


Procedure Overview


Quick Facts About Facelift Surgery

Benefit Corrects jowls and sagging neck skin; smoothes deep creases
Duration of Surgery 2 to 4 hours
Type of Surgery Inpatient or outpatient, depending on circumstances
Anesthesia Usually general or local
Possible Side Effects Swelling, soreness, numbness, bruising and tiredness
Risks Blood clots, infection, bleeding under skin, poor healing or scarring
Resume Normal Activity 10 to 14 Days
Resume Exercise 2 to 4 Weeks
Related Procedures Neck Lift, Eyelid Lift, Brow Lift, Fat Transfer
Price Range   $7,600 to $10,000

Mid-Face Lift vs. Full Facelift

There are two primary types of facelift procedures, which are sometimes combined for the best results. A specialty of Dr. Hess, these delicate procedures combine a sense of artistry with a deep understanding of facial anatomy.

A mid-face lift is focused on the midsection of the face below the eye, the cheeks, the lower lids and folds around the nose. The results are some of the most striking of any facial surgery, delivering a complete rejuvenation of the face and a younger, more vibrant appearance without looking overdone.

A full facelift is one of the most involved facial surgeries, addressing jowling and redefining the angle of the jaw, neck and cheeks. As we age, the face naturally loses some of its underlying structure, and gravity naturally pulls the skin downward.

A specialty of Dr. Hess’ practice, these delicate procedures combine a sense of artistry with a deep understanding of facial anatomy. Taking advantage of deep experience from his work in facial reconstruction, Dr. Hess employs advanced techniques and specialized experience for these procedures.

Who is a good candidate for a facelift?

  • Moderate to deep signs of aging in the lower third of the face
  • Sagging cheeks
  • Deep wrinkles and prominent ‘smile lines’
  • Excessive jowling
  • Loose neck skin

How is facelift surgery performed?

Facelift surgery techniques continually develop and advance with time and have become what can be a rather advanced series of processes, including the potential for better sculpting of the tissue beneath the face. The full facelift procedure requires an incision from ear to ear just above the hairline.

A facelift is an excellent way to reduce the signs of aging on the face and neck, however, facelift surgery does have some limitations. Having a realistic approach and an honest consultation with Dr. Hess will ensure that your results match your expectation.

A facelift can certainly help you look your best, but it will not last forever. General considerations like facial structure and bone shape may limit the amount of sculpting Dr. Hess can safely perform.

How long does it take to recover from a facelift?

Recovery times will vary by person, taking as little as ten days or up to a month. Keeping the head elevated is generally advised as well as occasional use of cold packs in order to keep the swelling down. Dr. Hess will prescribe a pain medication to alleviate any pain or discomfort.

Most of the swelling should go down after 24 to 48 hours, though some areas of the face may stay swollen and bruising may occur for a couple weeks. Numbness may be experienced, although for most people sensation typically returns after a few months.

Call 703.752.6608 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Hess.
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