Woman and men visit double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Todd Hobgood for facelift and mini facelift surgery from Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ, and other nearby cities to look naturally younger by rejuvenating the lower two-thirds of the face. Thinning skin, fat breakdown, and gravity can contribute to sagging and hollows where there was previously definition and volume. Common complaints include lines running from the outside of the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds), jowls, and a “turkey neck.” Having performed more than 1,000 facelifts over his career, Dr. Hobgood uses advanced techniques to effectively treat these concerns for lasting improvement.
Get to know Dr. Hobgood and your options for facial rejuvenation. Request a consultation online using our simple form, or call the office at (480) 214-9955 to set up your appointment.
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
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Who Is a Good Candidate for Facelift Surgery?
Ideal candidates for facelift surgery are in overall good health and do not smoke or use nicotine products. Women and men typically choose this procedure to take 5 to 10 years off of their appearance by:
- Correcting sagging jowls for a sleeker, more defined chin and jaw
- Restoring firmer, uplifted cheeks
- Smoothing lax skin around the mouth and nose
It’s important to understand that facelift surgery doesn’t affect the entire face. Rather, it focuses primarily on the mid- to lower face and neck. For a more complete rejuvenation, Dr. Hobgood often recommends his Scottsdale patients combine a facelift with a neck lift. During your initial consultation, he will work together with you to identify your areas of utmost concern.
Dr. Todd Hobgood
Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Todd Hobgood has dedicated his career to treating and improving the head and neck. His focused expertise ensures that your results reflect your own unique desires and the complex anatomy of your face.Meet Dr. Hobgood
What Is a Complete Facelift?
The women and men who visit Dr. Hobgood for a facelift usually require a complete facelift, also called a full or traditional facelift, and a neck lift. In Scottsdale, AZ, he performs this procedure to rejuvenate the lower two-thirds of the face. Dr. Hobgood improved upon the deep-plane facelift technique by developing the Vector Correcting lift. In this technique, he lifts sagging cheeks and other facial tissues vertically, which enables him to provide long-lasting results that look natural and not overly pulled back.
What Is a Mini Facelift?
Dr. Hobgood reserves the mini facelift, technically called a SMAS plication lift, for younger patients with early signs of aging who want to make only small changes. This technique is also called a short-scar facelift because the incisions are usually less extensive than with a complete facelift. Because it is less invasive than a complete facelift, Dr. Hobgood may perform the mini facelift using local anesthetic with sedation. It is important to be aware that recovery time for the mini facelift is usually comparable to the complete facelift, while results for the mini facelift usually don’t last as long.
Your Facelift Surgery
Facelift surgery is an outpatient procedure and takes approximately 4 to 6 hours. A typical facelift procedure requires an incision from your hairline near your temple, around and under the ear, and back to the hairline. If needed, Dr. Hobgood performs a neck lift using a small incision just beneath your chin.
After Dr. Hobgood makes the incisions, he isolates the layers of muscle and fat beneath your skin. Dr. Hobgood repositions the overlying skin before removing any excess. Once finished, he closes the incisions with staples and sutures.
Recreating firmness in skin and muscles is not enough by itself. Care is taken to make sure that your face maintains its full range of muscular movement, so you will still have your own unique appearance. If too many alterations are done, your facelift will appear unnatural. Dr. Hobgood is a skilled surgeon and will give you a rested, youthful appearance.
The main aspect of facelift recovery is patience. Your face will likely feel tender and tight when you awaken from the anesthesia after surgery. Dr. Hobgood may apply a large, fluffy dressing to reduce swelling after the surgery. If this is used, we replace it in about a day. Dr. Hobgood may also place small drainage tubes in your incisions to reduce the risk of fluid accumulation. We typically remove these tubes a few days after surgery.
You may initially experience mild or moderate discomfort following your facelift. Dr. Hobgood will prescribe pain medication if you need it. He also prescribes a round of antibiotics to prevent infection. It is normal to experience swelling and numbness of the skin around the incisions; it usually subsides within a period of weeks.
You should expect to be up and moving about the house within a couple of days. You may wash your hair on the second day after surgery.
There is always the possibility of complications with any surgery, and facelift is no exception. Complications from this particular surgery may include hematoma (pooling of blood under the skin), nerve damage (typically temporary), adverse anesthesia reactions, postoperative bleeding, and infection. Fortunately, any complications after facelift surgery are remarkably rare.
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What procedures can be combined with facelift?
Dr. Hobgood often combines facelift surgery with other facial rejuvenation procedures. Common additions include neck lift, brow lift, and eyelid surgery. He has extensive experience with natural Implantech® silicone implants, which restore volume lost due to the natural aging process. With implants, he can create a more natural, fuller shape for the mid-face, temples, and jowls. As a finishing touch, it’s also simple to combine facelift surgery with facial resurfacing treatments, such as chemical peels, lasers, and dermabrasion to correct lip lines, brown spots, and other concerns.
How much does a facelift cost?
The cost of your facelift surgery will vary depending on the significance of the procedure. Generally speaking, patients pay approximately $14,000, although there are always outliers. During your consultation, we discuss what you can expect to pay based on your particular case.
How soon can I return to work after a facelift?
It depends on what type of work you do. Those who work relatively sedentary office jobs can expect to get back to work after about a week, while those with more physically demanding occupations will likely need more time away or a modified work schedule.