Dr. Todd Hobgood performs facelift surgery in Scottsdale to help patients from Phoenix and other nearby cities look naturally younger by rejuvenating the lower two-thirds of the face. Thinning, lax 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.” Dr. Hobgood is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon whose advanced techniques 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.
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Is a Facelift Right for You?
Ideal candidates for facelift surgery are men and women who are in overall good health but want to improve the appearance of loose skin or a loss of definition on the cheeks and along the jawline, including sagging jowls. 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 may recommend combining your facelift with a neck lift, mid facelift, or other cosmetic surgery procedure. During your initial consultation with Dr. Hobgood, you work together to identify your areas of utmost concern.
The best candidates for facelift surgery are in good health and do not smoke or use nicotine products. They typically want to take 5 to 10 years off of their appearance by restoring some of the following characteristics:
- A sleeker, more defined chin and jaw
- Firmer, uplifted cheeks
- Smoother skin around the mouth and nose
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
As a facelift specialist, Dr. Hobgood is experienced in a variety of surgical techniques. He personalizes each procedure to the patient’s unique facial anatomy, needs, and aesthetic goals.
The women and men who visit Dr. Hobgood for a facelift usually require a complete facelift, also called full or traditional facelift. This procedure rejuvenates 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, not overly pulled back.
Dr. Hobgood reserves this technique, technically called a SMAS plication lift, for younger patients with early signs of aging who want to make only small changes. It is important to be aware that recovery time for the mini facelift is usually comparable to the complete facelift.
Your Facelift Surgery
Facelift surgery is an outpatient procedure and takes approximately 4 to 6 hours. A typical facelift surgery 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 motion in muscles, so that 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.
Recuperating at Home
The main aspect of 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 your facelift. If this is used, we replace it after 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.
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 are always some complications possible with any surgery, and facelift is no exception. Complications from this particular surgery may include hematoma, which is the pooling of blood under the skin. You may experience nerve damage, which is typically temporary. Other complications include adverse anesthesia reactions, postoperative bleeding, and infection. Fortunately, any complications after this type of surgery are remarkably rare.
You will probably experience swelling and numbness of the skin around the surgery site during facelift surgery recovery, and this is normal. It will subside within a period of weeks. Minor pain and tenderness is also normal and easily controlled with prescribed medication.
Q: What procedures can be combined with facelift?
A: 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.
Q: How much does a facelift cost?
A: 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.
Q: How soon can I return to work after a facelift?
A: 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.