Facelift

Many patients considering facelift surgery in Scottsdale or Phoenix, AZ, visit double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Todd Hobgood to learn about the facelift procedure and decide if it is the right choice for them. He’s also the choice of international patients and those from states nationwide seeking expert care with an experienced and established team focusing on only facial rejuvenation.

Thinning skin due to the loss of structural elements, loss of natural fat, and bone changes contribute to the gravitational effects of aging. The facelift procedure remains the single greatest technique for rejuvenation of the “turkey neck,” jowling, and smile lines (nasolabial folds) that naturally occur with the aging process.

Having completed more than 1,000 facelifts throughout a very busy career, Dr. Hobgood guides his patients through a thorough consultation all the way to complete recovery. Like all aspects of our practice, only the safest, natural, and long-lasting techniques are considered for our patients.

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.

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.

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Dr. Todd Hobgood

Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Hobgood combines his down-to-earth, personable demeanor with an artistic eye and technical expertise honed through thousands of surgeries, including more than 1,000 facelifts. He's recognized nationally for his leadership and has been honored by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for his ongoing commitment to quality.

Meet Dr. Hobgood

What Is a Complete Facelift?

Both women and men who visit Dr. Hobgood for lower facial age-related changes usually require a complete facelift. These patients enjoy results from innovative lifting techniques designed to address the “turkey wattle” or neck bands, loose skin along the jawline (jowling), and smile lines (nasolabial folds). Our patients learn about the correct terminology and science of this long-standing facelift considered “best in class” to address our patients’ natural aging issues.

Dr. Hobgood has focused his career on perfecting the deep plane or SMAS imbrication technique. This technique both restores loosening skin and also redistributes volume back into the facial structures in a long-lasting and natural way. This avoids the pulled or stretched look and maintains the results indefinitely.

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. It is important to be aware that recovery time for the mini facelift is usually comparable to the complete facelift. Essentially, the best candidates for a mini-facelift (also called a Limited SMAS Imbrication facelift) are patients who specifically show premature jowling along the jawline but otherwise have a tight neck beneath the chin.

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.

facelift incision
Dr. Hobgood takes care to ensure your incisions are hidden behind your hairline for deep, lasting results with very discreet scars.

Facelift Recovery

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 day 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.

“Dr. Hobgood and his team were great. I felt very comfortable with Dr. Hobgood given his great reputation in the industry. His friendly approach makes you feel almost like a part of his family. thanks for everything.”

wildmusicsjl facelift patient on RealSelf.com

Common Questions

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. Fat transfer is often used for facial rejuvenation as a natural filler. 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 $15,000, 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 two weeks, while those with more physically demanding occupations will likely need more time away or a modified work schedule.

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