When double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Todd Hobgood meets with patients considering facelift surgery in Scottsdale, AZ, near Phoenix, he explains that he customizes their surgery using the technique best suited to address their concerns and produce attractive, natural-looking results. Dr. Hobgood’s reputation as an expert who has performed more than 1,000 facelifts attracts women and men from throughout the Southwest and nationally, in addition to international patients.
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Ideal candidates for facelift surgery are in good overall health and do not smoke or use nicotine products. Women and men typically choose this procedure to take years off their appearance by:
Reducing jowls for a more angular and defined chin and jaw
Restoring firmer, elevated cheeks
Smoothing lax skin around the mouth and nose
It’s important to understand that a facelift doesn’t address signs of aging on the upper face, focusing primarily on the mid-to-lower face and neck. For complete rejuvenation, Dr. Hobgood often recommends his patients combine a facelift with other facial plastic surgery procedures, such as a deep neck lift, eyelid surgery, or a brow lift. During your initial consultation, he will work with you to create a comprehensive surgical plan.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost in Scottsdale & Phoenix?
Generally speaking, the cost of a facelift in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area ranges from $20,000 to $25,000. The cost depends on the extent of the procedure. During your consultation, we discuss what you can expect to pay based on the specific nature of your surgery.
Dr. Todd Hobgood
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.
Facelift surgery involves many different techniques to rejuvenate the face. Dr. Hobgood encourages patients to keep an open mind when considering their facelift options because the type that works well for a friend may not produce the best result for them.
As a facelift specialist, Dr. Hobgood assesses your unique facial structure, the quality of your skin, and other factors when selecting a facelift technique that will work best for you. The most common facelift techniques used by Dr. Hobgood include:
Dr. Hobgood believes the deep plane facelift is the best option for most facelift patients, and he has focused much of his career on perfecting this technique. A deep plane facelift tightens loose skin and restores volume in a way that looks natural and lasts for many years. This avoids the pulled or stretched look and maintains the results indefinitely.
A deep plane facelift requires surgical expertise that not all plastic surgeons possess. It elevates and repositions the facial tissues beneath the SMAS, or superficial muscular aponeurotic system, and improves the overall facial to a degree that other techniques can’t match.
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This technique is slightly less invasive than a deep plane approach and is the most common type of facelift performed by plastic surgeons in the US. The SMAS is a fibrous network that includes muscles that change facial expressions and connects those muscles to the skin’s dermal layer. As we age, the SMAS becomes less firm, and ligaments attaching it to deeper facial structures loosen. This results in the signs of aging, such as jowls and loose skin. Dr. Hobgood performs SMAS imbrication facelifts for patients who have had permanent fillers or thread lifts or if undergoing a deep plane lift wouldn’t be safe. Dr. Hobgood may also recommend this approach for certain younger patients with more limited age changes.
What Is a Mini Facelift?
Dr. Hobgood reserves the mini facelift for younger patients with early signs of aging who want to make only minor changes. This technique is called a short-scar facelift, S Lift, or “pony tail lift” because the incisions are usually less extensive than with a deep plane facelift. It is essential to know that the mini facelift’s recovery time is usually comparable to a full facelift. Essentially, the best candidates for a mini facelift are patients who show premature jowling along the jawline but have a tight neck beneath the chin.
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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.
Other Types of Facelifts
In addition to the facelift techniques described above, Dr. Hobgood performs revision and liquid facelifts when appropriate.
What Is a Revision Facelift?
A revision (secondary) facelift makes improvements after a prior facelift procedure. Dr. Hobgood typically performs revision surgery if a patient’s facelift was many years earlier. In some cases, he corrects the unsatisfactory results of facelifts performed by other surgeons. These procedures are usually more complex than primary surgery and require the expertise of a facelift specialist such as Dr. Hobgood. Patients considering a revision facelift should contact their original surgeon and request copies of their medical operative reports to be fully prepared for their consultation.
What Is a Liquid Facelift?
While no nonsurgical option can produce the same degree of correction as a facelift, some treatments can help your skin and facial contours look younger and refreshed, including:
Dermal fillers can soften deeper lines and folds around the mouth and chin and restore volume to areas where it is lost with aging.
Biostimulators like Sculptra are also effective for a nonsurgical facelift, boosting collagen production to smooth wrinkles and folds and create long-lasting results.
Many people choose these injectable treatments to complement the results of their facelift.
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What Happens During Facelift Surgery?
Facelift surgery is an outpatient procedure that takes approximately 3 to 4 hours. A typical facelift procedure requires an incision from your hairline near your temple, around and under the ear, and back to the hairline. Dr. Hobgood performs a neck lift using a small incision just beneath your chin if needed.
After Dr. Hobgood makes the incisions, he isolates the layers of muscle and fat beneath your skin. Dr. Hobgood will artistically restore the natural position of the soft tissue platforms of the face for a fuller, more youthful appearance. This precise vertical lifting of the soft tissues of the face is critical to the long-term success and natural beauty of our results. Lastly, he lays the overlying skin into position and trims the excess skin. Once finished, he closes the incisions with staples and sutures.
Patients are often nervous about the visibility of facelift scars. With careful attention, the incisions are placed in the crease in front of the ear, into the ear canal, and around the earlobe, where they are difficult to detect after complete healing. The hair of the scalp is preserved. The incision behind the ear is hidden in the hair-bearing scalp so patients can wear their hair in ponytails or any style in the future without concern.
Getting Natural-Looking Results
Restoring firmness to your skin and muscles is not enough to create natural-looking results. Dr. Hobgood ensures that your face maintains its full range of muscular movement so you will still have your unique appearance. Too many changes during a facelift can produce results that don’t look natural. Dr. Hobgood is a skilled surgeon and will give you a rested, youthful appearance.
What Should I Expect From Facelift Recovery?
Your primary focus during facelift recovery should be 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 he uses this, 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 weeks.
You should expect to be up and moving about the house within a few days. You may wash your hair on the second day after surgery. Those who work relatively sedentary office jobs can expect to get back to work after about 2 weeks, while those with more physically demanding occupations will likely need more time away or a modified work schedule.
In summary, here’s a general timeline of a typical facelift recovery from the day after surgery (Day 2) through the first month:
Day 2 – Tenderness, discomfort, tightness, and swelling are all expected at this time. You’ll have a follow-up appointment at which we will remove your dressings and drainage tubes.
Day 3 or 4 – Bruising and swelling peak around this time. You should rest as much as possible but can wash your hair and engage in light activity around the house.
End of week 1 – You may no longer need prescription pain medication. The swelling starts to go down but may linger for several weeks.
2 weeks – Swelling and bruising should have diminished significantly. Makeup can help you feel comfortable going out socially. You can return to light activities and work if your job isn’t strenuous.
1 month – You can see the results and should be able to engage in all your normal activities. You may still have some residual swelling, tingling, and tightness that will disappear over the next weeks and months. Your incision lines will be pink but should fade to white or flesh color for several months.
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Dr. Hobgood often combines facelift surgery with other facial rejuvenation procedures, including a neck lift, brow lift, and blepharoplasty. He has extensive experience with natural Implantech® silicone implants, which restore volume lost due to the natural aging process. He can create a more natural, fuller shape for the mid-face, temples, and jowls with implants. Dr. Hobgood often uses fat transfer 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 younger will I look after a facelift?
This is very subjective, as it depends on your age at the time of surgery, the degree of aging your face displays, and other factors. However, according to a study published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, facelift patients rated themselves as looking 12 years younger after a facelift procedure.
Will I have noticeable scars?
Dr. Hobgood carefully conceals incisions in the hairline or by natural facial creases. Once the incisions heal, the resulting scars are typically thin, faint lines that do not draw attention.
How long will my results last?
Facelift results last about 10 years, depending on your age at the time of surgery, how well you take care of your skin after surgery and other factors. Over time, you will look years younger than if you had not had a facelift; however, the aging process continues.
Does skin age faster after facelift surgery?
Facial surgery does not affect skin quality, although outdated techniques can make the skin look tight and unnatural. Instead of only tightening the skin as in the past, today’s techniques rejuvenate the face by lifting the facial tissues and muscles and restoring volume to avoid a tight, “windblown” look.
How do I know if I’m too old for facelift surgery?
While there is no upper age limit for facelift surgery, there are health considerations. If you’re a very healthy 80-year-old, you may be a good candidate for facelift surgery. On the other hand, a 45-year-old who smokes, has diabetes, or is significantly overweight may not be a good candidate for the procedure. Dr. Hobgood will review your health history and determine whether you are healthy enough for a facelift.
How dangerous is a facelift?
Complications after facelift surgery are remarkably rare; however, there is always the possibility of complications with any surgery, and a facelift is no exception. Complications from this surgery may include hematoma (pooling of blood under the skin), nerve damage (typically temporary), adverse anesthesia reactions, postoperative bleeding, and infection.
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