in Scottsdale, AZ

Natural Results Plastic Surgery offers the best facelift procedures in Scottsdale to help patients improve their appearance and look more youthful. Our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. Mata and Dr. Benajmin, use advanced techniques to smooth wrinkles, lift sagging skin, define facial contours, and restore vibrancy. After a consultation and thorough physical exam, we customize treatment plans to meet each patient’s unique goals. Our in-house QUAD-accredited surgical suite provides a comfortable, private environment to achieve impressive results in facial rejuvenation.

What is a Facelift?

A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgery that makes the face look more youthful. During this procedure, incisions are made near the hairline and ears to reposition and tighten the underlying skin and muscles. Excess skin is removed, and the remaining tissue is lifted. The average duration of a facelift is 2-4 hours, depending on the extent of changes and techniques used.
Most of the time, our facelifts include a neck lift to address signs of aging in the neck area, such as excess fat, loose skin, and bands or cords in the neck muscles. During the surgery, incisions are made under the chin to tighten the muscles and remove excess tissue. This procedure creates a smoother and more youthful neck profile.

Types of Facelift

Mini Facelift

A mini facelift is a less invasive form of this surgery that aims to reduce visible signs of aging in the lower face and neck. Small incisions are made around the ears and hairline, allowing the surgeon to tighten the underlying muscles and tissues. Excess skin is also removed. The procedure takes approximately 1-2 hours. A mini facelift can create a fresher, more youthful appearance by reducing jowls, smoothing marionette lines around the mouth, tightening loose neck skin, and defining the jawline. The results of a mini facelift may last 7-10 years.

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A mid-facelift targets the middle third of the face to address moderate sagging and wrinkles. It aims to rejuvenate the cheeks, reduce nasolabial folds (lines from nose to mouth), and eliminate mild jowls. During a mid-facelift, incisions are made just above the ear and hairline so the surgeon can reposition and tighten facial and cheek tissue. In some cases, underlying fat pads are redistributed or grafted to restore volume that was lost due to aging. A mid-facelift takes 2-4 hours with a recovery period of up to 2 weeks. While the results are more subtle than a full facelift, patients can achieve a refreshed appearance and youthful contours in the midface region.

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Full Facelift

A full facelift is a comprehensive procedure that aims to address advanced signs of aging in the middle and lower thirds of the face as well as the neck. During a full facelift, long incisions are made above the hairline, extending behind the ears and into the scalp. This allows the surgeon to reposition and tighten the underlying facial tissue, remove excess skin, and create more youthful contours. A full facelift reduces deep creases, folds, and wrinkles over the entire face by lifting sagging cheek skin, fat, and heavy jowls. A full facelift achieves the most dramatic and long-lasting facial rejuvenation compared to partial techniques. Patients can realistically turn back the clock 10-15 years and restore vibrancy and definition to facial features that have lost shape due to the natural aging process.

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Facelift Techniques

SMAS Plication

The SMAS plication targets the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) – the layer of muscle and connective tissue under the skin. The surgeon makes incisions in front of the ear, lifts the SMAS layer, and “plicates” it (uses sutures to secure SMAS in a tighter position) to achieve a lifting effect. This technique addresses moderate skin laxity in the lower face and neck.
The minimal access cranial suspension (MACS) lift is a less invasive method with a shorter scar. The surgeon lifts the SMAS layer through a small incision and uses sutures to suspend the midface. This procedure tightens the cheeks and corrects facial features. The MACS lift is ideal for mild facial aging and loose skin in the middle and lower face.
This technique reaches the deeper muscle layers to lift the entire face, not just the skin. The surgeon makes incisions in front of the ear, dissects the SMAS layer, and then lifts and repositions the underlying structures. Deep plan facelift corrects more advanced aging changes, such as severe sagging skin, jowls, and loss of facial and neck definition.

Consultation &
Preparation for Facelift

The facelift journey begins with a consultation between the patient and the surgeon to discuss goals, risks, recovery, and procedure details. During this meeting, the doctor evaluates the facial skin and bone structure to select the appropriate techniques. The surgeon also studies the patient’s medical history to assess their health, age, and other factors that could impact the operation and recovery. Careful preparation and planning are vital for an optimal surgical experience and outcomes. Patients should follow all pre-operative instructions, such as preparing the home for recovery and stopping certain medications.

Facelift Procedure


Dr. Mata and Dr. Benjamin perform facelifts under anesthesia to ensure that the patient does not feel pain or remember anything about the actual procedure.
The facelift surgeon makes small incisions in the hairline at the temples. Depending on the type of facelift, they can extend underneath the earlobes and behind the ears. This allows the surgeon to reposition and tighten underlying tissues. The incisions are placed in natural creases and folds to hide them as much as possible.
The surgeon lifts the skin to reshape deeper facial tissues, removing excess fat and tightening underlying muscles and membranes. Each technique – SMAS plication, MACS, and deep plane, targets different layers of the face. After removal and repositioning, the remaining skin is re-draped over newly contoured facial tissues.
At the end of the procedure, the surgeon closes the incisions with stitches and may use surgical tape or glue. Scars will fade over time into the natural creases of the face.

Add-On Procedures


Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) is combined with a facelift to rejuvenate the eye area. Small incisions are made along the eyelid folds to remove excess skin, muscle, and fat deposits. This can help eliminate under-eye bags and drooping. upper eyelids. Blepharoplasty performed with a facelift allows patients to address signs of aging in both the mid and upper face regions.

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Brow Lift

A brow lift is often performed together with a facelift for patients who want to address signs of aging in the upper third of the face. As we become older, the brows may droop, causing hooding of the eyelids, forehead wrinkles, and a tired appearance. During a facelift, the surgeon tightens the soft tissues in the lower face and neck, but this does not address forehead sagging. Adding a brow lift allows us to elevate low-lying brows into a more youthful arch and reduce excess skin, wrinkles, and frown lines in the forehead and between the brows.

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Recovery After Facelift

Recovery from a facelift takes time, so patients need to be prepared for the healing process. Swelling and bruising are common after surgery. Most symptoms disappear within 10-14 days, but some discomfort may persist longer. Pain medication can help manage these issues during the recovery period.
It is important to keep the head elevated on several pillows while resting to minimize swelling. Bandages and drains may be placed to help facilitate healing and prevent fluid buildup. They are typically removed 1-2 weeks after facial surgery. Patients should avoid strenuous activity for at least a month. Most people can return to work within 7-14 days, depending on the nature of their jobs. Complete healing and final results from a facelift may take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months. Following the surgeon’s postoperative instructions is crucial for proper recovery after a facelift.

Candidates for Facelift Surgery

Over the past few decades, facelift surgery has become an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure. As people age, they may consider getting it to achieve a more youthful appearance. Here are the most common candidates for a facelift:

Benefits of Facelift

Facial plastic surgery can help many people improve their appearance and feel younger. We always strive to make patients satisfied with the results. Our facelift procedure offers the following benefits:

Cost of Facelift 
in Scottsdale, AZ

Facelift cost in Scottsdale, AZ, ranges from $15,000 to $35,000. To calculate the final price, patients should consider the following factors: type of facelift, surgeon’s fee, anesthesia fees, operating room costs, and add-on treatments.
We offer different financing options to allow our patients to achieve their goals. Our partners – CareCredit, Alphaeon, and PatientFi – provide flexible financing options to divide payments into smaller parts.

What Makes Our Facial Rejuvenation
Procedures Different From Others?

Our experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons have performed over 25,000 operations. Natural Results Plastic Surgery has an in-house QUAD-accredited surgical suite and the latest technology. 
In addition to the traditional facelift, our team can provide non-surgical rejuvenation treatments. We are uniquely equipped to achieve natural-looking results that last many years and make our patients happier each day.

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