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As we age, the effects of time, stress, exposure to the elements, and gravity start to show, especially in the face. Skin loses elasticity and muscle tissue becomes weaker, resulting in a loss of youthful definition.

Dr. Dennis Hurwitz performs facelift surgery at his practice to help patients dramatically reduce the signs of aging and achieve a rejuvenated appearance. His expertise can help you look as young as you feel.* 

What are the benefits of choosing a facelift?

Rejuvenate Your Appearance*

See What A Facelift Can Do

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Facelifts Have a High Rate of Patient Satisfaction

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*According to the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

So how do I know if a facelift is right for me?

Explore Your Facelift Candidacy

During an initial consultation, Dr. Hurwitz can determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure based on your medical history, the condition of your skin, and expectations. He may recommend combining your lift with a non-surgical treatment, such as microdermabrasion

Some considerations which affect facelift candidacy include:

Why Choose Dr. Hurwitz?

Over 40 Years of Experience

Dr. Hurwitz has been honing his surgical techniques since 1977. With over 40 years of training and experience, he can carefully tailor your facelift to suit your unique features.

At the Hurwitz Center for Plastic Surgery, we are proud to offer advanced treatments in a safe and comfortable environment. From our state-of-the-art surgical center to our relaxing medical spa, you can rest assured you are in good hands with our team.

So what happens during a facelift?

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The Full Facelift Procedure

  1. The first step is administering anesthesia. We offer local anesthesia, as well as deep sedation, conscious sedation, and general anesthesia.
  2. Dr. Hurwitz will create small incisions near the ears or in the hairline.
  3. Next, he will tighten underlying tissue, remove excess skin, and tighten the remaining skin.
  4. Some patients also undergo liposuction to eliminate stubborn fat underneath the chin.
  5. Dr. Hurwitz will close the incisions carefully to ensure minimal scarring.

Your treatment process may differ if you choose a mini or mid-facelift instead of the full procedure.

Let's Explore the Procedure Further...

Recovering after a Facelift

What to Expect

Patients can generally expect a full recovery within four to six weeks after surgery, provided that they follow their post-surgical instructions precisely. 

Dr. Hurwitz can discuss what you can expect during your facelift recovery as well as provide you with tips to follow at your pre-surgical appointments. Following these guidelines can minimize your risk of infection and help you achieve satisfying results.

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Patients who cannot devote a full four to six weeks to recovery may consider the benefits of a mini or mid-facelift, which have significantly shorter recovery timelines.

First Day of Recovery

Like many other facial cosmetic surgeries, facelifts are considered an outpatient procedure, so you will be able to return home the same day. Due to the nature of the procedure and the anesthesia involved, it is imperative that you have a friend or family member drive you home.

As the anesthesia wears off, you may experience some soreness, fatigue, facial tightness, and nausea. Resting is critical during this time. We also recommend taking pain or anti-nausea medications to minimize any discomfort. Having a loved one stay with you to assist you for the first few days is also beneficial.

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Weeks One and Two of Recovery

The first week of recovery will be the hardest. Side effects can include swelling, soreness, bruising, and continued fatigue. Resting with your head elevated, taking your medications, and applying cold compresses can help during this time. By week two, these side effects generally begin to subside.

Approximately seven to 10 days after surgery, any sutures will be removed and Dr. Hurwitz will monitor the incisions for any signs of infection. As soon as you feel up to it, we encourage light walking to increase blood flow and promote healing. However, it is imperative that you avoid overdoing physical activity, as it could hinder your recovery.

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Rest
Rest

Weeks Three and Four of Recovery

Most patients can return to work during week three of recovery, as long as their jobs do not require strenuous activity, heavy lifting, or bending over. By this time, energy levels will increase and bruising is minimal or easily concealed with makeup, and you may feel more comfortable going out in public.

Although normal activity can be resumed and you may feel well enough to resume exercise and other physical activity, you should not resume your regular exercise routine for at least six weeks.

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Tips to Maximize Your
 Recovery

In order to experience a quick and comfortable recovery, it is extremely important to: 


  • Listen to Dr. Hurwitz, abide by your post-operative instructions, and attend your follow-up appointments as directed.  
  • Avoid strenuous activity for at least six weeks or until cleared by Dr. Hurwitz. 
  • Keep your head elevated when resting—and at night— to reduce swelling and the severity of bruising.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.
  • Avoid washing your hair or getting your face wet until cleared by Dr. Hurwitz.
  • Keep the surgical site clean and dry with fresh bandages.
  • Avoid bending over, lifting heavy objects, or overexerting yourself for the first week after surgery.
  • Apply cold compresses to reduce swelling.
  • Wear your compression garment as directed.

But what will my results look like?

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Achieving Your Final Results

Typically, patients are cleared for full activity after about six weeks. While you may notice a dramatic difference in your appearance, it could take months for your face to heal and up to a year to see final results.

Be patient with your results and continue following your post-op instructions as directed. By the end of your recovery, you could enjoy a more youthful and refreshed appearance.*

Facial Rejuvenation

Facial rejuvenation addresses aging that occurs as patients age. Dr. Dennis Hurwitz provides techniques including face lift, removal of excess skin, and fat injections. These treatments can help patients meet their goals and achieve a rejuvenated look.*

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Explore Your Options

Mini Facelift

mini facelift focuses on restoring definition in the lower third of the face, including the jawline and upper neck area. Dr. Hurwitz uses refined techniques to reverse signs of aging such as skin laxity in this area, providing natural-looking results that can make you look years younger. During a consultation, he can determine if this treatment is right for you.*

Candidacy

During your initial consultation with Dr. Hurwitz, he will evaluate your skin, review your medical history, and take note of your goals to determine if you are a good candidate. The typical mini facelift candidate is between 30 and 40 years old. The best candidates are non-smokers, since nicotine can severely compromise the body's ability to heal, which is key to the success of cosmetic surgery. 

If you also wish to address signs of aging around the eyes and in the brow, you may be a better candidate for a full facelift. Or, if you are only experiencing subtle signs of aging, Dr. Hurwitz may recommend using injectables or other nonsurgical treatments.

Sedation

Dr. Hurwitz uses sedation and anesthesia to maintain your comfort during the procedure. He will discuss these options with you during your consultation. Depending on the extent of the procedure, he may recommend just a local anesthetic and conscious sedation, or he may recommend general anesthesia. 

A mini facelift can address jowls, fat deposits under the chin, and lax skin to help you look fitter and more youthful.

The Procedure

Once the anesthesia and sedation have taken effect, Dr. Hurwitz will create small incisions, usually concealed behind the ears. Next, he will gently tighten lax underlying tissues in the lower face for enhanced definition. Once complete, he will trim away excess tissue and suture your incisions closed. The procedure may take up to two hours to complete. You will be able to return home after surgery, but you should arrange for a friend of loved one to drive. Dr. Hurwitz will provide detailed instructions and schedule follow-up visits to ensure a successful recovery.

Benefits of a Mini Facelift

The results of a mini facelift are subtle, but can provide significant rejuvenation. Dr. Hurwitz utilizes refined techniques to help patients achieve natural-looking results. The lower third of the face is typically one of the first areas to begin showing signs of aging. A mini facelift can address jowls, fat deposits under the chin, and lax skin to help you look fitter and more youthful. Meanwhile, patients who undergo a mini facelift typically experience a significant boost in self-confidence that can benefit many aspects of both your personal and professional life.*

A mini facelift can rejuvenate the lower third of the face.
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Mid Facelift Surgery

As we age, our collagen production decreases. This results in more wrinkles, uneven facial contours, and sagging skin. Other factors—such as stress and sun damage—can exacerbate these issues. Because the lower eyelids and the cheeks are interconnected, when your cheeks begin to sag, it can affect the area under your eyes, making them appear puffy and haggard. Downward moving tissue in the cheeks can also deepen the lines around your nose and mouth. With a mid facelift, Dr. Hurwitz can reposition the cheeks while smoothing wrinkles and bags under the eyes. This procedure is often combined with fat injections or implants to create smooth and aesthetically pleasing contours.

Who Is a Candidate? 


Most patients who desire a mid facelift are over the age of 30. However, if environmental factors, weight fluctuations, or genetics have caused premature aging, it is not uncommon for patients in their 20s to undergo this procedure. You made be a good candidate for a mid facelift if you want to address problem areas in your cheeks, under your eyes, or around your nose. A mid facelift can help address:

  • Loss of volume in the cheeks
  • Saggy cheeks
  • Deep creases and wrinkles around the nose and mouth
  • Downward corners of the mouth
  • Bags and wrinkles under and around the eyes

During your initial consultation, Dr. Hurwitz will meet with you to discuss your areas of concern so he can format a treatment plan designed to meet your cosmetic goals. To make sure you are a good candidate for facial plastic surgery, he will carefully examine your medical history, current medications, lifestyle habits, skin texture, and facial characteristics. Patients who smoke or have unrealistic expectations are generally not good candidates for a mid facelift.

A mid facelift can tighten sagging skin around your cheeks and the corners of your mouth and improve the tired, hollow-looking areas below your eyes. 

How the Mid Facelift Surgery Is Performed

A mid facelift can generally be performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in about two hours. For your safety, you will need to arrange for a loved one to drive you to and from the procedure. Once anesthesia is administered and you are comfortable, Dr. Hurwitz will make an incision along the hairline near your temples and inside your mouth. If necessary, incisions may also be made along your lower lash line. Dr. Hurwitz has performed many mid facelift surgeries, and he can ensure the incisions are discreet and well-hidden to minimize scarring and encourage a faster recovery.

After Dr. Hurwitz has made the necessary incisions, he will lift and reposition the cheek tissues and muscles while smoothing the skin under and around the eyes, nose and mouth. Dissolvable sutures will be used to hold the repositioned tissues in place. If you have severe volume loss in your cheeks, Dr. Hurwitz can restore facial contours with either fat grafting or implants. Before closing the incisions, any excess skin will be tightened or removed.

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A mid facelift targets the area under your eyes as well as the cheeks and the corners of your mouth. 

How Much Does a Facelift Cost?

Breaking down the Cost of Treatment

The final cost of your facelift will depend on several factors, including the type of technique you choose and the extent of the results you want to experience.

Health insurance rarely covers the price of a cosmetic procedure like a facelift. However, the Hurwitz Center partners with CareCredit®, a third-party financing organization which offers flexible payment plans.

So what specific factors can affect my final treatment cost?

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Your Goals Influence the Treatment Price

Are There Other Options?

Alternatives to a Facelift

At the Hurwitz Center for Plastic Surgery, we offer a wide range of non-surgical treatments which can reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles.

Injectable treatments, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers, can both rejuvenate your appearance. In addition, treatments such as laser skin resurfacing can address fine lines and other blemishes.

However, if you have sagging skin, a facelift is the only truly effective option. This procedure can remove excess tissue and tighten muscles for dramatic, yet natural-looking, results.*

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At the Hurwitz Center for Plastic Surgery, we offer a wide range of non-surgical treatments which can reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles.

Dr. Dennis Hurwitz

Dr. Hurwitz

Dr. Hurwitz

For over 40 years, Dr. Hurwitz has constantly sought to improve existing procedures and create new treatments to ensure his patients receive the results they deserve as safely and comfortably as possible

For more information about treatment at Hurwitz Center for Plastic Surgery, contact our office online or call (412) 802-6100 today.

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I honestly never thought of myself as a serious candidate for elective surgery ... but I’m already feeling and looking so much better.* Jill's Story

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