Facelift and Mini Facelift - Fort Worth

What To Expect During And After Surgery

All facelift procedures are performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. The length of the surgery will vary, but it generally takes between 3-4 hours. It is considered an outpatient surgery, though some patients may require an overnight hospital stay. Bruising and swelling of the face will be present after surgery, as will tightness of the face and neck. These symptoms will ease within a few days. Full recovery will take several months to reach maximal results. It is natural to feel anxious about this, but rest assured you will eventually see a brighter, younger-looking you.

Plan Your Procedure

Average Cost $10,000 - $15,000
Recovery Time 1-2 Weeks
Avg Procedure Time 4 Hours
Post-Op Follow-Up 1-2 Weeks
Recovery Location Out-Patient

Full Facelift

Mini Facelift

Surgical Techniques

As every face has differences in structural anatomy and skin laxity, and every patient has unique goals for proceeding with a facelift procedure, there are many approaches and techniques available to complete a facelift (rhytidectomy). Every procedure will have a specific type and location of incision based on depth of the tissue layers, plane of elevation, and degree of impact determined specifically for each individual patient. These determinations will be thoroughly explained during consultation with the surgeon.


The skin-only facelift, or cutaneous facelift, is one of the oldest methods of facial surgeries, dating back to the early 1900s. This method is minimally invasive because it addresses the skin only, creating a subtler end result than some of the more modern muscle-tightening procedures. Because of this, it has less risk and requires a shorter recovery time for the patient.


Currently the most popular and preferred method, the SMAS facelift creates exceptionally impressive end results that are longer lasting than other methods. Named for the way it manipulates the muscle group below the skin called the Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System, this is a more complicated surgery as the SMAS directs a person’s expressions. The incision is placed along the edge of the hairline, and the skin is removed and lifted. Underlying facial muscles and tissue are then tightened and secured.


The deep plane lift is more appropriate for patients with severe sagging and drooping, as it goes a step further than the traditional approach. In addition to the SMAS layer, a deeper section called the deep plane is also treated. There is a higher level of risk with this method, and extra care is taken to protect facial nerves during the surgical process. It is important to find a surgeon experienced in this specific method before choosing to proceed. This method is usually reserved for older patients with more severe sagging.


For patients who hope to gain face-lifting benefits while minimizing invasiveness (and cost), a mini facelift is a viable option. These include the Quicklift or Lifestyle Lift, among others. More dramatic results would likely require a full facelift, so discussing your ultimate aesthetic goals, budget, and recovery tolerance during your consultation with the surgeon is stressed.


There is no way to avoid all of the daily environmental and time-related elements that lead to the creation of wrinkles and sagging skin of the cheeks, neck and jawline. It’s simply a fact of life. But many residents of Fort Worth and greater North Texas have rejuvenated their faces and erased years from their looks with facelift surgery at Anderson Plastic Surgery. When performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, a facelift, or rhytidectomy, can have a remarkable anti-aging effect. Plastic surgeon Dr. Daniels, helps patients look healthier, younger, and more alert. Anderson Plastic Surgery uses a comprehensive approach to facial procedures to ensure that both the superficial skin as well as the underlying tissue, fascia, and muscles are expertly addressed in order to create the most natural-looking and long-lasting changes that exceed our patients’ expectations. If you want to look in the mirror and see a younger version of yourself, call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Daniels.

Facelift FAQs

Are There Nonsurgical Alternatives?
BOTOX®, injectable fillers, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels are all excellent choices for non-surgical treatment to smooth out wrinkles, diminish fine lines, even out skin tone, or add facial volume. But they are only surface treatments. If sagging neck skin or drooping jowls are your concern, surgery is your best likelihood to reach the improvement you desire.

Will I Look Fake?
Initially after facelift surgery, you will feel a tightness and pulling sensation; these are normal and short-term effects that will ease. Surgeons most experienced in facial surgery are well trained in techniques to best work with each individual’s bone, skin, and muscle structures so that a younger, more natural look can result.
Will I Have Visible Scars?
The incision for facelift surgery is long, but a skilled plastic surgeon is able to place the incision along the hairline and around the ears in the natural folds of the scalp, making them barely visible to the naked eye.
What Is The Best Age?
The most common range of patients undergoing facelift is between ages 50-70. Realistically, most patients look 5-10 years younger following a facelift procedure. Younger patients, typically between ages 40-50, tend to have stronger skin elasticity so their results may last longer than those of older patients. However, older patients may experience more dramatic results, which is very fulfilling. Patients should think of a facelift as a slight rewind of the aging clock. You will continue to age, but you will always appear a few years younger.