Facelift - Overview

A Facelift Involves an incision that starts in front of the ear and extends around to the back of the ear and either into the scalp or along the posterior hairline. In addition, Dr. Berman often makes an additional incision behind the chin in the natural crease line so that a Liposuction can be carried out on the neck and / or tighten the neck muscles similar to a Neck Lift.

Whenever a Facelift is done, Dr. Berman tightens the facial muscles (this is called a SMAS for those who may have seen this term in the literature).

Mini Facelift - Overview

The mini Facelift is done in our office under local anesthetic with oral sedation. This is an excellent option for those that do not need quite as extensive treatment.

1What is a Facelift?

As people age, many begin to experience a loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone in their face and neck. Others notice the development of jowls and deep creases between the base of the nose and the corners of the mouth, referred to as nasolabial folds. The most noticeable improvement from the overall Facelift Procedure occurs in the neck, while the next best area to benefit are the jowls. By comparison, the weakest area for improvement is the nasolabial fold.

2What post-op care is required for a Facelift?

A Facelift will give you a more rested and youthful contour to the face and neck. For this procedure, most patients will take 2 weeks to recover.

After a Facelift, patients may experience some swelling and bruising. Dr. Berman provides a neck support garment to help contour the neck for several days, and he allows showering and the hair to be washed 24 hours after surgery. One week after surgery, Dr. Berman removes the sutures in front of the ear, and he removes the posterior ear incisions after 10-14 days.

However, many patients will experience little pain. there is, of course, increased tiredness after any surgery, 
but it is quite reasonable for some patients to expect to return to work in 8-10 days, especially if you are working from home, or if you have a more flexible schedule.
3What post-op care is required for a Mini Facelift?
  • Keep your head elevated on 3-5 pillows for a week. You can definitely lie on more on one side so you don't have to be perfectly on your back, if that is uncomfortable for sleeping. 

  • You can shower after 24 hours and wash your hair etc. You should shower as you will feel better. Soap and water touching your face are fine. Replace the garment after your shower for the first 5 days. It should be comfortable. 

  • Clean the suture lines in front of and behind your ear with dilute hydrogen peroxide (half strength) and then a thin coat of polysporin or bacitracin ointment (you can buy it over the counter at any pharmacy) twice per day.

  • No exercising for 7-10 days. Try and take it extra easy for the first two days but you can definitely go the kitchen and make yourself something to eat, walk around the house etc. 

  • The sutures in front of your ear will come out in 5-7 days and the ones behind your ear, in around 10-12 days or so. 

  • It is very common to get some bruising and 'funny" sensations as things heal

  • If you want you can put cool packs on your face to help with swelling but not required. Definitely do NOT put warm packs on your face. your skin will be somewhat numb and you can give yourself a burn. 

  • Please feel free to text me on my cell phone at 703-405-5668 if you have any questions.



  • Helen Smith
    Ya'll, words cannot express the gratitude I have for you Dr. Berman and your staff. Your staff is so awesome and professional. When I went in for my initial consultation, I was very nervous and not sure about doing the mini face lift, but Dr Berman's kind and positive remarks and his reminding me that I was beautiful, help make me feel at ease. He personally explained the procedure and side effect at my pre-op appointment. The procedure went super smoothly. It took me weeks before writing this review, I wanted to make sure that I was totally satisfied with my results!!! Hands down Dr. Berman is the best surgeon... I wouldn't trust anyone else. I look soooo good. Thanks
    Helen Smith
  • BetterMarie
    Dr. Berman is awesome. He listened to my concerns, provided recommendations, and explains what to expect from the procedures so there are no surprises. Most importantly he does amazing work that gives natural-looking results. I look 10 years younger!
  • Pamela C.
    Love Dr. Berman and his remarkable staff. Very pleased with my mini face lift. Better than I hoped for!
    Pamela C.
  • jenshadus
    I’m going to fight old age tooth and nail. I started with laser to remove my crows feet I collected from too much skiing and mountain climbing. Wasn’t doing much of that any more. I did my first facelift 15 yrs ago 'cause boy was I getting the turkey neck and my upper eyes were drooping so much it was annoying. Now, I just need another little tuck, and after researching, found my other hero, Dr Berman. He did the surgery in no time, my sister picked me up and I lay low for a couple of days. I felt fine. I iced so I didn’t need the anti-bruising or the pain medicine (didn’t even take Tylenol).
  • Loving515391
    Dr Berman is a very personable, knowledgeable man. I did a lot of research before deciding on a plastic surgeon, and Dr Berman had the best reviews. The procedure was in office. The office was very clean, and I felt confident I would avoid infections. All I remember of it was waking up. Reminder, that if the instructions say DO NOT DRIVE, please don't. It'll be a scary experience. Anyway, within a few days I restarted my exercise program, slowly, and now looking forward to doing more. I highly Recommend Dr. Berman.
  • Deverina Atkins
    I recently received a mini face lift. My five-star review remains! The results are even better than I expected. I highly recommend Dr. Berman and his incredible staff!
    Deverina Atkins
  • Lioudmila Blinov
    Two weeks ago, I had a mini face lift with Dr. Berman, and I am very happy with my entire experience! Dr. Berman has an exceptional reputation, and he deserves it. He was very considerate and responsive, taking the time to clearly explain the procedure. He really cares about his patients. His staff were very warm and welcoming to me as well. They put me completely at ease before the operation and made me comfortable through-out my visit. And the results are outstanding! I highly recommend Dr. Berman to anyone who is interested in cosmetic surgery.
    Lioudmila Blinov
  • Polite303445
    Dr. Berman has done several procedures for me. This time I had a mini face lift and it looks AMAZING. It is ONE week out and you could not tell I had surgery except I suddenly look 10 years younger!

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