Facelift is a plastic surgery procedure performed to correct signs of aging around the mid and lower face and neck. It is designed to restore smoothness and tightness to the skin. In order to avoid artificial-looking results, it’s important to choose a facelift surgeon who is known for both technical excellence and artistic sensibilities. Dr. Guyuron has refined his facelift techniques over the past 30 years and continues to produce pleasing and natural-looking outcomes.

Dr. Guyuron is widely regarded as one of the best facelift surgeons in Cleveland and frequently shares his techniques with other plastic surgeons internationally through lectures during symposia, courses, articles, book chapters and his text books.

Consulting about Facelift Surgery

The facelift consultation serves several purposes: First, it’s an opportunity for Dr. Guyuron to evaluate the facelift candidate and develop an understanding of the candidate’s goals. It allows plastic surgeon specializing in the face area like Dr. Guyuron to discuss the surgery in greater detail and work on a customized treatment plan based on the patient’s desired outcome.

Most facelift patients typically desire improvements to one or more of the following:

  • Jowls that are the result of sagging tissues
  • Wrinkles or folds in the skin
  • Creases extending from the nose to the corners of the mouth
  • A tired expression
  • Marionette lines
  • Patchy skin discoloration

Dr. Guyuron will inquire about the facelift candidate’s medical and health history, including any prior surgeries, to rule out any elements that could increase risks.

Patients who plan to visit from out of town for a world-class surgical experience can schedule a Skype or phone consultation with Dr. Guyuron to discuss their goals. Please contact our office for more details.


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The Facelift Procedure

Facelift is typically performed as an outpatient procedure at Dr. Guyuron’s state-of-the-art surgical facility. To begin surgery, Dr. Guyuron makes incisions along the hairline at the temples, continuing around the ear and extending into the hairline behind the ear. These incisions are designed in such a way that after the healing is complete often you can style your hair any way you wish without the scars being clearly visible. Through the incisions, he redistributes fat in the face, jowls and neck, and repositions the tissue. Dr. Guyuron may tighten the facial muscles. He will re-drape the facial skin and remove any excess. If need be, Dr. Guyuron will make an additional incision underneath the chin for better access to the neck, and contour it during a procedure known as neck lift or submental lipectomy. Dr. Guyuron often injects fat, which contains stem cells to improve the skin elasticity and replace the lost volume.

Facelift surgery concentrates on the mid and lower face. It can be combined with other procedures for more dramatic and comprehensive results around the eyes. For example, facelift patients can also opt for brow lift to elevate the brow line and smooth forehead wrinkles/furrows, or blepharoplasty to refresh the upper and/or lower eyelids.

Recovering from Facelift Surgery

Facelift patients will experience some bruising and swelling after surgery, but this can be reduced with special medications and cold compresses. Dr. Guyuron will provide detailed instructions for caring for the face after surgery, as well as oral or topical medications to aid healing. Full recovery time varies by patient, but most patients are usually back to their normal routine within three weeks.