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At The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, our exceptional plastic surgeons consider the mini facelift the procedure of choice for people who want to look years younger. Certain patients are better suited to a more invasive traditional facelift, including those with deep wrinkles on the lower face and pronounced sagging in the cheek, jawline, and neck. By choosing the most appropriate facelift technique for each patient from Denver, Colorado Springs, and surrounding areas, our surgeons consistently provide personalized facial rejuvenation that looks natural and lasts many years.

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Before & After Mini Facelift Case 334 View #1 in Denver and Colorado Springs, CO
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Case #334

This is a 63 year old woman who complained about the wrinkling on her face, the loose skin on her neck and around her jowls, and her low brows which crowded her upper eyelids and gave her an aged look. She also didn't like the puffiness under her eyes that she thought made her look tired. She underwent a mini facelift, mini browlift... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Before & After Mini Facelift Case 65 View #1 in Denver and Colorado Springs, CO
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Case #65

Most of us consider ourselves very fortunate to live here in Colorado, with the natural beauty of our state to enjoy and dozens of outdoor activities to engage in. But we pay a price when it comes to the impact of our climate on our skin. Even younger people’s skin can show the effects of dry, cold air and bright sunlight, making th... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Before & After Mini Facelift Case 11485 Front in Denver and Colorado Springs, CO
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Case #11485

This is a 56 year old woman who wanted to look refreshed and younger. She went to Dr. Steven Vath and had a mini-facelift to improve her lower face, jawline and neck. She also underwent a mini-browlift and upper blepharoplasty to reduce the hooding over her eyes and decrease the excess skin on her lids. Post-operative pictures are... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Before & After Mini Facelift Case 342 View #1 in Denver and Colorado Springs, CO
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Case #342

This is a 61 year old woman who complained about some signs of aging on her face. Specifically, she felt that she had some loose neck skin and jowls, as well as crowding of the upper eyelids. She chose to undergo a mini facelift in order to tighten her neck and jawline.  She also chose to have a mini browlift and upper blepharoplasty (ey... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Before & After Mini Facelift Case 116 View #1 in Denver and Colorado Springs, CO
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Case #116

These before and after images show a 57 year old woman from Denver, Colorado, who chose a mini facelift, mini brow lift and upper eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty with Dr. Vath.Typical of many of our patients, she is an active woman with a busy life here in Colorado. She enjoys tennis, long walks and hanging out with her friends and f... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Before & After Mini Facelift Case 472 View #1 in Denver and Colorado Springs, CO
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Case #472

This is a 59 year old woman who wanted to get rid of her jowls and loose neck skin. She underwent a minifacelift to tighten her neck and define her jawline. Post-operative pictures are from 6 weeks after surgery.
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Before & After Mini Facelift Case 148 View #1 in Denver and Colorado Springs, CO
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Case #148

This patient came to see Dr. Vath to discuss facial rejuvenation, including eyelid lift and face lift. The Colorado woman was dissatisfied with her aged, tired appearance and concerned about extensive facial wrinkling and sagging neck skin.During the consultation, Dr. Vath evaluated her condition and recommended a combination mini... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Before & After Neck Lift Case 770 View #1 in Denver and Colorado Springs, CO
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Case #770

58 year-old woman with significant lower facial and anterior neck skin excess/aging; treated with mini-facelift and minor neck liposuction techniques; photos are approximately 3 months post-op.
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

What Is a Facelift?

A facelift is a facial plastic surgery procedure that rejuvenates the lower 2/3 of the face; it does not address the forehead, brows, or eye area. At CCS, a traditional facelift combines the mini facelift with submental resection to tighten the neck muscles through an incision under the chin.

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What Is the Difference Between a Mini Facelift and a Facelift?

In general, a facelift addresses more significant aging of the lower face than a mini facelift.

Why Is a Mini Facelift Best for Most Patients?

With a mini facelift, our surgeons can provide satisfying results for most patients with minimal scarring and without affecting the hairline. The mini facelift addresses the most common reasons people seek facelift surgery:

  • Folds and wrinkles around the mouth
  • Sagging cheeks and jowls
  • Loss of definition along the jawline and neck

How Is a Traditional Facelift Performed?

Our surgeons perform facelift surgery as an outpatient procedure using light general anesthesia. The incision begins in the hair-bearing scalp at the sideburn, travels down in front of the ear, then under the earlobe and into the hairline behind the ear. Through the incision, the surgeon lifts and tightens the underlying structures. He also creates a second incision beneath the chin to tighten the vertical muscle bands of the neck and remove fat under the chin with liposuction if needed. Once complete, he re-drapes the skin over the reshaped facial structures without tension, removes the excess, and closes the incisions with fine sutures.

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How Long Is Recovery After a Facelift?

While experiences vary, most patients have only mild discomfort for the first few days after facelift surgery. Expect recovery to progress along the following general timeline:

  • 1 to 2 days: Bandages and compression wrap are removed
  • 1 to 2 weeks: Swelling and bruising subside
  • 10 days to 2 weeks: Ready to resume nonstrenuous work and exercise
  • 4 weeks: Ready to ease back into physical jobs and strenuous exercise
  • 6 to 12 weeks: Facial tightness eases
  • 3 to 6 months: Final results attained

Can I Combine My Facelift With Other Procedures?

Yes. Because facial aging is usually not limited to the lower face and neck, our surgeons often combine facelift surgery with other procedures, including:

  • Brow lift surgery repositions and reshapes the eyebrows.
  • Eyelid surgery corrects hooded upper eyelids and puffy undereye bags.
  • Liposuction reduces a double chin and other pockets of unwanted fat.
  • Fat grafting fills in tear troughs and hollows around the eyes and restores volume to the cheeks.
Dr. Steven Vath, Dr. Matthew Freeman, Dr. Teresa Cunningham, Dr. Andrew Wolfe, Dr. Paul Steinwald


Our team of experienced plastic surgeons are respected industry leaders, having investigated breast implants and published, lectured, and taught on the subject of breast augmentation surgery, to both national and international audiences.

Facelift FAQ

What is the best age to get a facelift?

The “best” age for a facelift is not a number; instead, it is when nonsurgical aesthetic treatments do not provide the rejuvenation you desire. Patients are typically in their 40s to 60s and should be healthy and have good skin elasticity.

When will I be ready to be seen in public?

Patients are typically ready to be seen by others in 4 weeks.

What makes today’s facelifts look natural?

Modern facelift techniques tighten more than the skin of the face; they reposition the structure between the skin and muscle called the SMAS (superficial musculo-aponeurotic system) to avoid a tight, windblown look.

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How much younger will I look after a facelift?

After a traditional facelift, patients typically look like themselves only 10 years younger.

How long do the results last?

Traditional facelift results last approximately 10 years. This time frame varies with the patient’s age at the time of surgery, skin elasticity, sun exposure, lifestyle, and other factors. While the surgery cannot stop the aging process, patients continually look younger than if they had not had the surgery.

What are my next steps?

Our plastic surgeons apply current yet proven techniques to achieve facelift results that speak for themselves. The Center for Cosmetic Surgery has two plastic surgery offices conveniently located in the Denver metropolitan area. One is located just outside Denver in lovely Golden, Colorado, immediately off 6th Avenue West; the other is near downtown in Cherry Creek, Denver. To learn what facial plastic surgery can do for you, request your consultation using our online form or call  (303) 278-2600 for an appointment.