Leo R. McCafferty, MD, FACS & Associates Plastic Surgery P.C.

Leo R. McCafferty, MD, FACS & Associates, Plastic Surgery P.C.


Facial rejuvenation surgery is performed to restore the sagging cheeks, jowls and neck to a more youthful position. Although the basic premise has not changed over the last decade, how the operation is performed has changed dramatically. The modern facelift is safe, less invasive, takes a more customized approach and accomplishes more through smaller incisions. Typically, within two weeks you will be able to return to normal activities. Most facelift surgeries fall into one of these two categories:

Traditional Facelift: This procedure is performed for someone with moderate to severe aging changes of the cheeks, jowls and neck. The deep soft tissues of the face are returned to a more youthful position and then the skin of the face and neck are redraped (not pulled) over these tissues. This will leave you with a fresh, rejuvenated appearance.

Mini-Lift: This procedure is performed for someone with early to moderate aging of the cheeks, jowls and neck. With this procedure, the deep soft tissues require less extensive modification and, therefore, the incisions are shorter, allowing for a quicker procedure time and quicker recovery.

Remember, however, that the length of time it takes to perform the procedure is NOT as important as the quality and longevity of the results.