Introduction to Facelift

The older you get, the harder it can be to mask the signs of aging. There are many products available that can produce stunning results, however, there are times when cover-up just won’t cut it. When you come into Plastic Surgery Scottsdale, we have several surgical and non-surgical options to achieve a more youthful appearance, but the Facelift is by far one of the most popular procedures. To learn more about the techniques that Dr. Alexander Golger uses and how they can help you, please keep reading below.

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What are the Benefits of Facelift?

For our patients who have considerable sagging in the mid-face and also want to address signs of aging in their lower face, a facelift is likely the best option. A facelift in Scottsdale can:

  • Contour the jawline
  • Gets rid of deep creases
  • Improve the appearance of the nasolabial folds
  • Produces natural results
  • Restore lifted cheeks
  • Tightens up sagging skin

What is Facelift?

Also called a rhytidectomy, a Facelift is a surgical procedure that helps reduce and improve the visible signs of aging in your face and neck. The more common age-related skin problems that a Facelift can treat are sagging facial skin, fold lines that appear between the nose and mouth, jowls, and loose skin with excessive fat around the neck (often referred to as a “turkey neck” or double chin).

The Facelift is a very popular, long-lasting procedure that can be performed using various techniques to help patients regain confidence and appear more youthful. At Plastic Surgery Scottsdale, Dr. Golger has performed hundreds of facial plastic surgery procedures over the years. In addition to a traditional Facelift, we offer our patients numerous procedures that treat the whole face or can target specific problem areas.

Who Are The
Best Candidates
For Facelift?

The best candidates should be nonsmokers, be in overall good health, and maintain a positive outlook with realistic expectations regarding the procedure. Other characteristics that make a good candidate for a Scottsdale Facelift are:

  • Committed to good skincare
  • Dissatisfied with their facial appearance
  • Flexible skin
  • Has sagging facial tissues (i.e. deep wrinkles, jowls, double chin)
  • Near desired target weight
  • Understands the procedure, recovery time, and risks

What’s the First Step?

The first step to getting a facelift in Scottsdale with Dr. Golger is to book your consultation. In order to get the most out of your consultation, you will want to prepare your questions ahead of time and do a bit of research. When you come in for your appointment, you will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Golger who will go over your medical history, the appearance you would like to achieve, and other details to make sure you are prepared. He will craft a surgical plan that he believes is best for you and if you agree with him, you will schedule your appointment with our Patient Coordinator, who will also give you some instructions to follow for a good surgery.

When discussing your medical history, we encourage you to be honest with Dr. Golger. Being open and truthful with him reduces the potential for negative reactions and the safest and best possible results.

What to Expect on the Day of Facelift

On the day of your Facelift, you will first be administered general anesthesia to make your experience more tolerable. Dr. Golger will begin making an incision near the temple, just above and in front of the ear. It will continue under the earlobe and follow the back of your ear, blending into the hairline. The skin is gently lifted as he repositions and tightens the underlying muscle and connective tissue. Some fat may be removed, as well as excess skin. For men, the incision is aligned to accommodate the natural beard lines. In all cases, the incisions are placed where they will fall in a natural crease of the skin to appear camouflaged.

After trimming the excess skin, the surgeon closes the incisions with fine sutures and/or metal clips. This will permit precise surgery and avoid shaving hair in the incision sites. Depending on the extent of the surgery, the process can take from two to four hours.

Following the surgery, the surgeon will apply a dressing to protect the entire area where the incisions have been made. The actual placement of incisions varies from patient to patient and is dependent on the surgeon’s judgment of that patient.

Facelift Recovery

After your surgery, Dr. Golger will loosely wrap your face with a bandage to minimize swelling and bruising. He may also temporarily leave small tubes in the incisions that help drain any excess blood or fluid that will collect as your heal.

You should be able to return to work within 10 – 14 days, depending on how you are healing and how you are feeling. There will still be some swelling and bruising present, but it will get better over time and can usually be well disguised with a good application of makeup. Once the incisions have healed, they will be concealed within your hairline and the natural contours of your face.

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How Much Does Facelift Cost in Scottsdale, AZ?

The cost of a Facelift in Scottsdale costs between $17,000 – $22,000 but is widely determined by the techniques that Dr. Golger uses and the degree of change required to meet your desires, among other factors. The best way to find out how much it will cost for you is to come in for your consultation, and after Dr. Golger can create your surgical plan, our Patient Coordinator will be able to show you the price breakdown for your procedure.

Why Choose Us?

Dr. Alexander Golger, B.Ed., MD, FRCS(C), earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, which he soon followed up with a five-year medical residency at the highly recognized Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Toronto. Over the years of practicing plastic surgery, Dr. Golger served as the Chief Division of Plastic Surgery at Lakeridge Hospital and as Assistant Professor for the Department of Surgery at Queen’s University. His extensive academic education and clinical experience have allowed him to approach every procedure with a keen eye that allows him to deliver exceptional aesthetic results. Dr. Golger has been recognized as a Top Doc and is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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Just because you’re getting older, it doesn’t mean you have to look it up! For your Facelift consultation in Scottsdale, use our website or call our office today! A friendly and helpful member of our team can’t wait to speak with you!

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Dr. Golger is a phenomenal surgeon!! I can't recommend him enough. He flawlessly performed my breast reduction and lift in June 2022 then performed my breast reconstruction immediately after having my cancer prevention mastectomy done.

Very Ethical

Very ethical Dr he was kind patient and understanding. He took his time to explain the procedure. I decided to go back to my original Dr and Dr Golger refunded my deposit without any issues as promised. I highly recommend Dr Golger. Thanks to Valerie for her exceptional customer service


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