Face Lift


Do you think that you look older than you should?

As the years pass, we become vulnerable to the visible effects of aging. These effects are most apparent around the face, in the form of wrinkles, fine lines, saggy and loose skin, and displaced fat. If you yearn for the youthful facial appearance you enjoyed 10 or 15 years ago, discover the fountain of youth with facelift.*

Facelift is the most comprehensive anti-aging solution that Dr. Ronald Schuster offers. The procedure will tighten loose skin, “lift” the underlying tissue, smooth wrinkles and lines and restore volume to areas of the face that need it.* After your facelift, you will look like a more rested, youthful and pleasant version of yourself.*

An experienced cosmetic surgeon in Baltimore, Dr. Ronald Schuster is able to utilize a variety of surgical techniques, including the composite face lift technique, to help his patients enjoy superior face lift results.*

The Face Lift Procedure Can:

  • Rejuvenate the aging face*
  • Restore and maintain balance of the face*
  • Remove excess sagging skin (turkey waddle), sagging jowls, and cheeks; clean up jaw line*
  • Improve appearance and create a more rested, younger look*

Face Lift Techniques:

There are many different types of face lift procedures. They go by many different names including “skin only,” ‘traditional,” “SMAS,” “extended SMAS,” “endoscopic,” “subperiosteal,” and more. Patients at our center can discuss various face lift options with Dr. Schuster during their consultation.

Composite Face Lift

Dr. Schuster performs a special face lift method called a “Composite Face Lift.” Trained in this technique many years ago directly under the tutelage of its inventor, Dr. Sam Hamra, Dr. Schuster has since gone on to expand and refine the technique, and now includes a mid-face lift together with the Composite Face Lift. The addition of a direct mid-face plication helps restore the upper cheek fullness and restores the youthful cheek contour.

What makes the Composite face lift a better option?

Dr. Schuster believes Composite Face Lift is the best method, and more complete than traditional face lift procedures, to restore sagging cheeks and cheek folds to a natural, more youthful appearance. Most importantly, the Composite Face Lift avoids the “over pulled,” or “wind tunnel” appearance.* It maintains the most balanced improvement, which includes the correction of “midface” sagging cheeks, leaving you looking the most natural.*Is Composite Face Lift right for me?

While Dr. Schuster specializes in using the Composite FaceLift technique, not everyone needs it. For these patients, he is able to perform more traditional face lift procedures. During your consultation with Dr. Schuster, he can advise you of the type of face lift that would be most appropriate for helping you achieve a natural, balanced appearance.

Can a facelift be done with other facial cosmetic procedures?

At our Baltimore, Maryland area practice our patients often choose to combine their face lift procedure with eyelid surgery or brow lift surgery. Additionally, facelift may also be combined with rhinoplasty, BOTOX® Cosmetic, Restylane®, laser resurfacing, and other cosmetic options to enhance results.*

“I spoke to several doctors before I settled on Dr. Schuster. When I talked to Dr. Schuster there was just innately a sense of trust and confidence. He really listened to me when I talked to him about the things I wanted done and didn’t want done, he heard me. I just felt like this was the right move.”

Do I go home after a facelift?

Facelift can be performed as an outpatient procedure, although some facilities will allow you to stay overnight at a very discounted charge. You will return to our Baltimore, Maryland area office every few days after your face lift procedure to have bandages and stitches removed and to monitor your progress.

How much pain is involved?

Most patients who have facelift surgery are surprised how little pain there is.* Swelling and bruising will almost always be more than you expected. Bruising generally subsides in seven days. Most of the swelling subsides in two weeks. It will continue to improve for two to three months.

Recuperation After Face Lift Surgery:

Face and Neck

  • Recommend two weeks off from school/work
  • Bruising and swelling can be covered by makeup in two weeks*
  • Return to full activity in three to four weeks*

Neck Only

  • Recommend one week off of school/work
  • Most bruising and swelling can be covered by makeup in 10 days*
  • Return to full activity in three weeks*

Learn more about Face Lift care

Who is a good candidate for facelift surgery?

You may be a suitable candidate for facelift if you:

  • Have visible signs of aging (e.g., jowls; deep creases or folds around your nose or mouth; or sagging skin on the face and upper neck)
  • Are in good health and do not have any serious medical conditions
  • Do not smoke
  • Have reasonable expectations of surgery

A consultation with Dr. Schuster can confirm whether facelift is a good option for your needs.

When is the right time to consider facelift surgery?

There is no universal time frame to have facelift surgery, because everyone ages differently. Generally, if you have signs of aging that are too severe to be corrected with non-surgical treatments like Botox or fillers, facelift may be appropriate.

What should I expect during my initial facelift consultation?

During your initial facelift consultation, you will sit down with Dr. Schuster to discuss what bothers you about your facial appearance, and what you want to look like. You will be asked about your health history, any previous surgeries, and medications you take. The surgeon will examine your face, noting the degree of sagging, loose skin and your other concerns. If Dr. Schuster believes facelift can give you the aesthetic results you desire, he will propose a treatment plan. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about facelift.

Will facelift surgery eliminate all of my facial wrinkles?

Facelift surgery can soften wrinkles in the middle and lower portions of the face and the neck, but it does not address wrinkles around the eyes and forehead.

Are the results of facelift permanent?

Facelift targets the signs of aging at the time of surgery, but it does not prevent future aging.

What areas cannot be improved with facelift?

Facelift does not correct the forehead and eye area; eyelid surgery or brow lift surgery is needed to target wrinkles and lines in the upper face.

How much pain can I expect after facelift?

Thanks to special surgical and pain management techniques, patients are usually not in serious pain after facelift surgery. Prescription medication can be taken to alleviate any post-operative discomfort or mild pain.

What is the recovery like after facelift?

Normally the face is bruised and swollen after facelift. The skin may also feel tight or tender. It is recommended to keep the head elevated in the days following surgery to minimize swelling. These symptoms subside within two to three weeks.

When can I wash my face and wear make-up after facelift?

Dr. Schuster will provide detailed instructions for home care after facelift. Generally, patients can wash their face about four days after surgery, and apply makeup about 10 days after surgery.

When can I resume normal activity and exercise?

Most patients return to work and their normal activities about two weeks after facelift. Patients can resume light exercise after three weeks, gradually increasing the intensity.

“Mini facelift” versus “full facelift”: What is the difference?

Full facelift lifts sagging skin, restores youthful volume to the cheeks and sharpens the jawline; it is usually performed through incisions in the hairline, extending around the ears and into the lower scalp. Mini facelift is a less invasive procedure, performed through smaller incisions, intended for someone with less prominent signs of aging.

A board-certified plastic surgeon will be able to assess your appearance and goals and recommend the most suitable course of treatment.

Are there age restrictions for facelift surgery?

There are no age restrictions for facelift surgery. As long as the patient is in stable health and meets the other criteria for surgery, age is not a factor.

What are the factors that affect the cost of a facelift?

The factors that affect the cost of facelift include:

  • The specific scope of treatment
  • The expertise of the surgeon
  • The type of anesthesia
  • The surgical facility

If you decide to move forward with facelift surgery, Dr. Schuster’s staff can give you a customized quote for your planned treatment.

To learn more about composite face lift and other options, contact our office today. During your consultation for a facelift in Baltimore, Dr. Schuster can determine which technique is right for you.

*Individual results may vary