The Center for Cosmetic Surgery



Facelifts can be the most dramatic of all facial surgeries, especially when combined with eyelid rejuvenation. The procedure targets and rejuvenates the neck, the jowls, the midface and often the brows and forehead. Dr. Hopping’s facelift uses his published hidden “S”car technique and incorporates deep plane and SMAS lifting to achieve dramatic, natural, long-lasting rejuvenation.

The procedures are performed as an outpatient in our AAAHC-certified surgical suite. They are often combined with eye rejuvenation and our NOUVEAU PEEL Surgical time is between 4-6 hours.

Deep Plane Facelift Vectors. "Restore the youthful look stolen by father time. My favorite procedure." -Dr. Hopping

Why Consider a Facelift?

One of the primary reasons people opt for a facelift is its ability to provide comprehensive rejuvenation. It can address multiple signs of aging, including wrinkles, sagging (skin laxity), and loss of facial volume, offering a more comprehensive solution compared to non-surgical treatments.


Additionally, the results of a facelift are long lasting, typically visible for 10 to 15 years, which makes it a cost-effective option over time.

Modern advancements in technique have led to more natural looking outcomes, avoiding the “pulled” or “overdone” appearance that was once a concern.


The improved facial appearance can significantly boost self-esteem and confidence, enhancing both personal and professional interactions.

Plus, a facelift can be customized to you, ensuring that each patient receives personalized treatment that corrects their unique concerns.

What Is the Best Age to Get a Facelift?

There is no specific “right” age to get a facelift, as the ideal timing varies from person to person based on individual aging patterns and personal goals.


Most people who undergo facelifts are between the ages of 40 and 60, with mid-40s to early 50s being the most popular time. For those in their 40s, early signs of aging such as mild sagging and fine lines can be effectively addressed with a facelift, providing a refreshed look before more significant changes occur.


In the 50s, as the signs of aging become more pronounced, a facelift can address deeper wrinkles and more severe skin laxity.


While facelifts can be performed on older patients in their 60s and beyond, it is essential to consider overall health and skin condition. Older patients may benefit from combining a facelift with other rejuvenation procedures for optimal results.

How Do I Prepare for a Facelift?

Initially, scheduling a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is crucial to discuss your aesthetic goals, medical history, and any concerns you may have. This visit allows time for you to ask questions and understand the procedure in detail.


Your surgeon will conduct a medical exam and make sure you are a good candidate for surgery, which may include blood tests, a review of medications, and an assessment of overall health.


In the weeks leading up to surgery, certain lifestyle adjustments may be necessary, such as quitting smoking, avoiding alcohol, and stopping certain medications and supplements that can increase bleeding risk.


Patients should also plan for recovery by arranging for someone to drive them home after surgery and assist during the initial recovery period. It is important to prepare a comfortable recovery area with necessary supplies like prescribed medications, gauze, and pillows.


Following the surgeon’s pre-operative instructions, which may include fasting before surgery and avoiding certain skincare products, is essential.

How Long Is Recovery?

Patients return home or to their hotel the night of surgery and wear a bulky head dressing, which is removed the next day. The key to rapid recovery is total rest for 3 days.


Sutures are removed after 8-10 days, and activities are limited for two weeks. Patients receive pain medication, antibiotics, and sleep medication for 3 days after which most patients only require Tylenol. No down dog yoga or golf for 3 weeks!

Expected Results

Experience and expertise are always the keys to consistently good results. Dr. Hopping has performed thousands of facelifts, and most of our patients are referred by other satisfied patients.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost?

Pricing varies based on many different factors such as the surgeon’s experience, the complexity / type of the facelift, and additional associated costs like anesthesia and facility fees.


The cost can range from $5,000 to $40,000 or more.


Keep in mind, the provider’s qualifications and experience should be considered rather than choosing a provider based solely on cost.

Am I a Good Candidate?

Ideal facelift candidates are in good overall health, free from medical conditions that might affect the healing process.


Additionally, you should be a non-smoker or willing to quit smoking before and after surgery to ensure proper healing. You also need to have realistic expectations about the outcomes and limitations of the procedure.

Where Can I Achieve Amazing Results From a Facelift in Washington, DC?

The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, where we are renowned for our expertise in facial rejuvenation procedures. 


Our center is equipped with advanced technology and modern facilities, providing a safe and comfortable environment for surgery and recovery. Our commitment to patient satisfaction and safety is at the core of our philosophy, with a focus on clear communication, thorough consultation, and attentive post-operative care.


Positive reviews and testimonials from satisfied patients reflect the high standards of care and expertise provided by our team, led by Dr. Steven B. Hopping.

Contact us now at 202-785-3175 to schedule your consultation and see which facelift technique is right for you!