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About facelift surgery

Fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sidney Starkman performs a full variety of facial surgical treatments. One of the most sought-out surgeries at Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery is a facelift in Scottsdale, AZ. This surgery concentrates on distinct sections of the face to tighten loose skin features to create a tauter yet softer appearance. Depending on your goals for surgery, a facelift can focus on lines and wrinkles near the eyes, the cheeks and mid-face, or the jowls, mouth, and neck.

Scottsdale Facelift at a glance

Average Cost: $8,500 to $11,500
Recovery Time: 10-14 Days
Average Procedure Time: 2-3 Hours
Post-op Follow-up: 1 Day
Procedure Recovery Location: In & Out-Patient

Your best face forward

Cosmetic facial plastic surgery can take years off your face and give you a fresh look. Today, there are many options for surgery based on your unique goals. This surgery is designed to help you look younger but natural. For more information, we invite you to get in touch with Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery in Scottsdale, AZ to set up your consultation with Dr. Starkman.

The chosen facelift technique depends upon your goals, the condition of your skin, the amount of laxity present, and your lifestyle, age, and anatomy. Some men and women have enough skin laxity for a full facelift while others may only be ready for a mid-face lift. Dr. Starkman is a highly trained and experienced surgeon who has a complete understanding of the complexity and delicate anatomy of a facelift surgery. The overall goal is to create an all-encompassing youthful look that's gorgeous, subtle, and still striking. Contact the office of Dr. Sidney Starkman for one of the best facelifts Scottsdale has to offer. 

Dr. Starkman discussing facelift surgery in Scottsdale

Dr Sidney Starkman is an innovative, brilliant facial plastic surgeon! His attention to every detail with compassion is very reassuring and encouraging while constantly being so very sincerely patient!

- K.C.

What are the benefits of a facelift with Dr. Starkman?

In every procedure we deliver at Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery, we employ a detailed approach providing one of the top facelifts for Scottsdale patients. Because no two surgical procedures are ever the same, your consultation with Dr. Starkman will last as long as necessary to ensure all questions are answered and you are able to make an informed decision. Before and after surgery, our entire staff are available to address any questions or concerns. All told, our attention to detail, along with our AAAASF-accredited surgical facility, will ensure total comfort throughout your journey.

With his specialization in neck lift surgery, Dr. Starkman is a top facelift surgeon on the West Coast. His advanced techniques deliver results that look natural and rejuvenated without any evidence of surgery. After completing neck lift surgery, Dr. Starkman’s ideal outcome is a patient with increased confidence and enthusiasm about their appearance.

Before & After Facelift Surgery

Who Is a good candidate for facelift surgery?

Men and women who are suitable for a facelift will have drooping skin, lines, and wrinkles on the upper, mid, or lower face. Facelift surgery can address one or more areas, depending on your unique goals and desired outcome. It is important to understand that age does not necessarily define the time in life to have a facelift. There are so many aspects, factors, and lift techniques that depend on the cosmetic concerns of the patient.

Patient looking at her Facelift results in the mirror

The lifting technique chosen will vary for patients who are between 30 and 40 years old versus those who are older, such as 60 or 70 years old. The condition of your skin is one of the most important elements in the planning process. Facelift patients should be in good physical health, refrain from smoking, and have realistic expectations.

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What are my surgical options for facelift surgery?

No matter the issue you wish to correct, there are various levels of facelifts to think about. Some facelifts address the upper portion of the face while others focus on the middle and lower areas. In addition, some methods are slightly more invasive and intricate than others. It is also common for some patients to have an eyelid lift, brow lift, or fillers and BOTOX to complement and enhance their final results. A few of the more common facelift options include:

Full Facelift

Considered the gold standard, the full facelift most often requires an incision close to the hairline, then extends down to the area near the temples, reaching the base of the ears. The underlying facial tissues and muscles are carefully pulled and safely tightened to produce a lifted outcome, which reduces excess loose skin and droopy features. This facelift is reserved for individuals who have advanced signs of aging. With this lift, various methods may be combined, including blepharoplasty to enhance the eyes or a neck lift for the lower facial region.


With a similar approach to the mini lift, the surgery known as a mid-facelift focuses on the hollow and lax areas close to the cheekbones and the upper jaw. This lift works well for those who hope to attain improvement in the lower two-thirds of the face, which also improves the look of the jowls.

Lower Facelift

This lift addresses the chin area and neck, and in many cases, the jowls. Non-surgical methods, such as a Kybella injection, can also be used for chin reduction to attain a younger, tighter-looking neck.

Mini Facelift

During a mini facelift, a thin, small incision is made around the ears to lift the skin to a higher position, which enhances the mouth, jawline, and jowls. This process creates subtle improvements that look natural.

Revision Facelift

For those patients who have previously undergone a facelift and are unhappy with the results, Dr. Starkman performs revision facelift surgery. If your previous facelift results are unsatisfactory, we fully understand the grief and trauma it can create. As such, we are prepared to ensure your final facelift results are just as you expected the first time around. Rest assured, your revision facelift is in capable hands at Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery.

What to expect following a facelift

After your facelift in Scottsdale, you will be monitored before you are released to go home with a responsible adult. Before your procedure, Dr. Starkman or a member of his team will make your follow-up appointments and go over tips to make you feel more comfortable during your recovery. You should expect to have bruising and swelling, along with some moderate soreness and discomfort, which can be helped by prescription pain medication. The healing time can take up to several weeks, but then you will look and feel normal. You will see a more glowing look with fewer lines and less sagging. All in all, your face will be lifted and younger looking.

Facelift FAQ

How much does a facelift cost?

The cost of your facelift will vary based upon the technique used. During your consultation, Dr. Starkman will develop your custom treatment plan based upon your needs and goals. Once this is established, he can discuss cost estimates. To avoid results that look unnatural, it's best to focus on finding an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Starkman, instead of the cheapest price. At Starkman Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery, we can help you find low-interest financing that will make your surgery easier to afford. An average cost of a facelift can range between $8,500 - $10,500.

Which technique is best for me?

The best technique for you will depend on your needs, goals, degree of skin laxity, and more. To produce the results you want, Dr. Starkman will go over the different techniques during your consultation. He will then help you decide which technique is best for you.

Should I get a surgical or non-surgical facelift?

While there are many great nonsurgical skin tightening procedures, these can only produce mild improvements. If you have moderate to severe skin sagging, a surgical facelift is the best choice to rejuvenate your appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Starkman will discuss your options, including non-surgical treatments, to help you select what is best for your goals.

What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?

Injectable wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like Juvéderm and BOTOX, have become very popular to refresh the face. Sometimes known as a liquid facelift, injectable wrinkle treatments may be ideal for early signs of aging, but the results are temporary. A facelift can produce more dramatic improvements than injectables with results that last for a long time. Ask Dr. Starkman about injectable treatments during your consultation.

Will my results look natural?

Many patients worry that facelift surgery will make their skin look too tight, shiny, or like they visited a wind tunnel. Dr. Starkman focuses on giving you a natural-looking result so you look refreshed, not fake. He listens to your needs and goals before developing your personal treatment plan with the technique that will produce your best results.

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We are excited to announce that we have resumed seeing patients on a limited basis for select visits and procedures. The majority of our new patient consultations and follow-up checks will be done via telemedicine to minimize patient traffic to the office.

Patient safety has always been our number one priority, and we are implementing the following policies to meet and exceed safety standards for our patients. We greatly appreciate your compliance and understanding.

  1. Dr. Starkman and all clinical staff will wear N95 masks and eye protection for the entirety of each patient’s visit.
  2. Patient appointment confirmation must be completed 24 hours prior to the appointment.
  3. Patient screening will consist of a screening questionnaire and a temperature check. Any patient with risk factors or a fever will be rescheduled.
  4. We are instituting a “No Waiting in the Waiting Room” Policy. Patients will be immediately screened and escorted to their private exam room.
  5. Surgical-grade air recirculators have been installed in each patient room to recycle each room’s air every 4 minutes.
  6. Guests, children, or visitors other than the patient will be limited.
  7. Pre-operative COVID-19 testing will be obtained 4-5 days prior to any scheduled procedure.
  8. Patients will enter our main entrance and exit out of our side exit. The one-way flow of traffic will allow for a comprehensive cleaning of the waiting room prior to the next patient.

We appreciate the understanding and patience of all of you. We can’t wait to see you all again. Dr. Starkman and Staff

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