Facelift in Athens

A Facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that can reduce the appearance of facial sagging, wrinkles, and other common signs of aging. A facelift is a personalized surgical procedure. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. James Parker formulates a surgical plan based on the aesthetic needs of each individual patient and strives to provide the best facelift results Athens has to offer.

Facelift Overview

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Improving sagging facial skin, crow’s feet, sagging cheeks and jowls, and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles then redraping skin. Most often performed on men and women over 40.


Several hours




Back to work: 10 to 14 days
Strenuous Activities: 2 weeks or more
Bruising: 2 to 3 weeks. Must limit exposure to sun for several months

The Benefits of a Facelift

A rhytidectomy or facelift is designed to restore a more youthful appearance to the midface/cheek area, as well as the neck and jowl region by removing major wrinkles and sagging skin. If there is excess fat in the neck or chin region, this can simultaneously be addressed with liposuction or direct excision. A facelift can improve a tired facial appearance by smoothing the skin and reestablishing defined contours along the neck and jawline. It is often done in combination with other procedures including a browlift and eyelid surgery to create an overall harmonious, youthful result.

Rhytidectomy Surgery

The surgery is done under general anesthesia and typically takes 4-6 hours. A traditional facelift incision often begins in the hairline at the temples, continues around the ear and ends in the lower scalp. Fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the face, jowls and neck and underlying tissue is repositioned, commonly the deeper layers of the face and the muscles are also lifted. Skin is redraped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away.

Recovering from a Facelift

Postoperatively patients may have a drain in overnight as well as head and neck wrappings. After these are removed, patients are often required to wear a removable chin strap for several weeks. Bruising and swelling around the face are to be expected and will subside over the course of your recovery. Pain can be managed with medication. Sutures are usually removed 7-14 days after surgery but it is usually 2 to 3 weeks before most patients feel socially presentable.

The Cost of a Facelift

The cost of your facelift in Athens can be discussed during your consultation at Parker Plastic Surgery. Cost will be based on the techniques used, the amount of work needed, and other factors. Dr. Parker can answer any questions you may have, and our team can go over the payment options available to you. Financing options are available.

Schedule a Consultation

At Parker Plastic Surgery, our goal is to provide our patients with the personalized surgical care and results they need. If you want to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and folds and restore the natural beauty of your face, contact our office today to schedule a consultation for your facelift in Athens.