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Facelift FAQ

Patients at our West Des Moines practice considering facelift surgery typically come equipped with several questions about the procedure itself, how to prepare for it, and what to expect during the recovery. This page includes answers to many of the most common questions our facial plastic surgeons hear from face lift patients.

If you're looking in Des Moines, Iowa for a facial plastic surgery specialist, request a consultation to meet personally with one of our board-certified facial plastic surgeons using the online form, or call Koch Facial Plastic Surgery & Spa at (515) 277-5555 to schedule an appointment.

Facelift Before-and-After Photos

The excellent results our surgeons achieve are the best testament to their skill and artistry. These before-and-after photos feature an actual patient treated at Koch Facial Plastic Surgery & Spa. View additional facelift cases in our gallery.


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Common Questions

I've read about the "SMAS" facelift. What is that?

SMAS refers to the superficial muscular aponeurotic system. The SMAS is the deeper muscle and tissue supporting the face that is lifted and repositioned during the procedure. The technique, which is now fairly standard, creates results that look natural, not windswept or pulled. It improves the appearance of both the lower face and neck, which is why our surgeons refer to the procedure as a cheek and neck lift.

Is 70 too old to get a facelift?

Age is really not a good indicator for whether a patient is a good facelift candidate. Above all, a patient should be in good overall health before undergoing any cosmetic surgical procedure. If an older patient has a clean bill of health from his or her physician, it becomes a matter of whether the patient's aesthetic goals can be realistically achieved through facial plastic surgery. If they can be, then there is no reason not to go through with the procedure.

I'm not ready for a facelift. What can I do to look younger without surgery?

A personalized combination of injectable treatments such as BOTOX and dermal fillers can help patients who are looking for more subtle improvements. Results last for months, but they are temporary. Laser skin resurfacing may also be included in your nonsurgical facial rejuvenation plan to improve the texture, tone, and firmness of your skin.

What kind of anesthesia is used for a full cheek and neck lift?

Our surgeons discuss anesthesia options with patients during their consultations. For a facelift, a general anesthetic or conscious sedation are typically the 2 choices, which are both administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. We will recommend the safest option for each patient.

What is the recovery like after a facelift?

Details about recovery can be found on our facelift page, but in general, most patients find that the healing process is actually more pleasant than expected.

Patients typically return home on the day of the procedure, and we provide detailed postoperative instructions to make the recovery as smooth as possible. Recovery time varies from patient to patient, but we do recommend allowing for about 2 months prior to any important social event, such as a wedding or class reunion.

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