Facelift: Cosmetic Surgery in Cincinnati

Do you have signs of aging that are making you look older than you’d like? Don’t worry, Dr. Alexander Donath in Cincinnati offers facelift procedures to help restore your youthful appearance and give you the confidence you deserve.

Facelift Benefits: Timeless Rejuvenation

A facelift, a cosmetic surgical procedure, can rejuvenate your appearance. It helps reverse signs of aging, providing a fresher, youthful look. Here are more benefits:

What is a Facelift?

A traditional facelift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that helps to restore the facial structure by tightening underlying muscles, removing excess skin, and improving the appearance of wrinkles. By addressing sagging skin, fine lines, and other signs of aging, a traditional facelift can provide long-term results and a youthful appearance.

During the procedure, an experienced surgeon will make incisions along preset guidelines in order to access the deeper layers of the face and reduce fat deposits or excess skin. In some cases, additional procedures such as a brow lift may be recommended in order to achieve optimal results.

Do I Need a Facelift?Facelift Candidates

Individuals who are looking for cosmetic procedures to improve the appearance of loose skin, jowls, and lines and wrinkles along the middle and lower third of the face and neck may be good candidates for a facelift. As with all types of surgery, it’s important that patients be in good health and realistic in their expectations of the outcome. Patients should also understand the limitations of surgery. Face lift plastic surgery cannot stop the aging process or turn back the clock, but it can improve the overall facial skin appearance and help you to look your best. During your consultation, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Donath will help you to decide if a facelift plastic surgery procedure is right for you. He will consider factors such as skin type, ethnicity, individual healing, bone structure, and skin elasticity when determining if you are an appropriate candidate. If necessary, he may recommend additional procedures to help you achieve your desired look. For instance, many patients will also receive facial liposuction in conjunction with the traditional facelift procedure. Others include neck lifts, eyelid surgery, or a mini facelift to improve multiple facial tissues of the skin at once.

Facial Rejuvenation Surgery Procedure Summary

Individuals who are looking to improve the appearance of loose skin, jowls, lines, and wrinkles along the lower third of the face and neck may be good candidates for a facelift. As with all types of surgery, it's important that patients be in good health and realistic in their expectations of the outcome.
What is the pain level after surgery: Mild to moderate
Anesthesia type (if applicable): Twilight (IV Sedation)
Duration of surgery: Approximately 2-4 hours
Where will scarring for this procedure be: Very well hidden around the ears and under the chin
Timeframe to begin showing final results: Typically 2-3 weeks
When is the patient able to return to regular activities: 1 week for most activites
When is the patient able to resume exercise: 2 weeks

The average cost of a facelift in Cincinnati can range  depending on the type of procedure and the extent of work needed. The total cost may also include additional fees such as anesthesia, medications, pre- and post-operative care, and other associated expenses. During your consultation with Dr. Donath, you will be given an estimate based on your individual needs.

RisksFacelift risks

Facelift surgery carries some potential risks, including infection, excessive scarring, and medical conditions such as numbness and bleeding. Additionally, it may also result in the need for additional procedures to remove excess skin or fat. It is important to consult with a qualified surgeon prior to a facelift procedure in order to discuss all potential risks associated with this type of surgery.

Facelift Before & Afters

*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.

“Dr. Donath and his staff are very professional”

– Real patient


As a side note, I am in a very public oriented occupation and I have noticed that the “public” treats you better when you look younger. I wish that were not true but since having my facelift, I have notice this to be true. Dr. Donath and his staff are very professional, accommodating, and give the personal service and respect that I had hoped for. I would recommend that anyone who is not happy with their current appearance consider having Dr. Donath advise and guide them toward being their “best self.”

BeforeFacelift Surgery

The face-lift procedure is performed with a combination of mild sedatives, local anesthesia, and mild intravenous anesthesia. In some cases, general anesthesia may be used instead.

Prior to surgery, patients should arrange for family or friends to assist them during their recovery times. Alternatively, we can assist with connecting you to a wonderful service that can provide supportive staff for your post op period.

DuringFacelift Surgery

Dr. Donath will begin the surgery by carefully making the access incision, which typically begins above the hairline at the temples, runs in front of and behind the ear, and ends behind the ear.

If the neck requires work, an additional small incision may be just made beneath the chin and there’s even a more neck-focused procedure known as a Neck Lift. For male patients, the incision will be located in such a way as to accommodate the natural beard lines.

Working through the incisions, the underlying muscle and connective tissue will be repositioned and tightened, some fat may be removed, and the excess skin will be trimmed.

The incisions will then be closed with fine sutures or metal clips and a dressing may be applied. While surgical times will vary, the facelift surgery may take anywhere from two to four hours to complete, but the goal is to give patients the best possible result!

After Your Facelift Surgery

Dressings applied after surgery are usually removed within one to two days along with the drainage tubes, if used. Pain is generally minimal after the traditional facelift, but medication will likely be prescribed. The patients can expect some swelling and bruising and may also experience some numbness of the skin.

Stitches and staples are typically removed within five to ten days after the facelift. The resulting scars are usually well-concealed within the hairline and natural skin creases and they will continue to fade with time. Most patients can expect to be returning to work within 10 to 14 days after their facelift procedure, though vigorous activities and sun exposure will be prohibited for several weeks.

Recovery after your Procedure

After your procedure, you can expect to be returning to work within two weeks after your facelift. During this recovery period, it is important to avoid vigorous activities and sun exposure for at least a few weeks. Your dressings will usually be removed 1-2 days after surgery, and stitches or staples will be removed 5-10 days after the facelift. In general, you should allow yourself ample time to rest during these initial days and weeks after surgery.


Why choose Dr. Donath — Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

  • Internationally renowned facial plastic surgeon–has lectured around the world and is published in leading medical journals.
  • Patients travel from across the US and internationally for Dr. Donath’s expertise.
  • Graduated summa cum laude (highest honors) from Ohio University where he was a scholarship recipient and was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa national honor society.
  • He then completed medical school at the University of Cincinnati, widely recognized as one of the top medical centers in the country, where he was President of the school’s American Medical Student Association.
  • Completing a rigorous five-year residency training program in all aspects of Head and Neck Surgery at St. Louis University.
  • He additionally spent time studying at Harvard Medical School.
  • He has been nominated as a Top Doctor in Cincinnati Magazine and by Castle Connolly for many consecutive years — more than a decade.
  • Is a national trainer of other physicians for both Galderma (Dysport®, Restylane®) and Allergan (Botox®, Juvederm®), and is a frequent guest on multiple media outlets to present the public with the most recent facial aesthetic techniques.

ResultsFacelift Surgery Results

The results and longevity of facelift vary for each individual patient depending on their age, skin type, and lifestyle factors such as sun exposure and previous cosmetic procedures. Generally speaking, facelift surgery provides a natural-looking result which lasts for many years provided that patients avoid strenuous activity or activities that involve excessive sun exposure. Facelift surgery is an effective way to restore youthfulness to the face without having to resort to more invasive cosmetic procedures.

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Facelift FAQs

A face-lift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a plastic surgery procedure designed to improve the appearance of the lower third of the face and neck in order to restore a more youthful and rejuvenated look. The face-lift can treat sagging skin, jowls, neck bands, and lines and wrinkles by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and re-draping the skin.

The actual cost will depend on the complexity of the procedure and other factors such as the operating room fees, anesthesia fees, and post-operative care.

A facelift may be right for you if you have good bone structure, healthy skin, a positive medical history, and a lifestyle that will accommodate the recovery process. However, it is important to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to evaluate your individual needs and determine if a facelift is the best option for you. Your doctor will assess your bone structure, skin type, medical history, and lifestyle in order to make an informed decision about which procedure will be most suitable for you.

Dr. Donath is happy to meet with you for a consultation to help you decide if the face-lift can best address your needs.
What happens at the consultation for a facelift?

During the consultation for a face-lift, Dr. Donath will meet with you to examine your face, discuss your goals, and take a thorough medical history. He will weigh other factors like skin type, ethnicity, individual healing, bone structure, and skin elasticity to help determine if a facelift is right for you.

Dr. Donath will explain the technique, the anesthesia, the surgical facility, the risks, and the costs, and he will address any questions or concerns that you may have. He may recommend additional procedures, such as facial liposuction or skin resurfacing.

The facelift may be performed with a combination of anesthetics which may include mild sedatives, local anesthesia, and mild intravenous anesthesia. General anesthesia is sometimes used instead.

If you live in the states of Ohio or Kentucky, Cincinnati Facial Plastic Surgery offers facelift surgery among its services. For a full list of services, please visit our Locations page.

The facelift may take an average of two to four hours to perform.

The incisions made for the facelift are typically located in such a way that the resulting scars are well-concealed within the natural skin creases and the hairline.

There is typically minimal pain after the face-lift, though medication can be prescribed to help with any discomfort that you may experience.

For patients requiring work on the neck, a small incision may also be made under the chin. The incision is usually adjusted in male patients to accommodate the natural beard lines.

Stitches and staples are usually removed after about five to ten days.