When is the right time for a facelift?

When fillers no longer provide adequate facial volume for deep lines and wrinkles, it may be time to consider a facelift. Many people develop visible skin laxity and facial aging in the jawline area, which presents as jowls. Unfortunately, jowls can’t be treated with dermal fillers, and a facelift is often the more effective option. Facelift consultation is appropriate when: • The skin begins to thin and lose elasticity • The neck sags or develops visible banding known as “turkey neck” • Jowls appear There’s no obligation to proceed, and sometimes a consultation reveals that a facelift is not yet advised.

How is a facelift performed?

Dr. Kallman performs full and customized facelift procedures for each patient. The objective is to ensure that the best, long-lasting and natural-looking results are achieved, not to provide half measures or shortcuts.

The incisions used for your procedure will be tailored to your features and needs. Under anesthesia, incisions are typically made behind the ear, behind the tragus (hidden within ear contours) and sometimes into the hairline.

Short scars are possible using an undermining technique that leaves barely any trace of the work done on a patient’s skin. SMAS plication, “SMAS”ectomy, or deep plane facelift techniques and other layered approaches are used to provide long lasting results that avoid surface tension and a “pulled” look. 

Full Facelift vs Lower facelift

“While a traditional full facelift addresses sagging in the cheek (mid-face), jowl, and neck, a lower facelift focuses primarily on the jawline and neck,” explains Dr. Ridenour.

“The incision locations are similar, but a lower facelift may tighten only the platysma, or neck muscles, rather than the entire SMAS layer. A lower facelift can be good for younger patients with early aging of the lower portion of the face.”

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Dramatically improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck such as jowls, excess or lack of fat, and wrinkly, loose skin.

Why are Dr. Kallman’s facelifts natural looking?

27 years of study, improving on results and mastering artistic techniques means that Dr. Kallman is a true artist, in tune with the natural characteristics and contours of a person’s face. There are fundamental “rules” which govern the way we perceive youth in a face. Understanding delicate proportions and complex facelift techniques allow a custom-tailored approach for each individual result. In addition, careful selection of incision location and avoidance of surface tension means scars are so cleverly hidden, they’re not usually visible. This means our patients look refreshed and youthful, not overdone.

What can you expect from facelift recovery?

99% of our patients go home immediately after their procedure with a friend or family member.  We advise ice packs over eyes and cheeks for the first few days(which we will provide you), which significantly reduces swelling, bruising and discomfort.

A soft, gauze/cotton pressure dressing is wrapped around the head for the first day and isn’t uncomfortable. It will be removed during the first follow up appointment, the day after. We apply a “reminder dressing” after that to protect the healing areas.

The techniques Dr. Kallman uses are so refined that most patients report little to no pain! On the 6th-7th day, suture removal will begin back at our office, and we’ll continue to see you for gradual removal and assessment on subsequent days. Most patients can shower on day 4, getting everything wet and do not take any pain medication. There is minimal bruising because of the use of special medicines, injected at the end of the procedure and attention to detail. Our patients report feeling great during their recovery, and their bruising is usually minimal. The bruising shouldn’t be noticeable after about 2 weeks. You can use make up at this juncture, to avoid the appearance of bruising, but it must not go on the incisions.

How should patients prepare for a facelift?

We advise patients to wash with soap and prepare the skin with a Retin A formulation we provide.  Continued use throughout recovery helps speed up skin healing and promote elasticity, resilience and a beautiful glow.

If you’re planning a facelift, you’ll need at least two weeks off and to avoid heavy lifting or other strenuous activities until Dr. Kallman clears you. A handy tip for patients who typically dye their hair is to do it a few days before surgery; otherwise, they’ll show a lot of “root” long before they’re cleared to dye it again.

Incisions close quickly and are considered well-healed between 2-3 weeks in most cases.

While you’re recovering, remember to keep the head and shoulders elevated while relaxing or sleeping. You’ll need to avoid bending over or picking up anything heavy- including children or pets.


Face Miami’s very own Dr. Kallman specializes in Aesthetic Surgical procedures. These include Rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation, eyelid and eyebrow lift surgeries, fat transfers and more. Watch the video to learn more! 

Dr. Kallman is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He re-certified his Plastic Surgery Board Certification in April 2005 and 2015- one of the first doctors in South Florida with this recertification.
An active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and The Greater Miami Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, he’s in an elite class.
Because of this wealth of knowledge and passion for cosmetic surgery, he has lectured extensively around the world- particularly on the intricacies of primary and secondary rhinoplasty.
An avid researcher, he continues to study innovations in lip augmentation, brow lifts, state of the art blepharoplasty, fat transfer surgery, breast surgery, nasal reconstruction, and anti-aging therapeutics.

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