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Face Lift Des Moines

A facelift is a transformative procedure that we offer at Des Moines Plastic Surgery. It is used to rejuvenate the appearance of an aging face or to restore the youthful appearance of a face that has seemingly aged too quickly.

Natural effects of the aging process like facial-volume loss and a decrease in the production of structural proteins that keep the skin tight and elastic can lead to many aesthetic issues. These include deep wrinkles, sagging cheeks, and a loss of facial contours.

A facelift offers a way to address these issues. The procedure is safe and effective, and it offers long-lasting results that look incredibly natural.

Why Choose Dr. Robbins?

Dr. David Robbins is renowned for his experience and education in the field of plastic surgery. Dr. Robbins is the only plastic surgeon in the state of Iowa to hold four board certifications from the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, and the American Board of Laser Surgery.

He has performed numerous facelifts over his career and focuses on ensuring the safety of his patients, as well as their full satisfaction with the results he provides.

What Is a Facelift?

There are multiple techniques and approaches that can be used to accomplish a facelift. You may also come across procedures like a “mini facelift” or weekend facelift” that use catchy names to try and get your attention. These typically offer more flash than substance.

A facelift is a surgical procedure designed to address the visible signs of aging and rejuvenate the appearance of the face by removing loose excess skin, correcting worn-out facial muscles, and lifting and tightening facial tissues.

There are three main types of facelifts:

  • Traditional Facelift – Addresses the signs of aging on the entire face, from the forehead to the neck.
  • Mid-Facelift – Focuses on correcting the aesthetic issues around the cheeks, jowls, and jawline.
  • Short-Scar Facelift or Neck Lift – This option primarily focuses on rejuvenating the entire neck and can improve the appearance of jawline.

A classic face lift incision is located in the hairline near the temples. It travels around the ear and ends in the lower scalp.


A mini face lift uses shorter incisions at the temples, which continue around the ear.

What to Expect from Your Facelift

A facelift is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia in our on-site accredited operating room at Des Moines Plastic Surgery. The procedure typically takes around two to four hours to complete.

Swelling and bruising are to be expected but should dissipate over the coming days, A compression bandage will be provided to help manage these issues, and medication can help to minimize any discomfort.

Most patients will need to spend five to ten days recovering from their procedure before they can resume their normal activities. Strenuous activities such as heavy lifting and exercising will need to be avoided for a period of three to four weeks.

Before and After Face lift Surgery

Individual results may vary
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Schedule a Consultation for Your Facelift

Contact Des Moines Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation for your facelift with Dr. Robbins. He can provide you with excellent results so that you can look as young as you feel for as long as possible.

Individual results may vary.