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Face Lift Des Moines

Privacy and education are important to people, especially when it comes to your face. That is why Dr. David Robbins has created a unique cosmetic surgery practice in Iowa where you can experience the education of a quadruple board certified plastic surgeon and a private operating room at the office of Des Moines Plastic Surgery™. There is no longer a need to visit a hospital or surgery center to have face lift surgery. We have it all in one convenient location!

Dr. Robbins feels experience and education are what set him apart from other surgeons. He is the only plastic surgeon in Iowa with 4 board certifications. He also owns the only practice in Iowa which focuses exclusively on cosmetic surgery. Dr. Robbins is board certified by 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. No other doctor in Iowa holds these certifications. No other practice in Iowa can provide the wide array of surgical and nonsurgical solutions for their patients.

Please call our office for a complimentary cosmetic consultation with Dr. Robbins and his highly qualified staff at 515-221-9999 so we can answer any questions you may have and help you through your journey to look and feel your best. Also, visit our Face lift Photo Gallery or click below to see a few of our satisfied patients.

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The Traditional Face Lift

You’ve probably heard of mini face lifts, weekend face lifts and vertical face lifts, but what exactly do these terms mean? Just what is a face lift? What are the options?

Many cities and surgeons have their own catch phrases for face lift surgery. Though these terms may seem overwhelming, always remember that the goal of a face lift is to correct obvious signs of facial aging and to bring your external appearance into harmony with your inner youth and vitality.


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.

Dr. David Robbins is one of Iowa’s only quadruple board certified plastic surgeons. He specializes in facial plastic surgery. Facial surgery is one of his most commonly performed surgeries in Des Moines. Dr. Robbins is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery making him especially certified for facial cosmetic surgery. Des Moines Plastic Surgery™ is one of the few plastic surgery offices that focus primarily on cosmetic surgery.

When to Consider Face Lift Surgery

The face can be divided into three sections: the forehead, the mid-face and the neck. A face lift can be used to address signs of aging on your mid-to-lower face and neck. You may want to consider a face lift if you:

  • Have loose skin and deep wrinkles
  • Have loss of cheek, jaw line and neck contour

Though most of Dr. Robbins face lift patients are between the ages of 40 and 70, there are no precise age restrictions. As a general rule, your overall health is more important than your actual age. The best candidates for a face lift are healthy, do not smoke, and possess clear goals and expectations. Dr. Robbins provides complimentary cosmetic consultations which gives you an opportunity to have your questions answered and feel comfortable with Dr. Robbins to discuss your personal goals.


  • What are the different types of face lift?

    The Classic or full face lift: addresses the entire face and neck with incisions in the temple hairline, in front of the ear, and behind the ear along the hairline. This will provide complete correction of skin laxity and aging effects of the face and neck.

    Mid face lift: addresses the mid-face region including the cheeks and jowls. The incisions are located in front of the ear only.

    S-face lift or neck lift: Also known as a “short scar face lift”, this procedure addresses the neck completely and to a certain extent the skin laxity along the jaw line. The incisions are located behind the ear only in most cases but may extend around the earlobe for a short distance in some instances.

  • What happens during a face lift?

    Face lift surgery is an outpatient procedure that usually takes 2 to 4 hours. The procedure is performed in our on-site accredited operating room under IV sedation or general anesthesia depending on what type of face lift is being performed. Local anesthesia is also injected into the planned surgical area.

    During a traditional face lift, incisions begin at the temples (near the hairline) and extend around the earlobes, ending near the bottom of the hairline. This pattern may change depending on the extent of your lift as outlined above. Through these incisions, Dr. Robbins will trim excess fat, tighten the underlying tissues and remove sagging skin.

    The underlying layer of tissue is tightened as well as the overlying skin providing a natural result. The goal is not to make you look like a different person but to make you look like yourself, just 10-15 years younger. Face lift patients at Des Moines Plastic Surgery™ enjoy natural results which is a testament to Dr. Robbins’ skill and expertise in face lift surgery.

  • How much time should I take off from work?

    At Des Moines Plastic Surgery™, when you wake up from surgery in our fully accredited operating room located within our office, you will have a light compression bandage in place to help with swelling and bruising. Your body will need time to heal and recover from surgery. Most patients take between 5 and 10 days off from their normal routine. The amount of bruising and swelling you experience is the limiting factor of when you can return to your normal routine. Strenuous activities should be avoided for 3 to 4 weeks.

  • What is the recovery like after a face lift?

    Most patients tolerate recovery very well. Though face lift surgery isn’t usually considered very painful, it’s common to experience some stiffness, bruising and swelling. In order to keep you as comfortable as possible, Dr. Robbins will provide you with specific aftercare instructions along with oral pain medication.

    Swelling and bruising may be significant and is typically most noticeable the first two weeks. Work and social interaction may need to be limited during this time. Dr. Robbins and the staff at Des Moines Plastic Surgery™ will see face lift patients back numerous times during the first few weeks after surgery. Full recovery from swelling may take up to a month and scars will fade over the next several months.

  • Are there any alternatives to a face lift?

    Moderate improvements may be seen through minimally invasive laser procedures or injectable treatments, but if loose or sagging skin is your primary concern, a face lift is the only solution that can provide dramatic and lasting results.

  • Can I combine my face lift with other procedures?

    Yes, your facial rejuvenation can be customized to meet your individual needs. Patients who are experiencing facial aging in the forehead region may choose to combine their face lift with a corresponding brow lift. Eyelids (blepharoplasty) and neck liposuction may also be combined with face lifts. Laser wrinkle removal can be performed around the mouth with a face lift to improve skin tone, soften wrinkles, and reduce sun damage.

    Laser treatments and injectable treatments may also improve the tone and texture of your skin. Additional procedures can be discussed during your complimentary cosmetic consultation with Dr. Robbins at Des Moines Plastic Surgery™.

Before & After
Before & After

* Individual results may vary.

Photo Gallery

View before-and-after pictures of real patients of Dr. David Robbins

View Before & Afters

Learn More About Face lift Surgery in Des Moines

Do you want to refresh and rejuvenate your appearance? Contact our Des Moines Plastic Surgery™ office to set up a complimentary cosmetic consultation for face lift surgery today. During your consultation with Dr. Robbins, you’ll have the chance to discuss your options at length and view our gallery of patient photos. Call us today at 515-221-9999 or send us an email.

Laser Lift: The alternative solution to a traditional Face lift

Until now, the only way to adequately address age-related changes in the lower face and neck was through surgical procedures that required invasive incisions and prolonged downtime. Traditional face and neck lifts involve the use of a scalpel, incisions, stitches, and some level of scarring and risk. Oftentimes these surgical face lifts require general anesthesia. In a traditional face lift procedure, whether a classic full face lift, minilift, S-lift, neck lift or European lift, the technology and approach used is a decade old. The results are no doubt amazing and Dr. Robbins performs many of these surgical face lifts every year. However, Dr. Robbins also appreciates the fact that not all patients need, require or want a surgical face lift but are still bothered by age- related changes in the face and neck.

Dr. Robbins offers an alternative to Des Moines and the surrounding area. The Laser Lift at Des Moines Plastic Surgery™ offers a new, technologically advanced option for non-surgical facial rejuvenation. In fact, the Laser Lift is the newest and most exciting face lifting techniques to be introduced in over 20 years. The Laser Lift at Des Moines Plastic Surgery™ is a remarkable, technological breakthrough and provides outstanding results, reducing many signs of aging including:

  • wrinkles
  • creases
  • fine lines
  • sagging skin
  • jowls
  • turkey neck
  • double chin
  • loss of jawline definition
  • excess neck fat

The Laser Lift also corrects other signs of aging in the neck and face without the cost, risks, anesthesia, recovery and downtime compared to a traditional face lifting procedure. To learn more see our webpage on Laser Lift under Services.

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