Michigan Facelift & Neck lift at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery

Time marches on, but with facelift surgery, also called a rhytidectomy, at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery, your appearance can defy time, remaining youthful and radiant throughout your life. Dr. Ballard is known throughout Michigan for creating flawless and natural-looking facial rejuvenation.

Are you ready to turn back time with a facelift/neck lift? Or are you mildly curious and interested in learning more? Whether you are ready to schedule or just exploring, we’d love to chat. Contact us at one of our office locations for more information: Ann Arbor (734) 913-5100 or Jackson (517) 789-9800.

Facelift: Insider Tips from the Surgeons at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery

Reduce downtime after your procedure by asking your surgeon about tumescent anesthesia for facelift surgery. Infusing the tissues with a local anesthetic reduces bruising, bleeding, and swelling. Our patients enjoy minimal downtime and some of the best results in Michigan due to our use of tumescent anesthesia during facelift surgery, in addition to meticulous dissection technique.

Male facelift surgery is especially complex due to the hair-bearing skin on the lower face. Choose a surgeon that is experienced performing this procedure on both men and women. The techniques used are the same for both genders, but there is a little variation in how the incisions are planned and the surgery is performed to ensure a natural-looking result.

If you’re not ready for a full facelift, ask your surgeon about a mini lift. A less robust, mini-facelift treats drooping cheeks and nasolabial folds. Depending on what areas bother you, this procedure may be a better fit for your budget and schedule.

Avoid the “wind tunnel” look, a telltale sign of facelift surgery, by pairing skin tightening with SMAS tightening. SMAS facelifts tighten the tissues below the skin for a refreshed and very natural appearance. See our natural-looking results in our before and after gallery.

Discuss adding fat grafting to your facelift procedure to enhance your result and fill your nasolabial folds and cheeks utilizing your own tissue.

Avoid smoking, and if you do smoke, you must quit at least one month before surgery and throughout the recovery period. Tobacco and nicotine products constrict blood vessels, reducing blood supply, slowing healing, and increasing the chances of surgical complications.

Schedule A Consultation

Our Michigan plastic surgery specialists understand that the difference is in the details when it comes to achieving your desired results. Visit Dr. Malhotra and Dr. Ballard at our Ann Arbor or Jackson locations to learn more.

The Benefits of a Michigan Facelift/Neck lift

Ideal candidates for surgery are in overall good health and have realistic expectations about the outcomes for this procedure. A consultation with Dr. Ballard can help you decide if rhytidectomy surgery in Ann Arbor is a good fit for you.

To ensure each patient receives maximum benefit from their procedure, we offer many different variations on the traditional facelift including SMAS facelift, neck lift, and mini facelift.

You may benefit from this procedure if you have:

  • Saggy, loose skin on the lower face or neck
  • Descent of the fat along the jaw and chin creating jowls
  • Wrinkling around the nose and mouth, on the cheeks, or along the jawline
  • Droopy, deflated cheek appearance
Before and After
Before and After

What Happens During a Facelift?

We perform facial plastic surgery procedures requiring IV sedation or general anesthesia at an outpatient surgery center affiliated with a local area hospital. We find that these surgery centers are one of the safest options for our patients. They are equipped with the latest equipment and are continually improving, a claim that few in-office surgery centers can make. More minor or limited procedures may be done in the office with oral sedation and local anesthesia only.

Throughout the surgical process, we’ll be by your side. We’ll answer questions, provide detail about what to expect next, and help you feel safe and comfortable.

  • We often use a tumescent technique for facelift surgery, infusing the tissues with a local anesthetic. This technique reduces bleeding and swelling and can significantly shorten recovery.
  • Incisions are placed in the hairline and around the ear, beginning at the front of the ear and looping around to behind the ear.
  • We don’t just tighten the skin. The supportive tissues deep within the face are meticulously tightened. Fat is sculpted and repositioned to create rejuvenated, younger-looking facial contours.
  • Skin is laid into position without tension. This ensures a soft and natural look, avoiding the windblown appearance that is common after a poorly executed facelift.
  • If neck tightening is needed, additional incisions are made under the chin through which liposuction and muscle tightening or release are performed.
  • Incisions are closed using advanced techniques to ensure a smooth, imperceptible scar after healing.

Patients spend a short amount of time in recovery before returning home to rest and heal.


Let our before and after gallery show you the expertise of Michigan’s plastic surgery specialists Dr. Pramit Malhotra and Dr. Tiffany Ballard. Place your trust in the skilled hands of our board-certified surgeons who understand that the difference is in the details.

Call Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery to learn more about Michigan facelift surgery or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Ballard.

Facelift FAQs

Costs vary significantly depending on the complexity of your desired lift, but with many options available, we can generally find a good fit for your aesthetic goals and budget. Typically, a rhytidectomy costs between $6,500 to $11,500, including all fees.

Our advanced surgical techniques combined with our use of tumescent anesthesia allows for a much shorter facelift recovery period. In general, the expected cosmetic downtime from social settings is 1 week. Our patients that can work from home usually only need 2-3 days off from work. Rest a lot, and be sure to use sun protection as the skin is very sensitive.

Surgical and non-surgical treatments at Ann Arbor Plastic Surgery can enhance your results. Some of our favorite non-surgical pairings include Botox® and dermal fillers. Surgical enhancements include eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) or facial fat grafting.

Scarring is usually minimal after a rhytidectomy if the procedure is performed by a skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Ballard. Incisions are carefully placed and expertly closed to ensure good healing and minimal visibility. We use a multi-layer suturing technique and place incisions in natural folds and creases. Any scars that do occur will be most noticeable in the first few months after your surgery. After incisions mature and fade, they are usually hard to spot.

There is no set age for considering facial plastic surgery. We operate on patients in their 40s and others in their 70s. Come in for a consultation to explore your candidacy for this procedure. If aging isn’t sufficient for a full facelift, we offer a less invasive mini-lift, a rejuvenation procedure that uses smaller incisions to lift and tighten away the early signs of aging. Patients that want to avoid or delay surgery altogether may want to consider an injectable treatment. Dermal fillers and Botox® restore a youthful appearance with minimal downtime and no incisions.