Facelift / Mini Facelift in Denver, CO

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What Is a Facelift?

When anti-aging products aren’t enough, a facelift or mini facelift can be just what the doctor ordered since this surgery produces a younger, more contoured face by recontouring fat and tightening facial muscles and skin. A facelift is an effective way to treat lines and wrinkles as well as droopy skin around the face and neck. If a patient doesn’t require a drastic change in appearance, South Denver facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Manish Shah, may suggest a mini facelift as an option. In either type, incisions are made in discreet places such as the hairline or the folds of the ears or face to reduce the effects of scarring. Most patients can expect to look between 5 and 10 years younger afterward. For patients in the Denver area and beyond, there isn't another surgeon with the experience in facelift surgery that Dr. Shah has. He has performed over 3000 face and neck lift procedures since 2005. He had trained with the world's best surgeons in both Deep Plane Facelift and High SMAS Facelift techniques like Dr. Tim Martens, Dr. Andrew Jacono, Dr. Mike Nayak, and Dr. Brian Mendelson. Another benefit of surgery with Dr. Shah is that he is a master of facelift surgery under local anesthesia, allowing patients to avoid the risks and recovery issues associated with general anesthesia.

For our South Denver patients who are tired of droopy, sagging skin making them appear more aged than they feel, facelifts and mini facelifts are fantastic options. These procedures at Shah Aesthetic Surgery, a Denver area specialist in advanced facial cosmetic surgery, offer our patients a wealth of benefits, including:

  • Small, discreet points of entry
  • Easily camouflaged scars
  • Quickly noticeable anti-aging results
  • Increased confidence in photos and encounters

Am I a Candidate for a Facelift?

Most people who desire a facelift procedure want to tighten noticeable skin laxity around the middle and bottom regions of the face. A facelift can target many areas, depending on your personal needs. Candidates should understand that age won't always dictate the best time to opt for a facelift. There are numerous unique reasons, as well as multiple lift types, to inform the choice. The facelift used will be different for patients under 50 vs. those in their 60s and 70s. The condition of the skin is one of the primary elements in the decision-making process. Also, facelift patients should be in good overall health, refrain from smoking, and approach the surgery with realistic result expectations.

Skin-Only Facelift

Also referred to as the cutaneous facelift, this technique removes excess and loose skin to create a tightened look. The remaining skin is repositioned to lift sagging cheeks and jowls. It also improves the profile along the jaw line. With this facelift technique, the muscles or fat tissues are left untouched. As the treatment focuses on the skin only, recovery is quick. This is ideal for those who still have good tone muscle and distribution of fat, but find the skin losing elasticity in some areas.

Traditional Facelift (SMAS)

SMAS is the superficial musculo-aponeurotic system, which is a muscle complex that is primarily active when it comes to facial expression. With normal wear-and-tear due to age, gravity and personal habits, muscle tissue loses its form and becomes displaced significantly for those over 50. This particular facelift is considered the standard when it comes to this cosmetic procedure. With lengthy incisions on the side of the face, from the temple to the lower hairline behind the ear, the skin will be peeled and lifted to reshape contours. If there is excess fat and skin, these will also be removed.


Deep Plane Lift

For those who have severe cases of drooping and skin folds that are normal with aging and extensive sun exposure, a deep plane lift may be the best approach. This is especially true for those whose facial profiles need extensive reshaping on areas that typically have the volume and tight contours. This involves a highly specialized skill set and the plastic surgeon must be carefully selected as the nature of procedure has a high chance of damage to the facial nerves. With a deep plane facelift, the deep structures (SMAS) are lifted in a block with the overlying skin. There is less skin undermining and a very natural redraping of the face. It is a very good procedure for managing heavy jowling and for softening the nasolabial fold.

Mini Facelift

Also called as a short-scar facelift because of the shorter incisions made, a mini lift is a quick treatment that corrects the middle and lower face. Many patients initially consider this technique, but this doesn’t correct any severe issues and usually renders short-term results. Patients who undergo this procedure are most likely to also stage a full facelift as a final step to fully rejuvenate and reshape the face to its youthful curves.



In addition, Dr. Shah has revolutionized a procedure known as the Ultralift. Dr. Shah developed this procedure in 2011. It was designed to provide rapid recovery with less downtime but can still be performed as an outpatient surgery. A surgical ultrasound system is used to melt away fat as well as tighten the skin to reshape the face with more natural results. Even though it’s a true surgical facelift, the “wind tunnel” look of a traditional facelift is avoided, resulting in a softer, more youthful appearance.

During/After Surgery

All facelift procedures are performed in an accredited surgical facility with general anesthesia. Even though this is considered an outpatient procedure, there are some cases where the patient stays overnight for monitoring. It is normal to experience bruising and swelling after the surgery, and patients will feel as if their face is being pulled tight. This subsides within a couple of weeks.  Optimal results will be evident after several months. It is important that activities are limited to help create a safe and quick healing.

Following your procedure, we will monitor your health until you can be safely released to be taken home by a responsible adult. Prior to your procedure, Dr. Shah or someone on his team will schedule your follow-up visits and discuss tips to help you recover faster and more comfortably. You should expect to have bruising and swelling, some moderate soreness, and discomfort, which can be reduced by pain medication. You should feel and look normal after several weeks and will see a more youthful look with fewer lines, wrinkles, and sagging. In all, your face will appear lifted and rejuvenated.

I had a mini facelift performed by DR Shah about a month ago and I am almost fully healed with just a little swelling. I had nothing but positive experiences at his office with him and all his employees. His assistant during the surgery was especially pleasant! Cannot wait to see the final results in the next 6 months!

F. RealSelf

I am a semi retired Cert Surgical Tech. I had the pleasure of working 2 times with him while his private ST was out. I have been assisting plastic surgeons in La Jolla, Chicago, Santa Monica & DC for 40 yrs. He is by far the BEST facial plastic surgeon I have ever worked. He is an artist, very meticulous, professional & kind. I want him to do a Mini Facelift on me.

M.W. Google

Too Soon for a Facelift but I Needed a Lift… - I got DPO Threads done by Sarah several days ago and I couldn’t be happier. I burn through filler quickly and I believe I found a solution with threads. Considering how much money I was spending on filler it balances out. I really enjoyed my time with Sarah. She is skilled, makes sure you are comfortable, and just a fun person to talk to. I received a dental block and I didn’t feel any pain. The swelling where the needles were inserted were gone within an hour and I even stopped at a store on my drive home. I had slight bruising on day 2 that I could hide with makeup. My face is a little tender but it’s not like recovering from a surgery. Jowls were forming and now a I have a smooth jawline again. I am so happy with this procedure and what’s exciting is it will get better as time passes and more collagen builds from the threads. I highly recommend DPO Threads if you want a lift and refreshed look.

R. RealSelf

I am a semi retired Cert Surgical Tech. I had the pleasure of working 2 times with him while his private ST was out. I have been assisting plastic surgeons in La Jolla, Chicago, Santa Monica & DC for 40 yrs. He is by far the BEST facial plastic surgeon I have ever worked. He is an artist, very meticulous, professional & kind. I want him to do a Mini Facelift on me. And the staff were exceptional as well.

M.W. Google

My Muscle Wall Gave Way Giving my Abdomen an Unsightly Large Buldge - Denver, CO - I met Dr Shah in 2007 when he did a face lift for me. I was really happy with the results. When I found out no amount of diet and exercise would remedy the problem with my abdomen I contacted him. and even through I no longer live in Colorado, I knew he was the doctor I wanted to perform my surgery.I am a little over four weeks after surgery and I am thrilled with the results. I am 66 years old and healing well and now I have the tummy I have dreamed of having.Thank you Dr Shah I appreciate your skill and care!

D. RealSelf


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Non-Invasive Techniques?

Cosmetic surgery is constantly evolving and always finding ways to minimize the invasiveness of procedures. There are countless options that are considered less invasive than a facelift, including wrinkle relaxers such as BOTOX®, injectable fillers, microdermabrasion and chemical/laser peels. These alternatives aim to correct signs of aging such as wrinkles, as well flatten and soften folds and contours. The effects, while effective, are often short-term lasting about 6 months to a year. Although these procedures can be safely repeated, for some, a facelift may be a better, more permanent option.

How Natural?

Immediately following a facelift procedure, the patient will feel tightness and a pulling sensation. This is normal as the facial tissues, skin and muscle adjust to their new positions. It is important to choose a reputable plastic surgeon that has years of experience in facial cosmetic surgery. A doctor with experience in facial surgery will create natural, smooth results that will last for years to come.

Visible Scars?

A tradional facelift requires a long cut from the temple to the lower hairline, but the scars will be well concealed within the hairline and natural creases on the face. With the lesser invasive techniques, the scars heal pretty well and will almost be completely invisible to the naked eye.

Best Age?

Anyone can consider a facelift as soon as evidence of aging starts taking a toll on the skin. Generally, patients who are age 50 to 70 consider a facelift. Personal habits and environmental conditions can impact the skin and there are patients who are only 40 that are also good candidates for a facelift.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.