Revitalize Your Face

The skin, fatty tissues, and muscles of the face inevitably change over time. The firm skin of our youth loses elasticity, and the muscles and fatty tissues begin to sag. Although we can never stop aging, we can turn back time with the ultimate anti-aging cosmetic procedure, a facelift. For patients in Scottsdale, AZ, facelift surgery can refine the facial contours and give the complexion total rejuvenation.

What Is a Facelift?

Facelift surgery restores a youthful complexion by lifting and firming the facial tissues, softening deep folds, and removing excess skin. By tightening the skin around the face and neck, a facelift improves the definition of the lower eyelids and cheeks, defines the contour of the jawline, and removes the jowls. Overall, this procedure can help patients look and feel like a younger version of themselves, adding more energy and vibrance to the face and increasing self-confidence.

Meet Your Doctor

A facelift requires expert-level surgical precision to ensure you maintain your natural features. Dr. Manuel Gigena offers a wealth of knowledge, double board certification, and a warm bedside manner to help you feel at ease every step of the way. A trusted expert in Scottsdale, AZ, Dr. Gigena brings life-changing cosmetic enhancements in a safe and comfortable environment.

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How Does It Work?

The latest advancements in facelift surgery involve separating the tissues and muscles from the skin of the face and neck and then lifting and repositioning them while removing excess skin. Dr. Gigena assesses the skin laxity and level of sagging in the jowls and mid-face for each patient and then customizes the procedure to meet their specific needs, whether for a standard or mini-facelift.

Facelift surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under local or general anesthesia based on the patient's particular needs. Dr. Gigena will hide the incisions within the hairline, typically starting at the temples and extending below the ears, and then reposition the tissues in the jawline, jowls, and upper neck to a more youthful, natural-looking position. He may also remove or relocate fatty tissues to reshape the contouring of the face.

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Types of Facelifts

Standard Facelift

The standard facelift assists with moderate to advanced signs of aging affecting the face and neck. Using longer incisions, this procedure repositions deeper tissues below the skin’s surface, removes extra skin, smooths out creases and lines, and corrects sagging and jowling below the chin. 


For patients with mild facial sagging or jowls, the mini-facelift provides a less invasive way to address the aging process before the signs become as pronounced. With shorter incisions, the structural cheek tissues are lifted to repair jowling, tighten the jawline, and refresh the face. 

Am I a Good Candidate?

As a natural part of aging, we may lose elasticity and volume in our facial tissues. This can eventually result in deep wrinkles, jowls, and sagging neck skin that may become bothersome because it can cause an outer distraction to our inner youthful spirit. A facelift can be an outstanding solution for those who would like to restore their face to a younger version. The ideal candidate for a facelift is in good physical health, has realistic expectations about the potential outcome, and wants to improve the following:

  • Sagging skin along the jawline
  • Excess fat and loose skin under the chin
  • Reduced volume in the cheeks
  • Neck creases and bands
  • Deep nasolabial folds
  • Diminished muscle tone, causing jowls


Although facelifts require a great deal of surgical skill to perform, recovery happens surprisingly fast for most patients. Patients usually return to their regular daily activities after approximately two weeks with a standard facelift. Most need to wait about a month before they can resume any strenuous exercise. The recovery period is slightly shorter for a mini-facelift, and each patient’s healing time may vary.

Long-Lasting Results

With the experience and expertise of a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, a facelift achieves beautiful, natural-looking results in the present that are designed to age naturally with the rest of you. Although we can never stop aging, you will likely continue to look several years younger, having had a facelift than you would without one, as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle and proper skincare regimen.

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Turn Back the Clock

Men and women choose facelift surgery because of its reliability in regaining the supple, glowing complexion from years past. Deciding to have a facelift is a big decision, and you can make it with the guidance of an accomplished cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Manuel Gigena will discuss all the details in the initial consultation appointment to see if a facelift is right for you. Are you ready to revitalize your appearance and turn back time?

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