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Facelift in Philadelphia, Dr. Jonathan Pontell

Changes in the elasticity and plumpness of the skin can be attributed to genetics, lifestyle choices, and environmental factors. A facelift in Philadelphia with Dr. Pontell can turn back the clock and rejuvenate the face. With several types of facelifts available today, patients can address a multitude of issues.

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Facelift surgery, medically referred to as rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure designed to enhance facial appearance by diminishing visible signs of aging. This procedure entails tightening facial muscles, eliminating surplus skin, and repositioning underlying tissues to attain a more youthful and revitalized aesthetic.

  • Average Cost: Range from $12,500 to $20,000
  • Discomfort Level: Mild to Moderate
  • Anesthesia Options: Local Anesthesia with Sedation or General Anesthesia
  • Recovery Period: Two to Three Weeks
  • Results Length: Long-lasting, although the natural aging process will continue over time
  • Potential Benefits: Smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines, lifting sagging skin and tissues, improving facial contours, tightening loose skin, enhancing facial symmetry, and achieving a more youthful appearance

What is a Facelift?

Facelift surgery reduces fine lines, wrinkles, jowls, and sagging skin. These early signs of aging can affect men and women alike. Dr. Pontell performs various facelifts in Philadelphia, including traditional SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) facelifts and mini facelifts. His techniques routinely give patients very natural results. 

Depending on the extent of lift required to achieve the desired outcome, Dr. Pontell often combines the facelift with an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) or a brow lift to rejuvenate the forehead. Submental liposuction can be combined with a mini-facelift to help patients with extra fat under their chin. Dr. Pontell will help you determine which procedure best suits your needs.

Why Choose Dr. Pontell

Dr. Pontell

An expert in the field of facial cosmetic surgery, Dr. Jonathan Pontell has performed over 4,000 facelifts over his 27-year career, more than any other surgeon in the Philadelphia area. With double board certification and expertise in producing natural results, Dr. Pontell is one of the most trusted physicians in the field of facial plastic surgery. With a Doctor of Medicine degree from Jefferson Medical College and a Fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Pontell is fully certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Pontell’s training and expertise give him an instinct for excellence when it comes to surgical procedures. He listens carefully to his facelift patients and creates the changes they want to see.

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It’s been 14 years since Dr. Pontell did my facelift. I am still very happy with the work he did.

Real Facelift Patient

Who Is a Candidate?

Anyone looking to give their face a tighter, younger look is a good candidate for a facelift in Philadelphia.

Patients who are experiencing signs of facial aging, such as sagging skin or wrinkles, must meet the following criteria to move forward with a facelift procedure:

  • In good physical and mental health
  • Non-smoker
  • With realistic expectations for the results of the surgery

Facelift Types and Techniques

Traditional Facelift

Traditional facelifts address the cheeks, jawline, and neck. The entire mid and lower face is lifted. Thus, a complete facelift isn’t just one surgery but several. It can be well-combined with upper and lower blepharoplasty and a brow lift.

Mini Facelift

Mini facelifts are effective for issues in the lower face, such as early jowls, skin sagging, and neck laxity. This procedure is best suited for younger patients, as it is designed to address light, early issues rather than fully-developed ones.

Revision Facelift

Revision facelifts, as the name implies, are designed to correct or improve the results of a previous facelift procedure. Patients unhappy with imbalances in their results often seek this treatment to correct the imperfections.

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Dr. Pontell is an excellent practitioner with a warm, interactive demeanor. I’ve been his patient for 3 years and would not trust my face to any other Doctor.

Real Facelift Patient

Best Age for a Facelift

Facelift in Philadelphia, Dr. Jonathan Pontell

Traditionally, facelifts have been associated with people in their 50s and 60s. In recent years, however, they have exploded in popularity amongst people in their 30s and 40s. The truth is that facelifts can be beneficial to anyone, man or woman, above the age of 30, as long as they have facial laxity.

One of the advantages of getting the procedure at a younger age is that the results will be more subtle. Those dealing with early signs of aging and want to jump-start on dealing with the effects of gravity can benefit from early treatment with a less invasive approach.

The Facelift Procedure

Facelift surgery requires local or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the procedure. Dr. Pontell traces the incision within the hairline from the temples to in front and behind the ears. The process involves separating the skin from the underlying tissues and tightening the facial muscles and the skin to produce a smoother, more youthful appearance. Excess fat in the neck or jowls is removed if needed via micro-liposuction or directly with scissors. The skin is then repositioned on the face to give a natural look. Patients with significant jowling and sagging skin on the face can look up to ten years younger with a traditional facelift procedure. Patients with less noticeable facial aging only need a mini facelift to achieve their desired look.

Recovery After a Facelift

The length of recovery time following your facelift in Philadelphia will depend on your age and health status. Most patients experience an easy recovery and minimal pain, so they can return to their regular routines and work within two weeks. Patients must avoid strenuous activities for two weeks after the procedure.

Dr. Pontell sees patients the day after surgery to change the dressing and then again three days later. After ten days, he removes the sutures and assesses the healing process. As with any cosmetic undertaking, preventing excess sun exposure and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help preserve the results.

What Results Can I Expect?

Patients who opt for a facelift with Dr. Pontell often witness a remarkable surge in self-confidence. They no longer feel compelled to conceal their wrinkle-causing facial expressions or rely on costly creams to reverse the effects of aging. Facelift surgery can turn back the clock as much as ten years. Patients can also expect the following:

  • Tighter lifted skin and facial features
  • Minimized wrinkles and heavy lines
  • A revitalized appearance
  • A sculpted jawline – no more jowls or double chin

Facelift Costs in Philadelphia

The cost of a facelift in Philadelphia varies depending on many factors, including surgical fees and overnight accommodations. Generally, the price can range anywhere from $12,500 to $20,000. More information will be provided about costs and financing during your consultation.

Minimally Invasive Alternatives!

Those looking for an alternative to facelifts may be interested in the following minimally invasive procedures:

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Dr. Jonathan Pontell has helped thousands of patients achieve their aesthetic goals throughout his career. His years of experience and training at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Brooklyn and Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City have equipped him with the know-how and instinct to solve virtually any cosmetic issue. He is one of the most well-respected doctors on the East Coast, and his office is ready to welcome you.


Will I still look like myself after facelift surgery?

While a facelift impacts the look of your skin, it will not change your unique facial features.

Can a facelift fix a double chin?

Both mini facelifts and traditional facelifts can address double chins.

Are there any risks or side effects associated with a facelift?

It is essential that you let your doctor know of any adverse reactions to anesthesia that you may have had in the past and follow their instructions closely. As with any surgery, bleeding and infection are always a possibility, but these are very infrequent issues.

Will I have scars after my facelift?

Scars are carefully hidden by Dr. Pontell when he makes the incisions. However, there will be scars around the ears that fade over time. It is recommended that women keep their hair a bit longer to hide these scars.

What type of facelift is right for me?

Traditional facelifts are typically recommended in older patients with more signs of aging, while mini facelifts are recommended for younger ones. It is recommended that you have a consultation to determine which option is best for you.