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Patient Notice Regarding COVID-19

Our patients, visitors, employees and family are our top priority at The Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery Center Inc. At this time we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness consistent with the advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) while continuing to provide the highest level of medical care.

  1. We always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness.
  2. Hand washing is strictly followed and sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. If you have traveled in the past 14 days to countries with widespread transmission or if you have been in close contact with anyone who has traveled to any of these countries in the past 14 days, please notify the front desk and we will reschedule your appointment for a later date.
  4. If you are sick or exhibiting symptoms of illness, please notify the front desk and we will reschedule your appointment for a later date.
  5. If we notice that you are sick or exhibiting symptoms of illness, we will reschedule your appointment.
  6. If your appointment is rescheduled for the above reasons and you are in need of immediate treatment, please call your family physician for advice and instructions.
  7. We request that you refrain from bringing visitors to your appointment unless they are needed to assist you.
  8. Nonessential visitors will be asked to wait in their car or outside of the office.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your cooperation

- Your team at The Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery Center Inc.

What is a Facelift?

Fine lines, wrinkles, jowls, and sagging skin typically appear first in the last place we want them: the face and neck. Facelift surgery in Philadelphia with Dr. Pontell can reduce these tell-tale signs of aging for men and women who would like to rejuvenate their appearance.

Dr. Pontell performs Mini-Facelifts and Traditional Facelifts. At the consultation, he will tell you which procedure would be best for you.

What is Achieved with Facelift Surgery?

Reduced Wrinkles

Fine lines and wrinkles in the cheeks, around the mouth, and in the neck will be significantly reduced with facelift surgery. Dr. Pontell tightens the underlying facial muscles along with the skin to produce a smoother, youthful appearance.

Elimination of Sagging Skin

Patients who have significant jowling and sagging skin in the face along with a very heavy neck can look up to ten years younger with the traditional facelift procedure. Many patients who have lesser degrees of facial aging can get the results they desire with a mini facelift.

Regained Confidence

Men and women who choose to enhance their appearance with a facelift in Philadelphia with Dr. Pontell often experience an incredible boost in confidence. They no longer have to hide their wrinkle-inducing facial expressions or use expensive creams to try to turn back the hands of time. Facelift surgery gives them a rejuvenated appearance they are proud to show off.

What are the benefits of a facelift?

A facelift sculpts and defines the features to provide a more youthful appearance. Further benefits include the following:

  • Tighter, lifted skin and facial features
  • Minimized wrinkles and heavy lines
  • Provides a sculpted jawline and eliminated jowls or double chin
  • Can resolve many signs of aging in one procedure
  • Can turn back the clock as much as ten years
  • Revitalizes the appearance to provide a rejuvenated, refreshed appearance
  • Lifts and smooths a heavy brow
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Am I a candidate for facelift surgery?

Men and women who would like to look younger and have firmer, sculpted facial features may be good candidates for a facelift.

Facelift candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Are generally in good health
  • Do not smoke
  • Have realistic expectations about what this surgery can do for them
  • Are experiencing sagging skin or tissues, wrinkles, volume loss or other signs of facial aging

Why choose Dr. Pontell for facelift surgery in Philadelphia?

Dr. Jonathan Pontell is a plastic surgeon who truly cares about his patients, offering modern, effective and safe techniques to enhance the face and neck. With his single focus on facial procedures, his experience and skillful hand with the art of facial plastic surgery is why he is the go-to surgeon for facelifts. Dr. Pontell is board certified in facial plastic surgery by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Facelift Patient Testimonial

Dr. Pontell performed a traditional facelift on me and I am absolutely thrilled with my results and the overall experience exceeded my expectations. Dr. Pontell is an excellent surgeon. Facelift Patient

What Does A Facelift Entail?

Dr. Pontell’s advanced approach to the rhytidectomy procedure is customized for each patient and provides natural-looking results.


Before the procedure, you will meet with Dr. Pontell to discuss your goals and concerns, and he will assess your face. He will examine your facial tissues to determine what changes are possible and how to best create the most aesthetically pleasing result.

Dr. Pontell may use computer imaging to show you the changes that are possible and to help determine your surgical goal. Once he gains a thorough understanding of your concerns and goals, Dr. Pontell will give you more details about his recommendations for your procedure.

Facelift Recovery

Patients should arrange for someone to drive them home after surgery and stay with them for at least the first day. The recovery time for our facelift in Philadelphia is usually one to two weeks. Swelling may be apparent for several weeks. Patients may resume exercise after two weeks as long as they are careful not to turn their heads to either side forcefully. After six weeks, there are no restrictions.

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Any scars that result from this procedure are well-hidden within the hairline and will significantly fade with time. You will be given specific instructions regarding how to minimize the appearance of scarring.


Although you will have some discomfort after surgery, most patients agree that the pain is minimal. Any pain that patients feel can be controlled with prescription medications or regular TYLENOL®.

Facelift FAQ's

Will I still look like myself after facelift surgery?

A facelift will not make you look like a completely different person. The goal of facelift surgery is not to alter your appearance but to make you look like a younger version of yourself. Your unique facial characteristics will be what people notice instead of wrinkles and sagging skin. Even when patients need dramatic improvement, the people they interact with usually can’t determine what it is that makes them look so much younger.

What is the best age for a facelift?

Actually, there is no “best age” for a facelift. The timing of your facelift is a personal decision that depends on each individual’s aging process, and their desire to take the step of fully rejuvenating their facial features with surgery.

Facelifts are generally done when moderate to severe signs of facial wrinkles, lines and creases begin to show, which is usually between the ages of 40 and 60. Around this time, as signs of age become more prominent, non-surgical options begin to become less effective, and a more involved approach is required.

How do I avoid the "pulled" look?

Old techniques for rhytidectomy surgery involved only tightening of the facial skin, which resulted in a tight, pulled, and very unnatural look. Dr. Pontell uses advanced techniques with facelift surgery in Philadelphia, which involve tightening the underlying facial muscles and tissues to provide the most natural-looking results.

How long will my facelift results last?

Patients who minimize sun exposure, maintain healthy habits, and do not smoke after surgery can maintain their facelift results for up to ten years. The facelift does not stop the aging process, and the skin can wrinkle and sag again over time. However, after several years, aging will not be as dramatic as it would have been without facelift surgery.

Will a facelift minimize the bags under my eyes?

Patients who are primarily concerned with under-eye bags are better candidates for blepharoplasty (eyelid lift surgery). Patients can combine a facelift with an eyelid lift and brow lift for a total facial makeover.

Can a facelift fix a double chin?

Both mini-facelifts and traditional facelifts address double chins. The traditional facelift is a better option in cases with a large degree of loose skin, fat and muscle and the mini-facelift is typically a good choice in less significant cases.

How much does a facelift cost?

The cost of a facelift varies, from patient to patient, depending upon the extent of the corrections needed. A facelift may include liposuction or tightening the underlying facial muscle structure to achieve a natural-looking outcome. The cost can range between $7,500 and $12,000.

What do I need to do to prepare for a facelift?

You will need to make plans to have someone drive you home from your procedure as the surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia. Arrange for a friend or family member to stay with you a night or two after your surgery. If you smoke, you must stop for several weeks prior to your surgery. Fill all prescriptions prior to your surgery, eat healthy, and avoid alcohol for several days (or weeks) prior to the day of your surgery.

What is post-op recovery like?

Every person recovers at a slightly different rate. You should be able to resume regular activities in about three weeks. By this time, most of your swelling will have subsided to the point that you should feel comfortable when in social situations. Your body will continue to heal, and at around the six week mark, you should feel back to normal.

Is there a hematoma risk?

Hematoma, a collection of blood beneath the skin causing swelling and pressure, is one of the more common complications that can occur after a facelift. While very rare, should it occur (typically within 24 hours of surgery), it must be treated immediately. The best way to avoid complications is to ensure your surgery is performed by an experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Jonathan Pontell has a 5-star rating on realself.com.

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

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. If you have had an adverse reaction to anesthesia in the past, it is important to inform Dr. Pontell. Closely following your doctor’s aftercare instructions carefully will help you have a shorter, easier, more comfortable recovery.

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