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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?

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 types of facelifts in Philadelphia, including mini facelifts and traditional facelifts. When you have your first consultation with Dr. Pontell, he will help you determine which procedure best suits your needs.

Who is a candidate for a facelift?

Anyone looking to give their face a tighter, younger look is a good candidate for a facelift in Philadelphia. Those seeking this procedure should meet the following criteria:

  • Be in good physical and mental health
  • Be a non-smoker
  • Have realistic expectations for the results of the surgery
  • Be experiencing signs of facial aging, such as sagging skin or wrinkles
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Why Choose Dr. Pontell For A Facelift?

Dr. Jonathan Pontell is an expert in the field of facial cosmetic surgery, performing over 4,000 facelifts over his 26 year career. After completing his Doctor of Medicine degree at Jefferson Medical College, he took part in a specialized Residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn and a Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City

He has served as the Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii and as a visiting surgeon to the Republic of the Marshall Islands and Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, DC. He 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 is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and a member of the Philadelphia Facial Plastic Surgery Society. His training and expertise give him a natural instinct for excellence when it comes to surgical procedures. He listens carefully to his facelift patients and creates the changes they want to see in themselves.

Facelift types and techniques

Full facelifts

Full facelifts are exactly what they sound like. The entire lower face is lifted, including the cheeks, jawline, and neck. Thus, a full facelift isn’t just one surgery but several. It can be well-combined with an upper and lower blepharoplasty.


Mid-facelifts primarily focus on the cheeks to revitalize the mid-face region. As cheek tissues are elevated, fine lines and sagging are reduced.

Mini facelifts

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

Revision facelifts

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

Facelift Patient Testimonial

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. Facelift Patient

What is the procedure like?

During the procedure, Dr. Pontell tightens the underlying facial muscles along with the skin to produce a smoother, more youthful appearance. The skin is separated from the underlying tissues, and the muscles are tightened. Excess fat in the neck or jowls is removed if needed via microliposuction. 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.

What is the recovery like after a facelift?

The length of recovery time following your facelift in Philadelphia will depend on age and health status. Most patients can return to their regular routines and work within 1-2 weeks. However, strenuous activities should be avoided until 4-6 weeks after the procedure. As with any cosmetic undertaking, preventing excess sun exposure and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help preserve the results.

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What can I expect from the results?

Patients who choose to enhance their appearance with a facelift 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 can turn back the clock as much as ten years. Patients can also expect:

  • Tighter, lifted skin and facial features
  • Minimized wrinkles and heavy lines
  • A sculpted jawline and eliminated jowls or double chin
  • A revitalized appearance
  • A smoother brow

Are there any alternatives to a facelift?

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

Facelift FAQs

Will I still look like myself after facelift surgery?

While a facelift does have an impact on 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 important 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.

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?

Lower and upper facelifts are recommended for older patients while mini facelifts are recommended for younger ones. It is recommended that you have a consultation to determine which option is best for you.

Contact the office for a consultation

Over the course of his career, Dr. Jonathan Pontell, MD, FACS, has helped thousands of patients achieve their aesthetic goals. His years of experience and training at the State University of New York Health Science Center at 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.

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