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The Look You Want for Yourself

Annapolis Plastic Surgery

We all experience that moment when the reflection in the mirror seems out of sync with our inner vision. Lines etched across the face, sagging skin, and a fatigued appearance can become apparent over time. Seeking the expertise of Dr. Namita Murthy, a skilled facelift specialist in Washington, D.C., becomes a natural choice for those looking to address these conditions.

Facelift at Murthy Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. Murthy's facelift procedures aim to raise and tighten the skin and muscles of the face, addressing specific concerns such as removing excess skin, smoothing out folds and wrinkles, and strengthening facial tissue.

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What is a Facelift?

Versatility and Renewal

Most people think of a facelift as a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and muscle from the face to reduce the appearance of sagging skin, wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of facial aging. While that's certainly true, that's only the beginning of the understanding you'll get during your consultation with Dr. Murthy. As an expert in multiple facelift procedures, Dr. Murthy can help you determine which type of facelift surgery helps you reach your goals with the least impact on your time and budget. The following are just a few of the facelift options available to you at Murthy Plastic Surgery.

Mini Facelift

If you're just starting to notice the development of loose skin or jowls along the jawline and sagging skin, a mini-facelift might be the right solution for you. This is a less-invasive version of a facelift that allows for the tightening of muscle and facial tissues through small incisions easily tucked away to where there are no visible scars on the face.

Mid Facelift

A mid-facelift delivers the majority of its benefits directly to the middle of the face, most noticeably in the tightening and smoothing of skin underneath the eyes and around the mouth and nose. The mid-facelift also improves the appearance of the lips as the upper lip is slightly raised during the process for an attractive lift.

Full SMAS Facelift

Those seeking comprehensive solutions for mild to advanced facial and neck aging can turn to a SMAS (Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System) facelift in Washington, D.C., from Dr. Murthy. This procedure offers more pronounced outcomes than a mini-facelift, although it requires slightly more recovery time. Among the most common facelifts performed by Dr. Murthy, the SMAS facelift delivers impressive results while ensuring a more natural-looking appearance by addressing both excess skin and tightening the underlying muscular system.

Non-Surgical Facelift

You don't have to have a surgical facelift to see noticeable reductions in facial aging. Using a combination of injectables and other minimally-invasive procedures, Dr. Murthy can plan a non-surgical facelift that can give you some of the benefits of a facelift without the downtime of surgery. However, these benefits are not as extensive or long-lasting as those of a surgical facelift.

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Benefits of a Facelift

Smooth Operation

Benefits of a facelift often include:

  • Reduced wrinkles
  • A more youthful appearance
  • Reduced jowls or sagging skin along the jawline
  • Less pronounced folds along the nose and mouth
  • Reduced sagging skin along the neck and decolletage

These benefits may vary depending on the type of facelift you receive. During your consultation, Dr. Murthy will work with you to identify the key sectors of the face where you would like to see improvement and then craft a surgical plan to address those areas specifically.

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Am I a Candidate for a Facelift?

When The Time Is Right

If you are an adult in generally good health who has begun to notice sagging skin around the face, neck, and jawline, you might be a candidate for a facelift. While most patients elect to get facelifts in their 40s and 50s, the largest determining factor in needing a facelift is not defined in years but by the physical changes you want made to your face.

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Consultation and Preparation

Care at Every Step

During your consultation, Dr. Murthy will review your medical history and help you determine if a facelift makes sense for you. She will review the procedures listed above, answer your questions, and help you understand the risks and benefits of your potential options. Should you decide a facelift is right for you, Dr. Murthy will provide you with instructions on how to prepare for your surgery. These include nutritional and wellness directions, as well as tips for how to prepare your body to minimize inflammation and recover from surgery, including:

  • Stop smoking
  • Apply recommended products to the skin before surgery
  • Adjust certain medications to prepare you for surgery
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements, as they can increase the risks of bruising or bleeding

Your Facelift Procedure

Putting Your Face First

Facelifts in Washington D.C. from Dr. Murthy are outpatient procedures at an accredited medical facility.

On surgery day, Dr. Murthy will review your plan with you and then prepare you for surgery. Once you are properly anesthetized, Dr. Murthy will make small incisions (typically behind the ears or along the hairline, where they can be easily hidden). She will then use these incisions to carefully reposition the skin and muscles of the face to reduce wrinkles and create a more youthful appearance while still preserving your unique features in a way that looks natural. She will then close the incisions, and you will be moved to recovery, where you will be allowed to have someone drive you home once it is clear you are able to travel. You will not be able to drive yourself home following surgery as you will be recovering from the surgery and anesthesia.

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Results, Recovery, and Aftercare

An Uplifting Journey

You will likely experience some bruising and swelling following your facelift. This is normal. Your body will need the next few weeks to heal and recover, depending on the type of surgery you choose and your body's natural healing speed. While the recovery period will take longer, you should feel much better in the first few days following surgery. Dr. Murthy will give you recovery instructions to help you reduce your recovery time and ensure the best chance at positive results.

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Why Choose Dr. Murthy?

The Difference is Self-Evident

Dr. Namita Murthy is a board-certified and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon, meaning she dedicates her entire practice to studying and improving the aesthetics of the face. This gives Dr. Murthy unique insights and solutions to facial plastic surgery questions that other doctors just can't match. In addition to her years of training and experience as a surgeon, Dr. Murthy is also a business owner, a trained chorale singer, and a mother of twins, so she understands what it takes to balance work and family life. If you want a surgeon who blends art and anatomy to create beautiful results, schedule a consultation with Dr. Murthy today.

Schedule Your Washington, DC Facelift Consultation at Murthy Facial Plastic Surgery Today

There's no time like the present to take control of your look and your future. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Murthy today for a facelift in Washington, D.C., and discover the versatile options available to keep you feeling and looking your best, year after year.

Facelift FAQs


Is a Facelift common?

A facelift is among the most common plastic surgery procedures in the United States. Only rhinoplasty (nose job) and blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) are performed more often than facelifts.

What are the risks associated with a Facelift?

Like all surgery, there are risks associated with facelifts, the most common of which are bruising and bleeding. Infection, nerve damage, scarring, and anesthesia risks are also possible. Dr. Murthy takes steps in each surgery to reduce the chance of these and other complications and will go through your surgery plan with you step by step before your surgery.

Is a Facelift permanent?

While the skin removed during a facelift is gone for good, your face will still continue to age over time, even after a facelift. However, because of the corrective nature of the facelift, your visible signs of aging will be reduced substantially compared to where they were before your procedure.

What is a good age to get a Facelift?

The most common age to get a facelift is between 45-55, but Dr. Murthy prefers to let the anatomy of the face determine the need for a facelift rather than an arbitrary age. If you're noticing saggy skin, jowls, deep creases in the face, or other signs of facial aging, it might be time to consider a facelift.

How much does a Facelift cost?

The cost of your facelift will depend on the exact procedure you choose and the difficulty of the procedure, as well as other costs like anesthesia. Dr. Murthy and her team will prepare a full estimate for you based on the particulars of your case as part of your consultation.

When you are confident, it shows. Not just in your behavior or your vibe, but in all you do.

If you are self-conscious about a particular area of your body, that shows as well. Imagine the freedom that comes with not worrying about your look when you make your way through life; the freedom of knowing you are putting your best self out there. That is the aesthetics of confidence.