A facelift is a gold standard for taking years off your appearance. Pairing it with complementary procedures can enhance and extend the results of this popular procedure.

Once you’ve reserved time on your surgeon’s schedule, you’ll want to make the most of it. Choosing to undergo multiple procedures at once helps minimize recovery time, and can also maximize the impact of the results. It’s important for patients to understand that a facelift alone isn’t in itself a complete solution for all the signs of aging around the face. For this reason, it’s essential to ensure you and your surgeon have a detailed conversation about your desired results.

Wondering what to combine with a Facelift?

The best pairing for your facelift depends on your unique aesthetic goals. There are some common surgical and non-surgical combinations that address a wide array of cosmetic concerns. Facelifts can reposition facial tissues but can’t replace volume lost with age, relax facial muscles, or resurface the skin. With this in mind, It may benefit some patients to combine a facelift with non-surgical or minimally invasive procedures.

Which procedures are most commonly combined?


For full-face rejuvenation, you may want to consider a facelift + brow lift combination. After a facelift, the lower face will look much younger. However, if you have substantial aging in the upper face area a facelift alone may not be enough. A brow lift is a perfect complement to your facelift because it enhances the uppermost third of the face, restoring sagging brows, while a facelift targets the lower two-thirds. 


Blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), is a popular procedure that is often combined with a facelift. Because a facelift focuses on the lower and mid-face, patients with tired appearing eyes may not see the results they desire in the upper portion of the face without additional intervention. The blepharoplasty procedure removes excess fat and sagging skin around the upper eyelids, lower lids, or both. In conjunction with a facelift, it rejuvenates the eye area giving you an overall refreshed appearance. If you have bags under your eyes, puffiness, or drooping eyelids, you may want to consider pairing your facelift with a blepharoplasty, or surgical eyelid lift.


Procedures that address the upper face aren’t the only add-ons. Typically when our surgeons are treating the aging face, they will concentrate on both the face and the neck. A taut, youthful-looking face won’t look ideal with a sagging neck. Because the neck often ages faster than the face, pairing a rhytidectomy (facelift) with a neck lift can address both issues. Performed alone or in conjunction with a facelift, a neck lift tightens and eliminates the excess skin, fat, and/or banding that often forms as we age.


Fat transfer or injectable fillers can also help to restore facial volume. Fat grafting involves taking fat from one area of the body, a donor site, via liposuction and repurposing it elsewhere. The donor site is often the thighs or stomach. Once processed, the fat can then be used to plump the cheeks, under-eye area, lips, chin, or even earlobes. Unlike temporary dermal fillers, fat grafting is considered a permanent solution with no risk of rejection.


Another injectable that can be paired with a facelift? Neurotoxins. Using neuromodulators like Botox® or Dysport® will help relax the muscles that cause facial wrinkles that are associated with repeated movements. These neuromodulators can be used to treat the areas of the face not addressed by the facelift surgery like horizontal forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet around the eyes, and more.


Facial laxity and excess skin aren’t the only changes a face undergoes during the aging process. The quality of your skin changes too. Age spots, fine lines, and thinning of the skin are some of the most common age-related changes that occur to the skin. A facelift tightens skin and musculature. Our laser treatments can complement that by improving the appearance and quality of the skin itself. There are many types of lasers, but, for patients with the right skin tone, ablative devices can resurface the skin, diminish dark spots, minimize the appearance of scars, and promote collagen production. Because there is some downtime after a facelift, getting an ablative laser treatment at the same time is a great way to refresh your skin as well. 


If you’re looking for another very effective way to address the tone and texture of the skin, a chemical peel may be it. A medium-to-deep intensity chemical peel addresses fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, melasma spots, and skin texture. Like laser resurfacing, combining a chemical peel with a facelift allows you to make the most of your downtime and recovery period and more holistically address the quality of the skin.

Deciding to get a facelift in Seattle, Washington is a great way to rejuvenate your appearance and boost your confidence. Our Polyclinic Plastic Surgery team is comprised of highly experienced, award-winning plastic surgeons and talented aesthetic specialists who are experts in facial anti-aging procedures. We forward to working with you to help you enhance your existing beauty with beautiful, natural results. Reach out to us at (206) 860-5582 to schedule a consultation. We’d love to meet you!