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Face Lift


A face lift, medically referred to as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure elected by people who wish to significantly improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck regions. Through the removal of excess skin and fat, face lift surgery is capable of creating a more youthful, refreshed appearance without visible scarring.

Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Dan Shell routinely performs face lift surgery in Northern Mississippi. Face lift surgery can be performed on its own, or in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures, such as brow lift surgery to correct a sagging or deeply furrowed brow, or eyelid surgery to refresh aging eyes.

Who is the Right Candidate for Face Lift Surgery?

Face lift surgery is a highly individualized procedure. Specifically, a face lift is designed to treat one or more of the following conditions:

  • Deep wrinkles around the nose
  • Creases appearing on the sides of the mouth
  • Jowls (loose skin around the neckline)
  • Fat and folds appearing around the neck

Ideal candidates for face lift surgery possess good overall physical and mental health, as well as realistic surgical expectations. During your consultation with Dr. Shell, he will examine your neck and face regions, review your medical history, and discuss your cosmetic goals to determine if this procedure is right for you.


There are numerous factors to consider before committing to any cosmetic surgery. Below is a list of frequently asked questions associated with face lift surgery in our Northern Mississippi plastic surgery office:

How does a face lift work?

With a traditional face lift, incisions typically start in the hairline at the temples, continuing underneath the ear and ending at the lower scalp. Once incisions have been made, Dr. Shell will gently separate the skin from the underlying tissue. Fat may be re-sculpted or redistributed from the face, jowls, and neck, while underlying tissue and muscle will be repositioned or removed. The skin will then be redraped over the uplifted contours and excess skin will be trimmed away.

What happens after face lift surgery?

Dr. Shell will provide you with specific postoperative instructions. Immediately following surgery, you will experience some swelling, bruising and discomfort. The visible improvements of face lift surgery will gradually appear as swelling and bruising subside. Sutures will be removed within a week, and you should be able to resume most normal activities at that time. Strenuous activities may be restricted for several weeks.

Are the results permanent?

The results of face lift surgery will be long-lasting, but not permanent. Your skin will still be susceptible to the aging process. Over time, your natural aging process may result in additional sagging, and wrinkling may appear in the treatment area. In ideal circumstances, your skin will benefit from the effects of your face lift for ten years or more.

What are some of the risks associated with face lift surgery?

Face lift surgery is generally considered safe and complications are rare. It is important for you, however, to be aware of the possible risks prior to surgery. Dr. Shell and his staff will be available to discuss these risks with you. Some potential risks associated with face lift surgery may include nerve damage, infection and prolonged healing, especially for patients who smoke.

Why should I choose Dr. Shell for face lift surgery?

During your consultation, Dr. Shell will listen carefully to your concerns, ensuring that all treatments are customized to meet your goals. His practice uses the latest technology in a comfortable and confidential setting. Dr. Shell is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery. He is also a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Schedule Your Consultation

Are you interested in learning more about face lift surgery near Memphis? Dr. Dan Shell is a double board certified plastic surgeon with offices in Southaven and Oxford, MS. Email us or call 662-236-6465 to set up a consultation for face lift surgery in Mississippi.

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