Facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, improves signs of aging in the face and neck by repositioning and reshaping loose or sagging skin to a natural, more youthful appearance.

Facelift procedures are performed to restore a natural, more youthful appearance without looking tight or unnatural. Rejuvenation may address the mid-face, the cheeks and jowls, and the neck through incisions inconspicuously placed around and behind the ears.

In discussing your options and the result you would like to achieve, it is helpful to bring in a photograph of yourself from 10-15 years past.

A facelift is most commonly performed under general anesthesia and may require an overnight stay when combined with other procedures.

Recovery depends on the extent of your facelift, and any accompanying procedures. You may engage in light activity the day after your surgery; a return to more normal activity may take 1-2 weeks. Your appearance will gradually refine over the following 6-8 weeks.

Proper skincare and sun protection are essential during healing and to maintain your results.

Results can be long-term, turning back the clock on your appearance often lasting up to 10 years. While natural aging will continue after your facelift, skin care and non-surgical treatments can be used to maintain a youthful appearance after surgery.

“Thank you for the beautiful work you have done on me, literally from head to toe! My tummy is flatter than it has ever been in my life and the liposuction has given me new, improved thighs! My face is totally wrinkle-free and I am already seeing a big improvement in my facial skin. Everything has gone smoothly and you have me looking “gorgeous.” You have a true gift in your talent as a surgeon. Complemented with your excellent bedside manner and thoughtfulness, you exemplify the art of medicine. Thank you for taking such good care of me.” S.

“During my last visit I was so busy asking you a million questions I failed to thank you for giving me such a wonderful lift (pun intended)! I really did my homework and research on finding the perfect surgeon to perform a facelift and blepharoplasty and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Your amazing skill has given me such a renewed confidence. I can’t begin to thank you enough. My neighbors in Charleston have asked why I would go out of town when there are plastic surgeons in our city. Now that they have seen your work they know why and have asked for your number!” Liz

Just wanted to tell you how much I appreciated everyone’s service during the face-lift surgery. You all were so wonderful and made me so comfortable. I’m doing very well — the experience was less intense than I expected. Please pass on my sincere thanks to the entire staff.” Monica

Articles and Lectures

Chairman, Oculoplastic Symposium, Moderator, Advances in Facial Aesthetics, Moderator, Facial Anatomy, My Most Common Lower Facelift, Moderator, Oculofacial Section, Atlanta, GA, 2009.

Plastic Surgery at the Red Sea International Symposium, Panel: Facelift Longevity, Eilat, Israel, 2009.

Facial Aesthetic Conference of Egypt, Presentation: Blepharoplasty & Midfacelift, Live Surgery: Blepharoplasty & Midfacelift, Cairo, Egypt, 2009.

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Midfacelift, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2007.

Combined Extended SMAS Facelift with Cheeklift, Alabama Symposium on Interdisciplinary Plastic Surgery, Birmingham, AL, 1998.

Combined Subperiosteal Cheeklift with Extended SMAS Facelift,Teaching Course: Facial Rejuvenation, The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, NY, 1997.

Transblepharoplasty Midfacelift: Indications and Evolution, International Symposium on Aesthetic Surgery, Atlanta, GA, 1997.


Codner, MA, and KB Boehm. “Evolution of the Subperiosteal Midfacelift”. Techniques in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Series, Codner, MA, Elsevier. 2009.

Codner, MA and S. Pacella, “Midface Lift” In S.J. Aston, D.S. Steinbrech, J.L. Walden (eds.). Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, First Edition. Edinburgh: Elsevier 2008.

Codner, MA and S. Pacella, , F.R. Nahai “Treatment of the SMAS During Minimally Invasive Facial Rejuvenation” In F.R. Nahai, F. Nahai (eds.). Techniques in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: Minimally Inmvasive Facial Rejuvenation. Edinburgh: Elsevier 2008.