Facelift at Subbio Plastic Surgery

All too often, non-plastic surgeons try to sell patients on simpler procedures they are able to do, when in fact what that patient needs is a facelift. While certainly many aspects of facial aging can be addressed with botox or injectables, some patients will need more.

The effects of a well-executed facelift can be dramatic, taking literally years off of one’s face. How many times have you looked in the mirror, gently pulling your cheek to the side to see how much younger you look? This is what a facelift can achieve. However, one must be careful in choosing a facelift surgeon. Dr. Subbio has the artistic sensibilities to avoid the “operated” appearance so common in Hollywood, giving just the right amount of lift without overriding it. The incisions are well-hidden, and in the end this is one of the most powerful interventions to turn back the clock.

The Procedure

Procedure: Improving sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles.

Length: Several hours.

Anesthesia: General.

In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient. Some patients may require short inpatient stay.

Results: Usually 5 to 10 years.

Down Time Chart

Back to work:10 to 14 days
More strenuous activity:2 weeks or more
Bruising:2 to 3 weeks
Must limit exposure to sun:Several months

But what are his results like?

Ask my Patients! Look at RealSelf.

“I saw a video by Dr. Subbio on RealSelf, and I met with him twice before my explant surgery. He answered every question I had and gave me his cell number for any questions that may pop into my brain. He didn’t try to push me into getting replacements or a lift, tho he did… Read More »


“Dr. Subbio was very polite and kind. His nurse was just as great. I am so excited for the future relationship I have with his practice. I felt respected and just so excited. I was educated on the pros and cons of breast augmentation, he explained between round and shaped silicone breast augmentation and how… Read More »


“Dr. Subbio and his friendly staff immediately put me at ease. They listened to my concerns and offered filler solutions. Dr. Subbio has exquisite artistic talent and an eye for detail. I am thrilled with my results and will certainly return. The office is very clean and comfortable. I highly recommend Dr. Subbio.”


“My experience with Dr. Subbio was fabulous! As a 52 year old first timer for ANY cosmetic assistance, I was extremely nervous. Dr. Subbio and his staff not only put my mind at ease, but their work is meticulous. What I love the most is the look Dr. Subbio was able to create – softer… Read More »


Facelift FAQs

If you have any of the following, a Face Lift (Rhytidectomy) might be a good choice for you:

  • Sagging jowls / jawline
  • Sagging or sunken cheeks
  • Deep creases or folds around the nose and mouth such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines

Absolutely! During your consultation, Dr. Subbio will ask you what bothers you about the way you look. Then, he’ll tell you exactly which procedure will give you the results you’re after, and he’ll explain what you can expect. He’ll even hand-draw you a projected result right in the office!

Most patients who have a Facelift are over the age of 40, but it depends on the individual. Some younger patients may be able to correct minor signs of aging through laser treatments and/or injectables such as BOTOX, fat grafts, or facial fillers.

No. A Facelift is an outpatient procedure, so after a short period of recovery time, you can go home the same day, provided you have someone available to drive you home.

In this technique, incisions are made only behind the ears. This only works for patients who require less lifting of the facial tissue.

You’ll be anesthetized during your surgery, so you’ll feel no pain. All surgeries involve some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off, though. Most people find that the discomfort after a Facelift is less than they expected, and we’ll give you pain medication to help you get through your recovery as easily as possible. Plus, you can text or call Dr. Subbio at any time with your questions!

Most people go back to work within 7-14 days.

We ask that you refrain from strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for about 6 weeks.

Definitely! Dr. Subbio is dedicated to making sure you recover as easily as possible with excellent results.

Yes, but please sleep on your back for 2 weeks and elevate your head for at least the first week. You might find that it’s more comfortable to sleep upright for a couple of nights.

They’ll last a long time, but the aging process does continue. Depending on your age when you have the surgery, you may need a revision Facelift within 8-12 years.

We think there are several reasons! Here are just a few:


  • He gives all his patients his cell phone number. He’ll call you the night after your surgery to check on you, as well as the next morning. And he’ll make sure your recovery is as comfortable as possible.


  • He’s a trained artist, and you’re his canvas. It’s the perfect marriage of science and artistry. In fact, he’ll hand-draw his projected results right in front of you during your consultation.


  • He’s fun! He likes to joke with his patients and put them at ease. Plus, we maintain a small office where we treat our patients like a part of the family.


  • He won’t try to convince you to have a procedure that isn’t best for you. He’d rather lose your business than sign you up for a procedure he isn’t 100% behind. And if he thinks you need a procedure he doesn’t offer, he’ll recommend a different surgeon for you.


No, a Facelift only improves signs of aging from the cheeks to the upper neck.

In most cases, Facelift surgery can be done under local anesthesia and sedation. Dr. Subbio may suggest general anesthesia for some patients, however.

In a traditional Facelift, the incision runs along the hairline to the temples and around to the back of the ears. Dr. Subbio takes care to place the incision in areas where your hair or your ears will hide the scar. If the upper neck also needs to be lifted, an additional incision may be made under the chin.

Fat may be removed using Liposuction, which involves inserting a cannula into the incision and extracting the fat using a suction device. Dr. Subbio trims excess skin and underlying tissue as necessary and redrapes the skin and tissue higher and tighter for a natural, younger look. Facial fat may be redirected to the cheeks for a more youthful contour.

Dr. Subbio uses all of his artist training and experience to make sure that you look like yourself, only better. The incision is then closed with sutures and dressed.

Fat grafting can also be used to fill areas that need more volume. In this way, Dr. Subbio works much like a sculptor. Fat grafting requires Liposuction on the lower body (usually the abdomen or hips) to harvest the fat that is then purified and injected into the face.

The surgery usually takes 2-3 hours.

You will be sent home with a wrapping around your head to prevent swelling. Some patients also have drains behind the ears to capture post-surgical fluids. You will empty these each night per our instructions, and we will remove them during a follow-up appointment a day or two after your surgery.

You can expect some swelling, bruising, tenderness, and a feeling of tightness for about two weeks. We will remove your sutures in about a week after your surgery.

Some patients also experience some itching, burning, numbness, and/or tingling for a short time around the incision.

You can expect some bruising after a Facelift, but it’s usually minimal and goes away quickly.

You can wash your hair after the dressings have been removed from the incision areas. For 3 weeks after surgery, please refrain from using hair dye or appliances with heating elements such as a hair dryer or curling iron.

There is a scar, but it is hidden within the hairline and behind the ears. Over time, it will flatten, fade, and become less noticeable.

For the most part, yes, but there may be some residual swelling for a few months that prevent you from seeing the final result right away. This swelling will not be noticeable to others, however.

A Facelift is sometimes combined with a Brow Lift, Neck Lift, or Eyelid Surgery. Many patients find that laser treatment, facial fillers, facial fat grafting, or BOTOX help to “finish” the facelift by improving fine lines or areas with lost volume.

cta image

Meet Dr. Subbio

Subbio Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa is a comprehensive center specializing in Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery. Located in Newtown Square across from the beautiful DuPont Farms, Dr. Subbio brings with him over 10 years of training and experience as an Attending Surgeon at the Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Schedule a Consultation >

Why Subbio?

 It’s the perfect marriage of science and artistry. In fact, he’ll hand-draw his projected results right in front of you during your consultation.

Dr. Subbio is Board Certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by the prestigious American Board of Plastic Surgery.

He was inspired to become a surgeon after learning about plastic surgeons who volunteer their skill and artistic vision to help cleft lip and burn victims in India. Once he became a surgeon, he began volunteering himself, traveling to third world countries to perform procedures.

Dr. Subbio won’t try to convince you to have a procedure that isn’t best for you. Your safety, well-being, and satisfaction are paramount.