Eating a healthy diet, staying out of the sun, exercising and your genetics all play a role in looking and feeling more youthful. In order to achieve a facial appearance that enables you to look many years younger than your age, however, you usually require some degree of surgical intervention.

There are quite a few procedures you can investigate to lift a sagging face, iron out deep creases beneath your lower eyelids and along your nasal-labial area and return lost tone to the skin, especially around the mouth where jowls are formed.

Dr. Peter J. Abramson, at the Abramson Facial Plastic Surgery Center, is a plastic surgeon who listens to patients and helps them achieve their goals for improving their facial appearance. This Atlanta plastic surgeon focuses his practice on face, head and neck cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.


A facelift in medical terms is a rhytidectomy. With age, the skin on the face loses its contours due to heredity, gravity, stress and the environment. Dr. Peter J. Abramson performs two types of rhytidecomy at the Abramson Facial Plastic Surgery Center: a full face lift and a mini facelift.

A full facelift can turn back the clock on your appearance. With this procedure, the skin on the face is tightened, erasing crow’s feet around the eyes, fine forehead lines, folds around the nose and mouth area and jowls around the mouth.

With a full facelift, your surgeon will make an incision at your temple, near your hairline just above your ear. The surgeon will gently lift the skin and reposition it, tightening muscles and connective tissue, while also removing fat and excess skin. This procedure can take up to four hours. You may be anesthetized with a mild anesthetic that is given intravenously to put you into a twilight sleep or with general anesthesia.

There will be a bit of swelling and bruising post-surgery. You’ll be expected to rest and relax and keep your head elevated when lying prone. Any sutures will be removed within five to ten days. Total recovery from a full facelift can take two to three weeks.

A mini facelift is the most common type of facelift performed for patients in the Atlanta area. The chin and jawline, spots that experience significant sagging with age, are renewed with a mini facelift. The anesthetics used are more conservative than with a full facelift, using just local anesthesia. A mini facelift may take about two hours to perform, with minimal scarring occurring. There is less bruising, swelling and tenderness with partial facelifts. The results make a huge difference in your appearance and, subsequently, in your quality of life. The results are natural-looking as just the skin is lifted around the jawline, smoothing jowls, sagging and wrinkling.

This information does not take the place of a physician’s medical advice, so before considering a cosmetic surgical procedure, please consult with a facial plastic surgeon to discover what would be best for your particular needs.

Spa Services

Dr. Peter J. Abramson sees patients from Atlanta and from surrounding areas such as Buckhead, Dunwoody, Sandy Spring, Marietta, Roswell, Alpharetta and beyond. You can also look into the Abramson Facial Plastic Surgery Center’s Med Spa. The Med Spa offers medical-grade facials, chemical peels and hydrafacials, among other services. Dr. Peter J. Abramson uses only FDA-approved ingredients to give your skin a safe and effective youthful glow.