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Face-Lift Surgery in Reno

Take the years off your face and look as young and rested as you feel with a face-lift! A face-lift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a proven restorative cosmetic procedure that targets the excess fat and loose skin in the face and neck. It’s designed to improve or correct the visible signs of aging. The result is a younger and more refreshing appearance, the kind that matches your passion and zest for life.

Who Should Get a Face-Lift?

The best candidates for a face-lift are individuals who are looking to restore the youthful appearance of the face and address one or more of the following conditions:
  • Sagging jowls
  • Excess fatty deposits in the neck
  • Deep creases or wrinkles in the cheeks, nose, mouth, and chin
  • Loose skin and muscles in the face and neck

The Surgery

When performing a traditional face-lift procedure, Dr. Kiener generally makes the incision in the hairline at the temples extending around the ear and toward the lower scalp. Once the incision has been made, Dr. Kiener frees the skin from the underlying tissue. Fat may either be redistributed or sculpted from the face, as well as the jowls and neck. Dr. Kiener may also reposition the deeper layers of the face to produce a younger-looking appearance. After the skin has been pulled back, the excess is trimmed away. Whenever necessary, Dr. Kiener makes a second incision under the chin to remove fatty tissue from the area and restore the neck’s smoother and more youthful outline.
The procedure takes two to three hours. It is usually performed under general anesthesia, but IV sedation is also an option.


After surgery, a bandage is wrapped around the face to minimize swelling and bruising. In some cases, a thin tube may be inserted beneath the skin to drain excess fluids. Bandages and tubes are removed within one to two days, while stitches are removed within a week. Puffiness and discoloration, as well as swelling and bruising, are normal and expected to fully dissipate within several weeks after surgery.
Patients are advised to rest and limit activities during the early days of the recovery period. Dr. Kiener also recommends elevating the head when sleeping to minimize the swelling. Most patients resume their regular routine within two weeks following the procedure.
If you would like more information about a face-lift surgery or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Kiener today!
Due to the confidential nature and to protect the privacy of our patients, Dr. Kiener does not publish before and after photos of our actual face-lift patients.