Sun exposure and aging can affect the appearance of the face over time and lead to deep creases and wrinkles, loose skin, and sagging in all areas of the face and neck.

Especially in a place like sunny Daytona Beach, face lift (“rhytidectomy”) surgery can help correct these often undesirable traits. Dr. Samson perform this procedure and more at their office. Facelift surgery reduces neck skin sagging, neck bands, jowls, facial skin folds, fine lines, wrinkles, and excess skin while tightening, contouring and lifting the underlying facial muscles to rejuvenate the overall look of the face.

Best Candidates for the Face lift Surgery

The best candidates for face lift surgery are physically and mentally healthy, have realistic expectations for the procedure, and do not smoke. Those considering the procedure should view facelift before and after photos before a consultation with Dr. Samson in order to get an idea of their desired results.

Techniques or Options

There are a few surgical options available for face lift surgery to achieve your desired results.

A mid face lift restores the area between the eyes and mouth. This technique refines nasolabial folds, improves hollows under the eyes, and decreases wrinkles on the cheeks. The mid face lift is also sometimes called a “cheek lift” or “vertical lift” because the surgeon will typically pull soft tissues straight up to reposition them above the cheekbones.

A lower face lift will smooth marionette lines and tighten the skin of the jowls and neck. The incision is typically made around the ear.

A full face lift is a combination of a mid face lift, a lower face lift and a forehead lift. For those who would like cheek tightening, jowl restoration, and fewer wrinkles and furrows on the brow, a full facelift is the ideal option.

A face lift with neck lift utilizes an incision in front of the earlobe and behind the ear into the lower scalp. Another incision under the chin may be made to tighten the neck muscles and lift the skin.

The Surgery

Face lift surgery involves many different incision options depending on your desired result. Incisions may be made inside or outside the lower eyelid, along the hairline from the temples to the ears; and may extend around the ear and to the lower scalp; inside the upper lip; and under the chin. The procedure can also be done endoscopically, in which small cameras (endoscopes) are inserted through very small incisions.

Once the incisions are made, excess skin and fat are removed. In many cases, the deeper tissues and muscles may be tightened in order to achieve the desired look. The incisions are then closed with sutures.


After your face lift surgery, a bandage will be applied to minimize swelling and bruising, and a thin drainage tube may be used to remove any excess blood or fluid from under the skin. You will be given specific instructions regarding care for the incisions, medications to take, and when to follow up with your surgeon. Face lift recovery time varies among patients. Most patients see significant improvement after about five weeks.


As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with a face lift. These include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Poor wound healing
  • Facial nerve injury
  • Skin loss
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Necrosis
  • Skin discoloration


The cost of facelift varies depending on the technique used, along with many other factors including the cost of anesthesia, the surgical facility, and any medical tests and prescriptions you may need. Dr. Samson can give you an accurate cost estimate for your specific needs during a one-on-one consultation.

Commonly Combined Procedures

Many men and women often choose other procedures to be combined with a face lift to complete their look. These include a brow lift, eyelid surgery, and skincare treatments. Dr. Samson can perform these surgeries and more at their office in Daytona Beach, Florida.

If you are interested in any of these procedures, schedule a consultation today by calling 386-756-9400 or fill out our contact form.