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Overview of Facelift Surgery in Washington DC

WHAT IS A FACELIFT (RHYTIDECTOMY)?

The facelift, or rhytidectomy (“rhytid”=wrinkle, “-ectomy”=removal), is a powerful and meticulous plastic surgical procedure that acclaimed board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ariel Rad expertly uses to reverse these unwanted effects of aging to restore a more youthful, refreshed facial appearance. As we age, the clear signs of aging begin to appear: skin wrinkling and loss of elasticity, soft tissue descent and atrophy causes cheeks, neck, jowl and jawline sag and droop causing deep lines, hollows and folds. These visible signs are caused by aging in skin, droop of soft tissues, and hollowing caused by loss of volume (medically referred to as “atrophy”). Why should we care? Well, with age comes experience and wisdom, but savvy individuals would rather not show age on their faces. With the help of the best facelift in Washington, DC, and Northern Virginia, patients can be in control of how they present themselves to the world, because they recognize that looking vibrant and youthful has a tremendous impact on self-confidence and on all aspects of life, from professional life, to social life, to love life.

The goal of facial aesthetic surgery is not to smooth every crease or wrinkle, but rather to restore a rested and refreshed appearance as you appeared years ago. The most sophisticated work reveals a different version of one’s appearance, yet it goes unnoticed by the casual observer and does not induce speculation. By his training, experience, technical skill, patient reviews and before and after facelift results, Dr. Rad is arguably one of the best Facelift Surgeons in Washington DC and Northern Virginia. Dr. Rad tailors his approach to suit each patients’ unique anatomy and aesthetic goals to restore your youthful and vibrant appearance.


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Dr. Rad’s approach is unique for each patient, and it combines sophisticated, state-of-the-art techniques to achieve natural and long lasting results.

Am I a Good Candidate for Facelift Surgery?

A FACELIFT CAN HELP REVERSE THESE UNWANTED SIGNS OF AGING

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• Droopy eyebrows and hooded eyelids can create a sad appearance
• Bags and hollowing under lower eyelids gives a look of fatigue
• Deflated apples of the cheeks create sallow, unfeminine look
• Deep smile lines (nasolabial folds), downturned corners of the mouth and marionette lines caused by loose, droopy tissues
• Falling fatty deposits over the jawline called “jowls” which make the face look square rather than heart shaped.
• Loose, wrinkled neck skin and muscle bands create a “turkey neck” or “wattle”

Good candidates for facelift are in good overall health and who desire to look their best, naturally refreshed, and who don’t want the looks of a different person.

Age is irrelevant: DC and Northern Virginia Facelift patients of all ages can desire improvements.

A woman in her fifties or sixties may feel that her outer appearance doesn’t match the vibrancy and youthfulness she feels inside. On the other hand, someone who genetically never had a crisply defined neck line may opt for targeted neck lift. Slender and physically fit patients of all ages are often concerned to address sagging neck and jowls, deflated cheeks and hollowed eyes that are common with low body fat.

Regardless of motivation ideal facelift patients are self confident and engaged in life and in their professions, and they want to present their best faces to the world and not look extremely altered. Dr. Rad’s approach is to make subtle improvements in multiple areas of the face that add up to a rested and refreshed appearance.

WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?

Your vision for your results will emerge through detailed consultation with Dr. Rad, meticulous examination of your anatomy, and careful pre-surgical planning. While Dr. Rad’s surgical approach is unique for each patient, the goal of naturalness remains constant.

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What Causes Aging?

While facial aging is multifactorial, genetics and lifestyle are the two most important factors. Genetics are uncontrollable and fair skin people, such as those of Irish descent, will show wrinkling sooner than Asian or Mediterranean descendants. While we can’t change our DNA, we can adjust our lifestyle: heavy sun exposure and smoking unquestionably accelerate facial aging.

The effects of ultraviolet light from sun exposure is shown in the photo of this truck driver who, for fifty years of driving with his left face more exposed to the sun than his right face, developed severe wrinkling on the left side.

Since his right side was shielded from the sun within the truck cabin, his right face appeared more youthful. It’s a lesson that sunscreen is one of the best and simplest preventions of facial aging! But even if you’ve not maintained the best habits of preventive skincare, facelift surgery can help reverse the signs and effectively “turn back the hands of time.”

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How Does Dr. Rad Approach Facelift Surgery?

Starting with an unhurried and comprehensive consultation, Dr. Rad first endeavors to understand what details about your face bother you and why.

Most patients often lament they look tired, sad, grumpy or fatigued. While these feelings may not be present, age-related changes in the face trigger associations with these emotions. Patients may be concerned specifically about loose neck and jowl tissues, or sagging cheeks with deep nasolabial folds and marionette lines.

With a good understanding of your concerns, Dr. Rad then carefully examines your facial anatomy to determine the best approaches to address your concerns and explains in great detail what results can be achieved safely and with longevity.

Dr. Rad will advise on all options, from non-surgical skin tightening such as Thermage FLX and injectables, to targeted procedures such as lower face and neck lift, mini-facelift and S-lift, to more comprehensive procedures such as the SMAS facelift and deep plane facelift.

Oftentimes, patients are concerned with deflation and have grown tired of temporary injectable fillers. In these cases facial fat transfer is a powerful method to restore apples of the cheeks, undereye hollows, temple wasting, jawline and lips. Dr. Rad offers the full spectrum of aesthetic procedures from which the perfect plan can be tailored to meet your needs.

Dr. Rad’s patients often want a 100% correction with the most longevity of the results. In these situations, Dr. Rad uses his signature Deep Plane Facelift technique, a highly meticulous operation that offers the most rejuvenation while still preserving your identity.

The “deep plane” refers to elevating the muscle “SMAS” layer with skin mostly attached and lifting these tissue planes as a unit. By doing so, facial tissues are naturally lifted without a stretched appearance, scars heal beautifully, and recovery is about 2-3 weeks. The results? Rewinding the clock 10-20 years with results lasting 12-15 years before revision facelifting is needed.

Once you’ve settled on the best approach, pre-operative planning proceeds with medical clearance by your PCP and medical specialists as needed (for example, your cardiologist). We provide detailed pre- and post-operative instructions, and you will meet with Dr. Rad one more time before surgery to review your medical fitness and the overall surgical plan. Every aspect of your care is optimized and Dr. Rad works closely with board-certified anesthesiologists in a hospital-based ambulatory surgery center (ASC) for the highest degree of safety.

Surgery is performed under light sedation so that you are unaware of Dr. Rad’s work, but you are safe and comfortable and you emerge quickly afterwards. During surgery risks of hematoma and nausea/vomiting, the more concerning issues, are minimized with careful blood pressure control and expert anesthesia care.

Once your surgery is complete, a light bandage is placed and most patients are able to go home with family after about an hour or so in recovery. Since aging affects all areas of the face, combining facelift with brow lift, eyelid lifts, canthopexy, facial fat grafting and even rhinoplasty can give an overall balanced result, as Dr. Rad achieved for this patient shown below.

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Can I Look More Youthful Without Looking “Done”?

Dr. Rad seeks to achieve each patient’s unique goals safely and effectively: after all, your happiness is the primary objective. Based on years and thousands of facial aesthetic surgeries, Dr. Rad will guide you towards the most harmonious results. Oftentimes a patient may be focused on one area, for example tired eyes or cheek sagging, and s/he wants blepharoplasty or mid-facelift alone despite the neck being loose as well. In this situation just rejuvenating the eyes or the mid face without a neck lift can create an imbalance – youthful face, aged neck – making the person look more “done.” Nora Ephron famously said “Our faces are lies and our necks are the truth”. This is all too true which is why Dr. Rad is focused on the the total face to ensure believable rejuvenation.

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FACELIFT SURGERY: DEEP PLANE FACELIFT

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If you look in the mirror and you see loose, hanging facial tissues, then you may be a good surgical candidate for the deep plane facelift. Or perhaps you’ve reached the limit of non-surgical options and want a permanent reset? The deep plane technique can be used for healthy patients of all ages, both men and women. Its power is seen in patients with significant facial changes: moderately or severely sagging jowls, loose neck tissues, deflating apples of the cheeks, and an aged or fatigued appearance. However, no matter the degree of facial aging, Dr. Rad can fine-tune the approach to every patient’s unique anatomy and achieve subtle or more dramatic results.

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WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A FACELIFT?

A properly performed Washington DC facelift can take years off your appearance by reducing wrinkles, lifting sagging jowls, restoring crisp jawline definition, recreating youthful definition to your neck contour, plumping cheeks, effacing indentations in the tear trough, nasojugal folds (deep indentations across the cheeks), the nasolabial folds (deep crevices from base of the nose to the mouth), and marionette lines (downward turning corners of the mouth). Nothing compares to a DC facelift in its power to rejuvenate the face.

I’VE READ ABOUT MANY TYPES OF FACELIFT – WHICH IS BEST?

There are many facelift techniques described such as mini-facelift, SMAS facelift, “short scar” or S-lift, deep plane facelift, MACS lift, mid facelift, ponytail lift…and the list goes on. Many of these techniques have been popularized by media hype, but scientific research has proven that one is not necessarily better than another; rather, the surgeon’s experience and skill are the most important factors. Dr. Rad has performed nearly all facelift techniques and, having performed thousands of facial aesthetic surgeries, his breadth of experience and expertise informs his unique approach for each of his patients. Patients shouldn’t focus on finding the best technique but rather the best facelift surgeon.

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH FACELIFT APPROACH IS BEST FOR ME?

Many factors go into this decision: your underlying skeletal anatomy, degree of tissue droop, which areas of your face are highest priority (jowl? cheeks? neck?), your goals (how many years to rewind the clock?), length of scar, how much downtime you can take, whether other procedures should be combined (browlift? eyelid lift? fat transfer?). Dr. Rad will draw on well over 10 years of facelift expertise to tailor the best approach for you. Usually Dr. Rad’s technique will involve release and elevation of the SMAS (Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System), the muscular layer of tissue that forms the foundation of the face, such as in the deep plane or SMAS flap technique.

WHICH FACELIFT TECHNIQUE IS BEST?

Many different facelift techniques sprouted from the foundational knowledge of facial anatomy since the 1970s. Each technique aimed to improve upon older methods to improve natural results and longevity. However, more techniques caused confusion as to which technique was “best.” Was it the “Deep Plane Technique”? “SMAS Flap Facelift”? The “SMASectomy Facelift”? The “Composite Facelift”? The “Subperisoteal Midfacelift”? The debate raged on until 2009 when the answer came from the famous “twin” study which compared the longterm facelift results of two pairs of identical twins on whom 4 different surgeons performed their signature facelift technique (one surgeon per twin). For example, amongst a pair of twins, one of the twins underwent Dr. Hamra’s composite facelift, while the other underwent Dr. Baker’s SMASectomy. All twins were followed for 10 years and results compared. While there were slight differences in the aesthetic results, all patients had good outcomes, and thus the conclusion was that the technique is not nearly as important as the skill of the surgeon. Today that still holds true. Although different techniques feature variations in recovery, scars and aesthetic results, a surgeon’s skill, above all else, is the most crucial factor to obtaining an excellent result.

WHAT ARE THE LIMITATIONS OF A FACELIFT?

While a facelift elevates and plumps sagging, flattened cheeks, it doesn’t improve skin tone, texture and evenness of the facial skin. Without other treatments brown spots, large pores and fine lip lines will remain. This is why Dr. Rad often collaborates with Dr. Sherber to perform laser and anti-aging skincare treatments for the freshest result. The facelift also does not address the upper face (i.e. above the cheeks), and Dr. Rad often performs eyelid lift or browlift simultaneously.

CAN A FACELIFT BE COMBINED WITH OTHER PROCEDURES?

Yes! Dr. Rad often performs other procedures with facelift to enhance your results, including eyelid lift, browlift, rhinoplasty, facial fat transfer, and laser resurfacing. However, if you desire a targeted result, such as sharper neck and jawline, or lifted cheek contours, then a focused facelift is the ideal treatment. The decision to combine procedures is based on what you’re looking to achieve and also whether it’s safe. In careful consultation with Dr. Rad, many patients can enjoy beautiful results from combination procedures.

FACELIFT IN DC IS EXPENSIVE – IS IT WORTH IT?

In short, yes!  A facelift is a permanent solution that, when done properly, will pay for itself over time. When compared with years of temporary fillers and other non-surgical treatment, a facelift not only is less expensive in the long run, but it also gives more natural, permanent results. For instance, if you spend $2,500 per year on injectables and skincare, then in about 5-6 years you’ll have spent the equivalent dollar amount for a facelift. Not only that, you’ll get the most rejuvenated result immediately after a facelift, as compared with partial and temporary results with other treatments. Finally, 5-6 years after a facelift will still look refreshed as compared with looking unchanged or even older after repeated filler injections.

BESIDES ENHANCED RESULTS, WHAT ARE THE OTHER BENEFITS TO COMBINING PROCEDURES?

Patients enjoy many advantages of combining procedures beyond enhanced results: (1) one recovery period, (2) significant cost savings as compared with separate surgeries, and (3) “balanced” results with aging process in sync for all areas of the face.  
With regard to cost savings, oftentimes patients can save many thousands of dollars. The reason is because you’ll be eligible for multi-procedure concessions (discounts) upwards of 5%, 10%, 15% or even higher.  The tier of concession depends on how many procedures are selected. Also, a “base” operating room fee (i.e. for renting the OR and staff time, and for anesthesia), about $1,500 is charged for each surgery. So one surgery as compared with two results in an immediate $1,500 savings.

WHAT ARE NON-SURGICAL ALTERNATIVES TO FACELIFT SURGERY?

If you have good skin elasticity and you’re concerned with slight looseness and thinning of your facial skin, Thermage FLX is the only science-proven skin tightening device available. It is a “smart” version because Thermage FLX can adjust energy delivery to tissues just enough to cause skin tightening but not too far to risk a burn. This fine tuning cannot be achieved with all other technologies which deliver heat without sensing tissue temperature. Using other devices, providers usually err on the side of under-treating which results in no effect, because overtreating can result in a burn. Therefore Thermage FLX is the only skin tightening device that delivers reliable results.  This in combination with dermal fillers or facial fat grafting can be very effective to volumize deflated tissues such as the cheeks, temples, lips and jawline. Dr. Rad customizes each patient’s plan to optimize results while minimizing downtime, bruising and swelling. 

CAN I GET THE SAME RESULT AS A FACELIFT WITH NON-SURGICAL OPTIONS?

In short, no but there is an important role for non-surgical skin rejuvenation. Think of a facelift as a “reset” of your facial anatomy to where it was 5, 10 or 15 years ago, without overfilling to compensate. Facelift smooths creases and deep lines naturally by lifting sagging tissues, rather than by filling them which can easily create an unnatural “blowfish” appearance. Threads to hike up sagging skin are attractive in concept but threads don’t address the deeper foundation of facial tissues to give a long term result. Furthermore, unsightly bunching of skin is common and odd looking. The only beneficial non-surgical skin tightening treatments are Thermage FLX and laser resurfacing which improve skin texture, tone and fine lines around the mouth and lips, crow’s feet and pores which facelift cannot do.

I’M WORRIED ABOUT SCARS – SHOULD I BE?

With meticulous technique scars are well hidden in the natural shadows around the ear, and with ear therapy can virtually fade away over time. Also keep in mind that people with whom you interact will not be on the lookout for scars. All in all, scars are a small downside to beautiful rejuvenation.

WHAT IS THE RECOVERY TIME?

Facelift recovery is ranges from 1 to 4 weeks, with an average of 2 weeks, depending on the extent of surgery. Recovery relates to swelling which is most significant in the first few days, but rapidly decreases thereafter. You can expect to return to work confidently in about 3 weeks, unless you require absolute discretion and assurance that all conspicuous evidence of surgery has disappeared, in which case an additional week may be needed. After facelift in DC Dr. Rad’s patients often seek the “just back from holiday” rested and refresh appearance, and so Dr. Rad’s techniques are focused on rapid recovery.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WITHIN 2 WEEKS POST-SURGERY?

Swelling and bruising are common and significant in the first few days to a week. You may not recognize yourself during this time, but rest assured that in Dr. Rad’s hands your result will emerge beautifully with time and meticulous post-surgery care. You’ll see Dr. Rad on day 1 or 2 post-surgery, and then again at 1 week for suture removal. Intensive scar therapy with anti-inflammatory skincare begins when sutures are removed. At two weeks or later, patients seeking rapid fading of visible scars often opt for laser scar therapy with Dr. Sherber. Beyond a month, patients transition to Dr. Sherber’s care for ongoing maintenance of their results with

HOW LONG WILL MY RESULTS LAST?

With the right technique Dr. Rad’s patients often enjoy their results up to 12-20 years, depending on genetics, sun exposure and skin care, before considering a revision.

HOW LONG DOES A DC FACELIFT WITH DR. RAD LAST?

In general a targeted mini-facelift can last 3-5 years whereas a SMAS facelift or deep plane facelift can last up to 15 years or even longer. Keep in mind the longevity of your results are determined by both uncontrollable factors (genetics), and controllable factors which include: avoiding smoking, avoiding sun exposure, religious use of an anti-aging skincare regimen under Dr. Sherber’s direction, and maintenance therapy such as laser resurfacing and Thermage FLX. Under Drs. Sherber and Rad’s care your results can sometimes last a lifetime!

WILL I LOOK DONE OR PLASTIC?

Dr. Rad’s Washington DC and northern Virginia facelift patients want to look refreshed, rested and vibrant and, above all, natural. The Miami or LA aesthetic may be unfitting for the sophistication and nuance Dr. Rad’s Washington facelift patients expect. And to achieve the best facelift results small improvements in multiple areas, rather than major overhauls, can give the appearance of “just back from holiday” while still looking natural. After all, facial cosmetic surgery is not a “one size fits all” endeavor, and following in depth consultation with his patients Dr. Rad meticulously crafts the approach to meet their unique needs.

WHY CHOOSE DR. RAD?

Dr. Rad is the complete plastic surgeon: not only does his board certification, education and training at the world’s top institutions speak for themselves, but also his surgical skill and aesthetic vision are unmatched. Patients all over the world seeking top facelift surgery expertise see the artistry in Dr. Rad’s work, particularly when comparing his before/after with those of other plastic surgeons. Expertise is developed over time: with well over a decade and thousands of facial aesthetic surgeries in experience, Dr. Rad built his reputation as the top plastic surgeon in DC and northern Virginia by focusing on each individual patient and his surgical approach for facelift procedures is nuanced and targeted to create subtle improvements in multiple areas that result in youthful, refreshed and natural results overall. Furthermore, Dr. Rad is an authority in facial aesthetic surgery: as Director of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins from 2009-2013, he trained junior plastic surgeons in aesthetic surgeon and he has lectured to surgeons around the world in scarless, minimally-invasive facial surgery techniques. Across all doctor review websites, you’ll find that Dr. Rad’s patients are thrilled with their results. Dr. Rad was ranked by threebestrated.com, an independent group that is non-paid, a top 3 plastic surgeon in Washington DC. Finally, in addition to exceptional artistry and expertise Dr. Rad is also known for his kind and caring “bedside manner.” Patients uniformly find comfort knowing that Dr. Rad is the “full package” in a plastic surgeon.

IS FACELIFT SURGERY SAFE?

Dr. Rad considers patient safety to be the highest priority. As such, DC and northern Virginia facelift patients should not have debilitating heart, lung or kidney disease, and usually don’t need extensive pre-surgical work-up. While risks of facelift surgery are low, Dr. Rad takes all precautions for safe anesthesia and surgery. If anesthesia is not an option then a mini-facelift often can be performed comfortably with local (topical and injected) numbing medicine. However, when anesthesia is needed Dr. Rad performs surgery solely in the best hospital systems in DC and northern Virginia: Sibley Memorial, George Washington, and Inova Fairfax Hospitals. By comparison, in-office surgery rooms, while less costly, are not as safe as hospital based facilities which are staffed by board certified anesthesiologists and experienced nursing staff.

DOES A SURGEON’S TRAINING MATTER?

Yes! There are many factors to consider when seeking a plastic surgeon for facelift. Here are several of the most important ones to keep in mind: 1. Ensure your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. When it comes to cosmetic surgical experience, board certification in any other specialty or field is largely irrelevant. Therefore, be wary of claims of “double board certified” or “triple board certified” as these additional certifications rarely contribute to a surgeon’s experience. 2. Consider his/her education, training and professional background. Are they world class and known for excellence? Not all institutions are created equal. 3. Ensure your surgeon stays current with modern techniques: an indication of this is academic affiliations such as professorships or directorships. 4. Understand your surgeon’s philosophy and his/her aesthetic: each surgeon has a different approach and vision, and they should align with yours. Facelift surgery is a niche requiring exceptional technical ability, experience and nuance to achieve natural and long-lasting results.

HOW CAN I BE SURE TO GET AN OPTIMAL RESULT?

In short, choose the most qualified plastic surgeon. It is a fact, proven by scientific research, that the single most important factor in achieving superior results is the surgeon performing the work. Therefore, when selecting a surgeon, you should consider the quality of the surgeon’s education (not all schools and institutions are created equal), the number of years of surgical experience after training (a surgeon fresh out of training has relatively little experience), the number of facial cosmetic procedures the surgeon has performed (surgeons improve with time and experience), the surgeon’s record of teaching other surgeons (demonstrates leadership and mastery), certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) (certified members have met high standards of patient care), and the surgeon’s ability and “talent” as demonstrated by before/after photos. Dr. Rad fits all these criteria and is known for his technical ability and artistry.

WHAT PREPARATIONS DO I NEED FOR SURGERY?

All patients must undergo “medical clearance” by their primary doctors and possibly from specialists. Additional medical tests and blood work may be needed and we will guide you.

WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF FACELIFTS?

Facelifting was invented centuries ago but only in the last 50 years has the modern facelift truly evolved. Early facelift techniques focused on skin tightening without addressing deeper structures, which resulted in unnatural “windswept” looks. Sadly, we sometimes still see these altered appearances due to telltale signs such as flattened midface, “Joker’s mouth,” tragus pull with external ear canal show, “pixie ear deformity,” and “noose neck deformity”. Also, any rejuvenated appearance tended to be short-lived, lasting a few months, as the skin and tissue once again loosened with tension. Based on pioneering work by anatomists named Mitz and Peyronie, plastic surgeons realized that the most important tissue layer to lift for long-lasting, natural appearing facelifts is the Submuscular Aponeurotic System, or SMAS, which contains all the facial muscles we use for facial movement, invested within connective tissues. SMAS facelift procedures were studied and developed to improve results and SMAS lifts became the standard method in the late 20th century.

DOES FACELIFT ADDRESS SKIN WRINKLES?

Some patients ask to minimize surgery but still achieve a complete result. In these situations we can often make great strides by combining a mini-facelift with dermatology treatments such as fractionated non-ablative laser, Thermage FLX and injectables such as Botox and dermal fillers and dermal fillers. In the rare circumstance in which a patient is not a good candidate for surgery, non-surgical dermatologic approaches convey many benefits: improved skin texture and tone, modest revolumization, little to no recovery time. These are best for younger patients looking to delay the need for surgery, for patients who have had surgical lifts to maintain their results, or for patients with medical concerns. However, once tissues have sagged, non-surgical treatments cannot make permanent and significant architectural improvements. Nonetheless, Drs. Sherber and Rad often collaborate to optimize results with minimal invasiveness, and our patients can enjoy wonderful results that such synergistic treatments deliver.


What are Dr. Rad’s patients saying?

“Dr. Rad is an incredible plastic surgeon. His expertise is basically magic, and he is even more patient and kind. He makes sure you are so comfortable, answers all questions and more, walks you through your entire process, and genuinely cares about you and your results. After a full facelift with Dr. Rad, I look decades younger and so natural. Results grow more beautiful each day. His staff is accommodating, kind, and knowledgeable. They always know your exact details and are quick to respond to any questions you have. And to make Dr. Rad more perfect, his wife, Dr. Sherber, is a dermatologist in the same office and she is just as skilled as he is! highly recommend this doctor and office for all cosmetic needs! I intend to continue to visit for my lifetime.”

A.B. in Washington, DC | October 3, 2018


Consultation with Dr. Rad

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY CONSULTATION WITH DR. RAD?

Our plastic surgery office in Washington DC is centered on your comfort and privacy. You’ll be received by our exquisitely attentive staff, and escorted to your own private cabana wherein you’ll feel relaxed and comfortable while consulting discreetly with Dr. Rad. First Dr. Rad will determine if you are a good candidate for surgery and during your consultation you should decide if Dr. Rad is the right surgeon for you. Credentials are crucial and, in addition to being Board certified in plastic surgery, Dr. Rad is Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins, and he enjoys an impeccable reputation as a top flight aesthetic surgeon. His facial plastic surgery expertise is sought out as one of the best surgeons in Washington DC, northern Virginia and the US.

Your safety is Dr. Rad's primary concern and he will review your medical history. You should inform Dr. Rad of any medical problems or medications that may affect your healing. If you are medically appropriate to undergo surgery then Dr. Rad's focus will be to understand what specific aesthetic concerns you have. Washington DC patients expect natural results with minimal downtime. Dr. Rad will spend time carefully listening to your concerns, asking clarifying questions and then masterfully guiding you, step by step, to understand how your unique anatomy can be improved to convey a rested appearance. Dr. Rad’s goal is to determine the most comprehensive approach for long lasting, natural results while minimizing downtime. Dr. Rad first needs to understand your specific concerns and you should prepare your thoughts prior to your consultation. Think of words that convey how you feel about your appearance. For example, Washington DC patients often say they look fatigued, tired or lackluster because of undereye bags or dark undereye circles, or they look sad, upset or disinterested such as from heavy eyebrows, excess skin above the eyes or downturned corners of the mouth. Patients often relate concerns of looking older than how they feel and this can be caused by jowls, nasolabial folds, loose neck skin, lines and wrinkles. Try to put into words how your appearance bothers you, and the priority you give to each area. Dr. Rad will then present to you his expert opinion about which procedures would be best to restore your anatomy to create a rested and refreshed appearance. And since surgery is intricate Dr. Rad will guide you through a stepwise approach of aesthetic analysis and he’ll deliver his recommendations in a clear and honest manner. Dr. Rad will present all options available in modern day surgery, both non-surgical and surgical.

Dr. Rad and Board certified dermatologist Dr. Sherber often collaborate to optimize patients’ results and to minimize invasiveness. As such Dr. Rad’s modern approach to surgery harnesses the power of both dermatology and plastic surgery as both specialities address different aesthetic challenges. For example, plastic surgery is effective to lift, tighten and volumize loose, atrophied tissues, whereas dermatologic treatments such as laser, radiofrequency tightening and skincare are best to improve skin texture, pigmentation and tone. Dr. Rad can address any concerns regarding skin quality and how to obtain and maintain optimal results.

Dr. Rad will review with you photos of his patients’ results (many of which you’ll not find online due to privacy concerns) to highlight his aesthetic approaches and skill. He will take your photographs, which remain confidential, to assist with the planning of your surgery. For your safety Dr. Rad performs surgery in a hospital-based operating room, considered to be the safest environment, rather than in the office. Anesthesia is delivered by a board certified anesthesiologist (MD) and you’ll be under light anesthesia which is important for your safety and comfort.

You will receive a customized quote for the procedures in which you’re interested. Once approved we may then move forward with pre-operative preparations and you will meet with Dr. Rad again at your final in person consultation prior to surgery. Dr. Rad’s reputation as one of the most technically gifted surgeons attracts patients nationally and from around the world. We cater to patients from across the globe by arranging virtual consultations, luxury accommodations at The Jefferson hotel, Washington DC’s most luxurious 5 star boutique hotel, as well as private nursing care. Your privacy, comfort and safely achieving exceptional results are our top priorities.

About your Washington DC surgeon

Dr. Rad’s credentials, results and patient reviews speak for themselves. Princeton (magna cum laude) and Duke University educated, Dr. Rad is a Johns Hopkins trained board certified plastic surgeon and Assistant Professor of plastic surgery there. Dr. Rad has performed thousands of aesthetic facial surgeries and he specializes in minimally invasive, scarless approaches featuring minimal downtime. He is ranked in the top 3 plastic surgeons in DC, has the highest patient ratings across all doctor review websites and has been an invited expert in international conferences teaching his techniques to surgeons from around the world. Dr. Rad’s patients seek to look refreshed and rested with natural results, minimal scars and the least downtime. He has innovated scarless techniques due to his patients’ needs for discretion and hidden evidence of surgery. Dr. Rad has membership with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and he is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Through rigorous written and oral examinations, these national societies have vetted Dr. Rad’s education, training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct as having met the highest standards in the world.

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What is the cost of facelift surgery in DC?

In Dr. Rad’s DC practice, the cost for aesthetic procedures for in-office procedures range from $1,000 for non-surgical (injectables) treatments, $3,000 to $5,000 for eyelid rejuvenation, $9,000 to $18,000 for face and neck lifts, $8,000 to $11,000 for rhinoplasty, and $18,000 to $30,000 for corrective work or extensive total facial rejuvenation. Keep in mind these are approximate ranges and total cost depends on multiple factors: your unique anatomy, goals, complexity of the procedures, recommended techniques, whether corrective work is needed, in-office or hospital-based operating facility, and combining multiple procedures (increasing concessions apply for multiple procedures).

Although you may receive varying cost estimates from other practices, keep in mind that your surgeon’s education and training, plastic surgery board certification, his/her experience (at least 8 years of experience after residency is recommended), and the “X” factor of aesthetic artistry and surgical skill (i.e., talent) of your surgeon are important factors in pricing. Dr. Rad’s goal for every patient is to achieve nuanced and natural results with minimal recovery, and we have mechanisms in place to bring your goals in financial reach.

Dr. Ariel Rad strives to deliver the best facelift Washington, DC, has to offer. To find out more about the rhytidectomy and our financing options, schedule your consultation by contacting our office today.

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