Overview of Facelift Surgery in Washington

Dr. Rad is highly experienced plastic surgeon who brings a unique approach to facelift procedures, not only throughout the Washington D.C. area, but all over the country. During his tenure as Director of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at Johns Hopkins, he pioneered minimally-invasive techniques designed to refresh and refine, without downtime. Dr. Rad’s 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. By minimizing disturbances to delicate facial tissues, Dr. Rad is able to significantly shorten facelift recovery time while reducing discomfort. When this is combined with the most advanced “Enhanced Recovery After Anesthesia” (ERAS) protocols for pain management, you can expect to feel back on track quickly. For more comprehensive facial rejuvenation, Dr. Rad collaborates with his wife, Board certified dermatologist Dr. Noëlle Sherber, to help patients improve skin tone and texture, pore size, and pigmentation, qualities which facelift surgery does not address. Such synergy treatments combining the best of dermatology and facial plastic surgery offer patients maximum results within the shortest recovery period. Appointments are perfectly coordinated for your convenience and safety thus offering the luxury of time.

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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?

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. Oftentimes DC facelift patients feel that their outer appearances don’t match the energy and youthfulness they feel inside. Slender and physically fit patients are often concerned to address sagging neck and jowls, deflated cheeks and hollowed eyes that are common with low body fat. Others may be concerned with a “double chin” which can be beautifully contoured by modern lower face and neck lift techniques. Regardless of motivation Dr. Rad’s patients are self confident and engaged in life and in their professions, and they want to present

their best faces to the world rather than looking altered, and Dr. Rad’s approach is to make subtle improvements in multiple areas of the face that add up to a rested and refreshed appearance. 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. 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. 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.


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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How Does Dr. Rad Approach Facelift Surgery?

With age comes experience and wisdom. However, we all want to be in control of how we present ourselves to the world. The goal of facial aesthetic surgery is not to smooth every crease or wrinkle, but rather to restore a rested and refreshed appearance. 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. Dr. Rad’s goal for each patient is to achieve this delicate balance.

With these goals in mind, Dr. Rad engages in detailed conversation with you to understand which anatomical areas bother you and why. Most patients are concerned about loose neck and jowl tissues, sagging cheeks, deep nasolabial folds and marionette lines. A tired appearance from undereye bags, hanging eyebrows and deep frown (#11) lines can also be vexing. Dr. Rad carefully examines your facial anatomy to determine the best approaches, 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 loss of facial volume and have exhausted injectable fillers and they want permanence. In these cases facial fat transfer is a powerful method to restore apples of the cheeks, undereye hollows, temple wasting, jawline and lips. Eyes can be brightened with browlift and eyelid lift, as well. Dr. Rad offers the full spectrum of aesthetic procedures from which the perfect plan can be tailored to meet your needs.


A mini-facelift, also termed “short scar facelift” or “S-lift,” is a surgical facelift featuring a limited scar around the ear. It is Dr. Rad’s preferred approach for young patients who desire “maintenance” lifts dramatically to slow the appearance of aging. In Washington DC, our patients seek to restore a rested appearance with minimal down time and Dr. Rad’s minimally invasive techniques allow patients to recover quickly with minimal evidence of having had surgery.


Yes and no: surgical mini-facelift is needed when non-surgical treatments have reached their limit of efficacy. While fillers are effective in restoring volume and lifting tissues to some degree (the “liquid facelift”), patients who don’t want to have more volume added to their faces benefit from mini-facelift.


If you’re young (25 to 50 years old), and starting to notice sagging jowls, neck tissues and apples of the cheeks and you’re interested in preventing an aged appearance, then a mini-facelift may be the perfect option for you.


After mini facelift patients are able to return home comfortably and perform all basic activities of daily living. You will see Dr. Rad on the first and seventh day after surgery. Recovery is not painful. During the first through second weeks swelling and bruising rapidly resolve and return to normal activities can occur quickly.


A SMAS facelift refers to Dr. Rad’s technique for lifting and tightening the underlying muscle layer to restore youthful and natural contours. As hollowing and fat atrophy are common, Dr. Rad focuses on softening hollows such as the healthy apples of the cheeks, smoothing smile lines (nasolabial folds), bringing up downturned corners of the mouth, and correcting sagging jowls and neck tissues. While many approaches to total facelifting have been described, the single most important factor is the skill and experience of the surgeon.


In Dr. Rad’s hands, facelift surgery is very safe. He works only with a board certified anesthesiologist and performs surgery only in a hospital- based operating facility. Dr. Rad collaborates with your primary medical doctor to ensure your health is optimized leading up to surgery. Dr. Rad does not accept patients seeking an extreme makeover or the looks of another person: with reasonable goals the risks of facelift are minimal.


Dr. Rad carefully separates the facial skin from the underlying muscle layer and then tightens the sagging muscle and fat with sutures. Dr. Rad often performs other procedures concurrently such as fat grafting, eyelid lifts and brow lifts. Facial harmony, balance, proportion and symmetry are the guiding principles in Dr. Rad’s facelift work.


Recovery depends on individual healing and surgical approach. Pain is rare and temporary bruising and swelling resolve over 7 to 10 days. While healing and recovery will be different for each patient, return to work or social outings 2 to 3 weeks after the most extensive surgery is common.



A properly performed Washington 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.


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.


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.


Many providers promote “mini-lifts” in the office, however these often only address the skin which provides very little improvement. Be wary of promises of a great result with in-office “lunchtime lifts” as these are often too good to be true. Threadlifts are not-effective beyond a few months, and permanent threads have significant risk of infection and skin erosion. These are overhyped shortcuts that are used to “get patients in the door” but often come with a disclaimer that a surgical facelift may be needed. Seek a highly experienced DC facelift surgeon who has trained in plastic surgery at top institutions. If you’re reading this then you’re already on the right track!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


When done properly, facelift scars are imperceptible. Dr. Rad is meticulous to hide incisions in the natural folds, creases and shadows in front and behind the ears and along the hairline. Scars are not placed on the front of the face or in any conspicuous areas when your face is viewed front-on. One caveat is for patients who are prone to hypertrophic scarring. If you know you form thickened scars (more common in African-American skin) then consultation with a BC dermatologist for preventive laser treatment is advised. However, under Dr. Rad’s care, for most patients this is rare.


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.


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


Dr. Rad understands the importance of minimizing downtime, and he employs techniques to limit surgical trauma while still achieving the goal results.  Therefore, for some patients facelift results are immediately visible. Targeted lifts emerge more quickly, often in days to a couple weeks whereas full facelift with combined procedures such as brow lift and eyelid lift can take about a month. Also, your results will continue to improve up to six months post-surgery and should last for many years.


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!


This can happen in the wrong hands. However, Dr. Rad employs modern techniques that avoid odd windswept, overly pulled, frozen and distorted faces as is common in celebrity culture. Washington DC facelift patients seek Dr. Rad’s expertise to create harmonious, natural results that translate to refreshed and rested faces as if “just back from holiday.” Whether a high-profile congressperson or a stay-at-home mom, you can rest assured Dr. Rad will endeavor to achieve a natural result that restores confidence and vibrancy in your life.


Dr. Rad’s credentials, results and patient reviews speak for themselves. Trained at the world’s best institutions and with a deep bench of expertise based on thousands of operations, Dr. Rad is the top DC and northern Virginia facelift surgeon, is ranked in the top 3 plastic surgeons in DC, and he has the highest patient ratings across all doctor review websites. Dr. Rad’s patients seek natural results to look refreshed and rested with minimal scars and downtime. He has innovated scarless techniques due to his patients’ needs for discretion and hidden evidence of surgery. All in all, Dr. Rad is the top facelift surgeon in DC.


In the right hands facelift is very safe with very low risk. Your safety is Dr. Rad’s top priority and he works only with Board certified anesthesiologists in a hospital operating facility (not a certified registered nurse anesthetists in an office setting as is common). Surgical risk is very low and Dr. Rad is meticulous in minimizing the chance of bleeding (2%), wound healing delays (<1%), and temporary nerve stunning with muscle weakness (1%). Dr. Rad has performed many hundreds of facelifts and his “complication rate” is less than half the national average. Training, skill and experience are key to avoid complications and Dr. Rad is expert in guiding his patients through surgery safely.  


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.


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 does a younger you look like? A picture is worth a thousand words: we advise bringing in photos of yourself from years ago. Restoring your youthful features is the goal rather than looking altered. 2. What bothers you and why? Common concerns include dark undereye circles, loose neck skin, sagging jowls and jaw line, deflated cheeks, a sad or grumpy appearance. Some patients say they’re aging like their mothers or fathers, or they wear turtle neck sweaters to hide their “turkey wattle.” 3. Define your goals: Are you looking for subtle results so that only your spouse knows about? Would you be comfortable if friends and acquaintances notice? Or are you looking to wind back the clock a decade or more and you’re not concerned if acquaintances know you’ve had work done? 4. Interview your surgeon: your surgeon how many facelifts s/he’s done, the complication rate, revision rate and expectations for downtime. S/he should freely provide such information without taking offence.  Ask to see photos: much like an artist’s portfolio, before and after photos display a surgeon’s artistry and vision and each surgeon will have a different “vision” of beauty or masculinity.


Pricing has several components: (1) surgery fee (for Dr. Rad’s skill, care and expertise), (2) hospital anesthesia cost (for the board certified anesthesiologist to manage your comfort during surgery), (3) hospital facility cost (to “rent” the operating room and staff time), and (4) implant costs (for example, breast implants, chin or jaw implants, etc.). Dr. Rad performs surgery in a hospital operating room as this is the safest environment where board certified anesthesiologists are involved in your care. While more costly that in-office surgery rooms, this cost is justified to ensure your procedure is as safe as possible. Sometimes we offer concessions for multiple procedures.


We consider bringing aesthetic surgery cost within financial reach to be a high priority and we have several mechanisms in place to make surgery affordable. (1) We participate with CareCredit, a medical financing company; the most popular plan is our *free* 6 month plan which is *free* since we cover associated financing fees (longer plans up to 60 months incur fees); (2) We offer concessions (discounts) on multiple procedures; and (3) hospital fees are lowered by efficient surgery: Dr. Rad works with a hand-selected team of professionals to lower OR time and associated hospital fees. We appreciate that cost is an important consideration in patients’ decisions to select their surgeons. While there is variability in cost between plastic surgeons, surgeons’ pricing can reflect the surgeon’s expertise, safety measures taken, the quality of your aesthetic results, and the caliber of your overall care.

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


The design and experience of 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 facelift surgery and during your consultation you should decide if Dr. Rad is the right facelift 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 facelift 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 facelift surgery then Dr. Rad’s focus will be to understand what specific aesthetic concerns you have. Washington facelift 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 facelift 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 facelift 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. In addition to facelift surgery oftentimes patients can benefit from other procedures such as brow lift, eyelid lift, facial fat transfer, or rhinoplasty. And since facelift 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 facelift 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 facelift 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 facelift 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’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 facelift 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.

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.

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