Face Lift Surgery


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.

Am I a Good Candidate for Facelift Surgery?

The best candidates for facial cosmetic surgery are those who are healthy and who are not looking for dramatic makeovers. Dr. Rad makes subtle improvements adding up to a rested and refreshed appearance. Small adjustments in multiple areas, rather that major overhauls in limited areas, can give the appearance of “just back from holiday” while still looking like yourself. Facial cosmetic surgery is not a “one size fits all” endeavor, and Dr. Rad spends time with his patients to customize carefully the approach to meet each patient’s unique needs.

Healthy patients usually don’t need extensive pre-surgical work-up. However, patients with medical problems (particularly heart, lung or kidney disease) will need “medical clearance” from their primary care physicians (PCP) and possibly from specialists. Additional medical tests and blood work may be needed. Dr. Rad and his staff will guide you. Some patients ask to minimize surgery but still achieve a complete result. While Dr. Rad performs a range of small in-office procedures, limited approaches may be appropriate in only a small number.

Non-surgical dermatologic approaches enjoy 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, or for patients who have had surgical lifts to maintain. However, once tissues have sagged, non-surgical treatments cannot make permanent and significant architectural improvements. Patients for whom non-surgical treatments have limited efficacy are those for whom surgery is appropriate.

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.

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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.


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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Facial cosmetic surgery is very safe and entails very low risk. Much of the risk relates to anesthesia and patients with heart, lung or kidney disease will need careful monitoring by skilled anesthesiologists. Your safety is Dr. Rad’s top priority and he works only with Board certified anesthesiologists in a hospital operating facility (not certified registered nurse anesthetists in a private surgicenter) to ensure you have the lowest anesthesia-related risk. Surgical risk is very low. The more common occurrences include hematoma (bleeding under the skin), wound healing difficulty, and nerve injury. However, training, skill and experience are key to avoid complications and Dr. Rad is experienced in guiding his patients through surgery safely.


Recovery is usually as an outpatient and lasts between a few days to a few weeks, after which you can return to most activities as before. Discomfort is mild, and significant pain after surgery is rare, and down time lasts a week or less. Swelling is typical but transient, and varies with the extent of surgery as well as each person’s unique tissue reactions to surgery. Even for the most extensive surgeries with the most down time, returning to full social and professional activities after about 3 weeks is common.


There are many factors to consider when seeking a plastic surgeon for face lift, rhinoplasty brow and eyelid lift surgery. 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.
Princeton and Duke University educated and Johns Hopkins trained, Dr. Rad is one of Washington’s most highly skilled plastic surgeons in facial cosmetic surgery. He is Assistant Professor and former Director of Aesthetic Surgery at Johns Hopkins. Facial cosmetic surgery is a niche requiring exceptional technical ability, experience and nuance to achieve natural and long-lasting results. Dr. Rad’s train


In plastic surgery there are many different solutions to a particular problem. Dr. Rad will be be able to advise you if you follow the following steps:
1. Do your homework: select only a Board certified plastic surgeon with appropriate education and training, and years of experience performing cosmetic facial surgery. Consider this “box” checked off! Princeton, Duke and Johns Hopkins educated and trained, Dr. Rad is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins and former Director of Aesthetic Surgery there.
2. A picture is worth a thousand words: we advise bringing in photos of your appearance from years ago (for facial rejuvenation consultations), or photos of what you consider beautiful or masculine (for rhinoplasty, for example).
3. Write down specifically bothers you about your appearance and why. Dark circles under the eyes? Loose neck skin? A weak jaw line? Deflated cheeks? A sad appearance? Are you looking for subtle results so that only your spouse knows you’ve had improvements made? Would you be comfortable if friends and acquaintances know you look better and they wonder why? Or are you looking to wind back the clock further and you’re not concerned if acquaintances know immediately you’re looking your absolute best with help from a skilled plastic surgeon?
4. Look at before/after photos and decide whether you like what you see. Each surgeon will have a different “vision” of beauty or masculinity. While a surgeon’s training and experience are important, the “X factor” is whether you both share the same ideas of what your appearance should be in the end. Much like an artist’s portfolio, before and after photos display a surgeon’s artistry and vision. If you don’t like what you see then you should continue searching for the right fit.


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 following:
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 teaching appointments at top-tier institutions and publications (demonstrates leadership and staying current with state-of-the-art practices)
Whether the surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) (certified members have met high standards of patient care)
The surgeon’s ability and “talent” as demonstrated by before/after photos
Whether the surgeon is sought out to correct previously performed procedures by other surgeons
Princeton and Duke educated, and Johns Hopkins trained, Dr. Rad is certified by the ABPS and he has performed thousands of facial cosmetic procedures. As Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Rad directed the Aesthetic Surgery division from 2009 to 2013 wherein he taught surgeon trainees advanced cosmetic surgical techniques. Dr. Rad has published scientific articles and he continues to instruct resident trainees at Johns Hopkins. Known for his ability and vision, Dr. Rad’s results are unparalleled and patients often seek him out for corrective work.


Facial cosmetic surgery is very safe and entails very low risk. Much of the risk relates to anesthesia and patients with heart, lung or kidney disease will need careful monitoring by skilled anesthesiologists. Your safety is Dr. Rad’s top priority and he works only with Board certified anesthesiologists in a hospital operating facility (not certified registered nurse anesthetists in a private surgicenter) to ensure you have the lowest anesthesia-related risk. Surgical risk is very low. The more common occurrences include hematoma (bleeding under the skin), wound healing difficulty, and nerve injury. However, training, skill and experience are key to avoid complications and Dr. Rad is experienced in guiding his patients through surgery safely.

What Will My Consultation with Dr. Rad be Like?

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.

“Had a facelift with Dr. Rad. Not only did he do a magnificent job, but he was extraordinarily attentive and caring when I experienced an acute complication from surgery. He has an outstanding bedside manner. In his office, he never makes you feel rushed. Explains everything carefully. And is all around extremely kind and very talented. I have referred several people to him.”

Louise in Washington, DC | Nov 21, 2016

About your Washington face lift surgeon

Dr. Rad is a Princeton (magna cum laude) and Duke University educated, Johns Hopkins trained Board certified plastic surgeon, and he is Assistant Professor of plastic surgery at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Rad has membership with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and he is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery which, through rigorous written and oral examinations, has vetted Dr. Rad’s education, training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct as having met the highest standards established by these national organizations.

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What is the cost of face lift 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 $15,000 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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