SMAS Face Lift in Washington DC


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 Washington DC, our patients seek to restore a rested appearance whether to maintain a feeling of relevance or to reflect the vibrancy felt inside. And Washingtonians want more targeted improvements rather than complete overhauls. Dr. Rad endeavors to understand your goals and lifestyle, and he studies your anatomy to prepare a customized surgical plan. And, through meticulous technique and focused care, Dr. Rad delivers impeccable results. 

Procedure Cost

STATS: A SMAS facelift requires a certain level of skill and experience to perform. Dr. Rad has performed hundreds

COST: The cost of facelift in Dr. Rad’s DC practice ranges from $800 to $6,400 for non-surgical liquid facelift.  For surgical facelift, the cost ranges are as follows:
– closed lower face and neck lift: $8,000 to $9,500
– mini-face and neck lift: $9,000 to $11,000 
– full face and neck lift: $11,000 to $15,000
Total cost depends on many factors: your unique anatomy, your goals and preferences, complexity of surgery, first-time or corrective work required, in-office (non-surgical) or hospital-based operating facility (surgical), and experience and skill of the surgeon.  

RECOVERY: Recovery can be just 24 hours for non-surgical in-office procedure. Dr. Rad uses the minimally invasive “closed” technique which allows patients rapid recovery and you can expect to return to normal activities in 7-10 days.


There’s nothing wrong with getting older, as with age comes wisdom and experience, but we should 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.  A facelift, when skillfully performed, can look perfectly natural and last well over a decade.

Photos are of patients who have given explicit written agreement to have them displayed. For patient privacy reasons, the majority of Dr. Rad’s patients prefer their before/after photos to remain off-line. However, Dr. Rad will be happy to show you, in the setting of a confidential consultation, a series of before/after photos, not displayed here, to address your specific concerns.

*SHERBER+RAD cannot guarantee specific results. Individual results may vary.


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 recommends pre-surgery laser treatment of facial skin to “rev up” collagen producing cells called fibroblasts. Emerging science suggest that pre-operative laser treatment of areas where a surgical scar will be placed helps the scar fade quicker than untreated skin. After surgery, using results-oriented skincare products is recommended: 
– a gentle facial cleanser such as Eve Lom Cleanser (touted by Anna Wintour, Vogue Editor-in-Chief, as “probably the best cleanser in the world”)
– an effective moisturizer such as La Mer The Moisturizing Cream or Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme Cream
– a moisturizing eye treatment such as La Mer Genaissance Eye and Expression Cream

Post-surgical maintenance with no down-time Perméa laser treatments and injectables such as Botox with Dr. Sherber care and guidance are highly recommended so that your facelift results last decades, not merely years.

What Patients Are Saying

We consulted with three plastic surgeons before choosing Dr. Rad for my 17 year old son’s rhinoplasty and chin implant in March 2017. From the first meeting, we felt confident that Dr. Rad is a skilled, experienced and talented surgeon who pays attention to every detail. He is also a super guy – warm, caring, attentive and welcoming. Everything went smoothly and we are extremely happy with the results. We are very pleased with the whole experience and recommend him without hesitation.

Esther Alpert | July 2017

“I would (and have) recommended Dr. Rad to my family and friends. Dr. Rad is extraordinarily talented. He is extremely professional, articulate and patient. He is singularly focused on ensuring the very best results for each of his clients. I put my trust and confidence into Dr. Rad and his interactions with me and the results of my surgery greatly exceeded my expectations.”

Lisa Kay in Arlington, VA | May 18, 2017

“I am so grateful I chose Dr. Rad to perform my surgery. From the moment I walked in, I felt at ease & comfortable. The office is very clean & creative. He took time to answer all my questions, I didn’t feel rushed as I did w/ other surgeons I met. His staff was prompt to respond & very friendly. Post surgery I called over a holiday weekend w/ a question & he called me back quickly. It has been an easy recovery & trust him fully. My scars are fading quick & it’s only been 5 weeks! He’s the best!”

Jennifer W in Germantown, MD | Jun 22, 2017

“Dr. Ariel Rad is the finest physician I’ve ever met! I’ve worked with Dr. Rad over the last five years and he encompasses everything you’d hope from a physician and much more. He possesses the highest intellect, sophistication, dedication, and compassion. I can’t say enough about Dr. Rad. Every appointment I’ve had with him has exceeded my expectations. He’s the absolute best! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Dr. Ariel Rad to my family and friends for medical care.”

KVR in Pennsylvania | Jan 10, 2017

“My goal was to be a refreshed, happy, more confident version of “me.” As I prepared for surgery I had no unanswered questions and was totally confident about Dr. Rad’s skill and judgment. Interactions with Dr. Rad and his team at the time of surgery and follow up were efficient, and delivered with compassion and kindness. I recommend him without qualification.”

Cathy in Washington, DC | Dec 04, 2016

“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