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Facelift Surgery Columbus Ohio

When I first started practicing facial plastic surgery 30 years ago, facelift surgery was a bit of a mystery to the general public. Most people assumed only the Hollywood elite could afford the procedure.

Well, this was far from the truth. Plenty of Hollywood outsiders including people in Columbus, Ohio were having cosmetic procedures, but no one talked about it. They would slip out of their social circle for several months and then suddenly reappear looking refreshed and rejuvenated. Today, people are much more open to having “things” done. There is so much more information readily available about cosmetic procedures on the internet and elsewhere that aesthetic medicine is no longer taboo and has become much more mainstream.

However, facelift surgery still remains somewhat mystical. By the time people come to see me for consultation, they are aware their facial skin has loosened, particularly along the jaw line and under the chin or perhaps the muscle bands in the front of the neck are now more visible. Invariably, they will lift their cheeks as if to demonstrate the laxity.

I am often surprised by their reaction when I explain that more often than not moving their skin in that direction requires a facelift. This reaction, I believe, is because patients still think of a facelift as being too aggressive with prolonged downtime. They were hoping for something less invasive and perhaps with no downtime. Why wouldn’t we all think this is the case? We see or hear advertisements nearly every day for quick simple cosmetic procedures and amazing results, with no downtime.

Fortunately, today, there are many more cosmetic options which don’t involve surgery; however, choosing the correct option basically comes down to (1) how much improvement are you expecting, (2) how long do you want that result to last, and (3) how much downtime can you afford. Once you have answered these three questions, you will have a pretty good idea as to what choice will be right for you. My goal in my consultations is to educate my patients so that they feel empowered to make the right choices for themselves.

When you have jowl laxity, creases and shadows along the cheek/lip (nasolabial crease) or jaw line/chin (marionette crease) junctions, fullness or banding under the chin, a facelift will provide the best, most natural, and longest lasting improvement. Facelift patients are usually happy with their results for 8 to 10 years, but a facelift involves surgery and 10 to 14 days of recovery.

However, most of my facelift patients are able to resume work, physical activities and feel comfortable going out with friends ten days after surgery. You can read more about facelift surgery under the procedures section. There are less invasive options of course, but I think of these options like a Band-Aid. Each will provide some improvement but will vary in amount and longevity.

Facelift Columbus Ohio

The effects of aging are most evident on your face and neck. So it’s not surprising that facelift surgery has become the third most desired facial plastic surgical procedure. The term “lower facelift” most commonly refers to the lower third of the face and neck. A facelift (rhytidectomy) will give your face a more youthful, fresher look and in the process, boost your self-esteem.

Why have a facelift?

In years past, face lift patients stayed in the hospital for three to four days after surgery and dropped out of society for months. When they reappeared, the changes were so dramatic that everyone knew they’d had plastic surgery.

Advancements in facelift surgery in recent years have come a long way. Today’s face results in a more natural appearance, longer-lasting improvement. In many cases, patients experience a faster recovery.

Facelift Recovery Process:

Most patients take 10-14 days off from work or social activities and report little to no pain. All patients are seen 2 days post-operative and again five days later. Most patients needs assistance for the first 48 hours. Patients are released to drive once they are off of pain medication. Sleep with the head elevated about their heart will help in healing. A few pillows or a recliner seem to be the most popular options for sleeping.

How much does a facelift cost in Columbus, Ohio?

With advancements in modern medicine and medical technology the fees for a lower facelift will vary. Fees are based on the exact nature of the procedure. Because we all age differently, your lower facelift will be customized to address your individual concerns. Upon consultation patients will receive an exact quote on fees. The “average cost of a facelift at The Sullivan Centre is between $8700-$9500. Upon consultation and examination we will provide you with an exact quote for the facelift procedure that would best address your individual concerns.

Facelift Associated Procedures:

Patients now have choices, such as a lower face lift, a mid-face lift, a mini face lift, and even a weekend face lift. With advancements in modern medicine and technology, experienced surgeons are now able to customize a surgical procedure in order to address very specific patient concerns. We invite you to learn more by choosing one of the following links:

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Review of Michael Sullivan, MD – Columbus, OH


Dr. Mike answerd all my questions. He and the staff gave me their cell phones before and after surgery in case I had questions. He has a great bedside manner. Showed me before and after pictures of others who had lower facelifts. The results are perfect and exactly what I wanted. My sister in law had him do some work on her eyes about 15 years ago. Knowing that and seeing her results made my decision easier to even have the procedure done.

65 Year Old Male – Columbus, OH


Dr. Sullivan is an outstanding plastic surgeon. He’s very professional yet he’s very down to earth and makes the whole process worth every penny. He has a staff that treats you like your their only patient. I can’t put into words how much I appreciate each and everyone who works there. If your thinking of having any facial procedures done you should go to the Sullivan Centre. You won’t be disappointed!!! In fact you’ll be completely satisfied that you chose the Sullivan Centre.

Lower Face Lift for an Old Guy – Columbus, OH

James Rowland

A longtime acquaintance,he is one of my favorite people,and,of course,a respected surgeon throughout the region.

59-year-old Aging Male in Need of an Improved Look – Columbus, OH


Dr. Sullivan is a low-keyed, but warm doctor who has an excellent reputation for providing quality plastic surgery. I felt comfortable with him during our first visit as well as post op. The results of his work on my face have been excellent and I would recommend him to anyone who wants to improve the look of their face. I feel better about how I look since the surgery and it has provided me with a confidence boost.

Facelift and Lower Bleph – Columbus, OH


I Might Be 53, but I Don’t Look It Anymore! – Columbus, OH


Tremendous bedside manner, calm, soothing, personal touch with follow through from the first visit right through the last follow up appointment almost two months later.

63 and Holding – Columbus, OH


His professional training and peer reviews are outstanding. That said, I had no prior cosmetic procedure experience so this was all a leap of faith for me. He made me feel comfortable with my decision and was straight forward with his answers. Don’t go in to any surgeon and say make me look like ‘this’. Go in with the expectation that he or she will make you look the best you. I would highly recommend Dr Sullivan to be that surgeon.

Dr. Michael Sullivan Changed My Life ! -Columbus, OH

Ken True

This procedure was not a covered expens by my provider. Regardless, it was worth every cent. Forget a new car and visit The Sullivan Center !!!!!!!! Ken True

Dr. Mike at the Sullivan Center is the Best! – Columbus, OH

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Dr. Mike is a master at what he does! I trust him completely!

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The specific risks and possible complications as they relate to the facelift procedure will be discussed at your initial consultation.