Facelift Revision Bellevue & Kirkland

Facelift surgery carries one of the highest satisfaction rates in all of plastic surgery. However, in very rare circumstances, facelifts fail or do not turn out as expected. This is when a secondary facelift may become necessary. Though, since there are several reasons that a facelift does not work out, surgery is not always necessary. Additionally, your face that will continue to age over the years. Thus, if someone has a facelift at age 50, it is not uncommon for them to undergo another facelift sometime in their 60s. Dr. Craig Jonov at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery provides the best facelift revision Bellevue and Kirkland offers.

Overview: What Is A Revision Facelift?

A revision facelift refers to a facial rejuvenation procedure—usually a surgical one—that aims to resolve an aesthetic complication of facelift surgery. It may also refresh results that have naturally aged after about a decade. However, these facelifts are frequently referred to as “secondary facelifts” instead of a revision since nothing went wrong with the initial surgery.

A facelift revision is not always an extensive procedure that completely redoes a facelift. Sometimes it may consist of a quick, in-office procedure under local anesthesia. However, this will vary for every patient. Thus, a revision facelift is not one specific procedure. It may also include more procedures such as a neck lift or a brow lift that should have been performed to give you the best results initially.

Reasons For A Revision

Facelifts can need revising for many reasons. Some may be due to surgeon inexperience or lack of qualifications. Others may be due to patient negligence in following aftercare instructions. Others simply happen even under ideal circumstances. Some of the possible reasons a patient may need a revision facelift include:

  • Tension deformities
  • Pixie ear
  • Skin and tissue pulled in the wrong direction
  • Flat cheeks
  • Poor planning of the incision
  • Cobra neck deformity
  • Thick, wide, pigmented, or otherwise unsightly scarring
  • Unbalanced or asymmetric look
  • Not enough correction
  • Overuse of plastic surgeries or procedures

Not every part of facelift surgery or recovery is predictable. However, major complications—both aesthetic and medical—are unlikely when a facelift surgery is performed by a top plastic surgeon who specializes in facelifts.

Benefits & Risks

Like with the original surgery, there are benefits and risks to undergoing a facelift revision surgery. For most, the benefits will outweigh the risks. However, it is completely understandable if patients are warier due to their previous experience or results. Dr. Jonov will help discuss what the best option for you is and the results he believes he can achieve. Below are some of the benefits and risks of revision facelift surgery.

The benefits include:

  • Improved facelift results
  • More natural looking results
  • Correct of pixie ear deformity
  • Address asymmetry
  • Longer lasting results
  • Minimalization of scarring
  • Similar or lessened recovery
  • Can be performed under local anesthesia
  • Outpatient surgery
  • Performed by an experienced facelift surgeon

The risks of a facelift revision include:

  • Infection
  • Does not fix the problem
  • Poor healing
  • Scarring
  • Prolonged side effects
  • Fluid collection
  • Nerve damage
  • Skin necrosis

Nearly all of the risks associated with a revision facelift were also present during the initial surgery. Unless the reason you are seeking a revision is related to one of those possible complications, you are likely a good candidate for a facelift revision surgery.

Before & After

A Before and After photo of a Facelift Plastic Surgery by Dr. Craig Jonov in Bellevue, Kirkland, and Lynnwood.

Before & After

A Before and After photo of a Facelift Plastic Surgery by Dr. Craig Jonov in Bellevue, Kirkland, and Lynnwood.

Before & After Facelift Revision


At a consultation with Dr. Craig Jonov, he will want to gain an understanding of what you want to achieve with surgery and the concerns you have with your facial appearance. He may then ask about certain aspects of your medical history and lifestyle before conducting a brief physical exam. After this initial examination, Dr. Jonov will conclude whether or not you are a good candidate for a facelift revision and if it will adequately address your needs.

If he believes you are a good candidate, Dr. Jonov will describe the procedure in detail and the results you can expect. You will also receive pricing and financing information before your leave the office. If Dr. Jonov believes you are not a good candidate, he may recommend a different procedure or alternative.

Revision Surgery

The exact surgical technique for a facelift revision varies widely based on what needs to be revised. Sometimes, it is a quick and simple procedure to fix a pixie ear, while other times, the entire procedure must be reperformed to provide a good result. Ultimately, Dr. Jonov will put together a treatment plan based on your situation and needs.

Your treatment plan may include both surgical and non-surgical procedures. Certain non-surgical procedures such as cheek filler or microneedling have benefits that may address certain issues following your initial facelift surgery. Usually, regardless of the recommendations, the procedures can be performed with local anesthesia. Some need only topical anesthetics like numbing cream.


The recovery will likely be similar to the first facelift. A secondary facelift surgery is often not as extensive. Therefore, it is not uncommon for patients to find their revision facelift recovery easier and less painful. However, this will vary from patient to patient. Some instructions you might receive during your recovery include:

  • Do not smoke
  • Refrain from strenuous exercise for two weeks and lifting heavy objects for six to eight weeks
  • Keep the surgical area dry
  • Attend your post-operative appointments
  • Light activities such as basic housework may resume within one to two days of surgery (within reason)
  • Eat well and stay hydrated
  • Do not touch or massage the surgical areas unnecessarily

Frequently Asked Questions

Should You Go Back To The Same Surgeon For A Revision?

If you can, yes. Your original surgeon will know the specifics of your surgery and what was done. However, there are circumstances where it may not be possible to see your previous surgeon such as if they retired or you moved. Additionally, there are unfortunate circumstances where a patient may no longer trust or feel comfortable returning to their original surgeon. This is when going to another surgeon is often easier.

While it is routine to recommend that a patient see their original surgeon first, Dr. Allegra is always available for a second opinion or to perform your secondary facelift. If possible, get your records from your previous surgeon as this will help Dr. Allegra plan your facelift revision surgery.

How Do You Fix Pixie Ears After A Facelift?

Resolving a pixie ear deformity involves removing some or all of the scar and recreating the incision so that the earlobe can be properly positioned. However, if no other correction is needed, this is the end of the surgery, making it less traumatic than facelift surgery. Thus, it can usually be performed under local anesthesia and involve an easier and shorter recovery.

Do Facelifts Ever Look Natural?

Yes, a correctly and well performed modern facelift should look natural. Windswept facelift results are a thing of the past when the proper technique is used. Unnatural results do still occur, but they are rare and usually are due to an underqualified surgeon.

Is There A Way To Avoid Needing A Revision During My Initial Surgery?

If you have not yet undergone your initial facelift surgery and want to lessen your chances of needing a revision, there are a few factors within your control.

  • Consult with more than one surgeon
  • Ensure that you pick a qualified, credentialed surgeon who performs more than the average number of facelifts per year
  • Look at before and after photos of surgeons you are considering to make sure they match with your goals
  • Follow post-operative instructions
  • Attend post-operative appointments
  • Do not smoke
  • Listen to your surgeon’s advice carefully because they may recommend additional procedures that will help provide optimal results

What Is The Cost Of A Revision Facelift?

The cost of any revisional surgery can vary widely due to differing patient needs. This is also true of a facelift revision surgery. You will receive the most accurate price at your consultation. Though, you can use our price list and Price Simulator tool to get an idea of the cost of your surgery.

The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery does work with outside financing companies including Care Credit to help provide an affordable financing option. You can find more information about the companies we work with and links to apply on our financing page.

I have been very pleased with the services that I have received at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery. There is never any pressure to spend money on other services and everything is explained fully. I highly recommend going there for any treatments you feel are necessary.


Amazing surgeon with an amazing staff. Everything was addressed in fine detail to me and I was taken care of like I was an immediate family member. I felt comfortable with my doctor and his staff. My surgery turned out wonderful and I was overly full of questions and concerns along the way, not feeling like I was a bother at all. The facilities were clean and orderly. I definantly recommend The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery!


Dr Jonov is a compassionate and skilled surgeon. My experience was fantastic and my results above expectations! I would recommend him to my friends & family. Thank you Dr Jonov for all you’ve done for me and for taking on my complicated surgery!!


Dr. Jonov is extremely talented and I couldn't have imagined better results. The supporting staff here is wonderful. I will always recommend them to all my friends and family.


The Leading Facelift Revision In Bellevue & Kirkland

Dr. Craig Jonov is a top plastic surgeon in the Bellevue and Kirkland areas. He has decades of experience and performs multiple facelifts per year. Along with his skills in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Jonov also frequently performs breast and body surgeries. He works to create a customized plan for each patient based on their specific needs and situation. Dr. Craig Jonov at The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery provides the best facelift revision Bellevue and Kirkland offers.

The Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery is a JCAHO-accredited outpatient surgery center. It is centrally located just outside of the major metropolitan areas of Kirkland, Bellevue, and Seattle. Easily accessible from I-5 and I-405, The Gallery is conveniently located and offers free parking.

To learn more and schedule a free consultation with Dr. Jonov, call us at 425-775-3561. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.