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From crow’s feet to thinning lips, the face is the first place people notice signs of aging. If you feel that your face looks older and worn out, you can turn back the clock with facelift surgery. A facelift tightens sagging skin, minimizes wrinkles, and improves muscle tone to make you look more youthful and refreshed.

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Who Can Benefit?

Those considering facelift surgery may suffer from one or more of the following types of facial aging.

Lower Face Wrinkles and Creases

Those with age-related fine lines, wrinkles, and deep creases in their lower face tend to be 40 years of age or older. Typically, these individuals have tried treatment with facial injectables and desire a more drastic and permanent change.

Volume Loss

Noticeable facial volume loss tends to make the face look old and gaunt. This occurs gradually due to fat displacement and skin laxity. These individuals are usually in their 40s or older.

Sagging Jowls and Cheeks

Sagging jowls and a loss of jawline and cheek definition occur due to fat displacement and increased skin laxity. Individuals with these signs of aging tend to be in their 50s or older.

Excess Neck Skin

Those with a loss of definition in the neck and chin area due to increased skin laxity are usually in their 50s or older.

Neck Muscle Banding and Excess Fat

Those with excess neck fat and vertical muscle banding along the neck are usually in their 50s or older.

What Are Your Options?

Bonaldi Aesthetic Lift

The Bonaldi Aesthetic Lift was developed by Dr. Bonaldi for patients who desire minor lifting and tightening in the face. It is perfect for younger patients or patients who have previously undergone facelift surgery. Dr. Bonaldi will slightly lift and tighten the skin and muscles to correct sagging jowls and wrinkles and creases in the lower face. He will also combine facial fat grafting to create a more youthful look. Because it is a less-invasive procedure, it has minimal downtime. Afterward, you will have fewer wrinkles, noticeably smoother skin, and a rejuvenated appearance.

Monogram Lift

The Monogram Lift was developed by Dr. Bonaldi for patients who have sagging skin along the jawline and neck. Dr. Bonaldi will make an inconspicuous incision along the hairline, and through this incision, he will lift the tissues of the lower face and neck. Dr. Bonaldi will also combine facial fat grafting and other minor procedures such as an eyelid lift or brow lift to create a more youthful look.

Signature Lift

For the most comprehensive experience, Dr. Bonaldi performs his Signature Lift. Designed for patients with noticeable neck fat and muscle banding, this procedure includes incisions in the hairline and an incision under the chin. Dr. Bonaldi will also combine facial fat grafting, a brow lift, an eyelid lift, and other procedures as necessary to fully treat each facial area that has been affected by aging. The Signature Lift produces natural-looking results to help you to look younger and more refreshed.

Addressing Your Concerns


After your facelift, have a companion drive you home and stay with you for one or two days. You may experience some discomfort for the first few days. Any swelling or bruising will subside within two weeks. You should be able to return to work within one to two weeks. Dr. Bonaldi will give you more personal recommendations to help your recovery go quickly and smoothly.


Because facelift surgery requires incisions, there will be some scarring. However, Dr. Bonaldi hides the incisions within the hairline so that any scarring is as inconspicuous as possible. Patients who undergo Dr. Bonaldi’s Signature Lift will also have a scar underneath the chin. All scarring will lighten over time.


The cost of your facelift will depend on the type you receive. The surgeon’s experience and expertise, operational expenses, facility costs, anesthesia fees, and geographical location will affect the cost of your procedure.


Some patients may experience minor pain or discomfort for a few days after surgery. Dr. Bonaldi will prescribe medication to manage any discomfort during this time.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the age requirements for a facelift?

    Facelift patients are usually in their 40s, 50s, or 60s. In some cases, patients younger or older than this may qualify for the procedure. For older patients, good skin quality will be necessary to ensure that the desired results are possible. Patients under age 50 tend to experience the best results.

  • How do I prepare for my procedure?

    At least two weeks before surgery, patients should discontinue smoking and taking certain medications or supplements according to Dr. Bonaldi’s personal instructions. Plan ahead for your recovery period by scheduling time off work, preparing meals, and having a friend or family member plan to drive you home and be with you after your procedure. All other recommendations will be given to you personally at your consultation.

  • How long will my facelift surgery take?

    Depending on whether you are receiving the Bonaldi Aesthetic Lift, the Monogram Lift, or the Signature Lift, your procedure may last approximately one to four hours. Where more extensive correction is needed, the surgery will take longer.

  • Where will my incisions be located?

    With each technique, the incisions are hidden within the hairline. They will run from the hairline at the temples down to the back of the head, ending in the lower scalp. For patients receiving the Signature Lift, there will also be an incision beneath the chin.

  • When are the final results visible after a facelift?

    Most of your results will be visible six months after surgery. Patients may continue to see subtle changes for up to one year after the procedure.

  • How can I achieve the best results?

    Follow Dr. Bonaldi’s instructions carefully both before and after surgery to achieve the best results with your procedure. Avoid direct sun exposure, and if you must go out in the sun, wear sunscreen and a hat to protect your face after your facelift surgery.

Schedule Your Visit

Bonaldi Aesthetics
Plastic Surgery & Med Spa
6630 South McCarran Blvd. Suite B20
Reno, Nevada 89509
(775) 828-7400

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