A natural looking face after your facelift is the objective of Dr. Kristina Zakhary MD. FRCSc.

Dr. Zakhary's area of speciality is limited to the Face.
Her surgical practice is focused 100% on Facial Cosmetic Surgery.

Face lift "Neck and Jowl lift" or Facial Rejuvenation Surgery!

Source: the practice of Dr. K. Zakhary. These photos are published for reference only to provide information on the nature of the intervention. They do not constitute a guarantee of results.

How will a Face lift improve my appearance?
  • A Facelift Surgery will balance your facial harmony by:
  • Repositioning sagging cheeks to a more youthful position
  • Softening the smile creases and marrionnette folds between your nose and mouth, and between your mouth and chin.
  • Tightening the loose sagging jawling tissue (Jowls)
  • Removing excess fat under your chin (neck liposuction)
  • Tightening loose and “turkey” neck muscles to give you a nicer neck line

A well done facelift surgery will improve the contours of your face and neck, and make your face and neck look more pleasing, younger and Natural.

What makes your Facelift Surgery a Success?

Your procedure should be Safe and the Result of your procedure should look Natural.

Your Facial Plastic Surgeon will help you to look Younger, Fresher and Natural Looking.

The best way to assess your surgeon’s skills and results is to see Before and After pictures of your cosmetic surgeons’s result. You can do this by consulting with your facial plastic surgeon when considering Facelift surgery. Call 405-450-3759 to arrange a consultation for Facelift in Calgary.

Will other people be able to tell that I had a Facelift Surgery?

Your result will be so Natural Looking that people will compliment you for looking “well rested” and better, but they will not be able to tell that you had any surgery.

After Facelift Surgery, Will I look “Stretched” or “Pulled”?


A carefully and expertly performed face lift surgery, will reposition and tighten your face muscles and skin in a natural way, and should not give you a look that is stretched or pulled.

Your facial plastic surgeon will use a special technique called the “Optimal Mobility Facelift” which is a less invasive facelift surgery, and has given a very Natural looking result.

What is the 'Optimum Mobility' Facelift?

The “Optimum Mobility” Face lift is a surgery technique that was created by Dr. Fanous, who is Dr. Zakhary’s mentor and teacher.

Dr. Zakhary is at the forefront of using this “mini dissection” surgical technique of facelift surgery in Calgary, Alberta, to obtain a Long Lasting, Natural looking result, while reducing the amount of bruising, swelling and risks, compared to traditional facelift surgery techniques.

Your hair will Never be shaved.

The incisions are expertly placed and hidden in the hairline, in between the ear and cheek, and in behind the ears. The muscles of the face are tightened with stitches, which disappear after approximately 6 weeks, and the extra loose skin is repositioned and removed. This combination of tightening the facial muscles and skin, make the result of your surgery much longer lasting, compared to tightening only the skin. Most of your stitches dissolve naturally. Sometimes, the extra fat underneath your chin is removed by liposuction, in order to reduce the appearance of a Double chin.

Dr. Zakhary may recommend additional procedures, such as injection of filler into your lips, chin implants, or Botox injections, so that you can have a more ideal and harmonious final result.

How long does it take to perform a Facelift surgery?

Facelift surgery usually is takes around 5 hours to perform since it is very intricate and delicate surgery. This cosmetic plastic surgery is performed in a fully certified surgical operating room in Calgary, Alberta.

It is an out patient procedure, which means that you will be able to return home on the same day after your surgery, to recover comfortably and safely at home.

In Calgary, Dr. Zakhary often performs facial plastic surgery on patients from all around Alberta, Saskatewan, british Columbia and all over Canada. If you are from out of town, you should be prepared to stay in Calgary for the first 3 days after your facelift surgery for observation, as a safety precaution. We will be happy to recommend a bed and breakfast that is close to our Calgary office and surgical center for your convenience.

In every case, after your facelift surgery, you will be given your facial plastic surgeon’s home and mobile telephone numbers. Dr. Zakhary will be easily accessible to you to answer any of your medical questions or concerns, and follow up with you personally, during your recovery period following your facial cosmetic plastic surgery.

When will my stitches be taken out?

The few stitches in front of your ears will be removed one week after your facelift surgery. All the rest of the sutures are Dissolvable and will disappear naturally by themselves!

Will my scars be visible?


The incisions for facelift are well hidden in your hairline, in the natural fold between your ear and cheek, in behind your ears, and sometimes a tiny incision is placed under your chin for fat liposuction of a double chin. Expertly placed incisions most often heal well and over time will be hidden and invisible.

Is Recovery from Facelift surgery painful?


You will not feel any pain during your facelift surgery. During your operation, you will be comfortably sleeping under general anesthesia, at a fully accredited Calgary Operating room. Excellent pain control medication will be given to you by board certified anesthesiology doctor in your immediate post surgery recovery time.

After your facelift surgery, you will generally feel a stiff or tight sensation in your cheeks and jaw for the first 7 – 10 days, and there is very little pain. Dr. Zakhary will ensure that you have the proper pain control medication in your post surgery recovery time. In general, you will have very little pain and discomfort during the postoperative period.

What is the Ideal Age for Face lift Surgery?

Facelift Surgery is often performed on men and women who are 40 to 60 years old, but it can also be performed on people in their 70s and 80s, if they are healthy enough. You should not wait until there is a lot of facial sagging and aging before considering Face lift surgery.

As you age, your face will sag, and you will develop a loose facial tissue, Jowls, and “turkey” neck. A facelift surgery can correct these signs of aging to help you look younger.

Other aging changes include, sagging low eyebrows, droopy eyelids, thinning lips, which all act together to make you look tired or sad. Other facial plastic surgery procedures will help with these signs of aging.

These aging changes can start to happen in your 40’s and 50’s, but the rate and effects of aging differ among different people. Aging is also affected and sped up by sun exposure, genetic factors, stress levels, significant weight loss, and lifestyle habits (such as amount of sleep, smoking and alcohol use).

Am I a good Candidate for Facelift Surgery?

You are a good candidate for Facelift Surgery if:

  • You have realistic expectations and goals for your facelift surgery
  • You are emotionally and physically healthy. Some medical conditions, like a tendency to scar excessively, blood clotting issues, high blood pressure, etc, can increase your risks with facelift surgery. Discuss these issues with your facial plastic surgeon.
  • You are a Non smoker
  • You are ready and willing to follow your surgeon’s advice for before and after surgery care. This advice is designed to help you to have a safe and good recovery.

If you plan to lose 20 pounds or more, please discuss this with your cosmetic surgeon prior to scheduling your facelift surgery.

If you have short hair, you may consider letting you hair grow longer, or purchasing a wig, to hide your incisions in the initial healing stage (first 4-6 weeks) after facelift surgery.

When can I go back to my normal daily activities after Facelift Surgery?

You will be “socially acceptable” after 2 to 3 weeks following your face lift surgery.

Your stitches will be removed one week after your facelift surgery; and your bandages will be removed 2 weeks after your surgery. You will have some bruising and swelling around your ears and cheeks, which will start to resolve 2 to 3 weeks following your facelift surgery, and then you will be able to return to your normal daily activities after this time.

It can take 4 to 6 weeks before the majority of the swelling heals and any irregularities in front of your ears (from the sutures that are holding up the repositioned facial tissues) to smoothen out. Healing does take time, and you will start to see the final result of your facelift surgery around 4 to 6 months after your surgery.

How soon after my Facelift surgery can I restart my Exercise routine?

You can restart your normal exercise routine 3 to 4 weeks following your facelift surgery.

You should avoid heavy exercise and weight training for 3-4 weeks after your face lift surgery in order to reduce your risk of bleeding, hematoma, and to allow your body to recover from swelling after surgery. After this 3 – 4 week recovery period, you can slowly resume your normal exercise routine.

How long will my Facelift result last?

Facelift surgery could make you look 5-10 years younger. That means you could always look 5-10 years younger, even though the aging process continues.

In other words, surgery will not stop normal aging, but you will always look naturally younger after your facelift surgery.

Remember that Face lift surgery will lift and tighten your cheeks, jaw line and neck. You may need to consider small maintenance procedures, such as Botox injections, Filler injections or medical skin therapy to improve other issues, such as wrinkles, thin lips, sagging brows or sagging eyelids. Other procedures will help to keep your facial features in beautiful harmony with your younger looking cheeks, jaw line and neck.

What are some possible complications of Facelift Surgery?

As with every surgery, Facelift surgery has some possible, uncommon complications. The percentage of having a complication following Face lift surgery is usually very low. These can include: Bleeding, Infection, Bad scar healing, Asymmetry, Cheek and ear numbness, Muscle or nerve weakness, Skin necrosis, Allergic reactions, etc.

Your facial plastic surgeon will personally follow up with you many times following your facelift surgery in order to assess your healing and help you if you develop any of these uncommon complications.

What if I only want a Neck lift surgery?

Dr. Zakhary does not generally recommend having only a neck lift surgery without having a facelift surgery.

It is her professional opinion and experience that a nice and rejuvenated neck will not look good beside a sagging face and cheeks. Correcting a sagging neck while neglecting to correct a sagging face, will also create skin bunching around the ears, which is not generally desirable.

It is recommended to consider a facelift at the same time as a neck lift in order to have a beautiful, harmonious and natural looking result.

What other Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Procedures should I also consider?

Face lift surgery will refresh your appearance by tightening and repositioning your facial muscles and skin to create more beautiful and youthful facial contours. It does not lift sagging eyebrows, remove excess upper eyelid skin or muscle, or replenish lost volume in your lips or cheeks. Other facial cosmetic plastic surgery procedures can further enhance and refresh your appearance by addressing these specific issues, including:

Forehead lift

Low eyebrows, whether caused by heredity or aging, can make you look tired and sad. Forehead lift surgery is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that pulls up sagging low eyebrows and forehead a little bit, in a very natural looking way. The incisions are completely hidden behind your hairline! Forehead lift surgery often improves and lifts heavy upper eyelids and softens the forehead and frown wrinkles, as well as gives your face a softer, radiant and well refreshed appearance.

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

Eyelid surgery refreshes sagging eyelids which can make you look tired or sad. Blepharoplasty surgery removes excess skin, muscle and fat from your upper or lower eyelids. The incisions for blepharoplasty surgery tiny and are completely hidden in your eyelid crease. Cosmetic Eyelid surgery can be performed at the same time as your facelift surgery in order to enhance your result and further refresh your appearance.

lip Enhancement

As you age, your lips will become thinner.

Thin lips make you look older.

If you have thin lips, it would be a good idea to consider adding volume to your lips with lip filler injection, a few weeks following your facelift surgery. Dr. Zakhary will ensure that your lip filler result is very Natural looking, in order to harmonize your lips with your newly rejuvenated face and neck.

Double Chin Correction and Chin Implant Surgery

If you have a double chin, Dr. Zakhary can reduce this by performing liposuction of your chin and neck at the same time as your facelift surgery, through a tiny incision under your chin.

Sometimes, adding a chin implant to improve the strength of a weak chin will help to reduce the appearance of a double chin and jowls. Chin implant surgery can also be done at the same time as a facelift surgery.

Medical Skin Therapy and/or Laser Resurfacing

As you age, your skin will develop uneven texture and brown pigmentation. Medical skin care creams and laser resurfacing will improve the overall texture and colour of your skin, adding to your refreshed appearance.

How much does a Facelift Surgery Cost?

Please call our Calgary office at 403-450-3759, to get a cost estimate for cosmetic facelift surgery. The cost of this surgery can vary depending on the cosmetic issues that need to be addressed, as well as the reputation of your facial plastic surgeon.

Do you have any payment plans to pay my face lift surgery?

You can pay in installments, or alternatively, we can recommend a medical financing company that will help you to finance your surgery payment over 1 – 5 years.

What if I have more questions about Facelift Surgery?

Please feel welcome to call our office in Calgary, Alberta, at 403-450-3759 to speak with our friendly staff and book a consultation with Dr. Zakhary so that she can answer any of your questions about Face lift surgery in Calgary. Our priority is a Worry Free experience for you! 

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What is a Facelift Operation?

Performed in Calgary, Face lift (FaceLift) surgery is a cosmetic facial plastic surgery procedure that tightens and lifts the tissue (muscles and skin) in your face, cheeks and neck, and removes fat from under your chin and neck, and to make and makes you look fresher and younger. The result will be Natural looking.

Although you will still continue aging after Facelift surgery, you will always maintain your younger look throughout the years to come.

That means that, if you look 5 to 10 years younger after your Face lift surgery, you will always look 5 to 10 years younger as the years go by.

It is important to remember that maintenance procedures, such as wrinkle reduction (such as Botox) injections, Filler procedures, skin medical treatments and lasers may be needed to keep you looking fresh and rejuvenated after your Facelift Surgery.

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Dr. Kristina Zakhary MD, FRCSc