Ponytail Facelift: Is It The Same As a Traditional Facelift?

Excess skin, fine lines, wrinkles, and drooping features are common signs of aging. Traditional facelift surgery addresses these problems separately. It only fixes certain parts of the face and frequently addresses isolated sections without tackling the entire face.

Although this is advantageous for certain patients who need specific areas of the face addressed, including the forehead and cheeks, it is inconvenient for others who require a more integrated solution to their facelift. In this instance, a ponytail facelift would be more suitable, since it tackles wrinkles, fine lines, double chin, and drooping eyelids all at once.

Ponytail Facelift Versus Traditional Facelift

Traditional Facelift

During a traditional facelift, your cosmetic surgeon will make small cuts behind your ears, or sometimes right along your hairline. At this point, the skin is pulled and tightened. Extra skin is then removed to give you a more youthful appearance. A traditional facelift is ideal for those who are worried about a double chin or wrinkling in their forehead. Numerous patients, nevertheless, are also concerned about additional aging signs, including a drooping mid-face and eyelids as well as a not-so-attractive jawline. In this case, a ponytail facelift would be more beneficial.

Ponytail Facelift

With a ponytail facelift, on the other hand, your cosmetic surgeon will transform your face with minimal incisions. The surgeon will carefully position unique stitches surrounding eyebrows, eyelids, and jowls, raising and pulling these regions firmly without the need for skin excision. Your cosmetic surgeon will then inject dermal fillers that will last a while into specific sections of your face, including the cheeks and nose, to give you a more youthful appearance in these areas. This achieves stunning anti-aging outcomes while requiring much less recovery time than a traditional facelift procedure

Why Is It Called a Ponytail Facelift?

The name is derived from the effects of the facelift. The procedure is intended to simulate the effects of pulling the hair back into a snugly, raised ponytail. This pulls the scalp’s skin and, as a result, the eyebrows, forehead, and cheeks move upward to produce a more youthful look. There are typically no noticeable surgical incisions, which makes it ideal for professional people as well as the fairly young with minor symptoms primarily in the jawline as well as lower mid-face. If you are specifically concerned about having jowls, Dr. Kao offers the KaOgee jowl lift procedure as well.

What Can I Expect During Recovery?

The recovery time for this procedure is significantly shorter than a traditional facelift. In fact, the majority of patients are able to return to their everyday activities within a few days of their procedure and are able to go home after their procedure. This is because there is only minimal redness or bulging at the site of the incision. Typically there is no bruising. If any bruising occurs, it will eventually dissipate after seven days.

Will My Results Look Natural?

When performed by a highly qualified cosmetic surgeon, the results can be astounding. You will look years younger with minimal aging flaws. Although traditional facelifts are effective at treating signs of aging, the results can appear abnormal. However, with a ponytail facelift, the cosmetic surgeon can produce a more natural-looking appearance.


If you desire to transform your entire aging facial appearance, a ponytail facelift is the best option for you. It is able to address all aging signs that appear on the face, unlike the traditional facelift.  This is due to the fact that the facial skin, as well as the skin of the scalp, is pulled back to help remove wrinkles, jowls, fine lines, and other imperfections. The best part is that you will look years younger and your recovery time will be minimal. Contact your cosmetic surgeon right away if you want to learn more about a ponytail facelift.