Face Lift


A Utah Facelift is one of the most overall rejuvenating procedures within all of facial plastic surgery. While some patients mistakenly think that the goal of the face-lift is tighten the skin itself, a face-lift is an operation designed to cosmetically tighten the muscular tissues below the facial skin. Although tighter skin is obviously the ultimate goal, from a surgeon’s point of view this occurs more as a “positive consequence” resulting from the tightening of the muscular layers below the skin.

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Mobley MD is a one of a kind haven for nose and facial transformation. Nationally acclaimed Steven Mobley, MD has improved the facial appearance of politicians, sports figures, and other nationally known individuals. He as also helped improve the lives of people from all walks of life, from doctors, to soccer moms, and business executives.
Dr. Steven Mobley has been featured on Inside Edition, Good Morning America, People and Cosmopolitan magazines. Dr. Mobley has over 15 years of experience and has positively transformed thousands of patients nose, eyes, ears, and necklines. Mobley MD Facial Plastic Surgery attracts patients from all over the world and all walks of life. We invite you to experience the difference for yourself.
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Surgeons who use older facelift techniques often end up with patients who have a “windblown” look, which is very much a stigma of having an unnatural surgical face-lift outcome.

With nearly fifteen years of experience, Dr. Steven Mobley has performed hundreds of operations in this area, bringing a wealth of experience to your individual face-lift procedure. Just as no two faces are the same, no two face-lift operations are exactly the same. However, general principles still apply to most face lifting procedures. Whether you are looking for a face-lift, a cheek lift, a mini face-lift or a weekend face-lift, there is a broad range of procedures available and Dr. Mobley will help you determine which procedure will best fit your cosmetic facial surgery goals.

Dr. Mobley is a teacher, innovator and national authority on Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Surgery.

Dr. Mobley has taught his surgical techniques internationally and has written numerous medical articles and book chapters on his innovations. Dr. Mobley is a national authority on Facial Plastic Surgery and is published in some of the leading teaching texts of our time.


In general, the principles are the same for a mini face-lift, cheek lift, weekend face-lift or a traditional “full” face-lift:

  • Incisions are hidden in the front and back of the ear, which are very hard to spot after a few weeks of healing.
  • Some smaller incisions are hidden in hairline temples and the hairline behind the ear.
  • A muscular layer of tissue called the SMAS is tightened surgically. This helps reduce the appearance of sagging cheeks and jowls.

Through these hidden incisions Dr. Mobley can get beneath the skin and tighten the muscular layer (SMAS) that lies below the face. These are not the important muscles that deal with smiling or chewing, so the operation has a relatively high safety profile while still achieving a very nice long-lasting, natural, surgically tightened appearance. As you can see by the images in the photo gallery, it is possible to take a range of faces and make them look much younger. Most patients who come in after they have had a face-lift comment that their cheeks look fuller and that their jawline is much better defined, as much of the loose crepe paper-like skin of the cheeks and upper neck has been surgically tightened.


A Utah facelift is a surgical procedure to provide maximum improvement in this area. Dr. Mobley’s technique is to tighten the finer muscles below the facial skin. This provides a very natural and rejuvenated result while avoiding a “surgical” or “pulled” appearance. Incisions are hidden around the ears and in the hair-bearing area of the scalp. Pain is minimal but some bruising and swelling is to be expected. Recovery averages 10 to 14 days for most of Dr. Mobley’s patients.

Procedures that may complement Rhytidectomy (facelifts) are:


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Frequently Asked Questions About Revision Rhinoplasty

In simplest terms, Rhytidectomy is an operation that is performed to surgically tighten the facial tissues. I perform what is called a modified deep-plane lift, meaning that an emphasis is placed on muscle tightening, not pulling the skin tight. This creates a natural look, and not a “wind-blown” appearance. I feel strongly about avoiding a surgical, pulled-too-tight look, and I find that conservative tightening is the best way to go. I hide my incisions around the ears and in the back part of the hair. This incision hides very well in both men (click for image) and women (click for image). For many of my patients, getting rid of that “turkey gobbler” look is one of their greatest rewards from this procedure. For patients requiring a mid-facelift, very small incisions are hidden in the crow’s feet of the eyes and in the hairline. “Mid-lifts” are for patients whose natural cheek fullness has dropped and needs to be repositioned up over the cheek bone where it was in earlier years. Only after a complete physical exam can I determine if a facelift or “mid-lift” is most appropriate for you.

To fully understand the costs of cosmetic surgery, you must understand the guiding principles of Dr. Mobley’s medical practice: quality, safety, and respect for costs. Dr, Mobley has not designed the surgical experience to be the lowest bid; rather, he wants you to have an exceptionally high-quality medical experience. If this interests you, please read on.

Three main components contribute to your final cosmetic surgery fee. The first component is the surgeon’s fee. As this is a medical experience, your final surgeon’s fee can only be determined after a full consultation. Dr. Mobley will perform a complete history and physical exam and will carefully discuss your concerns.

A recent survey of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery showed the average professional fee for face-lifting surgery is around $8000. Dr. Mobley’s professional fee will tend to be in that range. However, there are two additional fees for every face-lift operation: the surgical facility and the anesthesia provider.

Dr. Mobley does not skimp when choosing where to do your surgery. Your surgery will be performed in a state of the art certified surgical facility. If IV or general anesthesia is needed, you will be cared for by some of Utah’s top anesthesia providers.

When you combine all three fees (surgeon, facility, and anesthesia), the final cost for your facelift can fall within a broad range. Some patients only require an in-office mini-facelift, which tend to cost between $5800-$7800. Many times a full facelift can be performed safely in the office O.R. and the fee for these is approximately $8500-$9800. If a formal operating room is used with full anesthesia, add an additional $2000-$4000 to the final procedure price. The majority of facelift patients should be expecting a final cost of $9000 to $13000. You can always find a lower fee, but at Mobley MD we pride ourselves on the fact that Dr. Mobley is one of the most well regarded Facial Plastic Surgeons in the Intermountain West. There are no regrets when you choose the best.

After your consultation, you will leave the office with an easy to understand written quote in which we will list the cost of these three components for your individualized surgical plan. Keep in mind that the facility and anesthesia fees are time-based and so may change based on the actual final length of your surgery.

Dr. Mobley wants to make cosmetic surgery available to as many people as possible. For that reason we have  partnered with CareCredit to provide lending services. With CareCredit you can take up to 36 months to pay with no interest programs available. When you come in for your consultation we will be more than happy to go over all your financial options with you.

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Rhytidectomy require one to two weeks for a complete recovery. Some of my patients are ready to work after just one week, but most require two weeks for a complete recovery. It is my experience that most people desire some privacy to their recovery, so waiting a full two weeks can be the best approach.

For the first 1-2 days following surgery, the face is wrapped with a compressive bandage. This can cause some pressure discomfort, but most patients find this very tolerable, particularly in combination with the pain medications that all patients receive. Once the compressive head-wrap is removed, most patients feel that the majority of their discomfort has been alleviated. It is normal to feel tightness in the neck muscles under the chin. This is simply a sign of a successful surgical tightening of the neckline. This lasts for about 7 days.

Every type of surgery has risks. It’s my ethical responsibility to educate you on these risks so you can make the best possible decision for yourself while weighing these risks against the benefits of surgery. My training helps me to minimize these risks to the best of my ability, but I cannot eliminate them entirely. Common risks include loss of hair follicles near incision sites, distortion of the earlobe, asymmetry, facial nerve weakness, numb earlobe, thick scars, residual fat or skin laxity, and blood collection under the skin. The risks above are the most common ones that I think you should be aware of, but they are not a complete list of all possible risks. When I see you in consultation and we begin to formulate your surgical treatment plan, I’ll review with you not only these common risks but also the less likely complications that may occur.

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Murray, UT 84123
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