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Facelift Scottsdale

Dr. Malek believes in making you have a more youthful, natural appearance, one that would lead people to believe that you are aging beautifully, not that you have had plastic surgery. You want to choose one of the highest rated surgeons to perform your facelift Scottsdale has to offer. For this reason, double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Malek is the clear choice when picking a cosmetic surgeon.

Both men and women who wish to achieve a younger, fresher looking face can benefit from becoming Scottsdale facelift surgery patients. Face lifts can help reverse the common signs of aging such as wrinkles, creases, fine lines and sagging skin.

Facelift Before & After

Facelift Phoenix

What is a Facelift?

A face lift, sometimes referred to as a Rhytidectomy, is used to reduce the excess skin on your face. You may be a candidate for this procedure if you have the appearance of jowls and deep creases between the base of the nose and the corners of the mouth. Other signs of needing this procedure are if you think you have a tired facial appearance, or if you believe you have developed facial and neck wrinkles.

The face lift procedure is a group of procedures designed to readjust the skin, fatty tissue and muscles of the face to create a smoother, tighter, more youthful appearance. This procedure will improve the skin around your eyes, on your forehead, and cheeks.

What does a Facelift entail?

During your consultation in Scottsdale, Dr. Malek will evaluate your anatomical features and outline a thoughtful plan to restore natural support and contours to your cheeks, jawline and neck. He utilizes a host of surgical interventions to address different patient’s needs, always choosing the least invasive yet most effective procedure to restore a rested and youthful appearance. Some non-invasive techniques could be utilized in some patients thereby decreasing expense and down-time. You will be able to thoroughly review all options with Dr. Malek and his staff.

Why Get a Facelift?

As the years pass, the skin begins to lose its natural collagen, the substance that provides elasticity and structure. Lines begin to appear around the eyes, from nose to mouth, and cheeks begin to sag. The firm, clean line of the jaw has sagging skin; the wrinkles and lines make the face appear old and tired.

Many people find these signs of age to be very distressing – and for good reason. An aging face appears less vital, less alive, and in many cases, less attractive or appealing, with a negative impact on feelings of self-confidence. Dr. Malek's main goal is to help his Scottsdale and Phoenix patients overcome the signs of aging. With Dr. Malek's beautiful results and the extra care and attention he takes with every patient makes him one of the top destinations for a facelift in Phoenix.

Facelift in Scottsdale AZ - Dr. Marc Malek

Natural, Youthful & Fresh: Facelift Phoenix & Scottsdale

A facelift can restore the look of youth, eliminate lines and wrinkles, and restore a firm, youthful line to the jaw. It requires a skilled, artistic approach to achieve results that appear natural and youthful. Dr. Marc Malek has garnered a reputation for his artistry in facial plastic surgery, uses the most cutting-edge procedures and techniques, and is known for achieving impressive results. For this reason, Dr. Malek is double board-certified and is known by many as a leader in the facelift Scottsdale field.

For a facelift that leaves you looking rested, refreshed, and shaves years off your facial appearance, you want a surgeon who has an eye for beauty, harmony, and balance, look no further than Dr. Marc Malek.

The Facelift Procedure

Each person has unique facial issues, and the treatment plan must be customized. No cookie cutter approach ever achieved stunning results. The first step is a full evaluation of your facial skin, tissue, and the quality and laxity of the muscles beneath the skin layer. Some patients may require only a “mini facelift” while others may need a standard facelift. Your custom facelift will typically involve the following steps:

  • The patient is put under with general anesthetic.
  • The facial skin is carefully separated from the connective tissue and muscle structure beneath.
  • Deep facial tissue is repositioned for a firmer contour.
  • Jowls are removed to create a firmer, slimmer foundation upon which to place the facial skin.
  • Excess skin is removed.
  • Remaining skin is replaced over the restored facial tissue, for a smoother, fresher appearance – without excess tightness.

Facelift Options in Scottsdale and Phoenix

When you have become accustomed to looking your best, the aging process can be difficult. As you age, your skin loses the ability to produce collagen and elastin the way it did in your youth, causing it to begin to sag and droop and deep lines and wrinkles to form. Due to greater exposure to the sun, your face is one of the first places to show the signs of aging. These signs detract from your once-youthful glow, often leaving your facial skin looking dull and lifeless.

Liposuction may be recommended to be used in conjunction with the face lift, as needed. In addition, a neck lift procedure is often opted for to finish the overall youthful restoration in the most natural-looking way.

Types of Facelifts

Restore the Glow of Youth

Thankfully, you don’t have to live with a facial skin that doesn’t reflect your inner vibrance. A facelift, also referred to as a rhytidectomy, can dramatically reverse the visible signs of aging by smoothing facial skin, and lifting your features to a more youthful position – that looks like you. A facelift can restore volume and fullness, remove deep lines and wrinkles, and restore the contours of your neck and jawline. There are many options for men and women. It is helpful to know the options for the various facelift procedures, so you can make an informed decision about which option is best suited for your needs.

Mini Facelift

A mini facelift in Phoenix focuses on tightening the skin around the jawline, removing unsightly jowls and smoothing the skin of the lower face in the process. During this procedure, an incision is made around the ears, and the skin and underlying muscles are pulled upward and out in order to restore the contours of the lower face. Excess tissue will be removed, and the incision will be closed with sutures.

Mid Facelift

A mid facelift concentrates its restoration on the skin of the mid face just beneath the eyes from the cheekbones to the jawline. It uses incisions similar to those of a mini facelift and skin is pulled in an outward motion, smoothing the nasolabial folds or laugh lines. During a mid facelift, fat may be redistributed around the mid face to restore fullness to the cheeks and bring back fresh, youthful contours of your face.

Brow Lift

A brow lift, or forehead lift, smooths the skin of the upper face while rejuvenating the appearance of your eyes. With a brow lift, incisions are made at your hairline. The skin and muscles of the upper face will then be smoothed and tightened, creating a subtle, well-rested, refreshed look.

Full Facelift

If you have more extensive needs in facial rejuvenation, a full facelift combines the effect of all of the above procedures. This redefines the youthful contours of your face, giving it rested, natural look. Deep lines and wrinkles will be smoothed, while excess skin and tissue are removed.

If you are interested in discussing your options for a Facelift, Dr. Marc Malek would be happy to meet with you and discuss your personal goals for facial rejuvenation.

Facelift Recovery

We require all our Scottsdale and Phoenix patients who have a facelift to stay one night at the Surgery Recovery Center. You will go home with your head and neck wrapped in dressings, which are usually removed a few days after the surgery. There is minimal discomfort with this procedure which is controlled with pain medications. Aesthetically, your recovery will be longer than your discomfort. The discomfort usually lasts 2-3 days.

Your surgical results are evident in 2-3 weeks with bruising and swelling disappearing by the third week. Bruising and swelling is a common side effect to a facelift procedure. Most patients are back to work one to two weeks after a facelift, and fully recovered by the third week. The results of your facelift in Phoenix with our double board-certified plastic surgeon will shed years off of your appearance and last for nearly a decade before any major surgery should be done again.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19


I am very pleased to inform you that we have been able to secure antibody testing for our patients in order to allow for elective procedures in compliance with AZ Dept of Health and Governor Ducey’s Executive order. We hope everyone understands the test is mandatory per the order.

Antibody tests are extremely scarce and range in cost from $ 75-400. Still, the mass majority are not FDA approved as of yet so we are using local experience by medical practices handling COVID-19 to ascertain the quality of the test we have chosen for our patients.

The test examines two Antibodies.

IgM-indicates a recent infection within 30 days.

IgG indicates conversion from a distant infection meaning you potentially have immunity.

Test Results:

If you test positive for IgM then your surgery will be delayed at least 30 days until clear by a retest.

Although the practice would like to provide these tests at no charge, due to the elective nature of our procedures we will not receive any from the Health Department or any government agency. I encourage all of our patients who are able to seek their own testing either at free community locations or through their practitioner if covered by insurance. Otherwise, we can provide an antibody test to all preop patients at our own cost of purchase ($75). Some may require a second test depending on the initial result. Once again it is a mandate per the health dept to obtain testing prior to any elective procedure at any and all surgical facilities in Arizona.

I and the entire staff at Preferred Plastic Surgery will continue to be devoted to your safety as our utmost priority.

Please review our practice protocol below for our reopening. I believe it is beyond comprehensive and likely to set the new standard of patient flow and care during these challenging times. It will reassure any and all of your concerns regarding your safety and reduction of all unnecessary exposure during your time in our facility.


Scottsdale outpatient surgery

Peri-Operative Standardization and Maintenance for COVID-19 Safety Policy and Procedural Protocols.


The facility is a single Operative suite with one pre-operative bay and 2 PACU bays.

  • the facility will be used 2 days a week
  • only one procedure is performed at a time and there will be strict limitation of traffic to anyone except the patient and staff directly in contact and actively managing that patient
  • no known or Covid-19 positively tested patients will be treated at the facility
  • staff at the facility will be COVID -19 antibody tested on a routine basis as well as closely monitored for any signs of symptoms through a COVID-19 specific questionnaire
  • daily temperature checks will be performed on all staff and patients prior to entry into the facility
  • PPE supplies are available and a greater than 14 day supply will be in stock at all times
  • the required inventory list is in place for all PPE and is maintained daily for reorders and necessary fulfillment
  • this supply will not be reliant upon county or state supplies
  • all staff will wear PPE at all times while in the facility
  • PPE is changed between treating different patients


  • Covid-19 Questionnaire involving all the following are asked of all patients staff and others prior to all visits whether preop, operative or post-op.
  • Symptoms of fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath or tightens when breathing, gastrointestinal upset or diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell.
  • Exposure to other household members or coworkers who are sick or report any of the above symptoms
  • the questionnaire also applied to staff


  • surgeries are performed in the order of priority as in regard to pain discomfort, interference with routine lifestyle, or where delay leads to the need of potentially more complicated procedures


  • In addition to necessary and appropriate pre-op medical clearance additional COVID-19 identification and prevention requirements are introduced to every patient prior to being accepted for surgery.
  • Questionnaire involving all the following are performed at each and all visits whether preop, operative, or post-op.
  • Symptoms of fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath or tightens when breathing, gastrointestinal upset or diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell.
  • Exposure to other household members or coworkers who are sick or report any of the above symptoms
  • Strict limitation in social contacts and distancing 21 days prior to the procedure.
  • This limits the patient to contact only with family members of the same household. No travel within 4 weeks, and if working it must be either from home or in a strictly controlled setting which provides more than adequate distancing practices
  • An on-site in office Covid antibody screening test is performed 10 days prior to the procedure (IgG, IgM), the result is obtained on-site within 15 minutes
  • Repeat testing is performed the day of surgery in pre-op
  • Patient is further instructed on strict social distancing in the time leading up to surgery including avoiding all public spaces except for work and home
  • Subsequent careful monitoring of the patient for any newly developing symptoms of possible Covid-19 from that preop visit leading up to the day of surgery.


Equipment is standard as for routine surgeries performed following universal precautions with additional safety measures

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) :

  • Sterile masks (N95)
  • surgical masks
  • Eye protection
  • Cavicide solution
  • Sanitization wipes/ sprays
  • Gloves at all stations

Protocols for surgery receiving (preop through discharge)

  • arrival times are staggered for one patient only.
  • 2-4 total patients maximum per day at the facility with no overlap of any patients at any stage of pre-op, OR, or in Pacu
  • patient calls center upon arrival to the parking lot
  • Patient is greeted outside and a temperature gun is used to brain a reading prior to entry into the facility.
  • If the temperature is normal the patient is escorted alone into receiving and the family returns only for pickup after the patient is recovered
  • No family in the waiting room or lobby
  • Patient is directed into the preop bathroom for a urine sample and then preop bay for changing into a gown and being prepared for surgery
  • Nursing applies a finger prick Covid-19 antibody test ( this is a repeat of the preop test administered 10 days earlier.
  • The Patient is given a mask to wear while interacting with staff in preop/receiving.
  • All staff members are wearing gloves and mask/protective eyewear
  • Intravenous catheter placement is performed by nursing
  • Anesthesia and surgeon separately interview the patient
  • Patient taken into OR suite and their face mask is removed for airway management and administration of anesthesia.
  • Upon completion of surgery patient is moved to the post-anesthesia care unit
  • One assigned PACU nurse strictly dedicated for one-on-one care will recover patient in protective gear until discharge
  • Patient is discharged when appropriately stable
  • Nurse reviews instructions with one single family member who must be in a mask at 6/8 foot distance in the discharge area
  • Typically at the exterior canopy
  • Nurse replaces all PPE prior to receiving the next recovery patient

Facility sanitization and maintenance:

Each bay is mopped, bedding sheets changed and all surfaces sanitized before use by each individual patient. (Pre-op, OR, Pacu)

Cleaning of the facility including receiving and discharge areas daily as well as between patients when used.


  • each post-operative visit is done on a one on one basis.
  • no lobby or waiting room visitation is allowed
  • NO-STANDING, NO-WAITING protocol is followed at all times in the office as patients are only directed to and from the outside between their vehicle and a single prepared examination room.
  • patients call into office upon arrival to the parking lot
  • patient and any accompanying family member must wear a face mask into the facility on all visits
  • the patient alone is escorted directly into an examination room by a staff member wearing a face mask and at an appropriate distance of 6 feet or greater (exceptions are allowed if the patient needs assistance to walk in or out of office by a family member who will also be required to wear a mask
  • physician examination is performed with mask and gloves protective wear
  • if the patient is seen alone instructions and clarifications are made by the physician to family members via phone as appropriate
  • each examination room is completely sanitized prior to re-use
  • follow up appointments are made by phone once the patient leaves the premises.

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