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When you look in the mirror, do you appear tired and prematurely aged? Loose, wrinkled skin on your face and neck could be the reason why.

A facelift performed by board-certified plastic surgeon Brian J. Kobienia of Minneapolis, MN, can give you a more youthful look.

Learn more about facelift procedures and how they can reduce the visible effects of aging...

Dr. Kobienia Explains Facelift Surgery

Dr. Kobienia discusses the full face lift procedure that he performs at his Edina plastic surgery practice. This procedure can enhance the face, neckline, and jawline to give a much younger appearance. He can conceal the scars behind the ears or beneath the hairline.

Turn Back the Clock Request a Facelift Consultation Today

If you are interested in achieving a more youthful appearance through a facelift, request a consultation at Kobienia Plastic Surgery in Edina, MN, today. During this consultation, Dr. Kobienia will examine your face, ask about your cosmetic goals, and explain what we can accomplish through rhytidectomy or other forms of cosmetic surgery.

Patients from throughout the Twin Cities recommend our practice because:

  • Our plastic surgeon has been board-certified since 2000.
  • Dr. Kobienia has a kind and educational bedside manner.
  • We utilize the most modern plastic surgery techniques.
  • We offer CareCredit® financing.

You can request a consultation at our Minneapolis-area office by filling out our online form or by calling 

(952) 925-1111

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Real 5-Star Reviews "I Look Like I'm in My Twenties Again!"


Claudia Pachl


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I had a facelift with Dr. Kobienia. His professionalism and concern to answer all my questions during the consult put me at ease and gave me the confidence to do the surgery.  Everything went as was expected in surgery and my postoperative care was wonderful. Dr. Kobienia and his staff are the best! I am so pleased with my results and highly recommend Dr. Kobienia and his staff for any Plastic Surgery needs!

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I was very nervous to go in for a cosmetic consultation. Dr. Kobienia came into the exam room and he immediately put me at ease. He was very profession, kind and had a sense of humor. I felt completely comfortable with him. My care before, during and after my procedure were exceptional!  I (and my husband) couldn't be more happy with my results!  I look like I am in my twenties again!!! I HIGHLY recommend Dr Kobienia for your cosmetic surgery!

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Am I a Good Facelift Candidate?

Most healthy adults are good candidates for plastic surgery, especially if they exhibit significant signs of aging. Men and women over the age of 40 make up a large percentage of facelift candidates. However, these factors may disqualify you from undergoing facelift surgery:

  • Unhealthy lifestyle
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Blood clotting issues
  • Smoking
  • Insufficient skin elasticity
  • Unrealistic expectations

Dr. Kobienia wants all of his patients to achieve their cosmetic goals. If he determines that a facelift is not right for you, he may recommend a different treatment, such as a neck lift, blepharoplasty, or injectables.

Beautiful, Natural-Looking Results Facelift Before and After

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Before Facelift Sagging skin was giving our patient an aged appearance.
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After Facelift Facelift surgery gave her a more youthful, refreshed appearance.

Are There Different Kinds of Facelifts?

Yes. Some facelift surgeries only rejuvenate specific areas of the face. For example, a "mini facelift" focuses on the neck and jawline. On the other hand, a full facelift can tighten and refresh everything from your cheeks to your neck, making it ideal for patients who have heavy jowls.

Dr. Kobienia will listen carefully to your cosmetic desires and suggest the right surgical approach for achieving your goals. His expertise allows him to incorporate aspects of mini facelifts, neck lifts, and other procedures into one treatment, resulting in personalized results. He uses only the latest techniques in cosmetic surgery, so you can trust that you will receive the best available care at our state-of-the-art surgical center in Edina.

How Is a Facelift Performed?

When you choose our Minneapolis practice for rhytidectomy, here's how your surgery will proceed: 


You'll either receive general anesthesia or IV sedation so that you are completely unconscious during the facelift procedure. Most surgeries last between three and four hours.


Dr. Kobienia will make an incision in front of your ear at the temple, extending it up into the hairline and finishing behind the ear at the base of the scalp. Sometimes more than one incision may be needed if the procedure calls for that. He will make every effort to reduce the visibility of scarring. 

Skin Separation

Dr. Kobienia will now separate your facial skin from the muscles and tissue underneath. He does this to tighten the underlying muscles and remove excess skin and tissue.

Skin Tightening

Dr. Kobienia will now reposition your facial skin over the underlying bone structure and tissue until it's taut and smooth. He will remove any skin that extends beyond the incisions. After that, he will close the incisions with sutures.


You will rest and our staff will monitor you for a short period before you are cleared to return home. You'll be groggy from the general anesthesia, so you'll need someone to pick you up and help you get settled at home. Before the surgery, Dr. Kobienia will have given you instructions regarding bathing, eating, and keeping your incisions clean. 

How Long Does Recovery Take?

Dr. Kobienia will do everything he can to make your recovery as pain-free and comfortable as possible. On average, healing takes one to four weeks, but it can take a few months for you to see your full, final results. In some cases, it can take up to a year for swelling to completely subside. Normally, you can go back to work after about 10 days.

Here's what to expect during the recovery period:

Week 1

It's important to rest as much as possible this week, but you'll still come in for a follow-up visit so Dr. Kobienia and his trained staff can examine your incisions and change or remove your bandages. Days three and four will see the most swelling and bruising, but those issues should start to subside. You probably won't require pain medication after day five.

Week 2

You'll start feeling a lot better during week two. Swelling and bruising will subside even more, although you may feel some tingling and numbness in the surgical areas. This is common. Light walking is permitted, and you might even consider going back to work around day 10 as long as you don't have a job that involves a lot of physical activity.

Weeks 3 and 4

If they haven't already, sutures may be removed during this period. You should now be seeing an exciting, positive change in how your face looks as the swelling continues to go down. You can start regular exercise again and resume all of your normal daily activities. 

Week 5

By this point, your life should be completely back to normal. It's time to once again put your best face forward in your personal and professional life. Whatever residual facial swelling that remains will be difficult for anyone to notice, and it will continue to disappear as time goes on. Dr. Kobienia and his staff wish you well as you enjoy your new, reinvigorated appearance.

"My Results Were Amazing!"

"My experience with Dr. Kobienia was the best I could have hoped for. He explained all my options in terms I could understand and made sure all questions were answered. He is very precise in all he does! My results were amazing!! I would highly recommend Dr. Kobienia for any cosmetic procedure!" Katie - 5 Star Review on Google

Cost and Insurance

The average cost of a facelift is between $7,000 and $12,000. Unfortunately, cosmetic procedures aren't covered by health insurance plans. To make plastic surgery affordable for everyone, we work closely with CareCredit®, a third-party financing company that can break down costs into convenient, affordable monthly payments. We believe everyone deserves to look and feel their best regardless of financial limitations. Contact our Minneapolis plastic surgeon today to learn more.

Kobienia Plastic Surgery

Dr. Brian J. Kobienia is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been providing world-class care for nearly 20 years. When he is not working with patients, Dr. Kobienia is serving various local and global philanthropic programs. He is also affiliated with notable organizations including:

  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Board-certified member of the American Board of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

With Dr. Kobienia's help, you can look as good as you feel. To get started, request a consultation online or call our plastic surgery practice at (612) 930-1111.

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