Sagging skin and wrinkles can make you look older than you feel, and you may desire a more permanent solution than fillers and BOTOX®.

Long-lasting results are available through a natural-looking facelift with John F. Zavell, MD, FACS.

At our Toledo, OH, office, we use the SMAS technique. This won't give you an overly tightened appearance, a common fear for patients.

What Is a Facelift? And What Is the SMAS Technique?

Facelifts, known in the medical world as rhytidectomies, are a popular facial cosmetic procedure among men and women who want to reverse the effects of aging and stress.

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Dr. Zavell performs rhytidectomy procedures using the Superficial Musculo Aponeurotic System (SMAS) technique. This technique involves lifting the muscular plane below the skin, which loosens and droops over time. Since the SMAS technique targets muscles rather than skin, you won't have to be afraid of your face looking tight, pulled, or unrecognizable post-procedure.

Benefits of a Facelift

Long-Lasting Effects

Although BOTOX and fillers like BELOTERO BALANCE® are popular nonsurgical procedures that target wrinkles, a facelift is a more comprehensive and permanent solution. Because BOTOX only prevents wrinkles for a few months and fillers smooth wrinkles and address volume loss for a few years at most, these treatments cannot provide the same kind of long-lasting enhancements as a facelift.

Natural-Looking Results

Dr. Zavell believes a facelift should give patients a healthier, more rejuvenated appearance. Our plastic surgeon provides a personalized touch and decades of surgical experience to help you achieve natural-looking results.

Multiple Concerns Addressed

SMAS facelifts with our plastic surgeon can address signs of aging in the lower face region, jawline, and neck. You can simultaneously address concerns like sagging skin, jowls, wrinkles, fat deposits, and lost volume with one facelift surgery.

Could You Benefit From a Facelift? Find Out During a Consultation

Dr. Zavell excels at providing natural-looking facelift results that can boost your confidence. When performed by an experienced surgeon like him, a facelift can help you look as young as you feel.

Dr. Zavell opened his plastic surgery practice in 1993 and has since helped patients achieve greater confidence through cosmetic surgery and non-invasive procedures. He's a long-standing member of several plastic surgery organizations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, giving him an inside look at the field and how it develops.

Find out if a facelift procedure is right for you by sending us a message or calling our Toledo office:

(740) 628-0185

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Dr. Zavell is a member of the American Society of Aesthetic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Toledo Patients Appreciate Dr. Zavell 


Wendy Martin


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Dr. Zavell and his team, from day one, took great care of me. They answered all my questions, were clear about what to expect or not expect, and were transparent about associated costs. 

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Reem Khaleq


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My experience with Dr Zavell and his staff has been nothing short of amazing. I got a rhinoplasty/septoplasty and chin augmentation done by Dr Zavell. This was my first surgery in my life and they made the whole experience great. 

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Stunning Before and After Transformations Results Like This Could Be Yours

The SMAS technique lifts the facial muscles without pulling the skin to an overly tight appearance. The result is a natural-looking appearance with reduced sagging and wrinkles. 

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Patient after a facelift

How Much Does a Facelift Cost?


Our facelifts range in price, but typically cost $10,000-$12,000. Your cost will vary based on the specifics of your procedure and if you choose to complement your facelift surgery with another procedure.

The Steps of a Facelift Procedure

Many patients experience noticeable, rejuvenated results within a few weeks of their facelift.
Many patients experience noticeable, rejuvenated results within a few weeks of their facelift.

Consulting With Our Doctor

Before beginning any cosmetic procedure, you will meet with Dr. Zavell to discuss your candidacy. During your consultation, he will verify that you can safely undergo the procedure. He will explain how the face ages and how your features have evolved so you can make the most informed decision about your treatment. 

Previewing Your Results

During your consultation, Dr. Zavell can show you software-generated images of your results so you can feel confident about your decision. 

Undergoing Sedation

Sedation allows patients to remain comfortable throughout their procedure and not remember the surgery. Our Toledo office can use general anesthesia or intravenous (IV) sedation during your facelift surgery. IV sedation is "twilight sedation" that ensures your heart rate won't change drastically during the surgery, resulting in less swelling and bruising during your recovery.

Making the Incisions

To start your surgery, Dr. Zavell will make discreet incisions above the hairline or along natural contours to reduce visible scarring.

Lifting and Tightening

He will then lift the skin from the underlying tissue and remove excess fat to reduce volume and sagging. Once the fat is removed, he will tighten the underlying tissues to restore definition to your facial features.

Closing the Incisions

Finally, he will trim away excess skin and close the incisions to reduce wrinkles and sagging. A facelift can take up to three hours to complete but may take longer if combined with other procedures.

Facelift Aftercare Tips

Following your procedure, you may experience some discomfort and swelling. Dr. Zavell takes precautions to reduce these effects and can prescribe medication to relieve any pain. During the first few weeks of your recovery, you will attend follow-up visits with Dr. Zavell so he can monitor your healing and address any concerns you may have.

We Accept Financing


While cosmetic surgeries aren't covered by insurance, you can get the results you desire at a monthly budget you can afford with financing. Our Toledo office accepts financing through CareCredit®, M-Lend Financial, and Directions Credit Union to help patients afford their treatment.

Toledo Patients Love Our Practice


Tam Mettler


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Dr Zavell's staff is truly amazing, they were very accommodating and understanding. They truly made this experience a positive one. Dr Zavell is very kind and really puts you at ease, top notch surgeon in my book!

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Chris Bowers


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I highly recommend Dr. Zavell and his staff. They answered all of my questions thoroughly, made me feel comfortable, and helped me through the pre and post surgery process. I'm very satisfied with my results and plan to have another procedure in a few months.

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Dr. John F. Zavell

John F. Zavell, MD, FACS

Dr. John Zavell is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals since 1993. He is a member of: 

  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • The American Society of Aesthetic Surgeons
  • The American College of Surgeons

He has mastered advanced techniques and uses the latest technology to provide patients of all ages with the most natural-looking, life-changing results. To schedule a consultation at Dr. Zavell's plastic surgery practice, request an appointment online or call us at (740) 628-0185

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"The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is a very personal one and our mission is to honor that choice by jointly cultivating a treatment plan that will deliver results personally crafted for you." Dr. Zavell

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