The Biltmore Lift*

What is the Biltmore Lift?

The Biltmore Lift is a minimally-invasive face and neck lift procedure performed under local anesthesia by Dr. David Harley in the office setting at Biltmore Plastic Surgery.  The procedure is considered minimally invasive because it uses local anesthesia, which means greater safety, lower cost and reduced downtime.  With regard to surgical technique, this procedure is a deep plane lift with platysmaplasty (i.e. tightening the muscles to build a foundation before tightening the skin) and therefore offers the advantages of increased longevity and natural-appearing results.

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Thousands of these procedures have been performed by Dr. Harley over the past decade. Feel free to browse through some of these results at the following link:

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it last?

Although the aging process does continue, most patients testify that the procedure sets the clock back at least ten years, and that they continue to look younger for the rest of their lives than if they had never had it done.

How much does it cost?

The typical cost of the procedure is $7500, which includes lifting of the face and neck.  If multiple procedures are performed in the same setting, such as eyelid, brow or lip lift, multiple procedure discounts may apply.

What are the risks?

Although there are risks with any procedure, such as bleeding, infection, and healing setbacks, we have found these to be minimal due to the minimally invasive nature of the procedure and due to its anesthesia. 

How long will it be before I can return to normal activities?

Most patients return to work and social activities within 7-10 days, and those who exercise may begin a moderately strenuous routine after 2 weeks. We encourage our patients to ambulate leisurely just after the procedure.

Where are the incisions?

We use standard face and neck lift incisions which begin under the sideburn, extend along the natural curves of the ear, around the earlobe and into the back hairline. There may be an additional incision behind the chin, but in many cases this is optional.  The incisions heal quickly and inconspicuously.

Will I look pulled, stretched, or windswept?

Deep-plane face and neck lifts are heralded as the most natural and long-lasting lifts available. Our patients never complain of a "pulled" look, but instead we are well-known for our natural results. If your goal is a refreshed and rested appearance, this technique may be perfect for you.

David H. Harley, MD

Double Board Certified

Facial specialization in training and qualifications.

Exclusively Facial Plastic Surgery

Everything performed under local anesthesia.

Unparalleled experience

Thousands of face and neck lifts performed.

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