If sagging skin and wrinkles have significantly aged your appearance, you may look older than you feel.

Facelift surgery at Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates can rejuvenate your appearance while preserving your defining features.

If you are interested in a facelift, discover why Stephen P. Hardy, MD, is the top choice for facial surgery in Missoula, MT, and beyond.

What Is a Facelift?


A facelift, clinically known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure to correct sagging facial skin and muscles, remove excess fat and jowls, and restore firmness to the face and neck.

What Can a Facelift Do?

A facelift is designed to correct signs of aging, including:

  • Deep creases below the lower eyelid and between the nose and mouth that make you appear tired and sad
  • Fallen or displaced fat and loss of muscle tone in the lower face that creates jowls
  • Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw that create the appearance of a double chin

Real Facelift Results by Stephen P. Hardy, MD

before facelift surgery
Before This Missoula-area patient had loose, sagging skin on his neck and pronounced jowls.
after facelift surgery
After Facelift surgery tightened and lifted his skin to renew his appearance.

Dr. Hardy Discusses Facial Plastic Surgery

In this video, Dr. Hardy explains his approach to facelifts and other facial procedures. Dr. Hardy will only perform a facelift or mini facelift if he believes he can create natural-looking results with the surgery, and he will never upsell you or recommend a procedure that you don't need.

Interested in a Facelift? Request a Consultation

Is your facial appearance making you look more tired and aged than you really are? Dr. Hardy of Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates can take years off your appearance and restore your confidence with facelift surgery at his offices in Polson and Helena.

If you live in the Missoula area and you're interested in a facelift, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our team today. You can request a consultation right now by contacting us online or by calling us at:

(406) 728-3811

Dr. Hardy
"Love Dr. Hardy and his staff! They’re all very friendly and knowledgeable. I always know I’m in great hands when I’m there. Best plastic surgeon!" Krystina Beach

How Much Does a Facelift Cost?

The cost of a facelift at Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates can vary widely based on your goals and any complementary treatments you add to your procedure. A "mini facelift" that only focuses on the lower half of the face can cost as little as $6,500, while adding facial liposuction and fat grafting to a full facelift can result in prices around $18,000. There's really no way to know how much your facelift will cost without meeting Dr. Hardy for a surgical consultation.

Dr. Hardy believes in being as conservative as possible with treatment. He will not pressure you into a more costly procedure if it's not right for your goals. In fact, he often recommends his patients try non-surgical treatments before considering a facelift or mini facelift. He will be honest with you during your consultation at our Missoula-area offices, and he will be upfront about the costs of his recommended approach.

Take the First Step Schedule a Consultation Today

Patients in the Greater Missoula, MT, region can set up a private consultation with Dr. Hardy at our offices located in Helena or Polson. You can reach us by calling (406) 728-3811.

"Dr. Hardy and all the staff are wonderful! It was a comfortable, informative, & great experience. Dr. Hardy’s work is amazing!" Jessica Mumm

Facelift Step-by-Step

Dr. Hardy combines local anesthesia with oral sedation for a noticeably lower complication rate.
Dr. Hardy combines local anesthesia with oral sedation for a noticeably lower complication rate.


At our Missoula-area practice, Dr. Hardy prefers to perform face and neck lifts with a combination of local anesthesia and oral sedatives. Dr. Hardy prefers this approach over general anesthesia because it allows you to remain relatively alert and involves a much lower complication rate.


Dr. Hardy will begin the surgery by making incisions and lifting your facial skin away from the tissue underneath. The location of the incisions will depend on which area of the face you are targeting. Incisions are often made near the hairline at the temple and around the ear.


After creating the incisions, Dr. Hardy will tighten your underlying facial muscles. Then, he will reposition the lifted skin and pull it tight, reducing the appearance of jowls and sagging skin. Next, he will remove any excess skin and fat. Finally, he will conclude the surgery by closing the incisions with sutures or staples and placing bandages.


Dr. Hardy performs facelift surgery as an outpatient procedure at his offices in Polson and Helena, so you will be able to return home the same day as your surgery. Recovery from a facelift procedure may take several weeks, and during this time, activity may be limited.
Dr. Hardy has been helping patients bring their inner beauty to the surface since he began practicing in 1993. He will guide you toward results that allow you to feel at home in your skin.

Other Facial Enhancement Procedures Available at Our Montana Offices

While a facelift is meant to target sagging and other signs of aging in the lower- and mid-face region, other procedures can address concerns you may have in other areas of the face like the neck, eyes, and jawline. Our plastic surgeon serving Missoula, MT, and beyond may recommend:

Brow Lift

Do you have deep wrinkles across your forehead or drooping eyebrows? A brow lift can smooth your creases and elevate your eyebrows into a more youthful and friendly-looking position. Brow lifts by Dr. Hardy result in a natural appearance.

Neck Lift

Sagging skin and bands across the neck can still make you feel aged even after a facelift. Dr. Hardy serving Greater Missoula can remove your excess sagging skin and help contour your jawline with a neck lift.

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can reduce undereye bags and drooping eyelids that contribute to an aged appearance (and in some cases, reduced vision). Eyelid surgery can help you appear more awake and youthful. Incisions are easily hidden in the creases of your eyelids and heal with virtually no visible scarring.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Non-surgical laser skin resurfacing can be used to enhance or maintain your appearance after your facelift. Laser skin resurfacing can minimize the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, sun spots, and more. Results can last up to five years.

Natural-Looking Facelift Rejuvenation by Our Missoula Plastic Surgeon

Before facelift
After facelift
Dr. Hardy took decades off this patient's facial appearance with a facelift and laser skin resurfacing. She now has less sagging in the mid- and lower-face regions and her skin looks noticeably smoother.
"The staff is very friendly and professional! I would recommend their facility to all of my friends and family!" K. Shoe
Stephen P. Hardy, M.D.

Stephen P. Hardy, M.D.

Dr. Stephen P. Hardy is a renowned plastic surgeon with prestigious national affiliations:

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA)

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (406) 728-3811.

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