Dr. med. Dr. med.

Christina Irene

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
und Ästhetische Chirurgie

International Center for
Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery

personal - trusting - passionate

International Center for
Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery

Plastische Chirurgie München - Dr. med. Dr. med. Christina Günter
Blende schräg - Dr. med. Dr. med. Christina Günter Plastische Chirurgie München

Facelift in Munich



Facelift, Short Scar Lift, Full Facelift, Mini Facelift, Deep Plane Lift, SMAS Lift, MACS Lift, Midface Lift, Mini Lift, Vampire Lift, Cheek Lift, Neck-Cheek-Lift, – the list is almost endless. There is hardly any other aesthetic operation with as many different names to describe it. Even for the specialist, it is not always easy to keep track, primarily since the melodious terms do not always hide a “novel” surgical technique. Here, too, old wine is sometimes sold in new skins.

With increasing age, our face and skin are susceptible to natural changes. These include volumetric losses in the deeper tissue layers, fatty and conjunctive tissue, and bone degradation. In addition, the facial conjunctive tissue slackens: the loosened tissue layers and excessive skin are pulled downwards by gravity, changing the facial contours. These natural processes are different for every individual. Accordingly, it is also necessary to decide individually which treatment is best suited to a patient. During an in-depth consultation, Dr. med. Dr. med. Christina Irene Günter will evaluate and determine, together with you, which method is best suited to your unique situation. Since the intended changes are quite complex, it often requires more than one procedure to be effective. In one instance, a single SMAS Lift may be sufficient, while in another, a combination of a mini facelift with an upper eyelid lift and autologous fat transfer may lead to the best result.

Depending on the procedure’s complexity, surgery may take between two to five hours and will be performed under general anesthesia or twilight anesthesia with local anesthesia.  

The incision for a facelift will run along the hairline, continuing around the ear.

The tissue will then be lifted in two stages: the first step is to loosen the skin layer. Then the layer below, consisting of musculature, conjunctive tissue, and fat (the so-called SMAS or superficial muscular aponeurotic system), will also be slackened. The individual layers can now be tightened in different directions. This procedure leads to the best results.

Once the lower SMAS layer has been tightened, the overlying skin layer is smoothed, and excess skin is removed. The edges are then sutured without tension. The incisions will heal completely, leaving only inconspicuous, linear scars that may easily be concealed by your hair.

To minimize swelling and bruising, the surgery will be followed by an inpatient hospital stay of one or two nights. The sutures will be removed one to two weeks after the procedure. After approx. two weeks, you will be able to resume social activities.

Before such a treatment, detailed consultations are mandatory. It is essential to talk about the motivation for this kind of surgery, to discuss whether the desired result can be achieved, and to speak about possible limitations. Other important topics are alternative treatments, as well as potential adverse side effects and possible risks. 


As with any surgical procedure, a facelift may lead to bruising (hematoma), secondary bleeding, swelling, wound healing disorders, infections, and wound dehiscence. Temporary sometimes long lasting numbness of the treated area or palsy of the mimic musculature may also occur.

If you decide on a facelift, it is essential that you are cared for professionally and personally during the entire process. 

I attach great importance to perceiving, advising, and treating you as an individual, with all your personality’s facets. My many years of experience, expertise, empathy, and communication are central pillars of my therapeutic success. Intensive and personal post-treatment care is as much a focus of my work as the preparation and the treatment itself. After all, a perfect result can only be achieved by working together as a team. 

It goes without saying that your health is always given priority. Surgery that negatively affects your health or physical integrity is not recommended and should not be performed in the first place.

The most important facts on facelifts

  • DURATION OF TREATMENT:depending on the chosen procedure
  • NAKOSE: twilight sleep with local anesthesia or general anesthesia
  • TREATMENT:: inpatient or outpatient
  • COSTS: will be determined individually after the preliminary consultation, depending on the work involved
  • CHECK-UP: 1 to 6 weeks
  • REMOVAL OF SUTURES: after 7 to 14 days
  • SOCIAL ACTIVITIESafter 1 to 2 weeks
  • PHYSICAL EXERCISE:after 6 weeks