The facelift is a popular plastic surgery procedure today. But that wasn’t always the case. In this article, we are going to offer up a brief history of facelift surgery from the very first procedure performed all the way to today.

Early Facial Plastic Procedures

In 1901, Dr. Eugen Hollander performed the first facial cosmetic procedure by removing excess tissue from a patient’s face to reduce wrinkles. However, this procedure didn’t involve “lifting” so it was not technically a facelift procedure.

The first modern facelift procedure on record was performed in 1916 by a German surgeon named Dr. Erich Lexer who went on to author numerous medical textbooks outlining various cosmetic procedures.

During World War I, Dr. Johannes Esser pioneered a skin grafting technique (that is still used to this day in facial procedures) to help wounded soldiers.

The Modern Facelift

In the 1970s the Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) was introduced, which focused on using the patient’s underlying muscular structure to provide the required suspension.

Over the next several decades, techniques continued to be refined and advanced to provide patients more customizable and natural facelift solutions.

Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic

At Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery & Total Body Aesthetic offers a comprehensive list of cosmetic treatments – from facial plastic surgery to non-invasive procedures like injectables. Dr. Daniel Schneider is an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon who treats patients throughout the Twin Cities area. We can work with you to determine the best options for your situation. Give us a call today to discuss your cosmetic goals and how we can help you reach them! You can set up your appointment at our St. Paul clinic any time.


Facelift Surgery History