Facelift & Necklift at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre

If you look older and more tired than you wish, consider a facelift with one of our board certified San Diego plastic surgeons. Visible signs of facial aging are caused by a loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone of the face and neck, and any person over the age of 35 can experience this—though it is more typical for lax facial skin to become a concern starting in your 40’s. For women, the process is likely to speed up after menopause. By your 50’s it will be more noticeable, and no expensive skin creams will prevent or correct deepening skin folds or eliminate neck bands.

All You Need to Know About Facelifts


A lot of people don’t realize that facelifts are intended to target the mid and lower face. Thus, the procedure may be very desirable if your jaw line is losing its youthful shape. Many patients also have jowls and deep creases between the base of the nose and the corners of the mouth, and horizontal neck wrinkles. If you believe you lack youthful chin and neck contours and are hiding your neck in turtlenecks as your profile becomes less defined, a facelift and neck lift may be the answer.

If you also have concerns about your upper face and eyes, your plastic surgeon will suggest a total facial rejuvenation (as shown in the patient pictured below). Browlift can address a sagging brow, while eyelid lift takes care of loose skin and bags around the eyes.

Since 1988, more than 30,000 patients have had safe, successful procedures at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre.

The Facelift & Necklift Procedure

Facelifts range in size from “mini” to “standard” depending on location and extent of skin laxity. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with sedation, or under general anesthesia. Incisions are made within the hairline (or along the hair margin) above the ear, extending down around the lobe and ending in or below the hairline behind the ear. The subcutaneous layers and neck muscles are tightened, the facial skin is re-draped and lifted, and the excess skin is removed. Neck procedures produce a more youthful appearing neck with a well-defined contour.

Recovery time from facelift procedures varies depending on the extent of the facelift as well as other factors such as your age at the time of surgery. Most patients enjoy a rather quick and painless recovery, and are able to resume most daily activities within a couple of weeks. After the first week or so, and your surgeon will give you permission to use makeup to camouflage any residual bruising. He or she will also provide you with detailed instructions to follow to help you do what you can to ensure a swift recovery and optimal results.

Preoperative planning with your plastic surgeon will have determined how the surgery will be performed. Imaging can be performed so that you can actually “see” what the result would look like with more or less correction.

Please contact our San Diego plastic surgery office for more information on cosmetic surgery procedures including facelift surgery.