San Diego Facelift Patient Q&A

We’ve answered a few frequently asked questions about facelift surgery at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre & Medical Spa. If you have more questions, or you are ready to schedule a free consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon, call or text 858-452-1981 today! We’ll be happy to assist you.

Am I a good candidate for a facelift?

The best candidates for facelift surgery are non-smokers in overall good health. The best way to determine if you’re a good candidate is to speak with a board certified plastic surgeon, but there are a few criteria to consider:

  • Do you have sagging skin around the jawline, mid-face, and neck?
  • Are deep facial folds making you look older?
  • Would you like to look an average of 10 years younger?

If the answer is yes, a facelift may be right for you.

When is the right time to get a facelift?

If you can pinch a good bit of skin in the areas of your face and neck that bother you, it may be time to consider surgical rejuvenation. A facelift typically looks more subtle and natural the earlier you choose to have the procedure. Thus it’s wise to stay on top of facial aging with smaller procedures at intervals.

Still, a well done rejuvenation can look natural at any age, provided your surgeon has an artistic touch and doesn’t overdo it. One thing that’s sure—facial rejuvenation is a worthwhile investment that is helpful to people in the peak years of their career, as well as in their social lives.

If you aren’t quite to the “pinchable” stage but signs of skin laxity and aging are definitely there (and that bothers you), you don’t have to sit around and wait for things to progress. We have plenty of minimally-invasive options that can refresh your look right now: ThermiSmooth, Ultherapy, and a NovaThreads thread lift are just a few to look into!

Where is facelift surgery performed?

Our board certified plastic surgeons perform all procedures in our accredited surgical facility.

Do you need anesthesia for a facelift?

At LJC, your facelift will be performed while you are under general anesthesia, which is administered by a board certified anesthesiologist, or with IV sedation, depending on your surgeon’s recommendations and the type of facelift being performed. All procedures are performed in our private, on-site AAAASF accredited surgical facility.

Will I have scars after a facelift?

All surgical procedures result in some level of scarring, but your facelift scare will very likely by minimally visible. That’s because our surgeons take special care to place incisions as inconspicuously as possible, where they are hidden by your hair and natural skin folds. For a facelift, key incisions are usually made in front of or behind the ear and in the natural hairline.