Facelift & Necklift at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre & Medical Spa
Do you find yourself holding your phone up high for a more flattering selfie angle—one that minimizes jowls and wrinkles on your lower face? Do you sometimes wish it were cool enough in San Diego for turtlenecks? A facelift and neck lift might be an even better (and less temporary) solution.
If you look older and more tired than you wish, consider a facelift with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. They’ll help you turn back the clock with results that look natural and bring out the very best in your face.
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Why Do People Choose a Facelift?
Here in Southern California, the youth orientation and Hollywood culture are all about looking as young as possible for as long as possible. While most of us don’t expect—and shouldn’t expect—to look like a celebrity, we certainly can make the best of what we have and who we are.
The cosmetic choices available to us today make it possible to look more naturally rejuvenated than ever. We can look and feel better about ourselves and shave a few years off our appearance at the same time. 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.
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?
- Is your jawline losing its definition due to jowls?
- Would you like to look an average of 10 years younger?
If the answer is yes, a facelift may be right for you.
What Is the Right Age to Get a Facelift?
There is no “right age” for a facelift. Anyone over 35 can experience visible signs of aging on the face and neck, though it’s more common starting in your 40s and 50s. For women, the aging process often speeds up after menopause.
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. 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.
What Is a Mini Facelift?
Usually, a facelift includes tightening the underlying facial muscles as well as removing excess skin. Sometimes (usually only in younger people) only the excess skin is removed and no muscle tightening is involved. We refer to this as a “mini facelift.” If you aren’t quite ready for a full facelift, you may be a better candidate for a mini facelift.
A mini facelift gives people with early signs of aging a more rested and youthful contour to the face and neck. This procedure addresses a variety of concerns, including:
- Creases between the base of the nose and corners of the mouth
- Facial and neck wrinkles
- Loss of a youthful chin and neck contours
- A tired facial appearance
While the results are subtler than those of a full facelift, this is an excellent option for anyone looking to achieve a modest refresh while keeping early signs of aging at bay.
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Should I Combine My Facelift With a Neck Lift?
A facelift all by itself is a rare operation. Once you begin to notice facial skin laxity, you’re usually experiencing multiple issues. The most common accompanying procedure is a neck lift. Skin sagging in the face is often in tandem with skin sagging in the neck, and correcting only the facial skin may not produce the best results. In reality, we usually use the term “facelift” to encompass both facelift and neck lift at La Jolla Cosmetic Surgery Centre & Medical Spa.
Combining Procedures for a Full Face Rejuvenation
The upper face and eyes also show signs of aging that a facelift alone won’t correct, so many people consider including these eye and brow procedures:
- Eyelid surgery takes scare of loose skin and bags around the eyes to correct drooping or puffiness.
- A brow lift lifts the forehead skin upwards to a more youthful position to create a more rested expression.
- A lip lift corrects the area between your upper lip and nose, which loses volume and elasticity with age.
If you have concerns about your upper face and eyes, your plastic surgeon may suggest a total facial rejuvenation with upper face procedures.
Are There Nonsurgical Facelift Alternatives?
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. You have plenty of minimally invasive options that can refresh your look right now:
These are just a few of the many options worth looking into. We’ll help you understand your best nonsurgical treatment plan during your consultation.
What to Expect at Your Facelift Consultation
Interested in finding out if you are a candidate for a facelift? Make an appointment with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons! During your visit, you will:
- Meet personally for a free consultation with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon.
- Have your face examined and discuss your desires and expectations.
- See before-and-after pictures of real patients treated by the surgeon.
- Receive information and materials that will help you in the decision-making process.
- Get a specific, written quote detailing all the costs.
After scheduling your surgery, you’ll attend an individual “pre-op” appointment to discuss the surgical risks and the steps of the entire operative process so you know exactly what to expect.
How Is a Facelift Performed?
There are different approaches and procedures a surgeon can choose when doing a facelift. The ultimate recommendation by a skilled and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon will be different for different people.
Generally, 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.
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.
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What Are the Risks of a Facelift?
As with any surgery, there are possible risks and even complications. Some of the risks specific to facial surgery are dependent on the procedures you are having done, but in general, for facelifts, the specific risks are infection, bleeding, poor healing, injury to facial nerves (usually temporary but can be permanent), and excessive scarring. Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will review your full health history carefully to make sure you are as safe as possible throughout every step of your surgery.
How Long Is Facelift Recovery?
You will likely look and feel back to normal within about 3 weeks. You will be wrapped in a “head-dress” (gauze and bandages) after the surgery and will have drains inserted to keep swelling down. These are usually removed within a day or 2 after surgery.
Within a few weeks, most facelift patients are back to their normal activities. Any bruising that occurs will be the slowest thing to resolve, but makeup (even for men) can help camouflage that side effect.
How Long Is Mini Facelift Recovery?
Mini facelift recovery is typically a bit quicker. Most swelling and discoloration will be gone 1 to 2 weeks after mini facelift surgery. You may resume your regular lifestyle within 2 to 3 weeks and resume moderate exercise within 2 to 4 weeks. Actual recovery time varies from individual to individual.
Will I Have Scars After a Facelift?
All surgical procedures result in some level of scarring, but your facelift scars will very likely be 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.
How Much Does a Facelift & Neck Lift Cost?
The cost of a facelift and neck lift at our San Diego practice is typically $10,000 to $14,500. Get all the info you need about costs on our pricing page.
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