Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Vallecillos is an expert in complex facial rejuvenation which often incorporates facelift surgery in order to create the most impressive, natural results. A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a procedure that will improve the obvious signs of aging in the face. Deep creases in the face such as nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and sunken eyes or tear trough deformities can all be dramatically improved with a facelift. Additionally, the neck is addressed during facelift surgery to correct sagging neck skin, creating a more youthful neck contour.

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Facelift Overview

In a rhytidectomy or facelift, an incision is made along the hairline at the top of the face that continues down in front of and around each ear and ends in the hairline in back of the ears. The skin is then carefully raised over the sagging tissue. Next, the sagging tissue is repositioned to its more youthful state, in doing so, improving the cheek bones and jawline. Lastly, the skin is pulled over the muscle to give a rejuvenated and youthful appearance, with excess fat is being liposuctioned away when needed over the jowls and under the chin.

Doctor Vallecillos’s Facelift Philosophy: Undergoing a facelift is a personal decision and one that requires careful considerations of the surgeon and the desired outcome. My role is to guide you through the process of decision making, arming you with the necessary information to make the best decision possible. Not all facelifts are alike, and accordingly, understanding your goals with the available techniques will give you the best chance of being satisfied after surgery. My ideal facelift outcome is one that appears quietly natural and refreshed, never looking over pulled or ” windblown “. A facelift, at the end of the day, should provide you with a better, more youthful version of you.

Facelift Benefits

A rhytidectomy or facelift procedure is an essential component of a multi-modal approach designed to reverse the signs of aging from a patient’s face and neck. The surgery will tighten the facial skin, remove deep wrinkles, lines and creases, eliminate fatty deposits along the jawline and underchin, and also firm the neck area. Additionally, facelifts are commonly performed in conjunction with micronized facial fat transfers which aim to replenish age-associated facial fat loss, most commonly around the eyes, temples, tear troughs, and nasolabial folds. When combined with complimentary procedures such as Fraxel, Fractora, the facial skin will appear younger, firmer and smoother. Facelift patients are amongst the most satisfied of all aesthetic surgery patients, typically experiencing a boost in confidence and self-esteem as a result of such an improvement in facial appearance.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is facelift surgery?

Facelifts are cosmetic procedures that tighten, lift, and firm the skin of the face and neck to improve the visible appearance of aging. Also referred to as a rhytidectomy, surgical facelifts utilize small, often hidden incisions to tighten sagging skin, reduce deep lines, and eliminate wrinkles.

What type of anesthesia is used for facelift surgery?

Surgical facelift procedures require general anesthesia to provide a pain-free, stress-free experience. Full sedation under general anesthesia ensures the patient maintains stable vital signs and endures as little stress as possible during the procedure.

What is mini facelift surgery?

Mini facelifts address signs of aging on the upper neck while reducing the appearance of jowls on the lower face. Full facelifts target the midface region and the entire neck area. Mini facelifts have a smaller price tag but still, leave you with dramatic and lasting results.

Is having a facelift worth it?

Facelifts are one of the most common anti-aging surgical procedures, with more than 90% of patients reporting an extremely high satisfaction rate. Facelifts provide visually dramatic, long-lasting anti-aging results with little post-procedure maintenance or downtime.

How long do the results of facelift surgery last?

Patients report their anti-aging results lasting for ten years or more. It’s important to note that even after a facelift, your skin will continue to age, losing elasticity and volume. Your surgeon can discuss “touch-up” procedure options to help maintain the same youthful look as the years pass.

What’s the best age for a facelift?

By the time we reach our 40s, the skin has begun to lose its volume and elasticity leading to the appearance of lines, wrinkles, jowls, and sagging skin. People between the ages of 40 and 60 will likely achieve the highest quality, longest-lasting results.

How much does facelift surgery cost?

The average surgical facelift cost will vary depending on your local area, your surgeon’s expertise, the type of facelift, and more. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimates an average base cost of $8,000 with additional costs, including anesthesia, facility fees, testing, and medications.

How dangerous is facelift surgery?

Facelift surgeries are not dangerous for healthy adults. All surgical procedures have some risks associated with general anesthesia. Rarely other risks can include allergic reactions, scarring, bleeding, and nerve damage. Discuss any health complications with your surgeon at your consultation.

How long does it take to recover from a facelift?

Many surgical facelift patients feel ready to return to work after only 1-2 weeks, with complete healing after 4-6 weeks. To ensure the best results possible, avoid strenuous activities during the first six weeks of recovery or until your surgeon has determined it’s safe.

Does a facelift include the neck and eyes?

Traditional facelift procedures focus on the neck and lower face. Many patients who want to correct areas around the eyes can include other surgical anti-aging procedures while they undergo their facelift. This strategy allows for one procedure, reduced healing time, and lower costs.