Facelift Surgery – Full, Mini, Mid, and Lower Rhytidectomy – San Diego, CA*

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About Facelift Surgery

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson provides a full spectrum of facial cosmetic surgeries at his premier practice in San Diego, CA, and one of his specialties is the facelift. This procedure focuses on specific areas of the face to address loose skin and wrinkles to create a younger, softer appearance. Depending on your unique concerns, a facelift can improve sagging skin around the eyes, the mid-face area and cheeks, or the bottom portion of the face (including the mouth, jowls, neck, and more) for an all-over younger look. The facelift technique used to complete your surgery will vary based on your desired outcome, the health and condition of your skin, your degree of skin laxity, age, lifestyle, and other influences. Some patients may be candidates for a full facelift while others may only desire a mid-face lift. Dr. Laverson is a skilled surgeon who understands the complex anatomy of a facelift procedure, and he takes great care to customize each of his patients' surgeries to suit their unique face. Contact Feel Beautiful Aesthetic Wellness to schedule your one-on-one facelift consultation.

Ideal Candidates

Ideal candidates for facelift surgery are often those who wish to correct visible lines and facial wrinkles, whether it be for the face as a whole or focused on the upper, mid, or lower sections. A facelift can target many concerns, like sagging skin, wrinkles, and jowls. It's important to note that age doesn't always determine the appropriate time to receive cosmetic facial surgery. There are a number of concerns a patient could face. Likewise, there are also numerous facelift methods that could be employed, depending on the issues being addressed. The facelift technique chosen will be different for patients who are 40 years old vs. those in their 60s and 70s. Skin elasticity is one of the key factors in the decision-making process. Patients considering this procedure should be physically healthy, a nonsmoker, and have realistic expectations for their outcome.

Surgical Technique

Depending on your individual needs, there are a number of facelifts available. Some facelifts rejuvenate the upper area of the face, and others focus on the lower two-thirds. Furthermore, some procedures are a bit more invasive than others. It's very common for some men and women to have a brow lift, forehead lift, or BOTOX and fillers to enhance their results. Some of the more known facelift methods include:

  • Full Facelift
    A common surgery for older adults, the full or "traditional" facelift generally uses an incision along the hairline, extending down to the temples, stopping near the base of the ears. The deeper layer of facial muscles is gently stretched and tightened to create a lifted look, which softens excessive lines and wrinkles. The traditional facelift is used for men and women who exhibit signs of aggressive aging. During a full facelift, many facial rejuvenation methods may be used, including upper or lower blepharoplasty to address the eyes or neck reduction for the lower region.
  • Mid-Facelift
    Using a similar technique to the mini facelift, the mid-facelift (cheeks) addresses the sagging near the cheekbones, as well as the upper jaw. The mid-facelift works nicely for those who seek improvement in the middle to lower region of the face, including the jowls.
  • Lower Facelift
    This particular facelift corrects the neck and chin and sometimes the jowls. Methods of a nonsurgical nature, such as laser skin tightening, can also be performed along with chin augmentation to attain a softer, tighter neck.
  • Mini Facelift
    When undergoing a mini facelift, a small incision is placed near the ears to lift the skin, which affects the mid to lower face. This method creates nice and subtle enhancements that look beautiful and natural.

What to Expect

Following your procedure, we will monitor your health until you can be safely released to be taken home by a friend or family member. Prior to your facelift, Dr. Laverson or someone on his staff will schedule your follow-up visits and discuss suggestions to help you recover faster and more comfortably. It's normal to have swelling and puffiness, slight to moderate pain, and soreness, which may be reduced by pain medication. You should feel and look better over time. After 2 – 4 weeks, you can expect a softer, more youthful appearance. Overall, your face will appear lifted and rejuvenated, and your results will last for years to come.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a facelift cost?
The total cost of your facelift will depend on the technique used, as well as other factors. In your consultation, Dr. Laverson will create a unique treatment plan to match your needs and goals. When this is complete, he can go over estimates of fees. To achieve the most beautiful outcome, it's important to place your trust in a skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Laverson, rather than focussing on the lowest price. Feel Beautiful Aesthetic Wellness can give you information on low-interest medical financing that will make your facelift affordable.

Which technique is best for me?
The best surgical facelift technique for you will vary based on your concerns, goals, level of skin laxity, what areas of your face are being addressed, and other factors. To produce your best results, Dr. Laverson will discuss the different surgical techniques in your consultation. From there, he can then help you choose which technique is best for you.

Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
Although there are several great noninvasive skin tightening treatments, these usually provide mild improvements. For moderate to severe skin sagging, facelift surgery is the best choice to significantly improve your appearance and produce stunning results that last for years. In your consultation, Dr. Laverson will discuss your many choices, including nonsurgical procedures, to help you decide which route is best for your needs and goals.

What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like BOTOX and Juvéderm, have become more popular in recent years to improve fine lines and wrinkles. Also known as a liquid facelift, nonsurgical wrinkle treatments can remedy the early signs of aging; however, your results from a liquid facelift won't last more than 1 – 2 years. A facelift will produce more significant improvements than injectables with long-lasting results. Ask Dr. Laverson about nonsurgical wrinkle treatments in your consultation.

Will my results look natural?
Some patients worry that a facelift will make their skin look shiny, overly tight, or artificial. To optimize your experience and outcomes, Dr. Laverson focuses on giving you results that look natural. His attentive and unique approach to facelift surgery will allow you to appear refreshed rather than fake. He will listen carefully to your concerns and goals before creating a customized treatment plan that produces your best results.

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Recovery Time  
2 weeks
Average Procedure Time  
3 hours
Procedure Recovery Location  
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The Right Facelift for You

Facelift surgery is a life-changing opportunity for women and men alike to regain a youthful appearance and self-confidence. Because each person's face is different and unique, you will have a wide range of options when you attend your consultation at our San Diego, CA office. At Feel Beautiful Aesthetic Wellness, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that is personalized to your needs and achieves your goals.

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