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How a Plastic Surgery Face Lift Can Help You Look More Youthful and Vigorous

Gone are the days of plastic surgery face lifts that made patients look like they had just taken a ride in a convertible F-16 fighter jet. When people think feel nervous or anxious about how they will look after facelift surgery, they usually have a mental picture of a “bad” celebrity facelift. Think Kenny Rogers, Rupert Everett, Joan Rivers, Donatella Versace, etc. What most patients don’t realize is just how many celebrities have had great face lifts. That’s because the results are natural and leave them looking amazing instead of….well, weird.

Before considering a plastic surgery facelift, it’s important to find a facial plastic surgeon that specializes in facelift surgery and the newest face lift techniques. I can create a customized plan for you, including alternatives to a traditional plastic surgery face lift such as a “weekend facelift” or a “mini-lift” (keep reading to see if you might be a good candidate for these less invasive procedures).

Most patients will need a combination of treatments, but the following list might help you understand which treatments will .

Common symptoms of aging and which cosmetic treatments might best treat them:

  • Symptom: Forehead wrinkles
  • Treatment: Botox
  • Symptom: Wrinkles between the eyebrows, also called glabella lines
  • Treatment: Botox
  • Symptom: Cheeks not as full, fat that used to be on the cheek slides down the face
  • Treatment: Dermal filler, fat grafting and/or face lift depending on severity
  • Symptom: Jowling or loose skin along the jawline
  • Treatment: Neck lift and/or liposuction
  • Symptom: Hollow looking eyes
  • Treatment: Dermal filler, fat grafting and/or face lift depending on severity
  • Symptom: Eyebrow position too low
  • Treatment: Eye lift, also known as brow lift
  • Symptom: Loose skin in the upper and lower eyelid areas
  • Treatment: Eye lift, often in combination with a full face lift
  • Symptom: Loose skin around the neck
  • Treatment: Neck lift
  • Symptom: Double chin, extra fat under the chin
  • Treatment: Liposuction
  • Symptom: Deep nasolabial folds, the lines running from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth (also called smile lines or parentheses)
  • Treatment: Dermal filler, fat grafting and/or face lift
  • Symptom: Sun damage, dark spots and sun spots on the skin or melsasma (dark skin blotching) from pregnancy
  • Treatment: Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), chemical peels, laser resurfacing

When to consider a “weekend” face lift? And At what Age?

Keeping in mind that a “weekend” face lift is not really a face lift, you should consider it when you have no “major” signs of aging and will be happy with subtle results.

A weekend face lift, also known as a liquid face lift, is clever marketing to help convince some patients that dramatic results can be achieved with no scar, no recovery and no significant price tag. In reality, it is simply the use of non-surgical facial fillers, Botox and laser resurfacing to achieve a younger look. It can be a great alternative for those patients who are younger than 40-45 years of age, don’t have the resources for a traditional face lift, or don’t have the time for a 7-10 day recovery.

When to consider a mini face lift? And at what Age?

A mini face lift (not a real medical term, but rather a reference to the length of the incision) is a good option for patients who don’t have much loose skin and who don’t need a neck lift. It can usually be performed in an office or operating room without the need for general anesthesia, and it offers a quicker recovery time.

Unfortunately, most people are not candidates for a mini facelift. They usually have more skin than the procedure can accommodate, they also need a neck lift, or they need more adjustment to their SMAS (superficial musculo-aponeurotic system) than can be accomplished with a mini lift. Typical candidates are 45-55 years old.

When to consider a plastic surgery face lift? And at what Age?

If your skin needs tightened and your face requires more fullness in your cheek and eye areas or if your neck and chin are sagging, you should consider a plastic surgery face lift. If your symptoms can’t be significantly improved or have a long-lasting result with diet and exercise or less invasive procedures, you should consider a plastic surgery face lift. Typical face lift patients are 45-65 years old. The benefits of a plastic surgery face lift are many, but the biggest reward is a youthful and vigorous appearance that is natural and long-lasting.

Should you desire more information about my available services, or want to schedule an appointment, please contact my Patient Care Coordinator at or (415)362-1846.

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