What is a Facelift?
San Francisco, CA board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Charles K. Lee has been performing facelifts and mini facelifts for more than 10 years, and he perfects his rejuvenating techniques more with each surgery. He utilizes his microplastic surgery skills with precision to focus on the complexity of your facial anatomy, which includes protecting your facial nerves and blood vessels. A facelift, or rhytidectomy, at L Plastic Surgery can focus on areas like:
- The wrinkles around the eyes
- The mid-face region (near the mouth and cheeks)
- The jowls
It is very common for Dr. Lee to combine other facial plastic surgeries with the facelift. If you qualify, you may be able to have your facelift with similar surgeries like a neck lift, brow lift, or eyelid lift surgery for spectacular results. The MACS lift, (minimal access cranial suspension) is a more accurate term for a mini facelift, which combines the lift of the facial skin and the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) layer. The vertical lift of the SMAS can improve the jowls and lower midface significantly. How? It lifts the skin into a more natural and youthful position around the cheeks. Dr. Lee's SMAS lifting technique is one of the most powerful ways he can fight the effects of gravity and loss of tissue strength on your behalf. Depending on the severity of your facial skin sag or how deep your wrinkles go, Dr. Lee will give you his professional opinion on the next steps of your plastic surgery journey with confidence. Book your face-to-face consultation with Dr. Lee today.
"I have had many procedures done by Dr. Lee and wouldn't trust any other doctor after seeing and experiencing his work. Not only is he honest and trustworthy, but also VERY skilled. I had a facelift done 3 months before my daughters wedding and everyone said I look so young, but couldn't tell I had work done. I could not be happier with my experience with L Plastic Surgery."- V.G. / Google / May 22, 2017
"It has been almost one year since my mini facelift with Dr. Lee and I am super pleased with the results. I was very nervous about this procedure but Dr. Lee and staff have always been professional and attentive to my needs. During the initial consultation with Dr. Lee, he was very direct and straightforward with his recommendations. He showed me before and after of his work and explained how he would approach the procedure. Every part of the procedure was explained so I can anticipate what to expect before, during, and after. Three to four week after my surgery, I was already able to see good results. By that point, most of the swelling and bruising had already subsided. I was able to wear makeup and return to work. I saw Dr. Lee 5-6 times after the surgery for follow ups. Dr. Lee is professional, skilled, and attentive. The staff is also very knowledgeable and helpful in answering all my questions. I love how natural the results look! I have gotten many compliment from my friends and family. The battle with age doesn't end here! I am now getting regular Botox treatment with Dr. Lee. You know what they say, prevent is the best treatment. I am so happy that Dr. Lee is my plastic surgeon. I have never thought I would look forward to visit to a doctors office until I found Dr. Lee."- S.L. / Google / Nov 22, 2018
"Breast cancer survivor - I am a breast cancer survivor who had reconstructive surgery with Dr. Lee a few years ago. I had to come back into his office for a few follow up visits, so I really got to know Dr. Lee and his staff. He is always welcoming and made me feel safe and assured. His reconstructive work was impressive to say the least. I was so happy with his work that I came back this year to have a mini facelift,..."- G. / RealSelf / Mar 19, 2017
"After meeting up with a dear old friend of mine who recently had a face lift with Dr. Charles Lee, I thought to myself, "Wow, she looks 20 years younger!" I wanted to gift that to myself, so I immediately called Dr. Lee’s office and was greeted by Diana with a friendly voice. She gave me plenty of information about the procedure and Dr. Lee’s many years of expertise in face lifts and penciled me in for the soonest available appointment. I’m so happy to have found a doctor who is able to actually listen and address all of my concerns instead of pushing me towards products and treatments that I don’t actually need. He went over his recommendations, explained the details of a MACS face lift and answered all my questions honestly. He then proceeded to show me a collection of before and after photos of his work and I was so amazed how natural the results look. After discussing what to expect after surgery and costs, I eagerly booked my procedure. Here I am one year after surgery and there are no visible scars. I am more than pleased with the final results. My bright and refreshed look that once was taken by time, gravity and sun exposure has come back all thanks to Dr. Lee."- J.D. / Yelp / Dec 22, 2017
"Feeling More Refreshed and Youthful After Facelift - I have been considering a face lift surgery for a couple of years now as a retirement gift to myself. Working long hours and not having enough time for myself for the past few decades have aged my face to a point where I felt and looked older than my actual age. I was recommended to Dr. Lee by a good family friend who just had the upper blepharoplasty by him and the results were naturally amazing. I went in for a consultation to discuss the process of getting a facelift and after seeing before and after pictures I was all in! Dr. Lee was very professional, knowledgeable, and personable. The ladies that work with him are also very friendly and guided me the whole way. I had the MACS Facelift with Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty in November 2019 and the results are remarkable. I honestly can say that because Dr. Lee and his staff were so attentive and informative, it made the recovery process so much easier. Every question I had was answered in a timely manner regardless of how trivial I thought my question was. Dr. Lee is highly skilled and I recommend for everyone to see him! Now I’m just waiting for COVID to be over so I can travel and enjoy retirement and my new found youth."- J. / RealSelf / Jul 03, 2020
Do I qualify for a facelift?
Men and women who are suitable for a facelift have noticeable facial wrinkles and lines whether it be on the entire face or on the upper, middle, or lower section of the face. A facelift can address various sections depending on your unique needs. It is important to understand that age doesn't always define the appropriate time to have cosmetic facial surgery. The facelift type can vary for patients who are between 30 and 40 years old versus patients who are in their 60s and 70s. Skin elasticity is one of the key elements in the planning process. Facelift patients should be physically healthy, refrain from smoking, and also have realistic expectations.
Dr. Lee's Surgical Techniques
Regardless of your aesthetic concerns, there are various levels of facelifts to consider. Some facelifts rejuvenate the upper area of the face, and others focus on the lower two-thirds. In addition, some methods are a bit more invasive and intricate than others. Some of the more known facelift techniques include:
- Full facelift
Considered the gold standard, the full or "traditional" facelift usually places an incision near the hairline, then extends down to the temple region, reaching the base of the ears. The deeper layer of facial tissues and muscles are carefully pulled and safely tightened to create a lifted look, which diminishes excessive wrinkles and sagging. A full facelift is selected for individuals who show signs of more severe aging.
- Mini facelift
When undergoing a mini facelift, a thin, small incision is placed near the ears to elevate the skin, which helps the mouth and jawline. This technique creates nice and subtle enhancements that look beautiful and true-to-life. The mini facelift may have a shorter recovery period, especially if a local anesthesia is administered.
Depending on your preference or health restrictions, he may perform your facelift under local anesthesia or general anesthesia in an outpatient setting.
Your Facelift Recovery
Be prepared to take some time off of work while you are in recovery. You may have 2 – 4 weeks of bruising, swelling, and moderate pain/soreness. Dr. Lee and his team at L Plastic Surgery team ask that you return for a follow-up appointment within that first week at home. We will document your progress, monitor your health, and answer any questions you have about your facelift recovery. Once you are healed, you can expect a smoother and younger-looking facial appearance. Overall, your face will appear lifted and rejuvenated.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which technique is best for me?
No need to worry about knowing exactly what you want in your facelift procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Lee will examine your facial features, skin elasticity, and the severity of wrinkling or sagging on your face. He will also talk to you about your expectations of what a facelift can and cannot do for your facial appearance. It is a great idea to go into a consultation with an open mind and have realistic expectations as to what plastic surgery can do for your face. Dr. Lee will assist you in making a decision about the facelift technique you will need for amazing results.
Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
If you have minimal wrinkling on your face, a cosmetic injectable, a dermal filler, or a noninvasive skin tightening procedure may be a better choice. It is when you have moderate-to-severe signs of aging that a facelift is warranted. During your consultation, Dr. Lee will discuss your choices, including nonsurgical treatments, to help you select what is best for your needs and cosmetic goals.
What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Wrinkle fillers (Juvéderm) and wrinkle relaxers (BOTOX) have become very popular and accessible in recent years to improve fine lines and wrinkles. These nonsurgical anti-aging treatments work well for the early signs of aging, but the results won't last more than 1 – 2 years. A facelift can produce more dramatic, longer lasting improvements than a cosmetic injection session. Ask Dr. Lee about injectable treatments during your consultation.
Aging: Let's Face It
We all want to age gracefully. With Dr. Lee, you can take on your aging facial skin with a cosmetic facelift. To hear more about this treatment, we invite you to call L Plastic Surgery in San Francisco, CA to schedule your appointment with Dr. Lee. You can consult with Dr. Lee for initial facelifts, secondary facelifts, and revision surgeries performed by another doctor. We look forward to meeting you.