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Facelift 101: What You Need to Know

Woman in Los Angeles, CA considering getting a facelift

Looking younger and more rejuvenated can boost your self-esteem. If you’ve been bothered by saggy jowls or deep wrinkles, you can take years off your appearance and boost your confidence with facelift surgery. Our patients from Torrance, Los Angeles, and beyond often have many questions about this procedure. How exactly is a facelift performed? Is it painful? How long does recovery take?

At South Bay Plastic Surgeons, we believe every patient should feel informed before making such a personal decision. Here are the answers to several common questions we receive regarding facelift surgery.

What is facelift surgery? How is it done?

A facelift is a cosmetic procedure that tightens saggy skin and creates a more youthful appearance. At our practice, our doctors often target the area around the neck and jowls, removing unwanted skin and tightening the underlying muscles.

The procedure is performed by making an incision from the ear to the hairline. This incision gives the surgeon access to the delicate tissues underneath the skin. After lifting the necessary muscles and tightening the skin, the incision is closed with staples and sutures. The procedure takes around 2 to 3 hours to complete.

When should you consider a facelift?

Most patients begin to consider facelift surgery when they develop deep, noticeable lines and loose, saggy skin along the face and neck. There are a handful of nonsurgical procedures that can attempt to correct these issues, but facelift surgery is the most effective, long-lasting solution.

You may be ready for a facelift if you want:

  • A more defined chin and jawline
  • Smoother skin around the nose and mouth
  • Firmer, uplifted cheeks

Is a facelift painful?

No, a facelift is not a particularly painful procedure. But like any surgery, there is a certain amount of discomfort involved in the recovery process. Swelling and bruising are common side effects that will fade within a few days. Your doctor will prescribe you the proper medications to make your recovery as smooth as possible. 

How much does a facelift cost?

The price of facelift surgery in the Los Angeles area depends on several factors, including the number of areas you wish to treat. You and your plastic surgeon will have a one-on-one consultation where they can examine your face, analyze your treatment areas, and give you a customized quote.

How long is facelift recovery?

Most patients can return to work and their regular routines around 10 to 14 days after surgery. After 3 weeks post-op, you should feel mostly back to normal and comfortable engaging in social and physical activities. The results of a facelift gradually develop over time and will improve each day after surgery. Six weeks out, there should be few residual signs of surgery. 

Browse our before-and-after gallery to see examples of real patient results. If you’re interested in facelift surgery in the Torrance or Los Angeles area, request a consultation online or call our office at (310) 784-0644.

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