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What is a Facelift?

Aging, sun damage, or even genetics cause our faces to develop deep lines and wrinkles. One way to combat these changes to your face is through our San Francisco facelift. This surgical procedure makes incisions along your hairline and behind your ears to allow the surgeon to pull the skin of your face to lift your deep folds and tighten your features.

The facelift is the gold-standard surgical treatment for significant facial aging. The skin on the face droops, and the underlying muscles loosen with age. This effect is even more pronounced on the neck and the sides of the face in areas called the jowls. Drooping or sagging facial features can add years to your outward appearance despite how youthful and energetic you feel on the inside.

While aging is natural, there's no need to feel uncomfortable in your skin or as if you're looking at a stranger in the mirror. A Facelift provides a long-lasting solution that gives you renewed confidence and satisfaction in your appearance.

Facelift Candidates

This transformative treatment is one of the more popular cosmetic procedures today. A facelift is perfect for men and women who have seen a decrease in jawline distinction and are bothered by sagging facial and neck skin, wrinkles, and developing jowls. A facelift will revitalize the face and neck and help accentuate the attractive and natural features of your youth.

While females are typically thought of as ideal candidates for facelifts, men frequently choose to receive this procedure as well. Facelifts may be combined with other face and neck procedures such as brow lifts, eyelifts, or neck liposuction in order to achieve the most aesthetically pleasing result. Some patients also choose to receive rhinoplasty after a facelift to enhance the facial contour.

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Look As Young As You Feel with A Facelift

Also known as a rhytidectomy, a facelift procedure will truly rejuvenate the face. If you are bothered by moderate to severe wrinkling, sagging features, and poor skin elasticity, this cosmetic surgery will achieve the most transformative effects for you.

In this surgery, excess skin is removed, and the remaining skin is pulled back to highlight your naturally smooth skin and attractive facial and neck features. Thanks to medical advancements and state-of-the-art surgical procedures, there is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can help both men and women achieve a more youthful facial appearance and help them look 10-20 years younger. This popular procedure is a facelift. If you'd like to know more about how a facelift can turn back the clock on facial aging, speak with San Francisco plastic surgeon and facelift specialist Dr. Miranda at Pacific Plastic Surgery Group.

Facelift Benefits

A facelift is an anti-aging surgery that will take years off your appearance and help you appear healthier. This surgery removes unnecessary skin that has become stretched and wrinkled over time. Your face and neck will appear tighter and revitalized.

If you are bothered by jowls, a turkey neck, and drooping facial skin, a facelift will reduce these unattractive concerns and help rejuvenate your appearance. Our patients are constantly impressed by the results we achieve! Although aging is inevitable, the skilled surgeon at PPSG will help you continue to look as youthful and vibrant on the outside as you feel on the inside.

A facelift offers a range of benefits:

Reverses multiple signs of aging in a single step. A facelift can address a double chin, jowls, sagging skin, and deep wrinkles on the mid to lower face, all in one comprehensive surgical procedure.

Beneficial for any gender. Men, women, and non-binary individuals can all benefit from the natural-looking rejuvenation this procedure provides.

Good for many age groups. Wondering if you’re too young or too old for a facelift? The truth is that this procedure may be beneficial for adults experiencing moderate to advanced sagging and creases at almost any age.

Easily combined with other procedures. For more holistic rejuvenation tailored to the patient’s needs, a facelift may be combined with other procedures like a brow lift, blepharoplasty, neck lift, or non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments. Combining certain treatments can also reduce the patient’s overall recovery time.

Discreet, well-hidden scars. By skillfully tracing incisions behind the ear and along the hairline, our experienced surgeon leaves scars that will heal to be virtually invisible.

Fully customized to look natural to you. Dr. Miranda is a consummate artist who uses the most innovative techniques, diligently planning each procedure to provide a natural-looking outcome that you will enjoy for many years.

Long-lasting rejuvenation. Optimal results will be apparent for a decade or more. Although the skin on the face will still age naturally, it will always be more sculpted and taut than it would be without the procedure.

Profound Rf Facelift

Facelift surgery is not the only option patients have for tightening skin on the neck and face: at Pacific Plastic Surgery, we achieve a non-surgical facelift with Profound RF Microneedling! Profound RF Microneedling stimulates collagen and hyaluronic acid production within the skin.

The treatment restores tighter contours, youthful volume, and healthy skin elasticity. Profound RF is highly effective: skin "snaps back" after a single treatment session. The results of Profound RF Microneedling are dramatic! Profound RF delivers a significant reduction in wrinkles. Your smooth, firm skin will revitalize your youthful look! If you are unsure if a facelift or Profound RF is right for you, Dr. Miranda will take the time to assess your case during your private consultation.

Facelift Procedure in San Francisco

All facelift procedures are conducted in the private surgery center that our office is affiliated with in order to provide the highest level of comfort and medical care for our patients. During a facelift, our board-certified plastic surgeon will create minimal incisions along your hairline and around your ears in order to lift your skin away from your face.

This allows your surgeon to rearrange the underlying tissue, remove excess skin, and even remove fat with neck liposuction if necessary. After this is done, your surgeon will re-drape the skin over your face and close the incisions with sutures. Here at the Pacific Plastic Surgery Group, we strive to deliver the best facelift San Francisco has to offer and we stay up-to-date with the most modern procedures and medical techniques in the plastic surgery industry. We have helped countless patients recapture their youth with an improvement that appears natural.

Personal Facelift Consultation

The best way to start down the path to a transformed face is to schedule a consultation. Dr. Miranda is a board-certified plastic surgeon in San Francisco with extensive experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. During your facelift consultation, you will be told all about what a facelift procedure includes and how it will provide the results you are looking for. This is a great time for you to ask questions and plan out your personalized procedure.

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How To Prepare For Facelift Surgery

Steps to take before your facelift appointment will be discussed during your personal consultation. For your best surgery and recovery experience, we strongly encourage you to follow the steps outlined during your consultation.

  • Drink lots of water
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Stop medications that thin the blood, like NSAIDs
  • If you smoke, quit
  • Pick up prescriptions
  • Request time off from work
  • Set aside an area in your home where you can recover in peace
  • Arrange for a ride home and help around the house after surgery
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You will sleep comfortably through your facelift procedure with the use of general anesthesia. Surgery typically takes a few hours, with the patient returning home on the same day. Your surgeon will start the procedure by creating incisions around the back of the ear and along the hairline. Next, they will carefully reposition the underlying structures and the skin of the face to create natural-looking and comprehensive lift and contouring. Depending on your goals, other procedures may be performed at the same time as a facelift, such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery. The incisions will then be discreetly closed to minimize scarring. You will be monitored as you awaken from anesthesia until you are ready to return home with a friend or family member to drive you.

Facelift Recovery

Plan to take time out from work or your daily routine after the operation. Because you have incisions along your face, it's essential to minimize your activities for at least a week following surgery to allow them to heal and reduce the risk of infection.

After a facelift, you can return to your regular daily activities after about a week - depending on how you feel - but you should continue to avoid any strenuous movement for at least a month. You will also need to wear sunscreen as your skin will experience increased sensitivity after the procedure.

Facelift Results

Once bandages are removed, you will notice smoother, more youthful features. Final results will set in after a month or two once the swelling has decreased and your face has settled into its new position. The incredible outcome achieved by our San Francisco facelift surgeon will last you years! The best way to keep your face looking young and healthy is by ensuring you live a healthy lifestyle. This means eating well, exercising and treating your skin with care. Sunscreen is a life-saver when it comes to preserving skin and preventing premature aging.

A high SPF will block out harmful UV rays that lead to decreased levels of collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin keep your skin looking full and help features remain in a youthful location. Sunscreen is crucial for preserving your skin's health and vibrance! UV rays also lead to the development of hyperpigmentation and dark spots on the skin. Using sunscreen every day, even on cloudy days, will keep your skin looking bright and even-toned for a long time. Our surgeon will walk you through the steps to keep your facelift results looking great for years to come!

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What's The Difference Between A Mini Facelift And A Full Facelift?

A mini facelift requires only a small, short incision along the hairline and behind each ear. This facelift method is ideal for men and women with jowls and sagging in the lower half of the face. Through the shorter incision, skin on the lower face will be excised and lifted to provide a more defined jawline and smooth face.

A full facelift often requires a longer incision that starts in the hairline and ends at the ears. Incisions are made discreetly in the natural contours of the face to keep your results flawless. Stretched skin will be removed, and the leftover skin will be pulled back, allowing your neck and mid-face to appear smoother and younger. A full facelift produces more dramatic results and is ideal for men and women with sagging skin along their lower face and neck.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost?

Because this is a surgical procedure, there are costs associated with anesthesia and post-operative care to make sure there are no complications. In addition, the cost of a lower facelift will relate to the cutting-edge techniques used to achieve your best outcome.

Generally speaking, the price of a Facelift varies according to the type you get and how much skin needs to be removed. This includes a Mini Facelift, a Mid-Facelift, a Lower Facelift, and a full Facelift. At PPSG, we recognize that everyone has specific aesthetic concerns that accompany their unique appearance. A treatment plan will be personalized for you based on these two factors. The cost of your treatment will be particular to you and reflect the customizations we implement to achieve your best results. A cost breakdown will be discussed in your personal consultation.

Non-Surgical Facelift Option

If you are not sure if you're ready for surgery, you can consider some less invasive alternatives that can also be effective ways to combat wrinkles and folds on your face, albeit for a shorter amount of time. They include the following:


Botox is currently the most popular non-surgical option used for the face. These injections use a toxin that relaxes the facial muscles around the eyes and forehead to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. However, to maintain results, regular injections are recommended.

Facial Fillers

Facial Fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, and more involve adding an injectable filler to plump out folds and wrinkles to reduce their appearance, which results in making your face look younger. The main difference with these fillers is the formula used to make their individual brand of injectables. As with Botox, the best way to maintain results is through multiple treatments.

Facial Implants

Facial implants involve creating longer-lasting results by inserting an implant - usually made of silicone - under your skin and attaching it to the underlying bone. This implant then subtly reshapes your features, stretching the skin and reducing lines and wrinkles.

Fat Transfer

Fat transfer is similar to dermal fillers, except instead of injecting another substance into your face, this involves using your own fat tissue to reduce folds, lines, and wrinkles. This process is also known as fat grafting and is a bit more invasive than facial fillers because fat must first be extracted from one part of your body before being injected into your face.

Profound RF Microneedling

Profound RF Microneedling advances the concept of microneedling by applying radiofrequency (RF) energy to precise areas of the skin and deeper tissues. Profound has been clinically proven to induce regeneration of the face, and neck by causing the body to naturally increase and restore its own collagen and elastin production. Collagen provides renewed structure and support to the face and elastin restores the "snap-back" of youthful skin.

Fractional Laser Technologies

Fractional laser technologies can also restore and improve the surface texture and lines of the facial skin.

While there is no true replacement for the dramatic improvement that a facelift can provide, these options are still effective alternatives that can restore youthful contours in order to provide satisfactory results for you.

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