Facelift in Newport Beach, CA
What is a Facelift?
A facelift is a cosmetic surgery that is performed to restore a more youthful appearance to the mid-to-lower face and neck. The procedure tightens and eliminates excess skin to alleviate sagging skin in the cheeks and jawline, reduce lines and wrinkles, and eliminate jowls. During a facelift, the skin is pulled back and the underlying tissues are tightened and sculpted to improve the contour of the face and address signs of aging.
Traditional Facelift vs. Mini Facelift
During traditional facelifts, a neck lift is also performed to reduce sagging of the neck and jowls. Often, this “turkey neck” or “turkey wattle” look must be resolved in order to achieve good results from a facelift. In some cases, however, a full facelift is not needed and a mini facelift alone may allow patients to reach their goals. A mini facelift typically addresses only the area from the cheeks to the jawline.
Customizing Facial Rejuvenation with a Facelift
Today, facelift procedures are completely customizable and procedures like a brow lift or eyelid surgery may be added to a patient’s treatment plan in order to address their unique facial aging concerns. Many patients also benefit from combining fat transfer with a facelift to restore lost volume and to create a more natural look.
It is important to note that facelift surgery addresses only the quantity of skin, not the quality of the skin. To improve skin quality and treat problems such as dark spots, thinning of the skin, acne scarring, and fine lines, laser treatments or other collagen-boosting rejuvenation procedures are often recommended.
Am I a Candidate for a Facelift?
Choosing plastic surgery is a very personal decision that depends on a number of factors. Generally speaking, facelift surgery candidates include healthy individuals who are nonsmokers and do not have any medical conditions that could impair healing. Ideal candidates should have a positive outlook and realistic expectations for what facial rejuvenation surgery can accomplish.
Most facelift patients in Newport Beach and Orange County are between the ages of 40 and 70 years of age, though candidacy is not limited to this age range. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure is to schedule a consultation with a facial plastic surgeon to discuss your goals.
Your Facelift Consultation in our Newport Beach Office
Patients interested in facial rejuvenation in Newport Beach should schedule a consultation at our office as a first step. During this initial meeting, prospective patients should be prepared to discuss their surgical goals, any medical conditions, previous surgeries, and current medications. Patients should come prepared with a list of questions, however, our knowledgeable plastic surgeon Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva will often answer questions before they are even asked!
Dr. Ho Taghva will discuss your goals for surgery with you and may suggest alternative or complementary procedures depending on your desired outcomes. Photographs will be taken during the consultation and the doctor will measure and examine your face to recommend the best treatment plan.
The type of anesthesia to be used will also be discussed during this initial meeting. Most patients choose intravenous sedation with local anesthesia over general anesthesia, however, this is personalized depending on the extent of the surgery and the needs and desires of the patient.
Preparing for Facelift Surgery
Prior to having facial rejuvenation surgery in Newport Beach, our surgeon may ask patients to have lab testing or a medical evaluation performed. Certain medications should be stopped or adjusted as directed.
It is important to stop smoking at least a few weeks before undergoing a facelift. Do not take aspirin or any anti-inflammatories a week or two before surgery since they can increase bleeding. Prepare in advance for someone to drive you to and from surgery as you will be drowsy following the procedure.
The Facelift Procedure
Our beautiful surgical facility, GALEA Center for Advanced Surgery, is located right next door to LEA Plastic Surgery. Patients do not need to visit a hospital as our state-of-the-art outpatient ambulatory surgery center is Medicare Accredited, offering the highest level of safety and comfort for patients.
Facelift surgery at our Orange County surgery center is performed on an outpatient basis. Once the anesthesia has been administered, the lifting procedure can begin. A traditional facelift involves an incision at the hairline near the temples that extends down to the base of the ear and back behind the earlobe.
Depending on the patient’s needs, fat may be redistributed using liposuction. The underlying tissue is repositioned and the deep layers of the face and muscles are lifted. Finally, the excess skin is trimmed and the skin is gently pulled back and sutured to create a naturally rejuvenated appearance. This will also reduce the appearance of wrinkles in some areas of the face.
If it is part of the treatment plan, a second incision is made beneath the chin to lift the skin of the neck, allowing Dr. Ho Taghva to begin removing excess skin and fat. This is known as a neck lift, a procedure that is often performed as part of a facelift. Many patients will also opt to undergo an eyelid lift or brow lift in conjunction with a facelift. The procedure can take several hours, depending on the extent of the treatment plan.
Recovering from Facelift Surgery
Immediately After Surgery
Right after a facelift, bruising and swelling will naturally occur. This lasts about two to three weeks, though some people heal more quickly than others. Following surgery, it is important to have a family member or friend care for you for at least through the first night. Pain medications should be taken as prescribed by our office.
Two Days After Your Surgery
The second day after surgery, Dr. Ho Taghva will often schedule a follow-up visit where she will change the surgical dressing and evaluate the incisions. If everything looks normal, she will re-dress the area and review all post-operative care instructions.
The First Week After Surgery
By days four to six, most people can stop taking pain medications. Swelling should have gone down somewhat and you can start to be more active. From days 7-14, some swelling and bruising may remain in the face, however, it will have significantly subsided by this point.
Sometimes sutures can be removed as early as one week after surgery, but some individuals will have them removed near the two or three-week mark. Most people are ready to return to work two weeks after surgery. Exercise will need to be postponed for several more weeks. It’s important to understand that recovery times vary from patient to patient.
What Are the Possible Side Effects or Risks of Surgery?
As with all surgeries, there are risks and possible complications involved with a facelift. Choosing a reputable, board-certified plastic surgeon to perform your facelift surgery will keep all risks to a minimum. However, patients should be aware of the possible risks, which include:
- Anesthesia complications
- Facial nerve damage
- Hair loss at incision site
Why Should I Choose Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva to Perform My Facelift?
Choosing the right surgeon to perform your facelift is essential to making sure that you achieve desirable results and to ensure that the surgery and recovery period go smoothly. Be sure to work with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has achieved results in-keeping with what you want for yourself.
Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva has performed facial rejuvenation surgery in Newport Beach on patients from all over Orange County, Southern California, throughout the United States, and even from abroad. Working with Ivy-League educated, board-certified plastic surgery expert Dr. Ho Taghva ensures peace of mind that you will receive the best possible care and the natural-looking results that will help you look and feel your best.
–Written on March 29, 2019
I had just ended a long term relationship and was feeling depressed about my life and myself. The facelift procedure gave me renewed confidence not only in my personal life but in my professional career as well. Dr. Taghva is extremely knowledgeable and understanding to what I was looking and hoping for. My fear is that the procedure would leave me looking unnatural however Dr. Taghva is very skilled in her technique and will tell me what works for me and what will not provide good results. I have complete confidence in her work. I am extremely happy with the results and how this has renewed my love for life. Everyone says I look great, I look much happier and much younger and that I look like I lost weight (in my face). The office and surgery center is new and state of the art. Her office staff is very helpful and always make me feel at ease. I am glad that I had this procedure done and will be underfgoing other procedures to further define my features. I now have confidence to do things that I may have been to shy to do before. I am now able to look people in the face and not be self conscious about how I look. My personal life and my professional career have flourished and I look forward to what the future may hold.
Frequently Asked Questions About Facelift
How long does it take to recover from a facelift?
While recovery time is different for everyone, bruising and swelling should last only about two to three weeks. During this time, patients may not be ready to return to work, but they often feel much better after the first few days.
How long do the results of a facelift last?
A full facelift provides the most dramatic results, which can last up to 15 years and help to slow down the aging process. Mini facelift results last between two to six years on average.
What is a nonsurgical facelift?
While there are no nonsurgical procedures that can replicate the results of a surgical facelift, there are effective alternatives for patients with less severe facial aging or less sagging skin. Non-surgical “facelift” procedures include non-invasive techniques to address fine lines, deep creases, sunken cheeks, etc. Some of the available options for people who are unable or unwilling to undergo surgery include:
- Vivace (microneedling enhanced with radiofrequency energy) with platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
- Laser resurfacing
- Liquid facelift with fillers
- Chemical peels
To schedule a consultation for facelift surgery with Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva, call our Newport Beach, CA office at 949.945.2168. We look forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals!