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A youthful face is marked by tight, firm skin that gives definition to the jawline, provides rounded cheeks, and creates an overall look of health and vitality. As collagen diminishes, elastin breaks down, and facial fat shifts or vanishes, the face gains a sagging, aged look. A facelift at the Los Angeles area’s Sunset Cosmetic Surgery rejuvenates the face and neck area by tightening the skin and any drooping underlying muscles and tissue.
A facelift is ideal for eliminating dropping cheeks, jowls, and signs of sagging in the chin area. Men and women alike choose this surgery to regain a younger-looking profile. Many patients consider a facelift to be “turning back the clock” since they will continue to age but will do so from a new starting point.
Dr. Dan Yamini and Dr. Steve Svehlak are highly experienced facelift surgeons who excel in achieving natural-looking face lift results for their Beverly Hills and Los Angeles area patients. Their long record of safe surgeries and satisfied patients speaks to their medical know-how and artistic ability.
During a facelift procedure, Dr. Svehlak and Dr. Yamini make incisions that balance their access to tissues for repositioning with a desire for minimal scarring. Extreme care goes into the location of the incisions, ensuring each one is placed so it will be well-hidden and least detectable. Other highly advanced techniques are used to make sure earlobes appear natural, and the “done” look is avoided. Facelift incisions are typically made in the hairline and behind the ears.
The surgery may involve the removal of a small amount of fat with liposuction and the repositioning of remaining fat to create ideal contours. The skin will then be repositioned over the new contours. While the doctors work to tighten away any sagging, they also take great care to re-drape the skin without tension. This helps achieve the least detectable scar possible and maintains the earlobe in its normal anatomic position (a shifted earlobe can be a telltale sign of a poorly done facelift). During our facelift surgery, care is also taken in the hairline area behind the ear to look very natural once healed.
Simply tightening the skin on the face can sometimes result in a “pulled” look. The deeper muscle layer (or SMAS layer) is also lifted and stitched to give additional support and lift. Sagging is only part of the facial aging process, which is also caused by a loss of fat in the face. The surgeons often perform precisely placed facial fat grafting in conjunction with each Los Angeles face lift. This helps produce the most natural-looking results possible by adding subtle volume while correcting the sagging.
Plan on resting for the first few days after your facelift in the Beverly Hills area. You will be swollen, and most people also experience some post-operative bruising. Stitches are usually removed during the first week of recovery, and you will need to exercise care when working with your hair (and shaving, for men) since you will have incisions along the hairline. Avoid strenuous activities for about three weeks. The average time off work for most of our facelift patients is around two weeks. View facelift recovery photos week by week