Facelift Surgery

Facelift surgery encompasses the following procedures.

  • Lower face and neck lift.
  • Midface and cheek rejuvenation.
  • Fat transfer.

Undoubtedly, the most powerful and resilient rejuvenation of the face and neck is accomplished through surgery. A lower face and neck lift imparts youthfulness through careful repositioning of your skin and natural facial volume. Excess skin and fat are removed in a balanced fashion to create a natural esthetic that avoids an overdone appearance. Vertical bands, loose skin and fullness beneath the chin are addressed during a neck lift to reveal and highlight your underlying structure.

Volume loss from the midface is common and accentuates aging around the eyes. A midface lift repositions your existing facial soft tissue onto the cheekbones to restore vitality to this part of the face. The addition of fat and accompanying stem cells are often additionally required to permanently replace lost volume in this area. The fat is typically removed from the abdomen and flank areas and transferred to the face in small volumes. This is commonly done at the same time as a mid and lower facelift and can drastically improve the result.

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Face Procedures

About The Facelift Procedure

All face procedures are done in a balanced fashion to create a natural esthetic. Popular patient requests include restoring volume loss from the face and aging around the eyes which through a midface lift, will reposition your existing facial soft tissue onto the cheekbones to restore vitality. A lower face and neck lift will impart youthfulness through careful repositioning of your skin and natural facial volume. Vertical bands, loose skin and fullness beneath the chin will also be addressed during a neck lift to reveal and highlight your underlying structure.

What Should I Expect?

The facelift consultation focuses on creating a personalized treatment plan that addresses your goals and fulfills your expectations. With the knowledge that each individual is unique, non-surgical as well as surgical options will be discussed. Often, the chosen plan will combine both approaches. My goal is for you to have full confidence in your decision to make the change you have always imagined.

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Donald Mowlds, MD

Surgery is performed at an accredited surgery center in Newport Beach, California, USA. Under the care of a Board Certified Anesthesiologist, general anesthesia (fully asleep) is used to ensure maximal comfort and safety.

The incisions for a lower face and neck lift are hidden in the natural contours of the ear and hairline. They gradually fade with time at which point they are nearly imperceptible. For adequate contouring of the neck, a small incision is made in the natural crease beneath the chin, which is also unnoticeable during daily conversation.

Donald Mowlds Surgery

Patients are monitored overnight at the surgery center to ensure comfort and are discharged home the following morning. The procedure is generally well tolerated with minimal reported discomfort. Your sutures are removed painlessly in the office one week following the procedure. My patients are back to light activity the week following surgery.

The results are intended to be long lasting provided patients maintain a healthy lifestyle and adhere to a comprehensive skin care regimen.

Donald Mowlds, MD

Donald S. Mowlds, MD, MBA

No two patients are the same and there is no minimum age for a facelift. The most important aspect to consider is the result you are trying to achieve and the magnitude of the correction required to achieve that goal. If there is appreciable overall facial skin laxity, non-surgical options will often disappoint.

In 2018 I published an article along with colleague and friend Val Lambros, MD, which demonstrating that filler placed in the cheek does not result in a longitudinal “pull” on the lower face. As such, filler cannot be considered a reliable substitute for a surgical facelift.

Energy-based devices deliver heat to the skin and its underlying components, stimulating collagen remodeling and tightening. While these do produce a temporary and subtle improvement in perceived skin tightness, they do not “subtract” skin from the face. Patient’s intuitively understand this notion. These devices are a useful adjunct to a surgical facelift, however not a replacement.

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Receive an in-depth consultation where we will thoroughly review your goals to personalize a plan focused on a natural and aesthetic result. Dr. Donald S. Mowlds, MD is located in beautiful Newport Beach, CA but is also available via a virtual consultation for out-of-town patients.

All Procedures & Surgery Services

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Other Face Procedures

Liposculpture uses various liposuction techniques to address the excess fat tissue of the neck, jowls and chin to provide an enhanced contour. The targeted approach that liposuction affords is unparalleled and results in customized contouring of the neck and jaw.

A surgical as well as non-surgical rhinoplasty "nose job" should be performed in harmony with the patient’s existing facial contours and ethnicity, creating the most natural result. We will devise a comprehensive plan that balances the objectives with your natural facial features in order to achieve a beautiful, long-lasting result.

The chin is the centerpiece of the lower face and as such conveys excess or deficiency in this area. A chin augmentation utilizes a small silicone implant placed through a discrete incision to create a more balanced profile and structure to the jaw and lower face.

Excess skin and fat naturally accumulate in the eyelid as we age. Commonly referred to as bagginess, patients are uniformly displeased with the aged and fatigued look that this extra tissue conveys.

Eyebrow lifts reposition the eyebrows to the ideal location, refreshing the upper eye region. Brow lift surgery is often combined with upper eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, to achieve a maximal rejuvenation in this area.

Ear rejuvenation aims to restore a natural, symmetric and aesthetic appearance to the ears. Abnormally shaped ears can be inherited at birth and cause distress throughout the adolescent years and beyond.

All Procedures

Popular patient requests include restoring volume loss from the face and aging around the eyes which through a midface lift, will reposition your existing facial soft tissue onto the cheekbones to restore vitality. A lower face and neck lift will impart youthfulness through careful repositioning of your skin and natural facial volume. Vertical bands, loose skin and fullness beneath the chin will also be addressed during a neck lift to reveal and highlight your underlying structure.

Breast surgery is a core component of my practice and one of my true passions. I have spent years researching breast cancer, reconstruction and aesthetics in order to offer my patients the most innovative products and surgical techniques.

Areas of excess fat that persist despite diet and exercise can be frustrating. The intrinsic blueprint for fat deposition and retention varies widely between individuals. Body contouring is more art than science that requires blending several procedures and techniques in order to achieve a dramatic and resilient result. Lax skin and excess fat are addressed and muscles are tightened, restoring a youthful and natural appearance to the body.

Skin health is a science that treats the skin components at a cellular level to achieve flawless complexion and texture. A customized skin-care regimen can aggressively treat pigmentation and textural abnormalities as well as optimize the skin to tolerate more aggressive procedures such as lasers and peels. This combined approach leads to an unprecedented lasting renewal of the skin.

Facial rejuvenation and enhancement can also be addressed non-surgically in the office setting using a wide variety of injectable products and non-invasive devices such as Botox®, fillers, laser, Renuva® and more.

Male aesthetics has become increasingly popular as men recognize the availability of procedures that can transform areas of the body left unchanged by diet and exercise. From subtle facial rejuvenation to body sculpting procedures, many surgical and non-surgical procedures can be tailored to the male physique.

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