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 restores youthfulness through careful repositioning of your natural facial volume. Excess skin is removed in a balanced fashion to create a natural esthetic that avoids an overdone appearance.

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.

Fat taken from the abdomen and flanks is often injected in small amounts to permanently replace lost volume. This is done at the same time as the mid and lower facelift procedures to drastically improve the result.

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The Facelift Procedure


A natural and balanced appearance is restored to the aging face by repositioning and enhancing the natural facial volume along with removal of excess, sagging skin. Vertical bands, loose skin and fullness beneath the chin are also corrected to define the jaw and neckline. Facelift procedures are often combined with eyelid and brow procedures to achieve complete facial rejuvenation. The goal is to make you look younger and refreshed, not overdone.

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What to Expect

All procedures are done in a balanced and natural esthetic.


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.



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.


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.


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.

Before & After

Stunning, natural results from patients.

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Eyelid Surgery “Blepharoplasty”

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Eyelid Surgery “Blepharoplasty”

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    Facial Procedures

    All procedures are done in a balanced and natural esthetic.

    A lower face and neck lift restores youthfulness through careful repositioning of your natural facial volume. Excess skin is removed in a balanced fashion to create a natural esthetic that avoids an overdone appearance.


    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. Mild skin laxity is also improved during the healing process following liposuction.


    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.

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    All procedures are done in a balanced and natural esthetic.

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