Facelift Procedure

As people age, the effects of gravity, sun exposure, and the stresses of daily life are reflected in their faces. Deep creases can form around the mouth and nose, the skin around the jaw line sags and grows slack, and folds appear around the neck. As a result, people often end up looking older than they feel.

A facelift (formally known as a rhytidectomy) can’t stop the aging process; however, at Moradi MD in San Diego, we can perform a facelift to enhance your natural beauty. A facelift, considered the gold standard for facial rejuvenation, can “set back the clock,” improving your appearance and mitigating the most visible signs of aging. It can give you a smoother, firmer lower face, eliminate sagging jowls, and create a more youthful-looking jawline. Dr. Amir Moradi specializes in advanced approaches to the facelift procedures for patients for best results.

Patients who are interested in the facelift procedure are encouraged to contact the San Diego office of Moradi MD to schedule a free consultation.

Ideal Candidates

A facelift is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:

  • Sagging in the middle of the face
  • Deep creases below the lower eyelids
  • Deep creases between the nose and corners of the mouth
  • Fat that has fallen or has disappeared
  • Loss of skin tone in the lower face that creates jowls
  • Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw which can give even a person of normal weight the appearance of a double chin

A facelift is a restorative surgery and will not drastically change your appearance or stop the aging process. It can only be done surgically – non-surgical rejuvenation treatments will not have the same results, though they can be used to delay the need for a facelift or to complement the effects of the surgery.

Ideal candidates for the facelift procedure are those whose face and neck have begun to sag, yet whose skin still retains some elasticity and those who have a strong, well-defined bone structure. The procedure is often performed on those between 40 and 60 years of age, but facelifts can be successfully done on people in their 70s and 80s as well.

The Moradi MD Facelift Procedure

Dr. Amir Moradi performs all types of facelifts, including traditional, mid-facelift, endoscopic, and the newer S-Lift (Small Incision Facelift). Each of these has its own purpose and advantages, but the traditional facelift is still considered the most effective means of correcting significant sagging and laxity in the face.

The facelift procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia at our certified surgical site in San Diego. While the exact placements of incisions and the sequence of events depend largely upon the facial structure of the patient, incisions are typically made at the temples. From this starting point, the incisions then go around the ear and into the hairline. This placement helps hide any resulting scarring.

Once the incisions have been made, the underlying muscles, tissues, and fat are lifted and repositioned. The skin is then pulled and re-draped, and excess tissue is trimmed away. In some cases, fat transfer may be incorporated into the procedure to provide desired volume; in such cases, the procedure may be performed using conscious sedation for improved recovery. Stitches secure the layers of tissue and close the incisions; metal clips may be used on the scalp.

Risks and Recovery

Like all surgical procedures, there are inherent risks associated with the facelift procedure. All concerns should be addressed with Dr. Moradi during consultation at our San Diego office. Risks can include:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Poor wound healing and skin loss
  • Facial nerve injury with weakness
  • Temporary or permanent hair loss at the incisions
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation

Patients should not experience significant discomfort after the facelift procedure, though numbness of the skin and some degree of soreness should be expected. If severe pain or sudden facial swelling is present following treatment, it should be reported to our team immediately. To aid in minor discomfort following the facelift procedure, medication can be prescribed.

Patients should expect to take it easy for the first week after surgery and should follow all post-operative instructions given by the surgical team. Patients should remain elevated (rather than lying prone) and refrain from strenuous activity, including sexual activity and housework, for approximately two weeks after the procedure.

Contact Moradi MD for a Complimentary Consultation

When performed by an experienced facelift specialist such as Dr. Moradi, a facelift can take years off of a patient’s appearance. Creases and folds are smoothed out, and a firm, defined jaw line replaces sagging jowls.

Dr. Moradi is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgeons. He provides a complimentary consultation at his San Diego practice for individuals interested in facelift surgery. Patients who would like to schedule a consultation are encouraged to call (760) 726-6451 or reach out via email.