Facelift Plastic Surgery Procedure Steps

Facelift Plastic Surgery Procedure Steps

Posted on January 10, 2019

Facelift Plastic Surgery Procedure StepsFacelift plastic surgery is a proven and effective procedure available to address facial signs of aging such as sagging skin, wrinkles, and creases.

Advanced and innovative facelift surgery techniques can help create a natural, more youthful facial appearance. While the facelift technique may vary, the general procedure steps will remain more or less the same.

During the initial consultation, the surgeon will inform the patient of the steps involved in the facelift procedure.

The patient will feel more confident and reassured about the procedure after they understand the steps involved. plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim provides facelift to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and surrounding communities.


Planning the Procedure

The surgeon and patient will work together to create a customized surgical plan, including the following aspects:

  • Facelift type
  • Type of anesthesia
  • Placement of the incisions
  • Incision closure
  • Any additional procedures in combination with the facelift
  • Estimated recovery period



An anesthesiologist or anesthetic nurse will administer the anesthesia to the patient and will remain in the operating room during the procedure to oversee the patient’s response. In the exceptional case of an adverse reaction to anesthesia, they can anticipate the situation early and take suitable action.

In the case of less invasive facelift techniques, the surgeon may perform the procedure using local anesthesia with sedation. Regardless of the type of anesthesia, the patient will remain entirely comfortable during the facelift.


Incision Placement

After the anesthesia, the surgeon will commence the facelift cosmetic surgery by placing inconspicuous incisions in pre-determined sites. The surgeon will aim to ensure that any future scarring remains hidden by placing incisions in discreet locations. They will place the primary incision along the hairline to ensure that the scar remains inconspicuous.

Any smaller incisions on the face may be made in the natural facial creases. These scars will heal faster and appear like natural facial lines. In the case of the traditional facelift technique, the incision will start from behind the hairline on one side of the face, right above the temple. It will extend down to the ear and end in the lower scalp under the hair.


Treating Loose Muscles and Skin

Through the incisions, the surgeon will lift the facial skin and separate it from the underlying tissue. They will gently remove or redistribute excess pockets of pat, and eliminate loose skin.

Subsequently, the surgeon will reposition sagging underlying facial muscles to develop smoother facial contours. After the process is complete, they will re-drape the overlying skin smoothly and reattach it using staples or sutures.

The surgeon will cover the incision sites with gauze bandages. The patient will be now be brought out of anesthesia and moved to a monitoring area for a few hours to recover from the initial effects of the anesthesia and surgery.


Additional Procedures

Some patients may choose to undergo facelift surgery along with another procedure such as cheek or chin implants, neck lift, brow lift, eyelid surgery, facial liposuction, facial fat transfer, or rhinoplasty. In such cases, the procedure steps may vary slightly.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. David Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and nearby areas for facelift.For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. David Kim and Dr. Eugene Kim.  Click here to contact us today.

Serving Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Orange County, Southern California and surrounding areas.

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