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Why let the years give away your age? Growing older does not have to involve looking old. The years, the elements, and stress work against us all to create wrinkles and sagging skin on the cheeks, jawline, and neck. You might be surprised to learn how many people have rejuvenated their face and erased years from their look across the globe and the nation, as well as nearby in Los Angeles, with facelift surgery. At Marina Plastic Surgery, we strive to deliver the best facelifts Los Angeles has to offer.

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What is a facelift?

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, improves the appearance of the lower two-thirds of the face by tightening sagging facial muscles, smoothing wrinkled skin, and removing excess fat. This procedure is often combined with a neck lift for improvements under the chin. The surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia but can be performed using local anesthesia with sedation. Facelift surgery usually takes between two to four hours to complete depending on the extent of the procedure.

Facelift surgery provides lasting improvements that can remain for five to ten years. Our Los Angeles facelift patients often find that regaining their youthful look enhances their self-esteem as well as their appearance. Unfortunately, the procedure can’t stop the natural aging process. Factors such as skin elasticity, exposure to the sun, and lifestyle choices (such as smoking and weight changes) can affect the longevity of your improvements.

What are the benefits of a Facelift?

A facelift at Marina Plastic Surgery increases confidence and rejuvenates your overall appearance. Our deep plane facelift, mini facelift, and neck lift offer numerous benefits to address multiple issues at once. Other advantages of a facelift include:

  • Lifts and firms aged skin, reducing jowls, and firming the neck. Simultaneously addresses multiple signs of aging for a more youthful appearance.
  • Contours and tightens your facial features.
  • Eliminates jowls or a double chin by defining and refining your jawline.
  • Reverses time by as much as ten years.
  • Reduces or eliminates lines and wrinkles around the mouth, including marionette lines and smile lines.
  • Replaces volume loss in drooping cheeks.
  • Enhances self-confidence.

Types of Facelifts

Facial plastic surgery aims to make your appearance match how young, energetic, and hopeful you feel inside. Marina Plastic Surgery offers the following types of surgical facelifts:

Full Facelift

One of the primary reasons patients come to Marina Plastic Surgery for cosmetic facial rejuvenation is because they feel more confident when they look their best. Most Los Angeles men and women have busy and active lifestyles and want to look as beautiful as they feel. A traditional facelift can help our patients achieve their beauty goals, this tried and true method can produce beautiful, natural looking results for our patients.

Mini Facelift

As a result of the early age at which people begin to address the signs of aging, the Mini Facelift has evolved to decrease the amount of correction needed during surgery. The lower region of your face often shows the earliest signs of aging and is the procedure's focus. Many patients refer to this treatment as a "weekend facelift" because the incisions are less than a complete facelift and the recuperation time is substantially shorter.

Neck Lift

The first area of your body to age is frequently your neck, which has sagging skin and deep creases that make you appear much older. At Marina Plastic Surgery, our surgeons perform a neck lift to contour and smooth your neck for a more youthful, natural-looking appearance. In order to provide a more thorough facial rejuvenation, facelift surgery is frequently combined with neck lift surgery to address aging issues along the neck and jawline.

Am I a good candidate for a Facelift?

The best candidates for a facelift are healthy individuals (often between 40 and 80 years old) who are nonsmokers and have reasonable expectations for their improved appearance. Many of our Los Angeles facelift patients elect to combine their procedure with other facial plastic surgery procedures, such as a brow lift, eyelid surgery, and rhinoplasty.

Our patients with less advanced wrinkling and sagging can sometimes benefit from the less invasive mini facelift, which involves smaller incisions and quicker recovery. The rhinoplasty, earlobe reduction or repair, microneedling/PRP, and injectable fillers for the fine wrinkles around the lips are additional cosmetic operations that are frequently done in conjunction with a facelift. Our board-certified surgeons can also do the facial procedures of an eyelid lift or forehead lift concurrently. Every face is different, and our expert surgeons can tailor procedures to meet your demands according to their distinctive approaches and specializations.

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Preparing for Your Facelift

It may be overwhelming to plan a cosmetic procedure. Allow our knowledgeable Patient Care Coordinators to help you understand the process. Call Marina Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation to learn more about us, see if you are a good candidate for a facelift, and understand what you need to do to prepare for your procedure.

You should do the following actions in the weeks leading up to your procedure:

  • You must stop smoking at least six weeks before your appointment if you are a smoker. Smoking can have an unfavorable impact on the results of a facelift and raises the risk of surgical complications.
  • Remain hydrated. It's crucial for a quick and successful recovery.
  • When we tell you to stop taking aspirin, Advil, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, do so.
  • As directed, stop eating the night before surgery.
  • Make your house recovery-ready. Make sure your surroundings are cozy so that you can unwind and start the healing process.
  • Plan to have a companion with you for at least 24 hours after surgery and someone to drive you home.
  • Do not try to do anything around the house. Take a week off to unwind and relax, but be sure to get up and move around to help the blood flow.

On the day of the procedure:

  • Bring an easy-to-put-on top with you. It is advised to wear a zip-up hoodie because it is convenient to put on and cozy to wear. Since the treatment area will be delicate, you should refrain from pulling anything over your head.
  • The process should take several hours. In order for your ride home to plan appropriately, your surgeon will tell you an anticipated time for how long your procedure will last.
  • Your anesthesiologist will be in the room the entire time your surgery is performed, and sedatives and/or anesthetics will be given. To guarantee your security and comfort, your vital signs will be tracked.
  • You will awaken in our recovery room after your plastic surgeon has finished the facelift, where you can relax until we give you the all-clear to go home.

Your Facelift Procedure

At the Marina Outpatient Surgery Center in Marina Del Rey, California, our plastic surgeons execute the majority of surgical treatments in our AAAASF facility. Total IV sedation allows patients to sleep soundly during the two to three-hour-long procedure. If additional procedures are added, such as an eyelid, forehead, or neck lift is performed, the surgery could take up to two hours longer.

Your facelift incisions are discreetly positioned within the ear and extend around the earlobe in the crease and into the back of the hairline. However, it is unnecessary to shave your head. Face and jowl fat can be shaped or redistributed, and the neck and underlying tissues are adjusted. The contours are redraped with skin, and excess skin is eliminated.


The cost of a facelift can vary widely based on many factors, including the extent of the procedure, the technique used, and the surgeon's experience. It's essential to discuss specific costs and financing options with a qualified Los Angeles plastic surgeon at Marina Plastic Surgery.

During your consultation, you and your surgeon will discuss the intricacies of the procedures needed to help you achieve your beauty goals. This approach allows us to ensure that each patient receives an accurate, individualized consultation prior to their procedure.

Facelift Results

After a facelift Los Angeles patients at Marina Plastic Surgery will experience remarkable results, including enhancements in both their appearance and self-confidence. By addressing wrinkles, sagging skin, and improving facial contours, a facelift can reverse some signs of aging, leaving our patients with a youthful, rejuvenated result. The goal, of course, is to promote a natural and refreshed look, restoring a sense of vitality and vibrancy. In addition to the physical improvements, the psychological impact of a facelift can instill an increased sense of self-confidence. The combination of physical rejuvenation and enhanced self-esteem makes a facelift a powerful anti-aging option. With proper care, facelift results can often last up to 10 years, though this can vary from patient to patient. To maintain the results of a facelift, patients should adopt a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and proper skincare.

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Facelift recovery can vary significantly depending on the individual and the extent of the procedure. Generally, most patients recover in four to six weeks, but it may take six months or more to see the final result of the surgery. During the recovery period, patients can expect some downtime due to swelling and bruising, which are common after a facelift and may peak around three to four days following the surgery

Proper post-surgical incision care is crucial for avoiding poor healing and minimizing scarring. Patients should follow their surgeon's specific post-operative instructions, and protect the incisions from direct sunlight by avoiding direct sunlight. Wear sunscreen to prevent hyperpigmentation is also recommended.

In general, patients spend the first week after surgery resting, but by the second week, they can resume modest activities. After eight to twelve days, patients are regarded as "restaurant-ready" and frequently return to work and begin socializing. Generally, regular activity can resume four to six weeks after surgery.

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Why Choose Marina Plastic Surgery

Marina Plastic Surgery is known for its industry-defining innovation and dedicated attention to detail, which is why people from all 50 states and 63 countries around the world have chosen the practice for their aesthetic needs. Our highly customized and thorough approach has made Marina Plastic Surgery a leading provider of plastic surgery in Los Angeles. We view each patient as a member of our family and are proud to have assisted them in achieving their cosmetic goals.

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Schedule your Los Angeles Facelift consultation today

Your care, well-being, and cosmetic maintenance are essential to our passionate medical staff. The doctors check on you frequently after any surgical treatment and keep track of your recovery for quite some time. Special arrangements are made to ensure that following your initial recovery, follow-ups can be performed through Facetime, Zoom, or photo exchanges for our seasonal Californians or out-of-town guest patients. Additionally, our Los Angeles Med Spa aesthetic specialists are accessible for procedures that support and enhance facial rejuvenation treatments, such as microneedling with PRP, injectable dermal fillers, Botox, skincare, chemical peels, and lasers. Schedule your consultation today!

Facelift Frequently Asked Questions

A facelift is typically performed under anesthesia so patients do not feel pain during the procedure. Post-surgery, some discomfort, swelling, and bruising are common, but pain is usually manageable with prescribed medications.

The best candidates for a facelift are typically individuals who have signs of facial aging but still have some skin elasticity, which allows for optimal results. The procedure is often recommended for individuals in their 40s to 60s, although age alone does not determine eligibility. Specific concerns that a facelift can address include the sagging appearance of the cheeks, excess skin at the lower jawline, deep skin folds from the sides of the nose to the corner of the mouth, and sagging skin and excess fat in the neck.

Although there is no "ideal" age for a facelift, women and men over 50 are more likely than their younger counterparts to be interested in the procedure. Your surgeon will evaluate your general health, risk factors, current medication regimen, the state of your skin, and the outcomes you are looking for during your consultation.

The biggest concern about getting a facelift stems from the fact that their results won't appear natural. Facelift results can be among the most natural-looking of any cosmetic procedure when carried out properly by the hands of our experienced surgeons at Marina, giving you a refreshed and more youthful facial appearance. Specific methods must be used to obtain the results you desire and that they meet your expectations. After your facelift, you will not only see an improvement in the quality and tautness of your skin, but you will also appear rested and rejuvenated. Those close to you will notice a refreshed and youthful glow but won't be able to tell you how you got there.

We aim to keep your natural appearance while avoiding an "overdone" appearance. The specialists at Marina Facial Plastic Surgery can conduct an evaluation and, if necessary, offer recommendations regarding further surgery. Technically, there is no cap on the number of facelifts that can be done. However, as we have already stated, we want to ensure that your results are as natural-looking as possible. A face that has undergone too many operations may look "pulled" or "worked on," which is not always attractive. Marina Plastic Surgery can point you in the proper direction if you have concerns about how many procedures you might be able to receive.


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