Your whole outlook can be influenced by your reflection in the mirror. A refreshed, sculpted, youthful-looking face can increase your confidence and make life more rewarding. Unfortunately, stress, gravity, heredity, and exposure to the elements can take a toll on your face, making you look perpetually tired and aged. Face lift surgery in the San Diego area can help turn back the years from your appearance, so you look like you, only better.
Since your face is one of your most noticeable features, be sure to choose a highly-qualified plastic surgeon to perform any improvements. Dr. Richard Chaffoo is among a select few plastic surgeons who is triple board certified, by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery), and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Patients appreciate his dedication to achieving natural looking improvements. To learn more about La Jolla and San Diego face lift, request your cosmetic consultation online or call (858) 623-0222 for an appointment.
Am I a Candidate for a Face Lift?
Many people who visit us because they're interested in facial rejuvenation make good candidates for Dr. Chaffoo's customized facelift approach. There is no optimal age for a face lift. Instead, it's the skin's condition and tone that determine whether an individual would benefit from a surgical face lift or a less invasive procedure, or even non-surgical treatments. The best candidates have loose, sagging skin and underlying muscles on the lower two-thirds of their faces.
Younger patients whose skin retains much of its elasticity and shows only limited sagging may get excellent results from an endoscopic "mini face lift," sometimes called a short-scar face lift. This technique is quicker and less invasive, requiring a shorter recovery than the traditional face lift.
Although each patient's situation is unique, good candidates for a face lift share certain things in common:
- Some skin elasticity: In addition to repositioning the underlying tissue and muscle, a face lift still stretches the skin somewhat, and successful results and recovery require the skin to still be fairly supple.
- Strong bone structure: Well-defined facial features provide support for good facelift results.
- Realistic expectations: The goal of facelift surgery is to refresh your appearance so that you look like a younger version of yourself, not like someone else. A consultation with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon can help you choose the treatment that's right for you.
If you believe a face lift is the appropriate treatment to achieve your cosmetic goals, learn more about the procedure on the following pages:
A Unique Combination
A face lift restores a youthful facial appearance, but you might want to combine it with other facial rejuvenation procedures to achieve all the improvements you desire. Dr. Chaffoo asks about overall cosmetic goals during your consultation and may recommend a customized treatment plan to meet those goals. He can use liposuction to remove unwanted fat from the cheeks, under the chin, and the neck for firmer, more sculpted facial contours. Other procedures that may be appropriate include:
At your private consultation, Dr. Chaffoo will ask you to describe your cosmetic goals, answer your questions, and design a combination of procedures customized to you.
Improving your Hairline
Patients who have had facelift surgery elsewhere or even years ago, when less-advanced techniques were being used, may be left with visible scars or an elevated hairline. Now, with NeoGraft® hair restoration, our San Diego patients can cover scars at the edge of the hairline or even have their hairlines restored to their pre-surgery locations. If you're interested in eliminating the signs of prior cosmetic surgery, Dr. Chaffoo's La Jolla Hair Restoration Center offers a variety of options that can help re-establish a lower, more youthful hairline.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I go out in the sun after a facelift?
You should pamper your skin following any facial rejuvenation procedure, especially after a face lift. Avoid the direct sunlight until your incisions are completely healed, and then be extra vigilant about sun protection. The sun's rays on fresh scars can cause permanent discoloration. This sun protection habit is a good one to get into for the long term, as well, because sun exposure causes a lot of the damage and discoloration to our skin that spurs us to seek out cosmetic treatments. The better you protect your skin, the better it will look for many years to come.
Will I need surgical drains after surgery?
Thin tubes are sometimes inserted just below the skin, allowing any fluid that might pool there to drain. Dr. Chaffoo doesn't always use these surgical drains, especially if the surgery is relatively short. He also uses alternative methods of preventing blood from gathering beneath the skin.
How long does swelling last after a face lift?
As with other parts of recovery, each patient's experience is unique. It generally takes 5 to 7 days for swelling to subside. Keeping your head elevated as much as possible helps minimize swelling, and medication prescribed by Dr. Chaffoo also helps reduce swelling.
How long do the facelift results last?
This is a question that most patients ask, and for good reason. It's important to remember that a face lift results in a younger, refreshed appearance, but it doesn't stop the aging process. The same factors that influence the way we age – genetics, lifestyle, and the natural passage of time – continue to play a role. That said, a facelift performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Chaffoo typically results in changes that last for at least 10 years.
Will a face lift raise my sagging forehead?
No, this is a common misconception. A face lift is designed to improve the appearance of the lower two-thirds of the face. If you have concerns about your brow or eyes, Dr. Chaffoo may recommend combining the face lift with a brow lift or eyelid surgery to complete your rejuvenation.
If you're considering a facial sculpting plastic surgery procedure such as a face lift, San Diego plastic surgeon Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS, FICS can help. He has an office conveniently located close to you on Genesee Avenue in La Jolla on the Scripps Memorial Hospital Campus at the Ximed Medical Center. Request your Cosmetic Consultation online or call (858) 623-0222 for an appointment with triple board certified plastic surgeon Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS, FICS.