Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Oceanside, California, Dr. Gregory Park provides a full range of plastic and reconstructive services at North Coast Plastic Surgery including cosmetic surgery of the face, neck, eyes, and nose, breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast reconstruction, revision cosmetic breast surgery, arm lifts, liposuction, tummy tuck, Botox, Fillers, and more...
Facelift San Diego
Face lift surgery removes excess fat from the neck and face, tightens the muscles under the skin, and removes extra skin in your neck and face. The results of a facelift or rhytidectomy can turn back the clock and improve the sequelae of aging in the lower face and neck.
Face Lift In Oceanside & San Diego
As we age, our faces eventually show the effects of time, gravity, sun exposure, poor diet, cigarettes, and stresses of life and work. Wrinkles and deep folds develop around our nose and mouth, our once smooth skin around our jawlines become loose and saggy, and excess fat and loose skin become more obvious around the lower face and neck.
A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, can turn back the hands of time. But, unfortunately a facelift will only reset your clock, not stop the aging process. Facelift surgery improves the effects of aging by removing unwanted fat along the jawline and neck, tightening neck muscles, and removing excess skin in the neck and lower face.
A well rested, more youthful looking face is often achieved by a facelift alone or with a combination of other facial rejuvenation procedures. Rejuvenation procedures typically performed in conjunction with a facelift are a brow lift which, improves a sagging or deeply furrowed brow, fat transfer to the face to restore a youthful glow and fullness to the face, and eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) which makes the eyes appear younger by removing sagging skin above the eye or removing bags below the eyes.
Dr. Park has a vast knowledge of the anatomy of the face from his education, training and experience in both Head and Neck Surgery, as well as a Plastic Surgery. Dr. Park has been performing facial rejuvenation surgery for over 15 years and has provided dramatic improvements in the appearance of the aging face, helping his patients look well rested and feel as young as they look.
A traditional facelift incision begins in the hairline at the temples, travels around the ear and ends in the lower scalp. Fat may be sculpted, the underlying tissue is repositioned, and skin is trimmed.
Limited Incision Facelift
An alternative to a traditional facelift uses shorter incisions at the temples, continuing around the ear and possibly within the lower eyelids or under the upper lip.
Best Candidates for a Facelift
The best candidates for facelift surgery are patients with concerns about sagging neck and face skin, who have realistic expectations. Most patients consider facelifts between 40 to 60 years of age. But, as long as you’re healthy, surgery can be successfully performed in patients in their 70’s and 80’s.
Facelifts can help you appear more rested and youthful. It may even provide a boost in your self-confidence. However, a facelift will not change your fundamental appearance or give you an entirely different appearing face. Before deciding to undergo surgery, it is important to consider your goals. It is equally important to discuss your expectations openly at the time of your consultation with Dr. Gregory Park.
To view Before & After Facelift Photos, click photos above. Individual results may vary.
The goal of your consultation with Dr. Park is to express your desired outcome and goals with surgery, gather information, and feel confident and assured when you schedule your surgery with us. During your initial appointment Dr. Park will examine you face shape, skin quality, facial fat volume, and underlying bone structure to determine the best options to optimize the results of your facelift surgery. After determining which surgery would be right for you, you can decide how and when to schedule surgery.
Preparing For Your Surgery
Before your surgery, Dr. Park and his nurses will see you at your preoperative appointment. During this appointment you will get another opportunity to ask any additional questions you may have with regard to surgery and review all the details of surgery again.
You will be provided with prescriptions for medications required after surgery. You will also be provided with instructions to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on drinking, eating, smoking, and avoiding certain medications or supplements which increase bleeding or bruising.
Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly. If you smoke, it’s especially important to stop at least three to four weeks before and after surgery; smoking inhibits blood flow to the skin, and can interfere with the healing of your incision areas.
If your hair is very short, you might want to let it grow out before surgery, so that it’s long enough to hide the incisions while they heal. Your incisions are designed to hide along the creases of the ear to minimize their appearance. Over time your scars will fade and be barely visible.
While preparing for surgery, make sure to make arrangements to have a family member or friend drive you home after surgery. You may also want to have someone help you for a couple of days while you recover.
Facelifts can be performed under local anesthesia, combined with a sedative to make you drowsy. You’ll be awake but relaxed, and your face will be insensitive to pain. (However, you may feel some tugging or pressure.)
Facelifts can also be performed with the use of a general anesthesia. In that case, you’ll sleep through the operation.
There are various facelift surgery techniques. The approach for your surgery will determined by Dr. Park who will plan for incisions that will be strategically placed so that minimal visible scarring results.
After Your Surgery
You will be provided with individualized postoperative care instructions. There will be bandages that gently cover your face and neck. You will be able to go home after surgery with your caregiver who should stay with you for a couple of days. Usually there is very little discomfort after surgery; if there is, it can be lessened with the pain medication prescribed by your surgeon. You will be seen for a postoperative check the day after surgery.
Most of your stitches will be removed after about five to seven days. Your scalp may take longer to heal, and the stitches or metal clips in your hairline could be left in a few days longer.
Getting Back to Normal
You should be up and about in a day or two, but plan on taking it easy for the first week after surgery. Be especially gentle with your face and hair, since your skin will be both tender and numb, and may not respond normally at first.
Dr. Park will give more specific guidelines for gradually resuming your normal activities. They’re likely to include these suggestions: Avoid strenuous activity for at least two weeks (walking and mild stretching are fine). Take it easy and rest so that your body will have energy to devote to healing.
During the early postoperative period, your face may look and feel a bit strange. Your facial features may be distorted from the swelling, your facial movements may be slightly stiff and you’ll probably be self-conscious about your scars. Some bruising may persist for two or three weeks, and you may feel somewhat tired. All of this is normal.
By the third week, you’ll look and feel much better. Most patients are back at work about ten days to two weeks after surgery. After two weeks you can start to wear makeup which can mask any of the remaining bruising.
You’ll have some scars from your facelift, but they’re designed to be hidden by your hair or in the natural creases of your face and ears. In any case, they’ll fade within time and should be scarcely visible.
Having a facelift resets, but doesn’t stop the clock. Your face will continue to age with time, and you may want to repeat the procedure one or more times-perhaps five or ten years down the line. But in another sense, the effects of even one facelift are lasting; years later, you’ll continue to look better than if you’d never had a facelift at all.
The Next Step
To find out if you are a good candidate for facelift surgery, call us at 760.655.1414 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Gregory Park. We look forward to helping you in achieving your goals.