Facelift Expert in San Diego & La Jolla

Our boutique-style practice and hands-on approach make us the ideal choice for patients seeking personalized cosmetic results. Get started on a beautiful and refreshed you. To discuss your aesthetic needs and goals with a member of our team, please call (858) 454-SKIN (7546) today.

Dr. Reagan is a True Expert in Facial Rejuvenation

He is a graduate of the Plastic Surgery Residency Program  at The University of Texas at SouthWestern in Dallas (2000). This program was recently voted #1 Training Program in the country by other Plastic Surgeons (The US News and World Report, 2014).  Be assured that Dr. Reagan worked intensely  with some of the top facial rejuvenation surgeons in the world before starting his San Diego private practice in 2000.  Dr. Reagan created True Beauty to provide a complete array of services to achieve beautiful, natural, facial rejuvenation.  Dr. Reagan is routinely selected to present on Facelift Surgery at national and international meetings ( see my profile page.)

When performed by a skilled plastic surgeon, facelift can help turn back the clock and make you feel like your true self again. Considered the gold standard in facial rejuvenation, facelift offers comprehensive results because it corrects various facial aging signs in the middle and lower facial areas. Depending on your needs, facelift can correct sagging skin on the cheeks and jawline, creases and wrinkles, jowls and hollowed out cheeks.

At True Beauty San Diego Aesthetic Surgery & Medicine, we pride ourselves in combining the latest surgical techniques with world-class patient care to help each patient achieve their unique facial rejuvenation goals. We invite you to learn more about how facelift can help you look and feel young again.

Are You a Candidate for Facelift?

You may be an ideal candidate for facelift if you have one or more of the following signs of aging:

  • Excess fat deposits underneath the chin and jawline
  • Wrinkles and fine lines on the middle and lower facial areas
  • Sunken or hollowed facial areas (e.g., cheeks, the area below the lower eyelids)
  • Loose, excess skin on the face, cheek and neck areas
  • Creases along the nose to the corners of the mouth
  • Displaced fat
  • Creases along the lower eyelids
  • Loss of healthy skin tone

Our plastic surgeon will meet with you individually to evaluate your facial structure and get a good understanding of your aesthetic needs and concerns. Depending on the information gathered, we may recommend you have facelift alone or in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as neck lift. In fact, many patients choose to combine facelift and neck lift to achieve a more balanced and proportional facial appearance. During neck lift, loose, excess skin on the jawline and neck is removed, along with any unwanted pockets of fat. The remaining skin is tightened to smooth out noticeable neck bands or lines.

Facelift can also be combined with eyelid surgery, Botox or dermal fillers. All of your options will be discussed thoroughly in order to design the best treatment plan.

Procedure Details

Facelift is as an outpatient procedure, typically performed under general anesthesia. There are several approaches to facelift, and our team will use the method that best addresses your aesthetic needs and produces the least visible scarring.

Traditional facelift is performed using tiny incisions placed along the inside of the hairline and continuing down to the ears. Excess fat is removed while the underlying tissues will be repositioned to create more youthful and proportional facial contours. Lax skin will be excised and the remaining skin carefully pulled taut to create a smoother and tighter appearance. Our plastic surgeon is careful not to pull the skin too tight to avoid an “over done” or unnatural appearance. After all, the goal of facelift is to make you look like a younger version of yourself.

Facelift Recovery

Dr. Reagan will provide you with a detailed list of instructions to follow during your recovery. The doctor will play an active role in your aftercare and meet with you several times to monitor your healing progress.

Immediately after surgery, the treatment areas will be wrapped in soft dressings, which will be removed a few days after surgery. Side effects including soreness, bruising and swelling are normal and should subside over time. Dr. Reagan can prescribe oral pain medication to minimize any discomfort you may feel.

You should plan on taking one to two weeks off from work, as well as other normal activities such as exercising and socializing. During this time, you will need to rest with your head elevated as much as possible. Dr. Reagan will advise you on when you can socialize again, return to work and resume exercise. The majority of swelling will subside within the first few weeks of recovery, and any swelling that remains can easily be concealed with makeup.

Brian Reagan, MD, FACS

Dr. Brian Reagan is a board-certified plastic surgeon and founder of True Beauty San Diego Aesthetic Surgery & Medicine. Dr. Reagan is renowned for his surgical skills and commitment to patient satisfaction. Dr. Reagan has been featured on local media outlets, including ABC 10, and recognized as one of the “Best Plastic Surgeons in San Diego” by San Diego Magazine, and “Best Plastic Surgeons in La Jolla” by La Jolla Light Newspaper.

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Facelift FAQs


What does facelift surgery not treat?

Facelift does not treat the upper facial area (i.e., the brow, upper and lower eyelids and area around the areas). For these areas, brow lift, eyelid surgery or a combination of the two may be more suitable options. Some patients also choose to combine these procedures with facelift to simultaneously address aging signs on all regions of the face and neck.

In addition, facelift does not treat hyperpigmentation, age spots, uneven skin tone or other similar skin imperfections. Many patients choose to incorporate a skin resurfacing treatment during or after facelift to enhance the tone and texture of their complexion.

True Beauty will discuss all of these options in detail with you during the pre-op consultation phase.

How long do facelift results last?

The results of an expertly planned and executed facelift can last for approximately 10 to 15 years. That said, every patient is different and ages at a different pace. How well you take care of your rejuvenated appearance plays an important role in the longevity of your results. Good skin care habits, including the use of medical-grade skin care products and regular application of sunscreen, can help prolong results. Non-surgical cosmetic treatments like Botox and dermal fillers are also available to touch up your results from time to time.

Will my facelift results be obvious?

Producing beautiful yet natural-looking results is Dr. Reagan’s priority when performing facelift. He is careful when lifting and tightening the skin and deep tissues to avoid an “overly pulled” or “wind tunnel” look. In addition, Dr. Reagan uses advanced incision techniques that result in minimal visible scarring. With proper care, these scars will heal and fade dramatically.

How much does facelift cost?

The cost of facelift varies patient to patient. Factors that affect the cost of facelift include the techniques used, whether other procedures are included and the degree of correction desired. A cost estimate for your procedure will be provided following an in-office consultation and discussion of your cosmetic needs and goals.

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To find out if facelift is right for you, please schedule a consultation with our expert team. Contact True Beauty by calling (858) 454-SKIN (7546) or emailing our La Jolla practice today.