San Diego & La Jolla, CA
- What is a facelift?
- Am I a Candidate?
- Benefits of Facelifts
- Types of Facelifts
- Non-surgical Alternatives
San Diego and La Jolla residents trust Dr. Brian Reagan for beautiful, natural-looking facelift results. Known as the gold standard of facial rejuvenation, facelift demands technical skill and an eye for artistry.
Create a smoother, more youthful appearance
2-5 hours (depending upon extent of procedure)
General or Local with IV Sedation
Back to work in 3 days, strenuous activity 2-3 weeks
Duration of Results:
Approx 8-10 years
$3,000-$12,000 depending upon the extent of procedure
*Individual patient results may vary. Examples presented are not to be interpreted as a promise or guarantee.
Dr. Reagan’s mastery of surgical techniques and unique understanding of facial anatomy makes him an excellent choice for facelift. He has an undeniable passion for facial rejuvenation procedures, and it shows in his consistently exceptional results.
What Is a Facelift?
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, can take years off your facial appearance by reducing signs of aging. This facial plastic surgery provides a more youthful contour by reducing sagging tissues and folds along the jawline and on the cheeks and elevating the skin for a natural, smoother complexion. Depending on your needs, facelift can correct sagging skin on the cheeks and jawline, creases and wrinkles, jowls and hollowed out cheeks.
Am I a Candidate?
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
Benefits of Facelift
Facelift can help turn back the clock and make you feel like your true self again. Considered the gold standard in facial rejuvenation, facelift comprehensively corrects various facial aging signs in the middle and lower facial areas. The procedure can accomplish a number of things relating to aging, including tightening loose, sagging skin and providing a defined contour of the neck and jawline.
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.
Types of Facelifts
The traditional facelift focuses on the mid-face and neck regions. Incisions are typically concealed behind the hairline or in natural folds. In the standard facelift, Dr. Reagan repositions and tightens the structures under your skin and removes excess tissue for a more youthful appearance. Jowling under the chin is addressed for a more defined profile.
A mini-facelift is a less-invasive version of the traditional procedure that improves mildly sagging skin and jowling. With the mini-facelift, shorter incisions are used to tighten and elevate underlying tissues. This type of facelift can give you a refined jaw and eliminate a “tired” look.
Your Initial Facelift Consultation
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.
Why Choose Dr. Reagan?
Dr. Reagan 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 bio page.)
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.
There is some degree of risk with every surgical procedure. The facelift requires general anesthesia, and some patients may experience a bad reaction to the anesthesia. As we deal with the facial tissues, there is some risk of facial nerve injury, weakness and skin sensation changes. Other potential risks include infection, fluid accumulation, bleeding, slow healing and scarring.
Some of these risks can be mitigated by choosing an experienced plastic surgeon such as Dr. Reagan with special training in facial plastic surgery.
See What Our Patients Have to Say!
“Dr. Reagan is someone I thank every time I look in the mirror. I look 20 years younger due to my facelift. I appreciate his talent and the dedication he has to helping people. His staff is also kind and professional. I only wish I had gone to him sooner!”
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.
Patients are sent home with post operative instructions. Outer dressing will be applied to the face and the head should be kept elevated on several pillows.
One to Two Weeks After Surgery:
Limit exercise to walking. Some sutures are typically removed during week 1. Additional sutures may be removed at week 2. Gentle daily washing of incisions.
Three to Four Weeks After Surgery:
Other sutures begin to dissolve. Most swelling and bruising has subsided. Patients can resume light activities.
One to Two Months after Surgery
Still some swelling may be present, but patients are starting to get idea of final results.
In most cases, visible results are seen in 6-8 weeks, but may continue to improve and heal over next several months.
*Individual patient results may vary. Examples presented are not to be interpreted as a promise or guarantee.
Your Facelift Results
Dr. Brian Reagan is a board-certified plastic surgeon with more than 20 years of experience practicing in San Diego. He will customize your facelift to your cosmetic concerns, and he is dedicated to providing you with excellent results. You can browse his before and after gallery to view the results of real patients.
Check out our reviews to learn more about your facelift with Dr. Reagan and his commitment to patient satisfaction.
Your facelift is customized to your anatomy and cosmetic concerns. Dr. Reagan will design a surgical plan after assessing your features to ensure he preserves your unique traits while addressing loose skin and other signs of aging. His goal is to maintain your individuality while improving cosmetic flaws for natural-looking facelift results.
When will I see results?
It takes time for the swelling to go down after your facelift procedure, and the repositioned tissues need to heal. Most patients see their initial facelift results about four weeks or one month after their facelift, with the full results settling in around six months.
How long will my 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.
How Much Does a 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.
Non-Surgical Alternatives to Facelift
A non-surgical facelift uses a combination of minimally-invasive and non-surgical cosmetic treatments and procedures to refresh your facial appearance. It’s a safe and effective way to reduce mild to moderate signs of aging and involves little to no downtime. There’s no risk of anesthesia reaction, and the cost is much less than the traditional surgical procedure. However, there are limits to what can be accomplished with a non-surgical facelift.
Non-surgical alternatives include dermal fillers, BOTOX, fat transfer and skincare treatments such as microneedling, microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser treatments. These minimally-invasive options can address fine lines and wrinkles, loose skin, thin lips, large pores, acne scarring, deep creases and volume loss.
A non-surgical facelift can’t accomplish the dramatic results of a traditional facelift, and many of the treatments need to be repeated to maintain your results, making the estimated cost rise.
AccuTite is a non-surgical facelift alternative with no scalpels or incisions. This in-office procedure tightens sagging tissues and reduces fat pockets in the face and neck, and the technology is highly customized to each patient’s needs. AccuTite can improve sagging eyebrows, rejuvenate upper and lower eyelids and reduce wrinkles around the nose, mouth and chin.
AccuTite uses radiofrequency assisted lipolysis (RFAL) to deliver precise heat to small, delicate areas of the face and body. The RFAL probe treats the deeper skin layers and liquefies fat cells, triggering new collagen and elastin fibers for continued results. AccuTite treatments take around 30 minutes and require minimal downtime. Patients typically return to work two or three days later with noticeable results that improve for several months as the tissues regenerate naturally.
FaceTite and AccuTite combine non-surgical skin tightening with fat reduction to improve loose skin and signs of facial aging. The advanced contouring system is minimally invasive and an excellent non-surgical alternative to the facelift. The device focuses on the sub-dermal tissues with radiofrequency energy that pushes the skin to contract. The dual-temperature technology offers optimal tissue remodeling and fat coagulation for safe, controlled results.
FaceTite improves wrinkles, sagging skin and fat along the neck and jawline. These treatments can address a double chin (submental fat), crepe-y neck skin, jowling and an undefined jawline. The handpiece heats the tissues to an exact temperature to safely melt fat and tighten skin. Recovery takes two to three days, with results that continue to improve for several months as collagen production amps up.
Morpheus8 combines radiofrequency energy with the regenerative benefits of microneedling to address multiple signs of aging and loose, wrinkled skin. This device stimulates collagen production through micro-traumas in the skin created by tiny needles that emit RF energy to the treatment area. Morpheus8 treatments provide deep tissue remodeling and fat reduction with a minimally invasive technology.
Morpheus8 is customized to each patient and can improve facial scars, skin texture, sagging skin, jowls and other signs of aging on the lower face and neck. The skin is marked with a grid for the needle-tipped device to stimulate skin remodeling, and the outpatient procedure typically takes one hour. Morpheus8 offers minimal downtime and results that can last up to five years.
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.
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.
See What Our Patients Have to Say!
“Dr. Reagan is by far the best plastic surgeon I’ve met. I had lower Blepharoplasty and fat grafting done. Im so grateful to him for how perfect the results are. This procedure is very scary, when your dealing with any facial procedure. I had done a bunch of research, got a consult from him, he was honest, confident and informative most of all very comforting. I had talked to a few other surgeons beforehand and just felt like they wanted to make money. Reagan is genuine, and most of all unbelievably talented. If your considering and procedure, I highly recommend you go for a consult.”
What are the advantages of combining facelift with a neck procedure?
The neck usually plays an inconspicuous role in our overall appearance. In fact, it’s only after a dramatic facial rejuvenation, such as that achieved with facelift, that many patients begin to notice the neck.
By that point, the neck is presenting a contrast — loose, wrinkled or banded skin that is drawing attention away from the newly toned and revitalized complexion above.
That is when many facelift patients begin thinking about neck lift, a combination of surgical techniques that can reverse droopiness by tightening and sometimes excising skin and muscles.
Patients choose among liposuction, cervicoplasty and platysmaplasty, depending on the nature of skin integrity of the neck.
Liposuction, of course, is an ideal technique for removing unwanted fat cells on any part of the body.
Cervicoplasty is effective at removing excess skin, while platysmaplasty also addresses underlying muscles, tightening, trimming or realigning them, thereby eliminating bands and restoring a taut appearance.
If I notice droopiness in a few years, will it be necessary to repeat facelift?
Facelifts are highly effective at resetting the clock, but after a decade or so of rejuvenation, you will again experience some degree of natural sagging of the skin.
At that point, another facelift is not your only option. In fact, each year, new non-surgical or minimally-invasive treatments become available, and Dr. Reagan can help guide you as you choose among the many exciting options.
Dermal fillers are perfect for touch-ups of your revitalized look. There are many products available — some with very specific applications — and all excel at building volume and stimulating the production of collagen.
Some women also choose Botox or a similar neuromodulator to enhance facial smoothness by relaxing subdermal muscles.
And laser resurfacing and radiofrequency energy (RF) treatments harness the power of visible and invisible light to tighten skin, restore tone and texture, and trigger collagen production. RF treatments can also be combined with microneedling to maximize your body’s naturally revitalizing healing response.
Do men get facelifts?
Facelift is often thought of as a female-specific procedure, and in fact only about 10 percent of the surgeries are performed on men.
But that share is growing, as men begin to realize what women have always known: that a younger, vibrant appearance can open doors to a wider range of business and social opportunities.
As with rhinoplasty, men approach this surgery with a slightly different set of preferences and expectations.
Men prize an outcome that is subtle, one that builds upon the masculine lines and angles of a man’s natural facial geometry. Hiding the scars higher in the scalp is also a consideration, given the likelihood of a shorter hair style or a receding hairline.
Above all, most male patients want to be sure that friends and colleagues will never guess that a plastic surgery procedure is responsible for the new look of vigor and vitality.
See What Our Patients Have to Say!
“Dr. Reagan is a wonderful combination of excellent technician, clear communicator, and artist. He clearly explained all procedures, options, and risks. I wanted a result that would look amazing, and at the same time be conservative and look totally natural. Dr. Reagan surpassed all expectations and I’m absolutely thrilled with the result. He is a remarkable physician. A bonus is the lovely office and staff.”