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A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a facial surgery procedure designed to help people reduce the visible signs of aging in the face and neck.

Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, Chairman and Director of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, is a globally acclaimed facial plastic and reconstructive surgery expert. He has written five bestselling books, including “Master Techniques in Facial Rejuvenation” and “Beverly Hills Beauty Secrets,” has been named a “Top Doctor” by US News & World Report and has been featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Doctors” and “Dr. Oz”.

Facelift Before & Afters

Check out our facelift before and after photo gallery to see how our patients have benefited from Dr. Azizzadeh's facelift expertise.

What is a Facelift?

A facelift surgery helps an individual rejuvenate the appearance of the face. Although facelift surgery has become increasingly popular over the years, it is important to note that no two facelift procedures are exactly alike. Much in the same way that the natural aging process affects each person differently, a facelift surgery must be tailored to a person’s facial appearance and facial rejuvenation goals.

Facelift surgery generally is similar for both men and women and great detail is taken to make sure the incision is concealed for patients, especially men who have less hair to hide any incisions. The patient is administered general anesthesia prior to surgery, followed by a small, well-hidden incision along the edge of the ear and into the scalp just a few centimeters.

Following a facelift, the surgical incisions will be closed with sutures – some dissolve on their own while others will need to be removed after a few days. Dr. Azizzadeh will provide detailed instructions to ensure a patient can properly take care of the sutures after surgery.

Surgical incisions usually will start to heal three to four weeks after a facelift. At this time, the incision lines from a facelift will be concealed within the hairline and natural contours of the ear and face.

Benefits of Facelift Surgery

Facelift surgery is the best way to rejuvenate the overall appearance of the face due to the aging process. It may be used to help a person correct fold lines between the nose and mouth, loose skin and excess fat on the neck, and the loss of youthful contours in the face. Surgery benefits include:

  • Enhanced facial contours
  • Youthful facial shape
  • Repair of loose skin
  • Tighter facial muscles

At the CENTER, Dr. Azizzadeh customizes each facelift surgery to help a patient achieve a balanced and natural-looking facial appearance. Dr. Azizzadeh tailors each facelift with the anti-aging needs of the patient in mind. As a result, Dr. Azizzadeh often utilizes a combination of procedures in conjunction with “traditional” facelift surgery techniques to ensure a patient can achieve the best-possible results.

Am I a Candidate for a Facelift Surgery?

To better help patients understand the aging process and what can be achieved with facial rejuvenation surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh discusses the “Aging Arc.” The Aging Arc defines the aging process in visual terms relative to a patient’s age. In many instances, people in the negative range of the Aging Arc may appear older or younger than they actually are due to cosmetic intervention.

Dr. Azizzadeh works with facelift surgery patients to help them reach the positive range on the Aging Arc. By doing so, Dr. Azizzadeh can ensure that a patient’s facial appearance is radiant and healthy based on his or her chronological age.

Dr. Azizzadeh will use the Aging Arc tool as part of his comprehensive facelift consultation. This consultation serves as a learning opportunity for both Dr. Azizzadeh and a patient and enables an individual to find out where he or she falls on the Aging Arc. Plus, Dr. Azizzadeh will define which facial techniques or type of facelift surgery can be used to help an individual move from the negative range into the positive range.

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Furthermore, an individual who displays any of the following signs of aging may prove to be a viable candidate for facelift surgery:

  • Loose skin
  • Volume loss
  • Noticeable facial expression lines
  • Loss of collagen and/or skin elasticity
  • Asymmetrical facial appearance due to aging

Dr. Azizzadeh takes a holistic approach to facelift surgery and will help a patient identify the underlying aging issues in the face. Then, he will offer a precise treatment that ensures complete facial rejuvenation./p>

What Does the Facelift Consultation Process Involve?

The facelift consultation process represents a unique learning experience for both Dr. Azizzadeh and his patients. It enables all parties to learn from one another and ensure the patient can achieve the optimal facelift results.

Dr. Azizzadeh will examine a patient’s face and learn about an individual’s facelift concerns and goals. He also will offer both non-invasive and surgical facelift options, when appropriate. Dr. Azizzadeh recognizes that every patient is different, which means each individual has distinct personal needs and questions about facelifts. As such, he will provide details about both surgical and non-surgical facelift treatments that may help a patient enhance the facial appearance.

What Types of Non-Surgical Facelift Options Are Available?

A non-surgical facelift, often referred to as a liquid facelift, is an alternative to surgery. It involves the use of a combination of injectables to achieve facial rejuvenation.

Common injectables that are used during non-surgical facelift procedures include:

Dr. Azizzadeh is happy to outline the benefits of the many non-surgical facelift options to patients. And if an individual has concerns or questions about these treatment options, Dr. Azizzadeh will address his or her queries immediately.

What Other Surgical Procedures Are Available to Address the Face?

A facelift procedure alone may prove to be worthwhile for some individuals. However, in many cases, additional complimentary surgical procedures may be needed to ensure a patient can achieve a natural and balanced outcome.

Dr. Azizzadeh listens to each of his patients, and as such, will work with a patient to determine which facelift treatment options are best for the individual. He will allocate the necessary time and resources to learn about a patient and find out why this individual is considering facelift surgery. Also, Dr. Azizzadeh may recommend facelift surgery be performed in conjunction with any of the following procedures:

  • Neck lift
  • Fat grafting
  • Brow lift
  • Upper and lower blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)

Dr. Azizzadeh is a leading facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who emphasizes patient education. He recognizes that knowledge is key to achieve the best-possible treatment results, teaches patients about the underlying causes of skin aging issues and recommends treatment options to address such problems. Dr. Azizzadeh will even offer comprehensive insights into a wide range of surgical and non-surgical facelift treatments to help a patient make an informed decision.

How Does Dr. Azizzadeh Approach Facial Plastic Surgery?

Dr. Azizzadeh takes an in-depth approach to facial plastic surgery and believes there is no such thing as a standard facelift. He provides each patient with a custom treatment plan tailored to his or her personal needs. Dr. Azizzadeh will evaluate a patient’s face and neck to ensure all cosmetic issues are addressed during a facelift surgery.

Moreover, Dr. Azizzadeh wants to help each patient maintain a natural-looking and vibrant facial appearance. During a facelift surgery, he focuses on tightening a patient’s skin, sculpting his or her facial features and preserving the individual’s natural facial contours for optimal results. He will also provide patients with detailed information on his surgical guidelines for facelifts.

In addition to his aesthetic eye, Dr. Azizzadeh is one of the world’s leading facial nerve experts. This expertise sets him apart from other plastic surgeons, as his knowledge of the complex facial nerve anatomy ensures he can provide his patients with the safest and most effective approach to surgery.

His work with plastic and reconstructive surgery has made the CENTER a premier destination for facial plastic surgery patients, as well as patients who require complex facial nerve procedures. Also, Dr. Azizzadeh has published numerous textbooks and peer-reviewed articles and received many national and international awards, and his client list includes executives, dignitaries, celebrities and even other physicians from around the world.

What Does the Facelift Recovery Process Include?

The facelift recovery process may require several weeks to complete, and it often varies based on the patient. Facelift patients may experience any of the following symptoms during this period:

  • Bruising that lasts one to two weeks.
  • Swelling that lasts one to three weeks.
  • Secondary healing that occurs after initial swelling dissipates and may take up to six months to complete.
  • Ear numbness that lasts about eight weeks.
  • Tightness in the face that lasts six to eight weeks.
  • Smile or facial muscle weakness in the first two days.
  • Return to work and everyday activities within 10 to 14 days.
  • Return to a regular exercise routine after about three weeks.

Facelift Aftercare

  • For most patients, pain is limited. Some patients may require pain medications in the first 72 hours after facelift surgery; thereafter, extra strength Tylenol can be used.
  • If you have excruciating pain, please call your surgeon. Avoid the following for 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after surgery – Aspirin, Advil, non-steroidal pain medications, fish, herbal supplements, vitamins, smoking, all nicotine products, marijuana, illicit drugs.
  • Use cold compresses in the first 72 hours after surgery (20 minutes per hour when awake) then switch to warm compresses (20 minutes, 3 times per day) thereafter over the areas of bruising.
  • Gently clean incisions with hydrogen peroxide once a day for the first 7 days.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment 3 times a day over all incisions.
  • All stitches will be removed within six to eight days of facelift surgery.
  • Wear head wrap garment as much as possible for the first week after facelift surgery. If irritation occurs, remove the head wrap and call our office. It is important that you prevent the bandage from rolling up or wrinkling under your chin. Continue wearing head wrap as much as possible when at home and at night for 3 weeks after facial surgery.
  • Keep head elevated for at least 1 – 2 weeks following your facial surgery. This includes while you sleep, rest or relax.
  • You may remove compression garment to shower starting 2 days after surgery.

Dr. Azizzadeh will provide extensive details about facelift aftercare prior to surgery. If you have additional facelift aftercare questions during the recovery period, please reach out to Dr. Azizzadeh for additional support.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh Today

To learn more about the benefits of a facelift treatment, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh at the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery.

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