Ali Sepehr, MD, Facial Plastic Surgeon

Facelift with Lifelong Lift™

Over time, our facial bones shrink.  Also, the sun causes skin to lose elasticity, and gravity causes ligaments of the underlying soft tissues to stretch.  As a result, the skin develops wrinkles, and gravity causes the muscle and fat overlying the facial skeleton to sag and droop, forming jowls and a double chin (loss of the horizontal jaw neck line).  These changes can cause discordance between how active people feel and what they see in the mirror.  Therefore, people who are engaged in life, feel a desire to have a more youthful outer appearance that reflects their inner energy.

A facelift with the Lifelong Lift™ technique, developed by our board-certified facial plastic surgeon Ali Sepehr, MD can smooth out wrinkles and fine lines and take years off the appearance of your face. Please contact The OC Center for Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation for facelift surgery.

Facelift Candidates

At your consultation we will evaluate your face’s bony structure, soft tissue covering, and skin.  All of these factors, in conjunction with age, skin type, and ethnic background impact the result of a face and neck lift.  A facelift , technically known as rhytidectomy, can affect one’s appearance as dramatically as any other operation–it is common to look about ten years younger after a facelift and neck lift. A neck lift is a procedure also available at our practice which can be combined with a facelift for a more complete cosmetic makeover. Facelift surgery is an effective and safe procedure that reduces the sagging and drooping in the lower half of the face by repositioning the underlying the descended muscle and fat back to their original position.  A facelift also reduces the wrinkling by trimming away excess skin.  The greatest effect of the facelift is seen in a much more defined jaw line, by decreasing jowling. The cheeks are also enhanced with a facelift.  In contrast to short techniques, in which the effects often don’t last as long, the thorough and complete technique developed by Dr. Sepehr (the Lifelong Lift™) has a very long lasting effect. You are a good candidate for facelift surgery if:

  • You are a man or woman between the ages of 30 and 80
  • You have excess lower facial and neck skin and fat
  • You desire a significant facial rejuvenation with results that can last longer than non-surgical facial renewal and injectable cosmetic techniques

Facelift Procedure

A facelift typically takes between three to four hours and is usually performed under general anesthesia.  The procedure begins by making a well-hidden incision, camouflaged within the hairline and in natural skin creases around and behind the ear (no hair is shaved). The skin is elevated.  The Superfical Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) is seen.  The SMAS layer (strong underlying connective tissue fascia) is mobilized and repositioned back to its normal, youthful location.  This tightening naturally results in excess skin.  The skin is redraped and the excess is trimmed.  Drains are placed, and the incisions are closed with fine sutures.  The healed incisions should be invisible.

Facelift Recovery

You may choose to stay overnight under our care for comfort. The drains will be removed the first day after your facelift. Before you go home, you will have a light supportive facial garment placed over the facial area. The mild discomfort and tight pressure sensation can be easily controlled with pain medication as needed. All stitches will be will be removed on the 8th post-operative day. Recovery time ranges from 1 to 3 weeks, however, on average after 2 weeks, others will not be able to tell you had surgery. Most swelling will have dissipated after six weeks. Some unavoidable areas of numbness will gradually decrease.  Intermittent bursts of tingling signal the progressive return of sensation. You will likely see significant results within the first few months after treatment, with the most optimal results of facelift surgery becoming apparent after one year. Careful adherence to pre-operative and post-op instructions is necessary for optimal healing.

Facelift procedures should be performed by a qualified surgeon. Please contact us to schedule a consultation for face lift surgery at our practice. Dr. Sepehr will also be happy to answer any questions you have in regards to other procedures like rhinoplasty and facial implants.

*Individual Results May Vary

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Driving Directions

Dr. Sepehr also offers his services to patients traveling from nearby communities. For your convenience, we have provided directions from the neighborhoods below.