Face Lift Technique

You want to look your best and you think a face lift might just be the answer. Now, you're searching for a plastic surgeon — one who's highly qualified to perform your face lift; one who's willing to take the time to educate you upfront with regards to his or her surgical technique; one who will honestly inform you of the risks and complications; and, one who will tell you the facts about what to expect when recovering from a facelift in the San Diego area.

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Triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo provides exceptional results and patient care.

  • Here in San Diego, face lift techniques vary slightly from one plastic surgeon to another. With that said, most plastic surgeons perform the procedure in the following manner:

    • Cutting along the natural creases of your face, incisions are made to separate skin from the fat and muscle underneath, preserving your existing hairline
    • Extra fat from the neck and chin is trimmed off (in some cases using San Diego liposuction to suction it away)
    • The muscles of the neck and cheek are tightened
    • Excess skin is trimmed away; remaining skin is returned to its normal position with stitches, and
    • Your head is bandaged

    That's basically it, although Dr. Chaffoo is also very experienced with a mini-facelift procedure to combat the earliest signs of facial aging. Also known as an endoscopic short-scar face lift, the procedure utilizes smaller incisions, reducing recovery times.

    A facelift near San Diego can take several hours to perform. For further facial rejuvenation, many men and women combine their face lift with La Jolla eyelid surgery and rhinoplasty (nose surgery). At your complimentary consultation, Dr. Chaffoo will discuss, based on the laxity of your skin and your underlying bone structure, whether you would benefit most from the traditional face lift or the short-scar mini version (as well as explain the differences between the two). Additionally, he will advise you as to preparing for your surgery, describe in more detail his specific surgical technique, the size and location of incisions, recovering from your face lift and the risks associated with the procedure.

    If you've had facelift surgery in the past from another surgeon before the advent of the advanced techniques that are now available, you may have been left with some tell-tale signs of previous "work" that bother you. Are scars that used to be hidden in your hairline beginning to show? Does your hairline seem higher than it used to be? With new methods of hair restoration, San Diego patients can have their hairlines restored to a new, lower, younger-looking location. Talk with Dr. Chaffoo about your options for hair restoration at La Jolla Hair Surgery Center.

    If you're considering a facial sculpting plastic surgery in La Jolla such as a facelift, plastic surgeon Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS, FICS can help. Dr. Chaffoo is among a select group of plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

    Benefit from his unique training and his extensive, two decades worth of real world experience. Dr. Chaffoo has an office conveniently located close to you on Genesee Avenue in La Jolla on the Scripps Memorial Hospital Campus at the Ximed Medical Center.

    You demand the best from yourself. Dr. Chaffoo demands the best as well — from himself, from his staff and always for you.