Facelift

Consultations offered at our four convenient locations in La Jolla, San Diego, Newport Beach and Beverly Hills

Your whole outlook can be influenced by your reflection in the mirror. A refreshed, sculpted, youthful-looking face can increase your confidence and make life more rewarding. Unfortunately, stress, gravity, heredity, and exposure to the elements can take a toll on your face, making you look perpetually tired and aged. Facelift surgery in the San Diego area can help turn back the years from your appearance, so you look like you, only better.

Since your face is one of your most noticeable features, be sure to choose a highly-qualified plastic surgeon to perform any improvements. Dr. Richard Chaffoo is among a select few plastic surgeons who is triple board 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. Patients appreciate his dedication to achieving natural looking improvements. To learn more about La Jolla and San Diego Facelift,  request your complimentary cosmetic consultation  online or call (858) 304-7082 for an appointment.

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Ideal Candidate

Many people who visit us because they’re interested in facial rejuvenation make good candidates for Dr. Chaffoo’s customized facelift approach. There is no optimal age for a Facelift. Instead, it’s the skin’s condition and tone that determine whether an individual would benefit from a surgical Facelift or a less invasive procedure, or even non-surgical treatments. The best candidates have loose, sagging skin and underlying muscles on the lower two-thirds of their faces.

Younger patients whose skin retains much of its elasticity and shows only limited sagging may get excellent results from an endoscopic “mini Facelift,” sometimes called a short-scar Facelift. This technique is quicker and less invasive, requiring a shorter recovery than the traditional Facelift.

Although each patient’s situation is unique, good candidates for a Facelift share certain things in common:

  • Some skin elasticity: In addition to repositioning the underlying tissue and muscle, a Facelift still stretches the skin somewhat, and successful results and recovery require the skin to still be fairly supple.
  • Strong bone structure: Well-defined facial features provide support for good facelift results.
  • Realistic expectations: The goal of facelift surgery is to refresh your appearance so that you look like a younger version of yourself, not like someone else. A consultation with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon can help you choose the treatment that’s right for you.

If you believe a facelift is the appropriate treatment to achieve your cosmetic goals, learn more about the procedure on the following pages:

A Unique Combination

A Facelift restores a youthful facial appearance, but you might want to combine it with other facial rejuvenation procedures to achieve all the improvements you desire. Dr. Chaffoo asks about overall cosmetic goals during your consultation and may recommend a customized treatment plan to meet those goals. He can use liposuction to remove unwanted fat from the cheeks, under the chin, and the neck for firmer, more sculpted facial contours. Other procedures that may be appropriate include:

At your private consultation, Dr. Chaffoo will ask you to describe your cosmetic goals, answer your questions, and design a combination of procedures customized to you.

Improving Your Hairline

Patients who have had facelift surgery elsewhere or even years ago, when less-advanced techniques were being used, may be left with visible scars or an elevated hairline. Now, with NeoGraft® hair restoration, our San Diego patients can cover scars at the edge of the hairline or even have their hairlines restored to their pre-surgery locations.

If you’re interested in eliminating the signs of prior cosmetic surgery, Dr. Chaffoo’s La Jolla Hair Surgery Center offers a variety of options that can help re-establish a lower, more youthful hairline.

Recovery

If you’re committed to positive change — to finally doing something about the sagging skin on your face resulting from the passage of time and the effects of both gravity and the Southern California sun — then hopefully you’re equally committed to finding a qualified plastic surgeon to perform your Facelift. San Diego certainly has its share of plastic surgeons. Of course, you don’t want just any surgeon; you want:

  • One who matches your own commitment
  • One who shares your enthusiasm
  • One who has over 20 years of surgical experience
  • One who has a proven track record of safely achieving positive change
  • One who is dedicated to your full and speedy recovery, and
  • One who’s willing to take the time to educate you as to what to expect before, during and after your Facelift

You want triple board certified, San Diego plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo. His rare training in both plastic surgery and Otolaryngology (Head & Neck Surgery) affords you the benefit of dual surgical training and experience.

If you’re seriously considering a Facelift near San Diego, you’re obviously concerned with your looks in some way. And, if you’re reading this page, you’re obviously concerned with what recovering from a Facelift might be like. Dr. Chaffoo is here to help.

Before a Facelift can help restore a more youthful look, you need a plastic surgeon that can help you make an informed decision. Request your cosmetic consultation online or call (858) 304-7082 for an appointment with triple board certified plastic surgeon Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS, FICS.

Recovery

Immediately following your Facelift (also known as rhytidectomy), your head will be bandaged to lessen any temporary bruising and swelling, and Dr. Chaffoo’s team of experienced nurses will carefully monitor you. A thin tube might be inserted under the skin for just a couple of days to allow any blood that might gather there to drain. You can further minimize swelling by keeping your head elevated. Should you require it, Dr. Chaffoo will provide you with medication to minimize any pain you might feel during this time.

Patient experiences vary after facelift surgery. After about five to seven days — around the same time that the swelling typically subsides — your stitches will be removed. You might experience some temporary numbness and facial movements might feel stiff; this is to be expected following surgery and should diminish within a few weeks.

For the first few weeks, you are advised to abstain from alcohol and any physical activity that might place strain upon your body, including sexual intimacy. Additionally, it is recommended that you avoid steam baths and saunas, and to limit your exposure to ultraviolet light. And, be sure to get your beauty rest!

Finally, be sure to arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home from the cosmetic surgery center and then to remain with you, helping you out around the house for the first few days. You will be supplied with detailed post-operative care instructions to take with you. Throughout your recovery, you will periodically meet with Dr. Chaffoo so that he can assess your progress. Of course, in-between appointments, should you have any questions or concerns, you can contact your Patient Coordinator.

The fact is that the majority of men and women experience minimal discomfort following their Facelift. Most of Dr. Chaffoo’s patients return to work after just 10 to 14 days; however, recovery rates vary. If you’re considering a facial sculpting plastic surgery such as a rejuvenating Facelift, San Diego plastic surgeon Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS, FICS can help. He 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. Request your cosmetic consultation online or call (858) 304-7082 for an appointment.

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

Risks

Some men and women who might benefit from a facelift near San Diego temporarily put it off because they’re worried about the risks and possible complications; some put it off permanently. It’s unfortunate, because the potential for risks and complications is not unique to plastic surgery; it’s inherent to any surgery, whether removing tonsils or transplanting a heart.

If you’re like other people considering a Facelift near San Diego, you don’t want to be a statistic. Most likely, you won’t; and, it’s not because of chance, but rather because triple board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo doesn’t treat you like a number. He treats you like a unique individual and as an adult who’s capable of making an informed decision when presented with the facts regarding the risks and complications of a facelift:

  • Blood might collect under the skin resulting in pain (hematoma)
  • Nerves that control the facial muscles might be injured
  • Numbness
  • Infection at the incision site(s) might result
  • Reaction to anesthesia might ensue such as nausea
  • Skin discoloration
  • The inability of the wound to heal properly, and
  • The possibility that you won’t be happy with the results

Most of the complications associated with a Facelift are either temporary, can be eliminated with antibiotics or can be corrected by Dr. Chaffoo. You can have an in-depth discussion about the risks, complications and rewards of a facelift in San Diego, including how a patient’s anatomy and healing abilities play an important role, during your consultation. Request your cosmetic consultation online or call (858) 304-7130 for an appointment with triple board certified plastic surgeon Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS, FICS.

Surgical Technique

You want to look your best and you think a Facelift might just be the answer. Now, you’re searching for a plastic surgeon — one who’s highly qualified to perform your Facelift; 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.

You’ve come to the right place — contact triple board certified plastic surgeon Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS, FICS.  Request your cosmetic consultation online or call (858) 304-7062 for an appointment.

Here in San Diego, Facelift techniques vary slightly from one plastic surgeon to another. With that said, most plastic surgeons perform the procedure in the following manner: Once that occurs, the next steps include:

  • 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

facelift near San Diego can take several hours to perform. For further facial rejuvenation, many men and women combine their Facelift with La Jolla eyelid surgery and rhinoplasty (nose surgery). At your 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 Facelift 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 Facelift 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.

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

Next Steps

If you’re considering a facial sculpting plastic surgery procedure such as a Facelift, San Diego plastic surgeon Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS, FICS can help. He 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. Request your cosmetic consultation online or call (858) 304-7082 for an appointment with triple board certified plastic surgeon Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS, FICS.

Facelift FAQs

Can I Go Out In The Sun After A Facelift?

You should pamper your skin following any facial rejuvenation procedure, especially after a Facelift. Avoid the direct sunlight until your incisions are completely healed, and then be extra vigilant about sun protection. The sun’s rays on fresh scars can cause permanent discoloration. This sun protection habit is a good one to get into for the long term, as well, because sun exposure causes a lot of the damage and discoloration to our skin that spurs us to seek out cosmetic treatments. The better you protect your skin, the better it will look for many years to come.

Will I Need Surgical Drains After Surgery?

Thin tubes are sometimes inserted just below the skin, allowing any fluid that might pool there to drain. Dr. Chaffoo doesn’t always use these surgical drains, especially if the surgery is relatively short. He also uses alternative methods of preventing blood from gathering beneath the skin.

How Long Does Swelling Last After A Facelift?

generally takes 5 to 7 days for swelling to subside. Keeping your head elevated as much as possible helps minimize swelling, and medication prescribed by Dr. Chaffoo also helps reduce swelling.

How Long Do The Facelift Results Last?

This is a question that most patients ask, and for good reason. It’s important to remember that a Facelift results in a younger, refreshed appearance, but it doesn’t stop the aging process. The same factors that influence the way we age — genetics, lifestyle, and the natural passage of time — continue to play a role. That said, a facelift performed by an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Chaffoo typically results in changes that last for at least 10 years.

Will A Facelift Raise My Sagging Forehead?

No, this is a common misconception. A Facelift is designed to improve the appearance of the lower two-thirds of the face. If you have concerns about your brow or eyes, Dr. Chaffoo may recommend combining the Facelift with a brow lift or eyelid surgery to complete your rejuvenation.

How Long Does Swelling Last After A Facelift?

As with other parts of recovery, each patient’s experience is unique. It generally takes 5 to 7 days for swelling to subside. Keeping your head elevated as much as possible helps minimize swelling, and medication prescribed by Dr. Chaffoo also helps reduce swelling.