About Facelift Surgery
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson provides the full spectrum of facial cosmetic surgery at his premier practice in San Diego, CA, and one of his specialties is the natural facelift. This procedure focuses on specific aging features of the face such as loose skin, gravitational descent of skin and soft tissue, and wrinkles to create a younger, softer, more pleasant appearance. Depending on your unique concerns, a facelift can improve sagging skin around the eyes, the mid-face area and cheeks, or the bottom portion of the face (including the mouth, jowls, neck, and more) for an all-over younger look. The facelift technique used to complete your surgery will vary based on your desired outcome, the health and condition of your skin, your degree of skin laxity, age, lifestyle, and other influences. Some patients may be candidates for a full facelift while others may only desire a mid-face lift. Dr. Laverson is a skilled surgeon who understands the complex anatomy of a facelift procedure, and he takes great care to customize each of his patients' surgeries to suit their unique face. Contact the San Diego Cosmetic Clinic to schedule your one-on-one facelift consultation.
"Best people, best surgeon! And he’s a REAL, board certified, residency-trained plastic surgeon. Go to someone you can trust, like Dr Laverson! Sensitive to patient needs, kind, extremely knowledgeable & professional who wants the best, most natural results for all his patients."- S.B. / Google / Sep 14, 2019
"I must start by saying that I very rarely write reviews. But I recently recalled my experience with Dr. Laverson, and felt compelled to leave a long-overdue review that he truly earned. My situation was also quite different from most of his typical work, so I hope this also attests to his wide-ranging surgical skill. A couple of years ago I was involved in a bad motorcycle accident and wound up at Palomar Hospital. According to my family, doctors, and nurses, my face was pretty much smashed to bits and looked extremely gruesome. Some parts of my face were even missing. Anyway, Dr. Laverson was the on-call plastic surgeon that night. Once the E.R. doctors had gotten me stable, he had the impossible task of trying to fix my Freddy Krueger face by looking at an old picture of me on my fiance’s cell phone. Or at least it should’ve been impossible based on how bad my condition was...Fast forward a day or two, after my swelling from the surgery had gone down in order to see the results, my family and some coworkers came in to see. NONE of them could tell a difference from before the accident, including the coworkers who hadn’t seen my smashed face. Somehow, some way, Dr. Laverson was able to use plates, grafts, and whatever other tools and tricks in his brilliant surgical mind to make me look IDENTICAL to how I looked before splattering multiple pieces of my face on the side of a road. Shortly after my family, friends, and coworkers visited, Dr. Laverson himself visited as well to observe the post-swelling results, see how I was feeling, and to follow up on all the medical stuff he knew to look out for. He even asked my family and I if there was anything out of place, or changes we’d like to make, since he was happy to do another surgery to get everything exactly right. Because everything was already perfect I didn’t do another surgery, but his offer, his following up with me, and his sincere concern for my well being was absolutely amazing.There is only one last detail I want to mention, but it speaks volumes for Dr. Laverson’s outstanding character and genuine desire to help people feel beautiful and be happy with their looks. Since this was in the emergency room at the hospital, not only was it different than his usual surgeries by its type and difficulty, but the emergency was also paid for by my medical insurance. In the medical profession, this often means a significant pay-cut for the doctor from what they would normally charge. I don’t know if my surgery wound up being one of those times for Dr. Laverson, but I do know that he did a spectacular job given my horrendous condition, all while cancelling his Friday evening plans, and likely earning less than usual as well. I hope this review helps prove to potential customers that Dr. Laverson is a caring and outstandingly skilled surgeon, and to put anyone’s mind at ease that may be nervous or unsure about plastic surgery. And lastly, Dr. Laverson, I want to personally thank you for everything outlined above. I know there is no way I can ever really reciprocate what you did for me, but I hope this review can at least help show people and spread the word that you are an absolutely amazing person and professional."- D.S. / Google / Jun 11, 2019
"Dr. Laverson is incredibly thorough and passionate about his work. He answered all of my questions prior to my breast augmentation and tummy tuck. Following my procedure, Dr. Laverson went above and beyond during my follow up appointment to ensure I get the best results. Office staff is very welcoming, and they even called to check up on me after my procedure. I feel like a new woman, and I’m more confident than I have ever been. I recommend Feel Beautiful to anyone considering having an aesthetic procedure."- J.C. / Google / Mar 17, 2019
"I recently visited Dr Laverson for my Botox injections. His office is absolutely stunning! He was very thorough in explaining his methods and the procedure. We discussed what look I wanted and decided what areas to focus on. He did a perfect job! I definitely “feel beautiful” ! I can’t wait to see future results and try other procedures. Thank you!!"- T.N. / Facebook / Feb 25, 2019
"Dr Laverson is an amazing surgeon. I had such a wonderful experience and I am so grateful I found him. The staff is professional and the customer service is the best EVER. I highly recommend Feel Beautiful to anyone looking for the best plastic surgeon in San Diego and an amazing staff. Thank you guys!"- M.J. / Google / Feb 17, 2019
Facelift Ideal Candidates
Ideal candidates for facelift surgery are often those who wish to correct visible lines and facial wrinkles, whether it be for the face as a whole or focused on the upper, mid, or lower sections. A facelift can target many concerns, like sagging skin, wrinkles, and jowls. It's important to note that age doesn't always determine the appropriate time to receive cosmetic facial surgery. There are a number of concerns a patient could face. Likewise, there are also numerous facelift methods that could be employed, depending on the issues being addressed. The facelift technique chosen will be different for patients who are 40 years old vs. those in their 60s and 70s. Skin elasticity is one of the key factors in the decision-making process. Patients considering this procedure should be physically healthy, a nonsmoker, and have realistic expectations for their outcome.
Facelift Surgical Technique
Depending on your individual needs, there are a number of facelifts available. Some facelifts rejuvenate the upper area of the face, and others focus on the lower two-thirds. Furthermore, some procedures are a bit more invasive than others. It's very common for some men and women to have a brow lift, forehead lift, or BOTOX and fillers to enhance their results. Some of the more known facelift methods include:
- Full Facelift
A common surgery for older adults, the full or "traditional" facelift generally uses an incision along the hairline, extending down to the temples, stopping near the base of the ears. The deeper layer of facial muscles is gently stretched and tightened to create a lifted look, which softens excessive lines and wrinkles. The traditional facelift is used for men and women who exhibit signs of aggressive aging. During a full facelift, many facial rejuvenation methods may be used, including upper or lower blepharoplasty to address the eyes or neck reduction for the lower region.
Using a similar technique to the mini facelift, the mid-facelift (cheeks) addresses the sagging near the cheekbones, as well as the upper jaw. The mid-facelift works nicely for those who seek improvement in the middle to lower region of the face, including the jowls.
- Lower Facelift
This particular facelift corrects the neck and chin and sometimes the jowls. Methods of a nonsurgical nature, such as laser skin tightening, can also be performed along with chin augmentation to attain a softer, tighter neck.
- Mini Facelift
When undergoing a mini facelift, a small incision is placed near the ears to lift the skin, which affects the mid to lower face. This method creates nice and subtle enhancements that look beautiful and natural.
What to Expect with Facelift
Following your procedure, we will monitor your health until you can be safely released to be taken home by a friend or family member. Prior to your facelift, Dr. Laverson or someone on his staff will schedule your follow-up visits and discuss suggestions to help you recover faster and more comfortably. It's normal to have swelling and puffiness, slight to moderate pain, and soreness, which may be reduced by pain medication. You should feel and look better over time. After 2 – 4 weeks, you can expect a softer, more youthful appearance. Overall, your face will appear lifted and rejuvenated, and your results will last for years to come.
Facelift Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a facelift cost?
The total cost of your facelift will depend on the technique used, as well as other factors. In your consultation, Dr. Laverson will create a unique treatment plan to match your needs and goals. When this is complete, he can go over estimates of fees. To achieve the most beautiful outcome, it's important to place your trust in a skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Laverson, rather than focussing on the lowest price. The San Diego Cosmetic Clinic will offer information on low-interest medical financing that will make your facelift affordable.
Which technique is best for me?
The best surgical facelift technique for you will vary based on your concerns, goals, level of skin laxity, what areas of your face are being addressed, and other factors. To produce your best results, Dr. Laverson will discuss the different surgical techniques in your consultation. From there, he can then help you choose which technique is best for you.
Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
Although there are several great noninvasive skin tightening treatments, these usually provide mild improvements. For moderate to severe skin sagging, facelift surgery is the best choice to significantly improve your appearance and produce stunning results that last for years. In your consultation, Dr. Laverson will discuss your many choices, including nonsurgical procedures, to help you decide which route is best for your needs and goals.
What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like BOTOX and Juvéderm, have become more popular in recent years to improve fine lines and wrinkles. Also known as a liquid facelift, nonsurgical wrinkle treatments can remedy the early signs of aging; however, your results from a liquid facelift won't last more than 1 – 2 years. A facelift will produce more significant improvements than injectables with long-lasting results. Ask Dr. Laverson about nonsurgical wrinkle treatments in your consultation.
Will my results look natural?
Some patients worry that a facelift will make their skin look pulled, stretched, un-natural, shiny, overly tight, puffed up, or artificial. To optimize your experience and outcomes, Dr. Laverson specializes in results that appear natural. His detailed approach to facelift surgery will help you appear younger and refreshed rather than fake. He will listen carefully to your situation and goals before developing a customized treatment plan for your best result.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
The Right Facelift for You
Facelift surgery is a life-changing opportunity for women and men alike to regain a youthful appearance and self-confidence. Because each person's face is different and unique, you will have a wide range of options when you attend your consultation at the San Diego Cosmetic Clinic. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson will work closely with you to agree on a treatment plan that is personalized for your needs and achieves your goals.