The face loses volume and starts to sag; wrinkles, lines, and creases seem to multiply by the day. Heredity, gravity, stress, and other environmental factors do their part, as well. All are normal consequences of aging. To fight back, treat these visible signs of aging, and rejuvenate the face many individuals come to Dr. Kearney in San Diego for a facelift.
What is a facelift?
A surgical facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, reverses various signs of aging in the face and neck. It’s the most extensive method for reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles and sagging of the face. The goal of a facelift is to improve the contour of the patient’s face and neck.
Who is a good candidate?
You’re a good a candidate if you have sagging skin, wrinkles that run from the nose to the mouth, and feel as if you’ve lost elasticity in the skin on your face. Facelifts are also great for people with loose skin in the neck, and for people who think their face has taken on a perpetually tired appearance. Beyond that, the candidate should be in good physical and emotional health, shouldn’t smoke, and should have realistic expectations and goals for the procedure.
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What can I expect during the procedure?
There are several variations available. Dr. Kearney can perform a “mini,” “limited incision,” “skin only,” or “standard” facelift depending on the degree of skin laxity and the length of the incision. In many cases, Dr. Kearney performs a neck lift at the same time as a facelift to ensure that the skin of the face and neck match.
Facelift surgery is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with light sedation. An incision is made within the hairline and follows the natural contour to the ear. Excess skin and tissue are pulled up and then removed. Dr. Kearney tightens not just the surface skin, but also the underlying muscle.
What is the recovery time?
Facelifts are generally an outpatient procedure. You’ll most likely be sent home with an elastic bandage, dressings, and drains in the treated site. Sutures are typically taken out within seven to 10 days; swelling and bruising dissipate in about that same time. Most facelift patients return to work 10 days after surgery and can resume regular activities within three to four weeks. The neck may feel tight and possibly numb for a few weeks after surgery. Scars from your incision fade and become nearly unnoticeable over time.
How much does a facelift cost?
Prices vary from patient to patient. At our plastic surgery practice, a facelift in San Diego costs around $9,850. To get the exact price, please contact us for a consultation.
Financing is also provided by CareCredit. They offer a full range of payment plans and patients can finance up to $25,000. CareCredit offers our patients 6, 12 and 18 month no interest plans as well as plans with terms of up to 60 months at 14.9%. You can apply today by visiting www.carecredit.com or calling 1-800-365-8295.
What are clients are saying about their facelifts:
My heart will always be grateful to Dr. Kearney for what he’s done to help improve my self image. Since my facelift, I love who I see everyday when I look at myself. I feel refreshed and more alive. The kindness and caring that he gives to his patients is unmatched, and I consider him not only my surgeon but also my friend. He is a gifted surgeon, and an honest man.