Facelift in San Diego

Treat the Signs of Aging with a Facelift
Facelift San Diego

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.

Dr. Robert Kearney discusses how to prevent facial aging and the top treatments to combat the four most common signs of aging on the face.


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 in San Diego cost?

Prices vary from patient to patient. At our  plastic surgery practice, a facelift in San Diego costs around $9,950. 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.

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San Diego Facelift

For more information about the facelift procedure, call our San Diego office at (858) 677-9352.

Our office is now open!

Your health (and ours) is our highest priority so we are making a few changes to our reopening so that you can feel safe and confident coming in to see us. We are of course following all federal and local guidelines such as wearing masks and conducting phone screenings prior to your appointment but we are also implementing the following:

      Increasing the frequency of cleaning and sterilization to not only include exam rooms but also the waiting room, restroom, all doors, counters, etc.

      Offering multiple hand sanitizer locations throughout the office

      Reducing the number of appointments per day as well as our office hours, to limit the number of people in the office, including staff members

      Minimizing patient overlap to allow for proper social distancing

      Testing all surgery patients for COVID-19 at their pre-operative appointments

      Asking patients to leave family members or friends at home, unless they are coming with their primary caregiver. Please leave children at home as well


How can you help?

      Come alone to your appointment, unless you need your primary caregiver with you

      Please wear a mask or face covering to your visit and keep it on unless you are asked by Dr. Kearney or an RN to remove it

      Postpone your visit if you have traveled by air or experienced symptoms in the last 14 days

      Use a pen from the holder marked “clean” and put it in the one marked “used” when you’re done

      Use the hand sanitizers in our office

      In the rare case there is someone at the front desk when you come in please take a seat until we call you and maintain proper distance throughout your visit

      Take advantage of our virtual consultations or follow up appointments if it makes you feel more comfortable

Please bear with us as we work to return to our new “normal” and feel free to call or email with any questions. We look forward to seeing you again soon!


Dr. Kearney and staff