About Facelift Surgery
San Francisco, CA board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. James Anthony performs a full spectrum of facial surgical treatments. One of the most sought out surgeries at our practice is a facelift. This surgery focuses on distinct areas of the face to tighten loose skin and wrinkles to create a more taut, yet softer appearance. Based upon your concerns and goals for surgery, a facelift can focus on the lines and wrinkles near the eyes, the mid-face area and cheeks, the bottom two-thirds including the mouth, jowls, neck, and more for an all-encompassing younger look. The facelift technique used depends on your desired outcome, the health and condition of your skin, the degree of skin laxity, your lifestyle, age, and anatomy. Some individuals are of age and have skin laxity for a full facelift, while some may only be ready for a mid-face lift. Dr. Anthony is a highly trained and experienced surgeon who understands the complexity and delicate anatomy of a facelift procedure. The overall goal is to produce a natural appearance that's gorgeous, subtle, and still striking.
"Dr Anthony was recommended to me, and I've had more than one procedure at his clinic. At my initial consultation I felt at ease to ask a myriad of questions. He has a warm style, listens and works to understand each individual body and situation. His work is a skilled blend of art and science, and he recommends what is best for the patient, not what is trending. Each time I've been impressed with Dr Anthony's ability to minimize scars and hide them well. In preparation for surgery, what to expect on the day is explained in detail. I'm delighted with my results which look natural and have stood the test of time well. Dr Anthony's team is excellent - Ann, Jasmine and Megan are personal and caring."- M.B. / Yelp / Apr 19, 2019
"I was referred by another plastic surgeon and it turned out to be the best referral. Dr. Anthony replaced my saline implants and made a small adjustment so my breasts are more symmetrical. The whole experience from the first consultation, to the pre-op, to the actual surgery, to post op was so easy and comfortable. It was a harmonious effort of professionals that took care of me throughout the process. Dr. Anthony and his staff were very responsive. Most importantly, I am very happy with the results and as a runner my downtime didn't take much. I was able to ease into running the 2nd week after surgery. Thank you so much, Dr. Anthony!!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 02, 2019
"Dr. James Anthony does amazing work and has amazing patient care. I am very nervous about having any kind of surgery and he made me feel so comfortable. He went above and beyond my expectations. He genuinely cares about his patients needs and the successful outcome of his work. I am also very appreciative of the kindness of his entire staff."- S.B. / Yelp / Dec 23, 2018
"Excellent work with minimal, well-hidden scarring - Dr Anthony was a referral, and I've had more than one procedure at his clinic. I felt at ease to ask a myriad of questions at my first consultation. Dr Anthony's style is warm, and he considers each individual body and situation to make treatment recommendations. His work is a skilled blend of art and science, and he recommends what is best for the patient, not what is trending. Dr Anthony's skilled handiwork and his ability to minimize scarring is excellent. In preparation for surgery, what to expect on the day is explained in detail. My results look natural and have have lasted well over the long term. Ann, Jasmine and Megan in Dr Anthony's team are attentive and responsive."- F. / RealSelf / Apr 19, 2019
"I just got out of his office got fillers instant results he his a great doctor I will return to get more work absolutely amazing. Very caring and very honest he will let you know what you need and what you don't Thank you Dr Anthony for making me feel better about my self"- P.A. / Yelp / Feb 19, 2019
Men and women who are suitable for facelift surgery will have drooping skin, lines, and wrinkles on the face whether it be the face as a whole or on the upper, mid, or lower face. A facelift can target one or more areas depending on your unique goals and desired outcome. It's also important to note that age doesn't always define the time in life to have cosmetic facial surgery. There are countless aspects and factors, and also numerous lift techniques depending on the cosmetic concerns of the patient. The lifting technique chosen will be different for patients who are between 30 and 40 years old versus those who are older, such as 60 or 70 years old. The condition of skin is one of the key elements in the decision making process. Patients should be physically healthy and be a nonsmoker, and also have expectations that are realistic.
No matter the issue you wish to correct, there are various levels of facelifts to think about. Some facelifts address the upper area of the face, and others focus on the lower two-thirds. In addition, some methods are a bit more invasive than others. It's very common for some patients to have an eyelid lift, brow lift, or BOTOX and fillers to complement and enhance their final results. Some of the more known facelift options include:
- Full Facelift
A common surgery for older adults, the full or "traditional" facelift most often makes an incision close to the hairline, extending down to the area near the temples, stopping near the base of the ears. The deeper layer of facial muscles are carefully stretched and safely tightened to create a lifted outcome, which reduces excessive loose skin and droopy features. This facelift is used for individuals who have visible signs of aggressive aging. During a full facelift, various methods may be used, including blepharoplasty to address the eyes or neck reduction for the lower region.
With a similar approach to the mini facelift, the surgery known as a mid-facelift addresses the hollow and lax areas close to the cheekbones as well as the upper jaw. The mid-facelift works well for those who hope to attain improvement in the middle to lower region of the face, which also improves the look of the jowls.
- Lower Facelift
This lift corrects the chin area and neck and sometimes the jowls. Methods of a nonsurgical nature, such as a Kybella injection, can also be applied for chin augmentation to attain a younger, tighter-looking neck.
- Mini Facelift
When undergoing a mini facelift, a thin, small incision is placed near the ears to lift the skin to a higher position, which enhances the mouth, jawline, and jowls. This process creates nice and subtle enhancements that look beautiful and natural.
What to Expect
No matter which facelift technique you undergo, the primary goal is to produce a soft and smooth result. Most facelift surgeries are often completed with IV sedation or general anesthesia. The duration of the procedure depends on the invasive nature of the procedure, and also if other surgeries were combined. Following your procedure, there will be bruising and swelling, slight to moderate pain, and soreness, which can be quelled by pain medication. Many patients feel and physically look better after several weeks. You can expect a more glowing look with less lines and sagging. Overall, the face will appear lifted and younger looking.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a facelift cost?
The cost of your facelift will depend on the technique and other factors. In your consultation, Dr. Anthony will create your unique treatment plan to match your needs and goals. When this is complete, he can go over estimates of fees. To avoid unnatural-looking results, it's better to concentrate on finding a skilled surgeon, like Dr. Anthony, instead of the lowest price. We can also give you information on low-interest financing that will make your facelift affordable.
What technique is best for me?
The best technique for you will vary based on your concerns, goals, level of skin laxity, what areas are being addressed, and other factors. To produce your best results, Dr. Anthony will go over the different techniques in your consultation. He can then help you choose which technique is best.
Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
Although there are several great nonsurgical skin tightening treatments, these can only give you mild improvements. For moderate to severe skin sagging, facelift surgery is the best choice to improve your appearance. In your consultation, Dr. Anthony will discuss your choices, including nonsurgical procedures, to help you decide which is best for your goals.
What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like BOTOX and Juvéderm, have become more popular to improve fine lines and wrinkles. Also known as a liquid facelift, nonsurgical wrinkle treatments are good for early signs of aging; however, the results won't last more than 1 – 2 years. A facelift will produce more significant improvements than injectables with long-lasting results. Ask Dr. Anthony about nonsurgical wrinkle treatments in your consultation.
Will my results look natural?
Some patients worry that a facelift will make their skin look shiny, overly tight, or like they are in a wind tunnel. Dr. Anthony focuses on giving you results that look natural so you appear refreshed, not fake. He listens to your concerns and goals before creating your custom treatment plan to produce your best results.
The Right Facelift for You
Cosmetic facial surgery can turn back the hands of time for your face and give you a glowing appearance. Thankfully, there are a wide variety of choices for surgery depending on your unique needs and goals. This surgery is meant to elegantly and seamlessly help take you through each decade looking natural. For more information, we welcome you to get in touch with our facility in San Francisco, CA to schedule your appointment with Dr. Anthony.