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Who Can Benefit From a Facelift?


Excess Skin or Fat in the Neck

A facelift can reduce a turkey neck and eliminate a double chin by removing excess fat, tightening loose skin, and correcting muscle bands.

  • Makes the neckline more smooth, slender, and defined
  • May significantly improve signs of aging
  • Restores self-confidence
  • Improves self-image

Loss of Tone of Skin and Muscle in the Lower Face

A facelift can correct jowls by repositioning muscle and skin in the lower face and jawline.

  • Improves definition and firmness of the jawline and lower face
  • Redefines the cheeks and cheekbones
  • Creates a more youthful appearance of an oval or heart shaped face
  • Restores self-confidence
  • Improves self-image

Sagging and Wrinkles in the Midface

A facelift can correct sagging cheeks that have created deep creases below the lower eyelids or between the nose and mouth.

  • Eliminates folds and sagging skin
  • Creates a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance by returning fullness and tone to the midface and cheeks
  • Restores self-confidence
  • Improves self-image

Facelift Options

Dr. Stevens performs a Deep Plane/High Vertical Suspension Technique that corrects moderate to severe signs of aging in the midface and lower face.

  • Incisions begin in the hairline near the temples that wrap around behind the ears and end in the lower scalp
  • Tightens and repositions loose skin and facial muscles, including the underlying tissues
  • Removes sagging skin to correct jowls and a “turkey neck”
  • Removes or redistributes fat to improve facial contours
  • Improves sagging, wrinkles, and deep creases
  • Recreates an oval or heart-shaped face of youth

A limited-incision facelift is less invasive than a traditional facelift and provides an alternative for individuals with more subtle signs of aging in the lower face and cheeks.

  • Requires smaller incisions from the temples down to behind the ears
    • May also require small incisions inside the lower eyelids and/or inside the upper lip (mid facelift).
  • Tightens loose skin and facial muscles, including the underlying tissues
  • Improves the appearance of wrinkles and lines in the lower face
  • Achieves subtle results that reveal a more youthful appearance
  • Provides a slightly shorter recovery time than traditional facelift surgery

A neck lift is almost always performed in conjunction with a traditional facelift but can be done alone to correct signs of aging in the neck and lower jawline only.

  • Requires incisions behind the ears and/or under the chin
  • Tightens the neck muscles to erase muscle banding
  • Removes drooping skin and fat deposits to eliminate wrinkles and sagging
  • Corrects a turkey neck and/or double chin
  • Produces a more defined and youthful neck contour


After your procedure, your face will be wrapped in a soft compression dressing to minimize swelling and bruising. You may experience some temporary numbness and skin discoloration. Take your prescribed medications as instructed to alleviate discomfort and reduce the risk of infection. By the third or fourth day after surgery, your dressing will be removed, and you will be allowed to wash your hair according to instructions. Keep your head elevated at all times to minimize swelling. You should follow all postoperative instructions given to you by Dr. Stevens to ensure that your recovery goes smoothly.
Most patients may return to light activities a few days after surgery. You will be ready to return to work approximately two weeks after surgery. In the meantime, healing will continue, and swelling will resolve. Makeup may be worn to camouflage bruising and discoloration until it naturally diminishes. To ensure the best healing and results, practice diligent sun protection until the healing process is fully complete.
Scarring is typical after major surgery. You will likely have some degree of scarring after your facelift procedure, though the amount and location will depend on your surgical technique. With all techniques, the incisions are hidden within the hairline, behind the ears, in the lower eyelids, inside the upper lip, and/or beneath the chin so that any scarring is inconspicuous. Scarring usually fades as time passes.
You will receive anesthesia to prevent you from feeling any pain during your facelift surgery. During recovery, mild discomfort may remain for up to a few weeks after the surgery. Take your prescribed pain medications according to instructions to manage any discomfort and ease your recovery.
Factors that influence the cost of your facelift procedure include surgical fees, physician’s fees, anesthesia fees, and other expenses. You will receive a price quote at your consultation detailing what you should expect. Financing options are available for those who desire them.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Good candidates must be physically healthy and non-smokers. Candidates should also have realistic expectations and a positive outlook. This procedure can help candidates who desire a more vibrant and youthful appearance that more accurately reflects their physical or emotional youth.
You may combine your facelift with other procedures, including other surgical and non-surgical treatments. Some procedures that are commonly combined with facelift surgery are brow lift surgery, eyelid lift surgery, fat grafting, and BOTOX® Cosmetic injections. Dr. Stevens can recommend appropriate procedures that will meet your personal needs.
Patients who have prominent signs of aging in the face and neck may benefit from undergoing a traditional facelift with neck lift. Patients with less significant signs of facial and neck aging may be appropriate candidates for the limited-incision facelift. Dr. Stevens will recommend the best technique for you based on your anatomic needs and aesthetic goals.
A facelift can significantly improve wrinkles, sagging skin, displaced fat, muscle bands, and other signs of aging in the face and neck. However, it cannot halt the aging process or change the quality of your skin. After surgery, the facial tissues will continue to age naturally. Patients who undergo this procedure may look up to 10 years younger.
Results are typically long lasting, though the precise duration of the results may vary. Patients may expect better quality and longer-lasting results by undergoing facelift surgery before the age of 55 due to having healthier and more youthful skin characteristics than older patients.

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201 S. Lasky Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone: 310.556.1003

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