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Facelift San Francisco


Dr. Serebrakian is a leading surgeon in the San Francisco Bay Area for facial rejuvenation procedures, including facelift surgery. He is double boarded by the American Board of Head & Neck Surgery and American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery.

What is a Facelift?

A facelift is a surgical procedure used to correct sagging skin and facial muscles, and contour the lower half of the face. It rejuvenates and reverses the signs of aging by tightening the muscle, removing fat and trimming excess skin, giving the face a fresher, more youthful look. For patients hoping to improve the top half of their face, we suggest considering a brow lift.

Who is a Good Candidate for Facelift Surgery?

Most anyone over the age of 45 could benefit from a facelift of some sort. Generally, a facelift rejuvenates the mid-to-lower face and neck. Ideal candidates normally relate to one or more of the following characteristics on your face:

  • Mid-face sagging
  • Deep creases under your eyes
  • Deep nasolabial folds
  • Jowls have formed on your jawline
  • Fatty, sagging areas just below your cheekbones
  • Loose skin, wrinkles, vertical cords, and fatty tissue on your neck

The length and involvement of the procedure depend on how much time you’ve spent in the sun, environmental issues, personal habits, and stresses.

Facelift Before & After Photos

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Types of Facelift Procedures

Although approaches vary depending on the treatment and the patient’s needs, facelift surgery has some universal characteristics that make the surgery safer and more intricate than ever before. Two popular types of facelift surgery include the mini facelift and a full facelift.

Mini Facelift:

A mini facelift, also known as a “celebrity facelift”, is an appropriate procedure for treating aging signs from the jaw upward. It is not particularly effective for lifting the neck and chin. This procedure is less invasive than a traditional facelift and requires minimal downtime (less than a week of recovery).

Full Facelift:

A full, or complete, facelift improves the appearance of the neck, the jaw, and the cheeks before the cheekbones. This procedure is often recommended for our patients in San Francisco, who experience more extreme signs of aging.

What Our Patients Have To Say

“Dr. Serebrakian did an amazing job with one of my family member’s neck and face lift. He didn’t make her skin look pulled, so it looked completely natural. He and his staff kept made themselves available 24/7 right after the surgery in the case that she needed to consult with them. Highly recommend him!”

– Giselle C.

Can Facelift Surgery Be Combined With Other Procedures?

Patients who undergo facelift surgery often combine it with other cosmetic procedures. Most commonly, a facelift is combined with a brow lifteyelid surgery, laser treatments, injectable fillers, and dermal fillers. Combining procedures allows for less downtime if you were already considering more surgeries.

Can Men Have a Facelift Surgery?

Facelifts can be equally effective for men as for women. Increasingly, men are seeking the benefits of facelift surgery to achieve a younger, rejuvenated look. A consultation with Dr. Serebrakian can help you determine the approaches that best suit the male face, as well as the benefits and risks of the surgery

What to Expect During My Facelift Procedure

The facelift surgeries are being performed at Bay Area Laser Surgery Center, an accredited & certified ambulatory surgery center. The procedure takes about 2 hours. Facelift procedure will depend on the patient’s facial structure, and the extent of correction desired. Dr. Serebrakian may choose to use one of two types of techniques, traditional facelift, and limited-incision facelift.

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What is the Recovery From a Facelift Procedure?

Scars become less visible and sensitive over time. The recovery period involves:

  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Bruising
  • Tightness/tension in the face and neck.

Most of these side effects resolve within 3 to 6 weeks, and sensation typically returns to normal within a few months.

What Are the Facelift Risks and Complications?

Of course, all of the risks that accompany any surgery apply to facelift surgery, however, there are some specific potential side effects:

  • Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles (usually temporary)
  • Numbness or tingling around the incision areas (temporary)
  • Hair loss at the incision sites
  • Skin discoloration (rare but can continue for several months)
  • Skin healing issues (more common with smokers)

What to Expect During Your Facelift Consultation With Dr. Serebrakian

During your consultation, Dr. Serebrakian will discuss the options available to you. He will consult with you to help you determine which procedures are best suited for your needs, and which will give you the results you desire. Some patients might find that they can attain their goals with a less invasive procedure, such as chemical or laser peels. Others may be happier with their results if they combine facelift surgery with other procedures, such as a neck lift or brow lift.

Schedule A Consultation

At Bay Area Cosmetic Laser Surgery Center, we look forward to helping you diminish the signs of aging and restore a youthful and rejuvenated appearance to your face. To schedule a consultation, please call our Pinole office at  510-724-8282 or our Larkspur office at  415-461-5755. Dr. Armen Serebrakian serves San Francisco, Larkspur, Pinole CA and surrounding areas.

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