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At Sadrian Plastic Surgery, a large percentage of our facelift patients come to us through word-of-mouth. Why? Our founder, Dr. Sadrian, is a highly-skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon with another specialty certification in oral and maxillofacial surgery. His artistry, meticulous surgical technique, and almost two decades in practice has given him the ability to create a very natural, fresh, youthful look. Tired of seeing sagging, aging skin, and want to look as young as you feel? We invite you to meet with us in a private consultation for facelift surgery at our San Diego office.

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Is a Facelift Right for Me?

Modern aesthetic technology offers many non-surgical treatments for facial rejuvenation, and we offer the best of the treatments now available in the USA. In cases of more extreme facial sagging, wrinkling, or jowls, a surgical procedure will be needed to restore facial skin, tissue, and muscle structure. Every facelift is a custom surgery.

The condition of your skin, the extent of skin laxity, and the degree of sagging or drooping is all taken into account when planning surgery. If your facial skin cannot be rejuvenated through non-surgical means, and you are in good general health, you are a candidate for Dr. Sadrian's facelift surgery in San Diego.

What is the Cost of Facelift Surgery in San Diego?

A facelift is a custom procedure, each one being entirely unique to the person's anatomy and the desired outcome of the procedure. The cost for a face and neck lift with Dr. Sadrian ranges between $22,500 to $29,000 and can vary depending on how much correction is needed and the surgical technique employed. That ballpark price does include ALL fees however, including surgeon's fee, operating room fees, anesthesia and before and after surgery visits. Please contact Dr. Sadrian to set up a private consultation, during which you can discuss if you are a candidate for facelift surgery and establish the cost for your custom-tailored procedure.

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Candidacy – FAQs

What is the oldest age you can get a facelift?

Patients aged 75 and older have been found to be at no higher risk in a facelift than many younger patients. The primary concern is being healthy enough to undergo surgery safely.

What is the youngest age?

For cosmetic surgery, you must be at least 18 – too young to need a facelift. The youngest patients are who choose to undergo a facelift are usually in their mid to late 30’s.

What is the ideal age to have a facelift?

For a facelift, age 40 is the optimal time as your skin is still flexible. The facelift can be touched-up later to maintain the refreshed look.

Are there any non-surgical alternatives?

Modern aesthetic technology has developed many alternatives, such as laser skin resurfacing. However, a facelift is the ultimate age-defying surgery.

What if I want subtle facelift results?

After a facelift, you want to look younger, refreshed, and rejuvenated. It is all about the surgical technique used – choose your plastic surgeon by reviewing credentials, experience, and RealSelf rating.

What if I need my neck and/or jowls addressed as well?

Full facial rejuvenation may require a neck lift in conjunction with a facelift. A facelift addresses sagging jowls and restores definition at the jawline. A neck lift will take care of a double chin, sagging skin, and vertical neck bands.

What if I need my forehead or eyelids addressed?

You have the option to undergo a brow lift or eyelid surgery along with your facelift, so your entire look is refreshed and rejuvenated.

Why Should You Get a Facelift?

Dr. Sadrian's facelift surgery can fully rejuvenate your appearance. It is the advised procedure for you if you live with any of the following problems:

  • You have sagging skin and tissue on face, under chin, and upper neck.
  • You have developed deep lines, wrinkles and creases.
  • When you look in the mirror, you feel you look old and tired.
  • Your facial appearance makes you less confident, affecting all areas of your life, from social to business.
  • You want to look as young as you feel.
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What Does Facelift Surgery Entail?

There are several types of facelift procedures:

SMAS Facelift

The SMAS facelift, or SMAS rhytidectomy, is a facelift surgery that targets the lower two-thirds of the face. It can address excess fat, sagging skin, jowls and even loss of volume in the cheeks. It is less invasive than a standard facelift, which addresses the superficial skin of the face. It also has a faster recovery than a standard facelift. "SMAS" refers to the "superficial muscular aponeurotic system", a layer of tissue deep within the subcutaneous skin (the deepest layer of skin). It is one of the most important parts of the face's structure.


For a mild level of sagging, wrinkling, creases, and jowls, a mini-facelift is a less-invasive procedure with shorter incisions and a faster recovery time. The shorter incisions are placed along the hairline above each ear or around the ear in the natural creases, so they are hidden once healed. The sagging facial structure is repaired by lifting and tightening to resolve the appearance of jowls, restore jawline definition, and create a refreshed, rejuvenated look.

Deep Plane Facelift

This procedure addresses the underlying facial issues that have affected the appearance of the mid-face region. This modern surgical technique produces a remarkable result, as the result is extremely natural – never pulled or tight in appearance. This advanced surgical procedure addresses the underlying muscles structure, rather than just tightening the skin. The deep facial tissues are surgically released from the muscles and reattached for a subtle but significant rejuvenation. As there is less damage to the facial skin, there is less swelling and a shorter downtime after surgery.

Standard Facelift

This surgical procedure offered by Dr. Sadrian lifts and restores the facial skin and tissue in cases of moderate to advanced signs of aging at mid-face and neck. The incisions are placed within the hairline and hidden. The deeper skin tissues can be repositioned to a more youthful area, excess sagging skin removed to create a smoother, more youthful look, with jowls and sagging skin removed to restore definition.

Facelift Cost – FAQs

Are there financing options for a facelift?

You have several options for financing a facelift with Dr. Sadrian, including CareCredit and Alphaeon, as well as the option of credit card payment.

Will insurance cover my facelift?

Health insurance does not cover elective cosmetic surgeries. They do cover reconstructive procedures.

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Neck Liposuction: Removing Excess Fat in a Facelift

It may be necessary to remove excess fat lodged beneath your chin and on the neck to create the fresh, youthful look you envision. If you have a double chin or have fatty deposits drifting downward on your upper neck, a gentle, custom liposuction treatment may be employed to remove the fat as part of your procedure, or as a single procedure for patients with a high level of skin flexibility.

Facelift Recovery

Plan on taking several weeks off to rest and recover. You should be ready to show off your refreshed look in about two to three weeks.

Facelift Recovery timeline

  • Post-op instructions
  • Apply ointment to the incisions so they remain moist.
  • Sleep on your back with your head elevated.
  • Expect some bruising and swelling.
  • You can use ice packs to reduce swelling, but no ice placed directly on your skin.
  • After day one, begin taking short walks to improve circulation and reduce blood clot risks.
  • Eat healthy, fresh foods and drink plenty of water and clear liquids.
  • Take all medications as prescribed. Pain medication should not be taken on an empty stomach, so eat 30 minutes prior.
  • No driving while taking prescription pain meds.
  • Pain medications can cause constipation, so add fresh fruit to your diet. Inform us if this doesn’t resolve the problem.
  • No lifting anything heavy, vigorous activity, or straining for three weeks.
  • No taking baths until given the okay by our surgeon.
  • Do not use a heating pad to alleviate pain.

Recovery, day by day

Immediately after

You will awaken in our private recovery suite with your face bandaged. Once you are alert, you will be released to return home under the care of another person.

Day of surgery

Your surgery day will begin early. You will arrive and be prepared for surgery, anesthesia administered, and your surgery will begin. You will not feel any pain and will be “under” for the entire procedure.

One week

Any sutures are removed. The swelling and bruising are fading.

Two weeks

Swelling and bruising are almost gone, and your new look is beginning to take shape. You are restricted from heavy lifting or vigorous activities.

One month

You are now ready to show off your new look. There is still more healing to do, but you should feel confident out in public.

Three months

You look amazing – refreshed, well-rested, and rejuvenated, and like yourself – just younger.

Six months

Your scars are fading, and you feel comfortable and attractive with your look.

One year

Your facelift is just a dim memory, and you are simply enjoying life, looking far younger than you did before your surgery.

Facelift Recovery – FAQ

When can I go back to work?

Plan on taking two weeks off work. You may feel well enough to return earlier but having enough time to rest and recover is important.

Will my scars be noticeable?

No, in a high-quality facelift, the incisions are carefully placed so they are hidden from view, around the ears.

When can I go in the sun?

Avoid sun exposure for four to six weeks. After the healing is complete, wear a high SPF sunscreen. Sun exposure can shorten the results of your surgery.

When will I see my final results?

You should see the final results in about six months to a year – it takes time residual swelling to disappear, although only you will see it.

When can I exercise again?

You will not be able to exercise for six weeks after your facelift.

When will I be “red carpet ready?”

Planning on making an appearance at an event or party? Plan your surgery six to eight weeks prior to the event so you look your best.

When can I shower?

You will be allowed to shower after the bandages are removed in your follow-up visit.

Risks and complications

The risks of a facelift are similar to any surgery, but with an added element: Your face is visible to everyone, and if the procedure is poorly performed, you will require a revision surgery. Always choose your surgeon carefully. Risks include excessive bleeding, infection, reactions to anesthesia, blood clots, and some others. Dr. Sadrian is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who performs facelift surgeries at his private, state-of-the-art surgery center, equipped with the latest technology to better protect patient health and safety.

Why Choose Dr. Sadrian for a Facelift?

It could not be more important that a facial surgery is performed by a top-rated, highly-skilled plastic surgeon. You will be living with the results of the surgery for many years – you can’t afford to take any chances. Dr. Sadrian is an acclaimed, board-certified plastic surgeon with a reputation for achieving truly excellent results in facelift procedures. His approach involves a thorough evaluation of your current skin quality, the areas that have begun to sag and crease, listening closely to what you hope to achieve.

Many patients seeking a facelift have concerns that after surgery, they will look unnatural or be left with a pulled, tight look. Dr. Sadrian is known for his ability to create very natural looking results. We want you to experience increased confidence and quality of life, knowing you look your best.

Revision Facelift Surgery: Righting the Wrongs.

It is unfortunate, but some facelifts don’t turn out as they should. Patients who are unhappy with the results of facelift surgery often come to Dr. Sadrian for revision surgery. Whether you need to correct a poorly-performed facelift that appears pulled tight, excessive scarring, or restore a facelift performed years in the past that need to be refreshed, we can help. Dr. Sadrian is known for his artistry and exceptional surgical skills and is well-qualified to assist you in this important procedure.

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