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What a Facelift Is

A facelift is a popular plastic surgery for San Diego men and women that helps rejuvenate the face and make you look younger and like the best version of you.

The procedure addresses a number of signs of aging on the face, including:

  • Lines and wrinkles in the face and neck.
  • Loose or excess skin.
  • A loss of volume in facial features.
  • Sagging jowls.

Facelift Before/After Photos

Before entrusting the Aesthetic Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery with a procedure as important as a facelift, it helps to see examples of previous patients. These before and after photos showcase our work and serve as an example of how we can help other you achieve your goals.

Patient 5 Facelift Before and After

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What Are the Benefits of a Facelift?

Getting a facelift provides you with a number of benefits. Some of these benefits include:

  • Tightening the neck and eliminating multiple chins by lifting sagging skin and fat.
  • Eliminating jowls to redefine the jawline and improve the profile.
  • Reducing sagging skin in the cheeks and under the eyes.
  • Smoothing out deep creases and wrinkles in the skin that lead to a haggard appearance.

The greatest benefit of having facial rejuvenation performed by San Diego plastic surgeon Dr. Kaweski is that you can turn back the hands of time. Signs of aging are significantly reduced for patients having this surgery performed, with Dr. Kaweski typically able to deliver results that make patients look as much as 10 years younger than they actually are.* 

Additionally, many San Diego men and women who opt for this surgery report they have increased self-confidence after the procedure, especially if they were showing signs of aging at an early age. They report that the surgery gives them a new lease on life, as they now look as young as they feel inside.


Who Is a Candidate for a Facelift?

Dr. Kaweski carefully screens her San Diego consults to ensure it’s safe for them to have this elective plastic surgery. She will take your full medical history and perform an examination. Key criteria patients must meet to be eligible for surgery include:

  • Being in good general health.
  • Being able to pass a pre-operative appointment with your primary care physician.
  • Being non-smokers, or promising to quit any nicotine usage at least 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after your surgery to reduce potential complications.
  • Being in good psychological health and having realistic expectations for your surgery.
  • If taking certain medications such as blood thinners, be cleared by your prescribing physician to temporarily stop taking the medication to reduce the risk of excessive bleeding during surgery.


What Is the Cost of a Facelift?

In 2018, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that the average cost for this elective plastic surgery in the US is $7,655. However, your specific surgical price will vary depending on:

  • Physician expertise, such as choosing Dr. Kaweski for her combined experience in both plastic surgery and craniofacial surgery to deliver the best possible surgical results.
  • Whether or not your surgical plan includes using standard techniques or less invasive vertical techniques, which is most typically prescribed for San Diego patients who are younger and have less facial sagging.
  • Whether or not you decide to add a neck lift to your surgical plan.
  • Whether or not you need a higher level of aftercare, such as an overnight stay in the hospital for additional observation.

Facelift FAQs

How Long Does a Facelift Last?

The results of a facelift are permanent. That being said, the natural aging process continues to occur, so you may find that your skin starts sagging or drooping again over time. Some people do choose to have a facelift repeated in the future.

Will I Have Scars After a Facelift?

Yes, it’s inevitable that patients will have scars. However, Dr. Kaweski is very careful where she makes incisions. She only cuts along the hairline and the face’s natural creases. This minimizes the appearance of scars, and in most cases, they are nearly invisible unless a person is looking for them.

How much younger will the procedure make me look?

Many patients find they look as much as 10 years younger after having facial plastic surgery.*

Will the surgery also address folds in my neck?

Resculpting the neck – including addressing neck folds – is performed during a neck lift surgery. You can add this surgery to your overall treatment plan so you can achieve all your desired results after just one surgery day.

Where will my surgery be performed?

Dr. Kaweski performs plastic surgery on an outpatient basis while patients are under general anesthesia at the La Mesa Surgery Center.

Will I need to stay overnight in the hospital?

The vast majority of patients are able to return home a few hours after their surgery. In rare cases, such as when a patient has difficulty coming out from under the effects of general anesthesia, Dr. Kaweski may, under an abundance of caution, recommend an overnight hospital stay for additional monitoring by medical personnel.


How to Book Your Consultation and What to Expect

To book a consultation, you should call Aesthetic Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery at (619) 464-9876. During this initial appointment, you’ll discuss your problem areas and desired outcomes with Dr. Kaweski, she’ll perform a full facial examination, she’ll screen you for surgery eligibility, and if you’re a candidate, she’ll discuss your treatment options and expected surgical outcomes.