As we age, various factors such as gravity, sun exposure, and the everyday stresses of life can cause the face to wrinkle and sag. A facelift rejuvenates the face by repositioning the skin and tissues of the cheeks, jowls, and neck. Dr. Larry Pollack regularly performs this procedure at his San Diego practice to provide patients with a youthful and well-rested look.


Ideal candidates for facelift surgery are in good overall health, have realistic expectations of the procedure, and have some or all of the following conditions:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles in the midface
  • Sagging in the jowls and neck
  • Deep creases below the lower eyelids and from the nose to the corner of the mouth
  • Loose skin and excess fatty deposits in the face and neck


A facelift is performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. The technique to be used for each facelift depends on what areas of the face and neck need to be improved.

Standard Facelift

This method corrects the neck, jowl, and cheek areas. An incision is made in the hairline from the temple to down behind the ear in order to lift the face to a more attractive position. Another incision can be made underneath the chin, where excess skin and fat are excised to produce a more smooth and defined lower and mid-face.

Short-Scar Facelift

This technique lifts the cheeks, jowls and neck with a much shorter scar. Using less dissection, Dr. Pollack is able to restore the face to a more refreshed position with a faster recovery and easier healing period.


If wrinkled and sagging skin are only apparent in the neck area, a necklift alone can be performed. Incisions are usually made around the earlobes, extending behind the ears into the lower scalp. Excess fat is excised, and the skin is tightened to reveal a more youthful and defined appearance in the neck.

For many people, the entire face ages simultaneously. This leads many patients to combine a facelift with a browlift to correct sagging and wrinkles in the forehead in order to achieve complete facial rejuvenation.


When you meet with Dr. Pollack for your initial consultation, you will discuss your goals and concerns with him in detail, and he will customize the facelift procedure to suit your needs and desires. Although a facelift is commonly desired by patients in their 40s, there is no specific age requirement for this procedure. A facelift can restore a youthful appearance to the face, but it will not stop the aging process.


After a facelift is complete, pain and swelling of the face will be evident. Medication and a drainage tube can help alleviate these symptoms over the next few days while the patient rests. Patients can return to work in a little over a week but should abstain from exercise or strenuous activity for a couple of weeks until the incisions heal and the sutures are removed.

As with any plastic surgery procedure, there is a risk of complications with facelift surgery, such as bleeding, numbness, or infection at incision sites. To ensure a safe and effective recovery, it is best to schedule your facelift procedure with an experienced, board certified surgeon.


The results of a facelift procedure are effective and long-lasting. The final results will become more apparent as swelling and bruising subside. Patients are generally satisfied and often gain a renewed sense of self-confidence with their more youthful and revitalized appearance.


Although the exact cost of facelift surgery varies depending on factors such as type of anesthesia used and facility fees, the average cost is usually somewhere between $4,000 and $12,000.


It is unlikely that a facelift will be covered by insurance unless it is used to correct a congenital issue. In general, this type of treatment is considered an elective form of cosmetic surgery.

If you interested in restoring a more youthful appearance to your face, we encourage you to contact Del Mar Plastic Surgery at (858) 215-6143 today. Dr. Pollack is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and looks forward to meeting you during your initial consultation.

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