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Facelift Cosmetic Plastic Surgery (Rhytidectomy) Overview

Published on October 3, 2014


Facelift Surgery

53f4f100193d1 Facelift | Beverly Hills | Los AngelesRhytidectomy, which is popularly known as a facelift, is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to reduce the signs of aging from the face and provide a rejuvenated facial appearance. A full facelift may be combined with a neck lift, eye surgery, and other facial procedures to achieve more uniform and natural looking results. The cosmetic surgeon may recommend a facelift if the patient has loose facial skin, excess fat deposits, and an unsightly “turkey wattle” neck appearance.

Dr. Kenneth Steinsapir is an experienced oculofacial plastic surgeon and board certified ophthalmologist providing advanced surgical and non-surgical procedures, including facelift. Dr. Steinsapir is a leading surgeon who receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and various other parts of the country. During the initial consultation, he will evaluate all aspects to determine if the patient is a marvelous candidate for a facelift.

Suitable Candidates

According to Dr. Steinsapir, the most striking feature that would determine whether a patient is a suitable candidate for a facelift is the presence of a neck cord. This cord is a band of skin and muscle that may be found underneath the chin in the midlife. If the neck cord is present, it may be a stellar idea to undergo facelift cosmetic surgery for effective results.

However, if the patient has only specific issues related to only one of the components of the face, it may be addressed with individual procedures such as eye surgery or minimally invasive procedures. As an experienced cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Steinsapir will carefully assess the unique facial anatomy as well as the personal aesthetic goals of the patient before recommending facelift surgery.

Facelift Techniques

Surgical advancements have led plastic surgeons to evolve more sophisticated facelift techniques involving a deeper plane lift for more effective outcomes. A customized treatment approach is the key to achieving the most satisfactory results for each patient. Some of the major technique variations in facelift include the following:

  • Deep plane lift
  • Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS)
  • Endoscopic facelift
  • S-lift
  • MACS lift
  • Short scar facelift
  • Neck lift
  • Isolated lower face and neck liposuction


Dr. Steinsapir adopts a conservative approach to facelift surgery in order to minimize surgical risk and maximize patient comfort during and after surgery. Depending on your circumstances, he may perform the procedure involving just a single night’s stay for the patient at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Surgery Center. Alternatively, he may perform your facelift in his accredited office based surgery center under IV sedation with recovery at home or at a recovery facility. Out of town patients can recovery at a hotel with a night nurse or in a recovery facility. The office will speak to you about these options.

A conservative approach is possible because Dr. Steinsapir will make precisely tailored incisions for optimal effectiveness. He will perform deeper tissue work to achieve substantive, natural looking, and longer lasting results.

Recovery and Results

Results with facelift surgery can last for up to 10 years. The procedure will take several years off the patient’s face and provide a rejuvenated and youthful looking appearance. Most patients can resume their regular activities in about 10 days, but the total recovery period may last from two to seven weeks, depending on the surgical technique used.

To learn more about procedures and treatments performed by Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Steinsapir, contact us at 310-274-7422.

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