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The Facelift: From Extreme to Mainstream

Female model with before and after faceliftAlthough the facelift was once one of Hollywood’s best kept beauty secrets, today it has become a very common procedure for women and men of all ages. With the intent to revitalize the face by eliminating the appearance of sagging skin and wrinkles, there are several invasive and non-invasive facelift techniques that can be performed today.

Invasive techniques usually require the use of anesthesia and take a week or two of downtime to recover.

Traditional Facelift

Also known as a “full facelift,” this technique restores a youthful appearance by improving flattened cheeks, sagging jowls, and wrinkles on the face and neck. Incisions are made in the temples and extend down into the lower scalp to restore a younger looking face. Another incision is then made under the chin to target aging on the neck.


This facelift technique is best suited for individuals who wish to improve sagging on the cheekbones, reduce smile lines, and rejuvenate the hollowness underneath the eyes. A mid-lift facelift is performed by making incisions in the temple area and inside of the mouth to lift the tissue in the face to a higher position.

Mini Facelift

A mini facelift targets many of the areas that a traditional facelift does without the downtime associated with recovery. Incisions are inconspicuously made behind the natural curves of the ears, so scars are not visible.

Non-invasive facelift techniques are also very popular among individuals who desire a youthful outcome without the incisions or downtime associated with invasive facelift procedures.

BOTOX® Cosmetic

BOTOX® injections are mainly used to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead, the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet), and above the lips. Composed of an FDA-approved protein, BOTOX® injections are also regularly performed in conjunction with invasive facelift procedures to restore an even more youthful look to the face.


Injectable fillers are used to fill in deep creases and provide immediate volume to the face. They are made from all-natural substances that already exist in the body and include Restylane®, RADIESSE®, and JUVÉDERM®. The areas of the face best suited for fillers include the cheeks, eye region, and around the mouth. Typically, fillers are administered in combination with invasive facial procedures to leave patients looking even more youthful.

To find out more about these facial rejuvenation procedures and treatments, feel free to contact our Bay Area practice today. Call (415) 924-1313 or fill out our online contact form. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Kimberly Henry knows how to give you a subtlety youthful appearance without leaving your face looking “done.”


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