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Facelift Plastic Surgery Procedure StepsFacelift cosmetic surgery procedure is designed to reduce facial wrinkles and fine lines, provide a subtle lift to the sagging skin, and restore a more youthful facial appearance. A number of facelift surgery techniques are available today, which may be used according to the patient’s facial anatomy and personal aesthetic goals. But the overall procedure steps largely remain the same in each case.

Dr. Eugene Kim is a double board certified plastic surgeon offering facelift and other innovative and advanced cosmetic procedures. During the initial consultation, Dr. Kim will explain about the steps involved in facelift surgery, and make them feel reassured and confident about the procedure. He provides facelift to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding communities.


Once the patient is moved into the operating room, the first step will be to place the patient under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. This will be done as per the pre-determined surgical plan. The patient will remain completely comfortable and asleep throughout the procedure.

In case of general anesthesia, the patient will be monitored by an anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist during the surgery. In the rare event of an adverse reaction to anesthesia, they will be able to anticipate the condition early and minimize the risk.

Incision Placement

Following anesthesia, the surgeon will begin the facelift cosmetic surgery procedure by placing incisions in pre-decided locations. The incisions will be placed in well-concealed areas to minimize subsequent scarring. The major incision may be placed above the hairline to make the scar less visible.

Any additional facial incisions will be placed in the natural facial creases, which can hide the scars well after healing. In case of a traditional facelift, the incision typically begins from behind the hairline on one side of the face, slightly above the temple. It then follows the hairline down to the ear to end in the lower scalp under the hair.

Tightening Sagging Skin and Muscles

Through the incisions, the plastic surgeon will gently lift the facial skin from the underlying tissue. Excess fat tissue will be removed or redistributed evenly, and loose skin will be excised. Weak underlying muscles will be tightened to firm up the facial contours. Once the procedure is completed, the surgeon will re-drape the skin smoothly and tightly and reattach it will staples or sutures.

The incisions will be finally covered with a bandage. The nursing staff will move the patient to a monitoring area for a few hours where the patient can recover from the initial effects of anesthesia and surgery. Dr. Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and nearby areas for facelift surgery.

Additional Procedures

Sometimes the facelift surgery may be combined with other surgical or non-surgical face and neck procedures such as neck lift, brow lift, eyelid lift, cheek or chin augmentation, rhinoplasty, facial fat transfer or facial liposuction. The procedural steps may have to be adjusted according to the customized surgical plan in such cases.

Click here see more plastic surgery procedures and treatments performed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Eugene Kim on patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Santa Monica and surrounding areas or call 310-271-6996 to schedule a consultation.

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