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Facelift in San Diego

The development of facial lines, skin laxity, and loss of volume can be detrimental to anyone’s self-esteem, even when that aging is expected. Facelift surgery helps men and women restore youthful contours while providing smoother, tauter skin in the middle and lower regions of the face.

What Can Facelift Surgery Achieve?

Smoothingof Facial Wrinkles

Collagen loss, sun damage, smoking, environmental factors, and repeated facial movements cause fine lines and wrinkles to form across the face. This loss of firmness worsens to create deep facial creases and hanging skin. Facelift surgery removes excess skin and tightens underlying tissues to smooth unwanted wrinkles.

Reductionof jowls

As the underlying muscles weaken, they begin to sag toward the jawline, where they remain to form jowls. Jowls are pockets of skin and tissue that mask the angular shape of the jawline and contribute to an aged appearance. Facelift surgery lifts the tissues that fell, which eliminates jowls.

Restorationof Facial Volume

Although fat commonly develops in many regions of the body as you age, it actually decreases from the cheeks and chin the older you get, causing your face to look sunken and hollow. Facelift surgery tightens facial tissues to restore them to their natural elevation. This often returns the facial volume to the midface.

Your Facelift Procedure


Facelift surgery is tailored to the unique aesthetic needs of every patient. During your consultation, Dr. Batra will examine your current facial aging, discuss your desires for the procedure, and explain what you can expect from the surgery and your recovery.


Dr. Batra performs facelift surgery under general anesthesia, a light general anesthetic, or local anesthesia depending on the amount of facial correction you require. Incisions start at the temples (in the hairline) and run down and around the ear. Excess skin is trimmed, and underlying tissues are tightened. The skin is re-draped over the new contours and sutured into place to maintain the correction. Incisions are closed with stitches that leave little to no visible scarring. Drains are occasionally required to promote drainage and minimize swelling.

Combination Procedures

Facelift surgery targets the facial aging that develops on the lower two-thirds of the face. Additional cosmetic procedures can be combined along with facelift surgery to combat facial aging above the cheeks and below the jawline.

  • Neck lift surgery reduces laxity and smooths vertical banding on the neck.
  • Blepharoplasty eliminates upper eyelid hooding and reduces bags beneath the eyes.
  • Brow lift surgery raises drooping brows and lessens forehead lines.
  • Dermal fillers restore lost volume to the cheeks, lips, and nasolabial folds.
  • BOTOX® Cosmetic reduces the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines.

Easing Your Concerns

Facelift surgery manipulates the facial skin and tissues. Therefore, you can expect to experience a fair amount of bruising and swelling after this procedure. Dr. Batra and his team at Coastal Plastic Surgeons will provide you with instructions on how to care for yourself and your incisions during your recovery. Following these instructions will allow you to heal quicker and provide you with more desirable results. Most patients can return to work and their normal activities within one to two weeks, depending on how fast the swelling subsides. Patients can resume all activities after four to six weeks.
Facelift surgery is done under general anesthesia to prevent any pain during or immediately following the procedure. You may experience mild to moderate discomfort and pain after the anesthesia wears off. Dr. Batra will prescribe you an oral pain medication; however, some patients find that over-the-counter medications and cold compresses are adequate.
The incision for facelift surgery is traditionally made along the hairline and around the ear. Dr. Batra works tirelessly to make these incisions as small and inconspicuous as possible, but scarring may still develop along these areas. Scarring can be minimized by properly caring for your incisions, keeping them out of the sun, or applying silicone strips or gel. All scars will fade with time.
The cost of facelift surgery varies on several factors; therefore, it is not easy to give an accurate estimate. Some of these factors include the geographical location and the combination of procedures as well as anesthesia fees, facility fees, surgical fees, and the cost of all pre-surgical tests and post-surgical dressings and medications.

Facelift Results

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Frequently Asked Questions

Injectable treatments like BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers sometimes advertise themselves as a non-invasive alternative to a facelift. While these treatments can temporarily fill in fine lines, wrinkles, and volume loss, they do not last as long and cannot treat the same depth of facial aging as facelift surgery. Dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic are often done in combination with a facelift to enhance results; however, they are not a comparable alternative.
Facelift surgery has long been performed with little long-term or permanent side effects. Sadly, as with any surgical procedure, the possibility of long-term or severe risk is present. Some of these risks include:
  • Negative reactions to the anesthesia
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Prolonged swelling
  • Nerve injury or weakness
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Persistent pain
  • Changes in skin sensation
Aesthetic risks also include:
  • Poor wound healing
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Hair loss at the incision sites
  • Skin discoloration
  • Facial asymmetry
You can reduce your risk for these by following all of Dr. Batra’s pre- and post-operative instructions.
The results from your facelift are long-lasting, with many patients seeing the noticeable improvement in their skin quality for up to a decade. Facelift surgery will not prevent the natural progression of aging, and additional sun damage or lack of proper skin care and maintenance can negatively impact your results.
Facelift surgery benefits healthy men and women who are looking to achieve a more youthful profile with fewer wrinkles, sagging skin, jowls, and tissue displacement. Candidates must be non-smokers with realistic expectations and a positive outlook for their procedure. Patients are expected to follow all pre- and post-operative instructions to ensure a safe recovery and desirable results.
Choosing the surgical team that you will be putting your trust in is an instrumental part of your facelift journey. At Coastal Plastic Surgeons’ state-of-the-art facility, Dr. Batra offers cutting-edge facial rejuvenation techniques combined with understanding and compassion. Dr. Batra has treated numerous facelift, neck lift, eyelid lift, brow lift, and otoplasty patients over his two decades of work. He is renowned in Southern California for his expertise in facial rejuvenation.