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Facelift Procedure Steps

by Dr. Daniel Lin

Facelift Procedure Steps | Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery | West CovinaA facelift is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure designed to reduce wrinkles and fine lines from the face, tighten sagging facial muscles, and provide a subtle lift to the face. At the time of initial consultation, the surgeon will discuss various steps involved in the procedure. With clear advance information about the surgery, the patient’s anxiety will be relieved to a large extent.

Dr. Daniel Lin is a board certified plastic surgeon providing facelift and other surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. Dr. Lin provides these procedures to patients in West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and surrounding communities.



The first step in any major cosmetic surgery procedure such as facelift will be the administering of anesthesia. The surgeon may decide on general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation. This decision will be taken prior to the surgery and the patient’s fitness to sustain general anesthesia will be evaluated.

Anesthesia may be performed by an anesthesiologist or a certified anesthetist nurse. In case of general anesthesia, they will usually stay throughout the procedure to monitor the patient’s condition. The patient will remain in deep sleep through the surgery and will be brought out of anesthesia once the procedure is over.


Incision Placement

Incisions will be placed following anesthesia to perform the facelift surgery. The plastic surgeon will keep the incision locations as discreet as possible to minimize subsequent scarring. The incision will be usually be hidden within the hairline, but the extent of incisions can vary according to the facelift technique.

Natural facial creases can be used for minor incisions because these locations heal well and hide the scars in a better way. In a traditional facelift, the incision will begin behind the hairline on one side of the head, a little above the temple. It will then follow the hairline down to the ear, continuing into the lower scalp under the hair.


Muscle and Skin Tightening

The surgeon will lift the facial skin through the incisions to remove or redistribute excess fats, tighten the underlying loose muscles, and trim excess facial skin. Once the facial contours are enhanced, the surgeon will re-drape the skin smoothly and tightly using stitches or staples.

Incision area will then be wrapped in a bandage to support healing. Dr. Lin receives patients from West Covina, Inland Empire, San Gabriel Valley, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, Pasadena, Diamond Bar, and nearby areas for facelift surgery.


Multiple Procedures with a Facelift

A facelift can be combined with other procedures in some cases to achieve more comprehensive results. Liposuction of the face and neck may be performed to reduce excess fat deposits in the area and improve the facial contour.

Facial fat transfer, cheek, chin or lip implants, or lip augmentation with dermal fillers may be added along with facelift. Some patients may require upper facelift procedures such as eyelid lift or brow lift to achieve more uniform and natural looking outcomes. The facelift surgery steps will be slightly adjusted depending on the additional procedures involved.

Click here to learn more about all the plastic surgery procedures and treatments cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Lin performs for patients in and around Pasadena, Chino, Rowland Heights, Baldwin Park, Whittier, Brea, Arcadia, West Covina, Inland Empire, and San Gabriel Valley. Call today to schedule a consultation 626.810.6165 or click here.

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