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Am I a Candidate for a Facelift?

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Am I a Candidate for a Facelift?

Good skincare and non-invasive treatments can manage some signs of aging. When you notice sagging in the lower and mid-face area, you may be a good candidate for a facelift. This surgical procedure can dramatically rejuvenate your face, correct sagging, and smooth lines and wrinkles. 

What is a Facelift?

Moderate to severe laxity around the middle and lower part of the face develops with age and collagen loss. A facelift uses small incisions to remove excess skin while lifting and repositioning the underlying layers. Dr. Lawton will customize your facelift procedure to address your primary concerns. 

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*Individual Results May Vary

Am I a Candidate for a Facelift? 

Good candidates for a facelift have significant skin laxity in the lower and mid-face. If you want to smooth folds and creases around the lower part of your face or tighten the appearance of sagging, a facelift might make a good choice. While facelifts are often considered a procedure for older people, you can have a facelift as soon as you become unhappy with your loose skin and want long-lasting, effective results. 

To make a good candidate for a facelift, you should have no health problems that would impact surgery or recovery. If you smoke, you will need to stop before your procedure. Candidates should have reasonable expectations about what a facelift will accomplish. 

How Does a Facelift Work?

Dr. Lawton performs facelifts at her accredited surgical center. She generally performs one of three types of facelifts depending on the amount of skin laxity, your treatment goals, and the amount of recovery time required. 

Endoscopic Facelift

An endoscopic facelift uses tiny incisions to improve the appearance of the mid-face. This technique is the least invasive facelift method and requires the shortest recovery time. Many people can go back to work within a week after this type of facelift

Short-Scar Facelift

This type of facelift uses an incision in front of the ear to lift, tighten, and re-drape the skin. It can significantly improve skin laxity and deep facial creases. Dr. Lawton recommends at least two weeks of recovery time from a short-scar facelift. 

Deep Plane Facelift

You may need a deep plane facelift if you have significant drooping of the underlying facial structures. This technique uses incisions near the temples and around the ears to lift and reposition the underlying muscle layers that support the facial structures. This facelift often requires several weeks of recovery before resuming normal activities.


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

Can You Have a Neck Lift and Facelift?

Dr. Lawton often performs a facelift with other procedures. Many people with drooping in the mid-face area also have skin laxity and excess fat around the neck and jowls. A neck lift can tighten and contour the lower face and neck. Other procedures that go well with a facelift include eyelid and brow lifts. 


*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about facelifts? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton. Proudly serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA area.

*Individual Results May Vary.

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