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How Does a Facelift Work?

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How Does a Facelift Work?

Our faces help us communicate and express ourselves, so it’s frustrating when time and gravity alter our appearance and leave us dissatisfied with how we look. A facelift may be the answer if you want to turn back the clock and look more youthful.

What is a Facelift?

Also called rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure that restores a more youthful appearance in the face by lifting sagging skin and smoothing out wrinkles. Dr. Tenley Lawton has extensive experience performing facelifts and can rejuvenate your face to help you regain your confidence.

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*Individual Results May Vary

How Does a Facelift Work?

Dr. Lawton performs facelifts under general anesthesia, and the surgery typically lasts three or four hours. She will make incisions around your ears and hairline where the scars will be nearly invisible once healed. Then she’ll remove excess tissue before lifting and repositioning the muscles and skin over your facial structure for a natural-looking, younger, and more defined look.

A facelift works by tightening skin and muscle in your face that has sagged with time and removing excess tissue that contributes to drooping and laxity. There are three kinds of facelifts depending on your needs.

  • An endoscopic facelift is the least invasive and primarily addresses the mid-face
  • A short-scar facelift tightens and re-drapes the skin to improve facial laxity and creases
  • A deep plane facelift repositions the underlying muscles and is best for severe cases 

During your consultation, Dr. Lawton will discuss your aesthetic goals and will personalize your facelift procedure to best meet your needs.

Recovery After a Facelift

Recovery time after a facelift depends on what type of procedure you have. Most facelifts require one or two weeks of downtime, but deep plane facelifts may take longer. 

Swelling and bruising are normal for a couple of weeks after a facelift. Pain medication and ice packs can help manage discomfort, and sleeping with your head elevated will aid healing.


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.

Facelift Results

A facelift can take years off your face, giving you a brighter, refreshed appearance. Dr. Lawton will expertly customize your procedure to provide dramatic and natural-looking results.

Some of the benefits of a facelift include:

  • Diminished wrinkles and creases
  • Reduced sagging and drooping
  • A smoother complexion
  • Tighter, firmer skin
  • A more sculpted jaw, reduced appearance of a double chin

Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

A facelift may be the solution if you want to reverse signs of aging on your face, such as wrinkles and sagging. If you’re a healthy adult and want to improve facial laxity, you may be an ideal candidate for a facelift.


*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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