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Combat aging with definitive results. Turn back the clock with a facelift by board-certified Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva in Newport Beach, CA. Achieve natural-looking, youthful vitality for your face and neck region, elevating your overall appearance and targeting areas like a double chin.

Rediscover Youth with Facelift Benefits

Facelift surgery is a gateway to restoring the youthful appearance that many desire but find elusive. With advancements in surgical techniques, we can now achieve natural-looking results that renew your confidence and align how you look on the outside with how young you feel inside.

Revive Your Inner Glow

Environmental factors like sun exposure, stress, genes, and the natural aging process, which changes as women age, can all cause the facial skin to sag. The result is a tired or worn-down appearance that doesn’t reflect the vibrancy a person feels inside. Facelift surgery can restore your youthful look, especially when extensive procedures are used for both the face and soft tissue.

Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva, MD, is an experienced plastic surgeon with exceptional skills in facelift techniques and full facial rejuvenation. Patients from Newport Beach and throughout Orange County know her state-of-the-art plastic surgery center, LEA Plastic Surgery, for its deep focus on patient care and its consistently beautiful and natural-looking results.

What is a Facelift?

A facelift is a cosmetic procedure that revitalizes the lower-to-mid area of the face and addresses the neck skin to produce a more youthful look. During the surgery, facelift incisions are made, and the physician stretches back the skin to contour the face while shaping and firming up underlying deeper tissues. This targets common signs of facial aging while simultaneously shaping and firming up the natural creases in the skin.

A facelift revitalizes the lower-to-mid area of the face and neck
A patient’s plan may involve treatments, like brow lifts and eyelid surgery

Customizing Full Facial Rejuvenation with a Facelift

Nowadays, facelift procedures can be tailored to meet the individual needs of both men and women. Additional treatments such as brow lifts and eyelid surgery may be included in the patient’s surgical plan to address specific aging issues like loose skin. Furthermore, combining facial fat transfer treatments with a facelift helps to replace facial volume loss, leading to a more natural-looking outcome. This is considered to be a comprehensive rejuvenation approach.

It is important to note that facelift surgery addresses only the quantity of skin, not the quality of the skin. To improve skin quality and treat problems such as dark spots, thinning of the skin, acne scarring, and fine lines, physicians often recommend laser treatments or other collagen-boosting facial rejuvenation procedures as an option for people with these specific issues.

Are You a Candidate for Facelift Surgery?

Selecting plastic surgery is an individual choice. Generally, those who are suitable for facelift surgery must be in good physical condition and non-smokers without other medical problems that could disrupt recovery. Furthermore, they should have a positive attitude and realistic expectations of the outcomes of full facial surgical treatment.

Most facelift patients are between the ages of 40 and 70, although this age range does not automatically limit your suitability. The best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for a facelift is to schedule a consultation with a facial plastic surgeon to discuss your goals.

Your Facelift Consultation

Those interested in full facial rejuvenation and a facelift should schedule a consultation at our office as a first step. You should come prepared with a list of questions. However, our board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva, will often answer questions before they are even asked! You can also bring photographs to the consultation. During this meeting, you will discuss your surgical goals, any medical conditions, previous surgeries, and current medications, as well as the cost of the procedure.

Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva may suggest alternative or additional procedures depending on your desired outcomes. She will measure and examine your face and recommend the best treatment plan personalized for you.

During this initial meeting, we will also discuss the type of anesthesia for the procedure. Most facelift surgery patients choose intravenous sedation with local anesthesia over general anesthesia. However, this will depend on the extent of the surgery and the needs and desires of the patient.

Preparing for facelift Surgery

Before undergoing facelift surgery, it’s crucial to follow pre-operative instructions provided by our experienced facelift surgeon. This may include undergoing medical evaluations, adjusting medications, and abstaining from smoking and certain medications to minimize risks during the procedure. Ensuring transportation to and from the surgical facility is also important, as post-operative drowsiness is common. By adhering to these guidelines and discussing any concerns during the initial consultation, patients can prepare effectively for a successful and satisfying facelift surgery with natural-looking results.

Facelift Approaches Varying with Age

Focus: Early signs of aging like minimal sagging and fine lines.

Approach: Less invasive techniques, possibly mini facelifts or targeted treatments.

Goal: Maintain natural facial contours, and prevent early aging signs.

Focus: More pronounced sagging, deeper wrinkles, loss of volume.

Approach: Standard facelift techniques, addressing mid-face and jowls.

Goal: Restore youthful appearance, focus on mid-face rejuvenation.

Focus: Significant sagging, deep-set wrinkles, prominent jowls.

Approach: More extensive facelifts, possibly combined with neck lifts or other procedures.

Goal: Achieve a significant yet natural-looking lift, and enhance overall facial structure.

Skin Elasticity: Varies with age, influencing the choice of technique.

Healing Time: Older patients may require longer recovery periods.

Customization: Each facelift should be tailored to individual aging patterns and facial structures.

Facelift Before-and-After Pictures

The Facelift Surgery Procedure

We perform facelifts in Newport Beach on an outpatient basis at our Orange County surgery center. Our beautiful surgical facility, GALEA Center for Advanced Surgery, is located right next door to LEA Plastic Surgery. You do not need to visit a hospital, as our state-of-the-art outpatient ambulatory surgery center is accredited with Medicare and offers the highest level of safety and comfort.

Alongside a facelift, many patients choose to get a neck lift or brow lift.

Once the anesthesia has been administered, the lifting procedure can begin. A traditional facelift involves an incision at the hairline near the temples that extends down to the base of the ear and back behind the earlobe.

Depending on your needs, fat may be redistributed using liposuction. The underlying facial tissue is then repositioned, and the deep layers of the face and muscles are lifted. Finally, the excess skin is trimmed, and the skin is gently pulled back and sutured to create a naturally rejuvenated facial appearance. This will also reduce the appearance of wrinkles in some areas of the face.

If it is part of your treatment plan, a second incision is made beneath the chin to lift the skin of the neck, allowing Dr. Ho Taghva to begin removing excess skin and fat. This neck lift procedure is often performed as part of a facelift. Many patients will also opt to undergo an eyelid lift or brow lift in conjunction with a facelift. The procedure can take several hours, depending on the extent of your treatment plan.

Comparing a Traditional Facelift with a Mini Facelift

In traditional facelift surgery, the scope often extends beyond facial aging concerns, addressing neck skin laxity and jowls. However, for individuals seeking more targeted improvement or with less severe signs of aging, a mini facelift offers a less invasive alternative. Focusing specifically on the mid-face to jawline region, a mini facelift procedure provides a refreshed appearance with minimized scarring and a shorter recovery period, catering to diverse aesthetic goals while ensuring a natural-looking outcome.

Deep Plane Facelift

Although a traditional facelift (also known as a superficial musculoaponeurotic system—or SMAS—facelift) addresses the lateral part of the skin and SMAS layer of the face, a deep plane facelift goes a step further. It lifts the underlying facial structures, especially those that are medial or central, including facial muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue. This specifically addresses the areas of the face affected by aging, such as the nasolabial folds, jowls, and peri-oral laxity. The outcome is natural and avoids the windswept or “overdone” look that SMAS facelifts can sometimes produce. Results also tend to last longer with a deep plane facelift than with a traditional SMAS facelift.

The Recovery after Facelift Surgery

After a facelift procedure, you can gradually resume normal activities.

Immediately After Facelift Surgery

Inevitability, you will have some discoloration and inflammation straight after facial plastic surgery. Normally, this persists for two to three weeks, although some people recover faster than others. After the operation, it is prudent to have a friend or family member look after you for at least the first night at home. You should take pain medication as prescribed by the doctor and avoid strenuous activities.

Two Days After Surgery

On the second day after your surgery, Dr. Ho Taghva will schedule a follow-up visit where she will change the surgical dressing. She will also inspect the incisions. If everything looks normal, she will redress the area and review all post-operative care instructions.

The First Week After Surgery

Generally, by days 4 to 6, most people can stop taking pain medication. The swelling should have gone down somewhat, and you can start to be more active. From days 7 to 14, some swelling and bruising may remain; however, it will have subsided significantly.

Sometimes the physician can remove the sutures as early as one week after surgery; other times, it might take two or three weeks. Most people are ready to return to work two weeks after surgery. However, you will need to postpone exercise for several more weeks.

It’s important to understand that recovery times vary from patient to patient. Resuming normal activities should be guided by your physician to ensure the most effective recovery.

Recovery Tips:

  • Rest and Relaxation: Ensure ample rest in the first week. Avoid strenuous activities and keep your head elevated, even while sleeping, to reduce swelling.
  • Cold Compresses: Apply cold compresses gently around the swollen areas for the first 48 hours to minimize swelling.
  • Follow-Up Appointments: Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments for proper monitoring of your healing process.

Post-Operative Care Instructions:

  • Wound Care: Keep the surgical area clean and dry. Follow specific instructions provided by your surgeon for cleaning and applying any topical medications.
  • Medication Adherence: Take prescribed medications, including pain relievers and antibiotics, as directed to manage discomfort and prevent infection.
  • Activity Limitations: Gradually resume light activities after the first week. Avoid heavy lifting and vigorous exercise for at least 4-6 weeks.

Nutrition Guidelines:

  • Hydration: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, which is crucial for healing.
  • Balanced Diet: Eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins and proteins. Include fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains to support tissue repair and overall health.
  • Avoid Certain Foods: Steer clear of salty foods to reduce swelling and avoid alcohol as it can interfere with the healing process.

Facelift Cost

When considering the cost of a facelift, various factors come into play, including the complexity of the procedure, anesthesia type, and any additional treatments involved. Our team ensures transparency by discussing all expenses during your consultation, ensuring you’re fully informed before proceeding. Despite associated costs, many patients prioritize achieving their aesthetic goals and enjoying the rejuvenating benefits of a facelift, emphasizing the value of investing in a procedure that delivers beautiful, natural-looking results tailored to your individual needs and desired outcome.

Possible Side Effects of Facelift

When contemplating facelift surgery, selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience is crucial for minimizing potential risks. While complications are rare, they can occur, including bleeding, bruising, anesthesia-related issues, facial nerve damage, hematoma, infection, hair loss at the facelift incision site, and temporary numbness. However, with modern facelift techniques and careful attention to detail, these side effects can be mitigated, resulting in a natural appearance and satisfactory outcome for patients seeking facial rejuvenation.

“I love doctor Ho! She is the best! She did my eyes ~ and my fat transfer ~ after the surgery she follows me every week ~ she always give me good advice!~ I am loving my new face now~ thanks and millions of thanks for her! ”


“I was born with left eye ptosis and always had one eye monolid and the other has double crease. It is very difficult for me to do makeup everyday. It bothered me very long time. Now I have even double eyelid and am happy with it. Thank you Dr. Taghva who has amazing skills for the beauty which brings happiness for women.”


Holistic Approach to Facial Rejuvenation

In Newport Beach, we emphasize a comprehensive strategy for facial rejuvenation, recognizing that a facelift alone may not address all concerns. By integrating surgical procedures like eyelid surgery with non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers and laser therapy, we achieve harmonious results that address common signs of aging across multiple layers of the face. Our extensive experience allows us to blend modern facelift techniques with advanced filler placements, ensuring natural-looking outcomes while minimizing visible facelift scars and preserving deeper facial structures for a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance.

Keeping Up with the Latest Research

In Newport Beach, our practice prioritizes staying updated on the latest advancements in facial plastic surgery, including dermal fillers and surgical procedures. Through ongoing education and engagement with the medical community, our team ensures that we offer cutting-edge treatment options to our patients. We emphasize patient education during the initial consultation, providing comprehensive information about modern facelift techniques, liquid facelifts, and other facial procedures. With our extensive experience and dedication to natural-looking results, we strive to keep our patients informed and empowered to make the best decisions for their facial rejuvenation journey.

Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva
Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva

Frequently Asked Questions About Facelift

How long does it take to recover from facelift surgery?

The recovery time is different for everyone, but the bruising and swelling should last only about two to three weeks. During this recovery process, you may not be ready to return to work, but you should feel much better after the first few days.u003cbru003eDuring the recovery period, Dr. Ho Taghva will provide close monitoring and checkups to ensure the best possible outcome. She will give you specific instructions on how to care for the area after surgery and may recommend certain medications or activities to aid in the healing process. Patients should follow her instructions closely to ensure a safe and successful recovery.

Will my post-surgery scars be visible?

A skilled and experienced plastic surgeon will minimize the appearance of facelift scars. By carefully placing incisions in discreet areas, such as beneath the hairline or behind the ears, the surgeon can effectively conceal any resulting scars. Following your post-operative instructions, including proper wound care, and avoiding strenuous activities also play a crucial role in preventing irregular scarring or infections. It is essential to choose an experienced plastic surgeon who specializes in facelift procedures to ensure optimal results and a successful, minimally visible outcome. With the right surgeon and personalized treatment plan, you can achieve your desired youthful appearance with the natural-looking results you desire.

Do men and women receive different treatments?

Regardless of gender, the goal of a facelift is the same; however, the surgical approach varies. When aiming to restore a more youthful look, men and women typically have different expectations regarding how their specific facial characteristics will be treated by the procedure. Men usually show more interest in getting a detailed facial outline, such as a slender jawline. Women have the same wish for improved definition but generally want a subtler effect. The incision sites may also differ depending on the person’s gender. For males whose hairline is beginning to draw back, the cuts may be made in regions other than those generally applied in facelift surgery.

Are the results permanent? How long do the results last?

A full facelift provides dramatic results that can last up to 15 years, and it can help to slow down the facial aging process. The results of mini facelift surgery last between two to six years on average. By following a healthy lifestyle and a consistent skincare routine, the effects of facelift surgery can last many years. The aging process cannot be stopped, but a facelift can offer a kind of “reset” for your appearance. Facelift surgery can help you restore your youthful appearance, so it’s crucial to maintain the effects by eating a healthy diet, managing your weight, wearing sunscreen when outdoors, and following an effective skin care regimen.

What is the age reduction I can expect after a facelift?

People often find that a facelift gives them features that make them look 10–15 years younger, with the potential results enhanced with complementary surgeries like eyelid lifts and other facial enhancements to create an overall more youthful look.

What is a non-surgical facelift?

While there are no non-surgical options that can replicate the results of a surgical facelift, there are effective alternatives for patients with less severe facial aging or less sagging skin. Non-surgical “facelift” procedures include non-invasive techniques to address fine lines, deep creases, sunken cheeks, etc. Some of the available treatment options for people who are unable or unwilling to undergo surgery include:
Thread lifting
Vivace (microneedling enhanced with radiofrequency energy) with growth factors
Laser skin resurfacing
Liquid facelift with dermal fillers
Chemical peels

What facelift office is near me?

If you live near Newport Beach, CA, LEA Plastic Surgery offers upper blepharoplasty among its services, and is conveniently located at 20360 SW Birch Street Suite 180 Newport Beach, CA 92660

Contact us

Call 949-945-2168 today or submit the form below. We look forward to helping you reach your cosmetic surgery goals.

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