Face Lift

Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center

Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon located in Pasadena, CA

If your face is exhibiting signs of aging, consider the benefits of a facelift. Triple board-certified plastic surgeon Gordon Sasaki, MD, FACS, at Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center in Pasadena, California, specializes in performing natural, rejuvenating facelifts, and his expertise goes beyond creating excellent results at his private practice. Dr. Sasaki has worked with leading companies researching regenerative cells and growth factors to increase fat graft survival. He was also one of the first surgeons to help develop technologies like Ultherapy® and CoolSculpting®. Arrange a consultation by calling Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center today or book an appointment online.

Face Lift Q & A

Why would I need a facelift?

You might be considering a facelift if the signs of aging are taking their toll.

The aging face often has a tired, drawn-out appearance. Gravitational changes and tissue volume loss produce significant bulges and irregularities from the junction of your eyelid and cheek down to your jawline.

During your extensive facelift consultation, Dr. Sasaki explains the effects of aging on your face and your options for improving your appearance. He provides you with realistic surgical and nonsurgical options.

With Dr. Sasaki's help, it's possible to achieve a natural, age-appropriate appearance that you can appreciate for many years to come. He uses innovative techniques that have become part of the standard for facelift surgery.

What does a full facelift involve?

Dr. Sasaki may recommend a complete facelift procedure for more mature patients who have drooping skin, cheek fat pad, and a sagging jawline.

He makes a short horizontal incision within the hair of your sideburn, follows the crease line in front of your upper ear, goes inside the well of your ear, and exits out along the crease line of your ear lobe.

Dr. Sasaki elevates and tightens the deeper stable layer (superficial muscular aponeurotic system or SMAS) to address the prominent marionette fold extending from the corner of your mouth down to your mandible and jowl.

Suture suspension raises your cheek fat pad back to its usual location over your cheekbone. Dr. Sasaki may suggest the addition of fat grafting if there’s insufficient volume to your cheek pad after the elevation process.

He may also suggest liposuction above and below your jawline to provide a more contoured and sculptured look. Lastly, Dr. Sasaki repositions your skin to give you a natural, rejuvenated appearance.

How long does facelift surgery take?

The complete procedure takes about three to five hours to perform. Your facelift takes place in the hospital with an anesthesiologist always present to assist in your well-being and comfort.

After your facelift surgery, you only have a minimal amount of swelling that typically resolves within three weeks. Since there are no dressings or drains, you may shower and wash your face daily after surgery. Dr. Sasaki takes out the few sutures in front of your ear within 10 days, and you can usually resume normal activities within six weeks.

n addition to possessing extensive skills and experience in facelift procedures, Dr. Sasaki demonstrates an exemplary bedside manner that puts his patients at ease throughout the process.

Are there noninvasive alternatives to facelifts?

There are several noninvasive alternatives to surgical facelifts. Dr. Sasaki performs minimally invasive skin tightening with dermal fillers to create a lifted look by restoring lost volume and adding youthful plumpness and structure under the skin.

JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is especially helpful for age-related volume loss in the mid-face, though the result is shorter-lived than that of a surgical facelift. In selected patients, Dr. Sasaki may suggest a nonsurgical tightening and elevation of the face and neck using Ultherapy®.

The FDA-cleared device precisely heats at the muscle and skin level to promote collagen and elastin fibers, shortening and elevating mild-to-moderate sagging tissue in three months. This is suitable for prospective patients who desire a nonsurgical procedure or in post-facelift patients who desire further tightening without surgery.

Call Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center today to schedule a facelift consultation or book an appointment online.