A facelift is a surgical procedure designed to reverse the signs of aging. It restores the skin’s elasticity and suppleness, and refines facial contours for a younger, healthier appearance. In addition to smoothing out wrinkles, it also tightens the muscles, reduces sagging skin, and changes the volume and distribution of facial fat to make the contours of the cheeks, neck, and jawline more visible.

This procedure uses highly advanced lifting techniques to produce a tighter, firmer, and smoother look, and can be combined with other rejuvenation procedures to further promote a youthful but natural-looking appearance.

Reasons To Undergo This Procedure

Patients undergo facelift procedures to either preserve or restore their youthfulness. Factors such as genetics, skin care practices, weight changes, and poor lifestyle choices can greatly affect a person’s facial appearance, and a facelift is ideal for reversing some of these effects and achieving overall facial rejuvenation.

However, it should always be done in a way that eliminates signs of aging while still maintaining a natural look.

A facelift can improve the appearance of the following:

  1. Loose or sagging facial skin
  2. Fine lines and wrinkles
  3. Heavy jowling
  4. Permanently tired appearance

What Are The Benefits?

Apart from making you look younger and more vibrant, the main benefit of a facelift is the resulting confidence boost. In the hands of a highly-skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Jacob Sedgh, who is double-board certified in head and neck surgery and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, your facelift procedure will yield a pleasing and natural-looking outcome that still appears authentic, but with very noticeable changes.

Should you decide to undergo a facelift, here are the benefits you can expect:

  1. More defined jawline and cheekbones
  2. Slimmer face
  3. Smoother skin
  4. Refined facial contours

Your initial consultation with Dr. Sedgh will consist of the basics, such as a discussion on your medical history and, if relevant, your lifestyle habits. During this first meeting, the doctor will conduct the following:

  1. A complete interview to understand your concerns and objectives
  2. A thorough physical examination to determine your problem areas
  3. A discussion on what techniques to use to achieve a natural yet effective lift

Based on your answers and his findings, Dr. Sedgh will recommend the best and most realistic way to get that youthful face you desire while still maintaining a graceful and natural look. He will also patiently explain how the procedure will be executed, as well as answer any additional questions you may have.

Video consultations and medical tourism services may be provided for those who live abroad or outside of Los Angeles.

Face Lift Procedure

There are a variety of techniques available in the modern facelifting era, including SMAS lift, deep plane lift, and MACS lift. During your initial consultation, Dr. Sedgh will thoroughly discuss the pros and cons of each approach in order to select the most optimum technique suited for your individual facial characteristics and specific surgery goals.

Depending on the type of facelift to be performed, the patient will either be sedated with local or general anesthesia. Dr. Sedgh will then make small incisions (strategically placed to ensure virtually invisible scars post-surgery) to access the underlying connective tissues and muscles of the face. He will then reposition these deeper facial tissues and trim any excess skin.

Incision lines are typically concealed within the hairline and in the outline of the face and ear. Dr. Sedgh’s patients can attest to results that are long-lasting and natural-looking, even without touch-ups—the kind of result one can only get from a seasoned doctor with over a decade of surgical experience under his belt.

Once the adjustments satisfy the desired outcome, the skin will be restored over the facial tissues, followed by the strategic placement of sutures to close the incisions.

With Dr. Sedgh’s expert execution, you can expect minimal to no visible scarring, leaving you with a smoother, tighter, and more contoured face.

Traditional facelift procedures typically last three to four hours, unless combined with other cosmetic procedures like neck lifts, which can then extend the procedure up to six hours.


A facelift is usually an outpatient procedure, unless otherwise advised. Immediately after surgery, you can expect mild to moderate pain and discomfort, as well as swelling and bruising in certain areas. However, these side effects will usually subside within 10 to 14 days and can be managed by a special recovery plan prescribed by Dr. Sedgh.

If proper aftercare is observed, most patients may resume work two weeks after surgery.

During your first post-surgery visit, Dr. Sedgh himself will carefully examine you to observe your healing progress. This can be conducted at his clinic, via telephone, or through video conferencing.

Expect several follow-up appointments from the first day up to a year following your surgery, as this will allow Dr. Sedgh to personally monitor and evaluate your results, as well as your overall health and wellbeing, throughout the entire recovery process.

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