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Facelift in Pasadena, CA

Los Angeles & Pasadena, California

The quality of our skin plays a significant role in determining the age we appear. Men and women with sagging skin and deep creases may feel that their appearance doesn’t match their youthful spirit. Genetics, the environment, and your personal habits may make your face age prematurely. Facelift surgery addresses the surface and deep tissue problems that cause worn facial features. Treating facial sagging, deep nasolabial creases, and drooping jowls can reverse the signs of aging for a younger, more confident you.

How Can a Facelift Help?

Facelift surgery addresses deep and surface tissues of the midface, jawline, and neck. Dr. O’Toole implements a variety of techniques that tailor your facelift procedure to meet your individual needs. The goal of your facelift is to achieve natural, youthful results.

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  • Incisions are placed discreetly behind the hairline at the temples.
  • The deep muscular structure of the face is manipulated to provide a better foundation for your results.
  • Fat may be removed or redistributed throughout the face for more youthful volume.
  • Excess skin is trimmed away. The remaining tissue is draped to highlight the pleasing contours of the face.
  • The best results are achieved in patients who have a defined bone structure. Implants may be used to produce this result.

Neck Lift

  • Addressing the neck during a facelift is important to create natural, long-lasting results.
  • Incisions are placed below the chin and behind the ears.
  • A turkey wattle, caused by drooping neck muscles, is improved through a muscle-tightening technique.
  • Fat may be removed from the neck for a slimmer appearance and to create better definition at the jawline.
  • Excess tissue is removed or draped to improve the contour of the neckline.
  • Neck lifts can enhance the definition at the jawline.

Fat Transfer

  • Untreated volume loss can affect the quality of your facelift results.
  • Traditional facelift techniques cannot restore volume if the necessary fat isn’t present.
  • Fat transfer uses patient-harvest fat, as opposed to fillers, to restore volume and fullness to the face.
  • Expert fat grafting can enhance the definition along the cheeks and chin for a more sculpted appearance.
  • Fat transfer can help smooth out wrinkles, especially around the nose and mouth.

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What are your Concerns?


The length of your recovery will vary depending on the extent of your procedure. Bruising and swelling that subsides within two weeks is to be expected. You should rest for several days with your head in an elevated position. Most patients feel comfortable enough to return to work after two weeks, and you should be able to resume your physical activities after six weeks.


The cost of facelift surgery is dependent on the extent of the surgery, whether implants are used, and other factors such as facility and anesthesia fees. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average surgeon’s fee for facelift surgery in 2015 was $7,286.


Once anesthesia wears off, some patients may experience minimal pain or discomfort. Pain can be controlled with prescription medications. Your face may feel tight and sensitive to the touch, but once swelling alleviates, it will feel more normal.


Incisions are placed behind the hairline, which can conceal the appearance of scarring. Patients who may develop scarring will find that as the body recovers, scarring will fade and be easily concealable over time.


The results from facelift surgery are noticeable as soon as the swelling resolves. Addressing the muscular layer provides most patients with results that leave them satisfied for years.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who makes a good candidate for facelift surgery?

    Ideal candidates for facelift surgery are in good health and have realistic expectations about their results. Men and women with loose or hanging skin may benefit most from a facelift. Skin with good elasticity will aid in the healing process and help you achieve the best results.

  • What anesthesia is used during facelift surgery?

    Facelift surgery is performed using intravenous sedation and general anesthesia.

  • Will a facelift address wrinkles around the eyes and forehead?

    No. A facelift only treats sagging around the cheeks, jawline, and neck. If you have visible signs of aging in the upper portion of your face, you should consider combining other facial rejuvenation procedures with your facelift. Commonly combined procedures include:

    • Eyelid lift
    • Brow lift
    • Injectables
    • Laser skin resurfacing
  • How do I prepare for facelift surgery?

    Because the facelift is a surgical procedure, it is important that patients prepare two weeks before undergoing their surgery. This involves quitting smoking and drinking as well as discontinuing certain medications or supplements. Also, it is crucial to have a recovery plan; have someone ready to care for you after your procedure, and pick up all medications beforehand.

  • What do I need to do to achieve the best results?

    It is important to always follow Dr. O’Toole’s instructions before and after surgery. This not only guarantees the best results possible but will reduce the risk of infections and potential complications. After any facial procedure, it is crucial to avoid sun exposure; wear sunscreen when in the sun and a hat to protect your face. Additionally, it is important to refraining from strenuous activities during recovery.

  • How long will I be in surgery?

    Facelift and neck lift surgery can take several hours. The average patient is in surgery for about three hours.


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