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While a facelift traditionally lifts and tightens the skin and soft tissues of the face to reverse the aging process, this is not a singular procedure with a fixed protocol. For patients of facial sculpting expert Dr. Jason Emer and his experienced plastic surgeons, a facelift is a rejuvenation of the entire face and an intricate combination of both surgical and non-surgical procedures customized to each patient’s condition and aesthetic goals.

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Dr. Jason Emer in Beverly Hills and his skilled West Hollywood plastic surgeons begin with a comprehensive consultation, carefully evaluating all parts of the face (the forehead, cheeks, eyes, nose, earlobes, chin, jawline and neck) to identify crepey skin, skin laxity or looseness, fatty pockets, and eye bags. We then seek out opportunities for limited incisions (to reduce downtime and scarring) and determine the optimal course of action to acquire a balanced, natural, aesthetic appearance. In severe instances of facial aging, our plastic surgery veterans may recommend skin removal and recontouring of the deeper tissues of the face and neck to achieve extensive facial rejuvenation.

Maintaining facial harmony is key when performing a surgical facelift; therefore, we often accompany this procedure with brow lifts, eyelid surgery, and other facial cosmetic surgeries. If needed, facial implants can be used to obtain a subtle yet dramatic transformation.

What Is a Facelift?

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical approach to rejuvenating the mid-and lower face. The natural aging process can take a major toll on our facial tissues and muscles. Lost volume, sagging skin, folds, and creases can make us look tired, upset, and older than we feel.

Non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments can slow the aging process, but when a patient has advanced signs of aging, plastic surgery is likely needed to achieve significant improvements. For patients with considerable excess skin and drooping in the midface and lower face, Dr. Emer’s plastic surgeons can perform a full facelift to:

  • Tighten facial muscles
  • Excise loose skin
  • Lift facial tissues
  • Restore smoother, firmer skin

    Right for you?

    Am I a Good Candidate for A Facelift?

    Dr. Emer and his expert team provide facelift services for both male and female patients of many ages. Ideal facelift patients are often in their 40’s, 50’s, or 60’s, though older patients can also be good candidates. The condition of the patient’s facial tissues and the patient’s overall health are the most important considerations for determining candidacy.

    Facelift candidates will have considerable signs of aging throughout the face, such as loose, excess skin. Patients who have mild or moderate skin laxity in the face may be better candidates for non-invasive or minimally invasive facial rejuvenation treatments.

    To find out if a facelift can help you restore more youthful facial contours, you will need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Emer. After evaluating your facial structure and tissue and learning about your medical history and desired outcome, Dr. Emer can develop a targeted treatment approach to meet your needs.

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    Having been to a few doctors in LA, Dr. Emer was the best. His staff is friendly, the location is pristine and very clean. And his work is amazing – my face looks refreshed and like I always get a good nights sleep. The Xeomin and fillers were perfectly placed and I had no bruising – which is amazing as I usually bruise. I would definitely recommend him if you want a refreshed look and not the typically Beverly Hills PULLED look – TT

    I had a wonderful experience yesterday at Dr. Emer’s office. I was impressed from start to finish. I came in because I was concerned about my face losing volume as I age (I’m 27) and feel that I look so much different than I did five years ago. I wanted fillers in my lips and cheek and let them know I wanted to look natural and more youthful. Dr. Emer looked at my face and determined the best filler for me. Nurse Danielle was there as well to do the Injections and she was so sweet! She is a total pro and I am obsessed with my results. We used about 5-6 syringes but I still have a natural look. I will be going back to Dr. Emer’s for all my future treatments! – LL

    I had a great experience visiting Dr Emer. I love that he is unafraid to think outside the box, and is meticulous with his work. On this visit, Dr Emer treated me with a variety of fillers and Dysport. He was attentive to my concerns and gave me a plan that we would follow moving forward.

    For Men & Women

    Dr. Emer’s expert facelift services are for both male and female patients.

    What Type of Facelift Is Best for Me?

    While older facelift methods focused only on pulling skin tight and trimming the excess, modern facelift techniques address the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) to achieve far more significant and natural-looking improvements. The most common modern facelift surgeries are the SMAS lift and the deep plane facelift.

    Both the deep plane and SMAS lift adjust the SMAS, and both require small incisions in front of the ear or inside the ear. The best facelift approach for you will be determined by the plastic surgeon based on your anatomy, skin quality, and overall aesthetic goals.

    For patients who are satisfied with the appearance of the midface but have cosmetic concerns in the lower face, a mini facelift may be recommended. The mini facelift can resolve moderate jowls and sagging skin along the jawline to refresh the lower face with less downtime than a full facelift requires.

    What Are the Benefits of a Full Facelift?

    A full facelift can achieve dramatic improvements in the appearance of the midface and lower face. This procedure has a high patient satisfaction rate due to the many benefits it provides, such as:

    • Tightening of loose jowls
    • Tighter, firmer skin
    • A boost in self-confidence
    • Improved appearance of the neck
    • Natural-looking outcome
    • Refinement of the jawline
    • Reduction in creases, folds, wrinkles and lines
    • More youthful facial contours
    • Roll back the clock 10-15 years
    • Long-lasting results

    Facelift Procedure: What to Expect

    Your facelift will be performed at an accredited operating facility on an outpatient basis and will take two to four hours. Either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation can be administered depending on what you and the plastic surgeon determine is best for you.

    The plastic surgeon will then make the necessary incisions to reposition and lift your facial tissues and muscles to achieve your desired look. The skin can then be redraped and excess skin removed. The last step of the surgery is to close and dress the incisions.

    Facelift Recovery: What to Expect

    Most patients are able to go home the same day as facelift surgery. You will need to have a friend or family member drive you home and assist you around the house for the first day or so of your recovery.

    You will be given personalized aftercare instructions, and it is very important to follow all of the guidelines to ensure optimal healing. You will need to keep your head elevated, avoid putting pressure on your ears, and eat a diet of soft foods as directed in the initial stage of your recovery.

    Swelling, bruising, and tightness can be expected in the first days after your surgery. As healing progresses, these symptoms will subside.

    You will need to attend follow-up appointments throughout the recovery process. These appointments allow our expert team to advise you on how and when it is safe to resume your regular activities.

    Most patients can return to work and light activities after one or two weeks. After about a month, more vigorous activities are typically approved. Intense exercise and heavy lifting will not be advised until the healing process has progressed further.


    Facelift Results

    Many patients notice some improvements right away, though it will take some time to see the full effects of your facelift procedure. Swelling and bruising will decrease over several weeks, gradually revealing your refreshed facial appearance.

    It may take up to a year to arrive at your final results. Depending on how your body ages and your lifestyle choices, your full facelift results can last 10 years or more.

    Facelift: The Dr. Emer Difference

    To provide the best full facelift results, Dr. Emer and his skilled West Hollywood plastic surgeons begin with a comprehensive consultation. They carefully evaluate all parts of the face (the forehead, cheeks, eyes, nose, earlobes, chin/jawline, and neck) to identify crepey skin, skin laxity or looseness, fatty pockets, and eye bags. Our expert team then determines the optimal course of action to acquire a balanced, refreshed appearance.

    Dr. Emer and his team understand that maintaining facial harmony is the key to aesthetic facial rejuvenation. Therefore, it may be necessary to accompany the full facelift procedure with a brow lift, eyelid surgery, or minimally invasive cosmetic procedures to ensure a natural-looking facial appearance. If needed, facial implants can also be used to enhance your facial contours.

    What Is the Non-Surgical Approach to a Facelift?

    For patients with minor facial aging, non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments can produce significant improvements and a healthier, more youthful appearance. Dr. Emer is a renowned authority in combination non-surgical treatments which he customizes for each patient’s unique needs. His non-surgical facial rejuvenation protocols may include:


    Energy-based facial resurfacing with Renuvion/J-Plasma


    Thread lifting with NovaThreads and Silhouette InstaLift for a subtle lift and long-term collagen stimulation


    Deep microneedling treatments with radiofrequency skin tightening


    Customized skin care regimen

    Dr. Emer advises his younger patients to commit to regular preventative treatments to not only improve skin texture, color, and tone but also to ward off the effects of aging. Patients who follow Dr. Emer’s anti-aging protocols often do not require more invasive interventions till much later in life compared to patients who have not been diligent about aging prevention.

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    Her concerns were her double chin, jowls, skin heaviness and laxity, and heavy folds. She had undergone chin liposuction with a previous surgeon and wasn’t happy with her results. Despite diet and weight loss, she couldn’t improve her facial shape.

    Her after results are natural and a more refined version of herself. Her double chin is drastically improved and her jowls are gone. From her oblique view, you can see the midface (cheek area) is lifted and her overall face looks more youthful. She’s a wonderful individual, who is very kind and is a hardworking nurse, and I’m grateful she trusted me with her face and neck surgery.

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    How Much Does a Facelift Cost?

    The price of your facelift will depend on the specific techniques required to rejuvenate your facial appearance. You will receive complete pricing information once Dr. Emer and his team have finalized your treatment plan

    Schedule a Consultation

    To find out if a facelift can help you turn back the clock and restore more youthful facial contours, contact our West Hollywood office today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals.