Then you have come to the right place! The facelift procedure is one of the most common surgeries Dr. Schoemann performs at Schoemann Plastic Surgery. More than that, as a board-certified, fellowship-trained plastic surgeon, he has a complete understanding of the anatomy and complex intricacies of the facelift procedure. Depending on your overall aesthetic goals, Dr. Schoemann offers several different surgical approaches. Which one will work best for you will depend on the condition of your skin, the amount of laxity present, your lifestyle, and your age. Dr. Schoemann will work with you to recommend the best approach to create a natural-looking appearance that is both beautiful and appealing.

Facelift Explained

The facelift procedure is used to correct signs of aging on the face, such as loose, sagging skin and deep lines and wrinkles. By using a gentle but artistic approach, Dr. Schoemann can provide Carlsbad area patients with a smoother, more youthful appearance. Patients can choose to focus on the areas around the eyes, the cheeks and mid-face, the bottom section of the face near the jowls, mouth, and neck, or the entire face for an all-around improved appearance. Because the facelift procedure is so customizable, Dr. Schoemann can include other surgical procedures in conjunction with a facelift, such as a brow lift and eyelid surgery to improve the appearance of aging eyes or laser procedures like IPL to improve the texture of the skin.


Meet North County San Diego’s Cosmetic Facial Surgeon, Dr. Schoemann


Dr. Schoemann has always believed in hard work and dedication. This is precisely why he worked to obtain a highly exceptional education, including advanced training that made it possible for him to excel in plastic and reconstructive surgeries of the body, face, and hands.

Prior to moving into plastic surgery for adults in the Carlsbad area, Dr. Schoemann spent significant time performing craniofacial surgery on small children. This allowed him to master the most meticulous of cosmetic surgeries and has given him the skill to work with the intricacies of the facial structures.

Dr. Schoemann is certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In addition, he holds memberships with the Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.


What Are the Key Benefits of Getting a Facelift?

The facelift procedure comes with many life-changing benefits, as it can rejuvenate your appearance and take years off your face by improving visible signs of aging and helping you move through each year of your life looking more youthful and beautiful.

Some of the key benefits of a facelift include:

  • Improvement of sagging skin on the face
  • Reduction or elimination of the deep wrinkles between the nose and corner of the mouth, what are also known as marionette lines
  • Increase in volume in areas of the face that appear sunken, such as the cheeks
  • Removal of jowls in the cheeks and jaw
  • Removal of a double chin, which is also known as a turkey neck
  • Improved self-confidence

 

Am I a Candidate to Get a Facelift?

Good candidates for a facelift include Carlsbad area men and women who are in good physical and mental health, those who refrain from tobacco use, and those who have realistic expectations for their final results. Additionally, if you are discouraged by the signs of aging on your face, whether it be the deep lines and wrinkles you see around your mouth or the deflated appearance you see in your mid-face, you might be an ideal candidate for a facelift with Dr. Schoemann.

A Facelift Is Perfect for

A facelift with Dr. Schoemann is perfect for men and women who are experiencing significant facial signs of aging. You can achieve a rejuvenated, more youthful appearance if you want to:

  • Look younger. Facelift surgery can help patients look up to 10 years younger!
  • Look good for your age in a natural way. With his skill and precision, Dr. Schoemann will avoid over-tightening the skin, so you can rest assured that your face will not look stretched or windblown.
  • Get rid of sagging, drooping skin. No matter where you are experiencing sagging skin, a facelift can address this aging characteristic and make you look more refreshed.
  • Address sunken cheeks. Aging skin tends to lose volume as well as elasticity. If you have sunken cheeks, a facelift can be used to redistribute fat to those areas for added volume. Fillers or fat grafting can be done in conjunction to a facelift for added volume.
  • Get rid of unwanted deep lines and wrinkles. During a facelift, Dr. Schoemann will carefully tighten your skin and remove excess skin to reduce the appearance of or eliminate the deep lines and wrinkles on the lower two-thirds of your face.

A Facelift Is Not So Perfect For

It is important to understand that a traditional facelift will not correct every aspect of your aging face. Instead, the main focus of a facelift is typically the lower two-thirds of the face. Because most Carlsbad area patients want to achieve total facial rejuvenation, Dr. Schoemann will often recommend combining a brow lift, eyelid surgery, or even rhinoplasty with a facelift to address all areas of the face.

Additionally, a facelift will not make you look like your 20-year old self. Instead, this procedure is designed to make you look up to 10 years younger, while still achieving a natural appearance. When you meet with Dr. Schoemann for your initial consultation, be sure to fully explain what your overall goals are for your desired results.

How Old Do I Have to Be to Get a Facelift?

A facelift is used to address facial signs of aging to help patients in Carlsbad look as young as they feel. So, while you technically only need to be 18 to have a facelift, this specific procedure should only be considered when you have experienced significant signs of aging on your face later in life.


Facelift Surgical Techniques to Consider

As a thoroughly trained and experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Schoemann knows that one surgical approach will not address the problems of each individual patient. That is why he offers several types of facelifts—some that focus on the upper portion of the face, and some that focus on the middle and lower portions of the face. Additionally, some patients wish to include a brow lift, eyelid surgery, fillers, or BOTOX® to achieve a more rejuvenated appearance.

Full Facelift


A full facelift is the most popular type of facelift surgery and is considered the gold standard. This approach incorporates an incision near the hairline that extends down to the temple region and reaches down to the base of the ears. Even though this incision is long, it is essential in order to gain access to the muscles beneath the skin. To provide correction, Dr. Schoemann will carefully pull and securely tighten the underlying facial tissues and muscles to achieve a lifted appearance and decrease the appearance of wrinkles and sagging. This facelift approach is used for Carlsbad area patients who are experiencing advanced signs of aging. It is very common for men and women to combine other facial plastic surgery procedures into a full facelift to achieve desired results.

Mid-Facelift

The mid-facelift is also commonly referred to as a cheek lift, as it is used to address the droopy features around the cheekbones and upper jaw area. Men and women who want to see an improvement to the lower two-thirds of the face often choose a mid-facelift, which also includes the jowls.

Lower Facelift

The lower facelift approach addresses the neck area, chin, and jowls. While this surgical approach offers the most improvement, Dr. Schoemann offers non-surgical options such as Kybella or laser skin tightening to provide chin reduction and attain a younger-looking neck.

Mini Facelift

The mini facelift procedure is used when minor improvements are needed. To perform this surgery, Dr. Schoemann creates a tiny incision around the ears and gently elevates the skin. This, in turn, provides improvement to the mouth area and jawline and provides patients with subtle, natural-looking improvements.


Facelift Results – Before and After

At Shoemann Plastic Surgery, Dr. Schoemann spends intentional time with each patient on an individual basis to identify their specific needs and understand their desired facelift results.

“The team at Dr. Schoemann’s office is one of a kind. They are friendly, supportive, knowledgeable, and easy to talk to. I’ve had surgical and non-surgical procedures done and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a reputable plastic surgeon.” Natalia P.

Facelift Before & Afters

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What Are the Costs Involved for a Facelift in the Carlsbad and Surrounding North County San Diego Area?

The cost for a facelift in the San Diego area will vary from patient to patient, as each procedure is carefully customized to meet each one’s needs. Various factors will affect the cost of a facelift, including the surgical approach chosen by you and Dr. Schoemann, the placement of your incisions, the condition of your skin, and whether or not you choose to incorporate additional surgeries or procedures with your facelift. When you visit with Dr. Schoemann for your initial facelift consultation, he will provide you with a cost breakdown of your individualized treatment plan.

Surgeon’s Fees

When you meet with Dr. Schoemann for your initial consultation, he will fully explain the various surgical options you have, and the two of you will work together to develop a treatment plan for your facelift. Upon your departure, you will be provided with specific information regarding Dr. Schoemann’s surgeon’s fees for your specific facelift.

The Facility

Schoemann Plastic Surgery Center offers a spacious, cutting-edge, on-site surgical facility, which is AAAASF-accredited. Your facility fees will be provided in your cost estimate during your initial consultation. Because Dr. Schoemann performs facelift procedures on-site, he is able to control the overall costs more precisely as compared to the costs that are typically incurred in a hospital setting.

Anesthesia

During your facelift, anesthesia will be provided by our certified anesthesiologists at our on-site surgical facility. The cost of anesthesia will be determined based on your specific surgical needs and medical health history.

Prescription Medications

Before the day of your facelift, Dr. Schoemann will provide you with prescriptions for medications, which may include pain medication and antibiotics. The cost of these prescriptions will depend on whether or not you have insurance and the type of insurance coverage you have. To find out exactly what you can expect to pay for your medications, please call your insurance provider.

A Rough Estimate of Total Costs for a Facelift in Carlsbad, CA

The total cost for a facelift at Schoemann Plastic Surgery will be determined based on the above-mentioned factors and is tailored to each individual patient. Generally speaking, a facelift could cost between $8,000 – $10,000.


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Facelift Procedure Process Explained

Using his advanced skill and artistry, Dr. Schoemann continuously helps his Carlsbad area patients achieve a younger-looking appearance by providing beautiful, natural results. He understands that every patient is different and unique and treats them as the individuals they are. That is why he customizes every facelift procedure to reach each one’s unique cosmetic goals.

The Consultation

When you meet with Dr. Schoemann for your initial constitution, he will work with you to ensure you are well-informed and confident about your choice for facelift surgery. He will take time to perform a full examination of your face, talk to you about your areas of concern, listen as you describe what you hope to achieve with a facelift, and discuss the different surgical options you have for surgery.

What Should I Do in Preparation for a Facelift?

Before you visit Dr. Schoemann for your facelift, you will check somethings off some things on your pre-op checklist to prepare:

  • Be sure you have a ride to and from your appointment, as you will not be allowed to drive yourself home after your facelift.
  • Understand your financial responsibility and talk with our team to establish a payment plan or apply for financing if needed.
  • Make changes to any prescription medications you take on a regular basis, as directed by your primary care physician or Dr. Schoemann.
  • Stop using tobacco products at least 2 weeks before your facelift.
  • Avoid aspirin and other anti-inflammatory over-the-counter pain medication that could lead to excessive bleeding during surgery.
  • Ask local friends and family ahead of time to help you during your recovery, as you will need to rest as much as possible as well as avoid lifting heavy objects for some time.
  • Before your facelift, Dr. Schoemann will provide you with prescriptions that you should have filled prior to your day of surgery. This will ensure you do not experience too much discomfort from not having pain medication.

How Long Does a Facelift Procedure Take?

Every facelift procedure is performed in our on-site, AAAASF-accredited surgical facility. This cutting-edge center allows Dr. Schoemann the ability to perform surgery as efficiently and effectively as he would if he were in a traditional hospital setting. Depending on the surgical technique used for your facelift, the procedure could take between 2-4 hours to complete. During your consultation, Dr. Schoemann will provide you with a more precise time frame for your specific surgery.

What Does Getting a Facelift Feel Like During Surgery? Is It painful?

Most facelift procedures are performed under general anesthesia, and patients are monitored by licensed anesthesiologists at Schoemann Plastic Surgery Center. Because this type of anesthesia is used, the facelift surgery itself is not painful, as general anesthesia not only puts patients to sleep, but it ensures they do not feel anything during surgery either.

While you will not feel anything during surgery, it is important to remember that you may experience minor discomfort during your recovery. For this reason, Dr. Schoemann strongly suggests that his patients have their pain medication prescriptions filled before their day of surgery. This will ensure you are able to begin taking it as soon as possible, and that you will be able to maintain a dosage schedule and stay comfortable.

What Should I Expect, in Terms of Recovery, After My Facelift?

Patients in the Carlsbad area should expect their initial facelift recovery to take between 10 and 14 days, depending on the surgical technique used. Within this time, minor bruising and swelling may be present on your face. After this subsides, and once you feel up to it, you may resume your normal daily activities. However, you may not see your final results for several months as your face continues to heal.

How Long Will the Results Last? Is There a Chance I’ll Need to Get Another Facelift in the Future?

While the facelift procedure produces long-lasting, beautiful results, it is important to point out that the results will not last forever. Because aging never stops, your face will continue to age after your facelift. You will still look very good for your age, but you may need a minimally invasive touch-up procedure in the future if you become unhappy with your appearance again.

There are steps you can take to improve the longevity of your facelift results. To get the most out of your results, be sure to control the following:

  • Sun Exposure
  • Weight
  • Tobacco use

Other Things to Consider Before Getting a Facelift

One of the most important things to consider before getting a facelift is, “Whom are you getting it for?” If your answer is anyone other than yourself, you may need to reconsider your choice. You should never choose plastic surgery to make someone else happy. Rather, it should only be done because you want it.

Are There Any Risks Involved in Getting a Facelift?

Only you can weigh the potential risks and benefits of facelift surgery to determine if this procedure is right for you. When you meet with Dr. Schoemann, he will review the potential risks with you. Though rare, some of the risks associated with facelift surgery include reactions to anesthesia, infection, bleeding, numbness or other changes in skin sensation, and unfavorable scarring.

Should I Really Get a Facelift? Will I Really Look Good or Notice the Difference?


If you are unhappy with the appearance of your face, or the overall effect aging has had on your face, then a facelift will definitely help you look good. And with Dr. Schoemann’s ability to turn back the hands of time, you will certainly notice the difference. As previously mentioned, there are several different types of surgical approaches available for a facelift, and this means you can have more dramatic changes, or you can choose more subtle changes—whichever you prefer.

Are There Any Other Facelift Alternatives to Achieve the Results That I am Looking for?

While nothing compares to the results you can achieve with a surgical facelift, Dr. Schoemann does offer a non-surgical alternative to achieve results. This procedure is known as a liquid facelift, and it allows patients to enjoy a younger-looking appearance without having to withstand major plastic surgery.

The liquid facelift uses a combination of wrinkle relaxers and fillers to return volume and smoothness to the face. Dr. Schoemann can even include other treatments such as dermabrasion, chemical peels, medical-grade facials, or laser skin resurfacing for more dramatic results.


Get a Facelift at Schoemann Plastic Surgery Today!

Dr. Schoemann has years of experience providing men and women in the Carlsbad area with amazing, natural-looking results with facelift surgery, and you can rest assured that he can help you achieve your desired results, too.

To find out how a facelift can change your life and help you look as young as you feel, call Schoemann Plastic Surgery today at (760) 487-2520 to schedule your initial consultation.