About Facelift

Southern California plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Schoemann offers a full variety of facial plastic surgery procedures. One of the most common surgeries at Schoemann Plastic Surgery is a facelift. This treatment concentrates on precise sections of the face to correct loose skin features to create a smooth, more youthful appearance. Depending on your aesthetic goals, a facelift can focus on the areas around the eyes, the cheeks and mid-face, the bottom section including the jowls, mouth, neck, and more for an all-around youthful look.

The type of facelift used depends on your goals, the condition of your skin, the amount of laxity present, lifestyle, age, and other factors. Some men and women want a full facelift, while others may only need a mid-face lift. Dr. Schoemann is a double board-certified, fellowship-trained plastic surgeon who has a complete understanding of the anatomy and complex intricacies of a facelift surgery. The objective is to create a natural look that’s smooth and appealing.

Who Are the Ideal Candidates for a Facelift?

Ideal candidates for a facelift are frustrated by noticeable facial wrinkles and lines whether it be on the entire face or a specific section, such as the mid-face and lower face. Facelift surgery can address various sections depending on your unique signs of aging. It is important to understand that age does not necessarily define the timing to have cosmetic facial surgery. There are so many unique concerns and reasons, and also numerous lift types depending on what needs to be addressed. The treatment chosen will vary for patients who are in their 30s versus those who are over 60. Skin laxity is one of the most important components in the planning process. Facelift patients should be in good physical health and refrain from smoking, and also have realistic expectations.

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Facelift Surgical Technique Options

Regardless of your aesthetic concerns, there are numerous facelifts to consider. Some facelifts treat the upper portion of the face, while others focus on the middle and lower. Moreover, some techniques are slightly more invasive and intricate than others. It is also common for some individuals to have a brow lift, or fillers and BOTOX to complement their outcomes. A few of the more common facelift techniques include:

Full Facelift

Considered the gold standard, the full facelift usually incorporates an incision near the hairline, then extends down to the temple region, reaching the base of the ears. The underlying facial tissues and muscles are delicately pulled and securely tightened to produce a lifted appearance, which diminishes excessive wrinkles and sagging. A full facelift is reserved for patients who show signs of advanced aging. With this lift, several treatments may be combined, including an eyelid lift to enhance the eyes or a neck lift for the lower region.

Video: Watch our 3D animation video to learn specific details on how a full facelift is performed.


Incorporating a similar method to the mini lift, the cheek lift (known as a mid-facelift) focuses on the droopy features around the cheekbones and the upper jaw. This lift works great for those who desire improvement to the lower two-thirds of the face, which also includes the jowls.

Video: Watch our 3D animation video to learn specific details on how a mid-facelift is performed.

Lower Facelift

A lower facelift addresses the neck region and chin, and in many cases, the jowls. Nonsurgical methods, such as Kybella or laser skin tightening, can also be used for chin reduction to attain a younger-looking neck.

Video: Watch our 3D animation video to learn specific details on how a lower facelift is performed.

Mini Facelift

During a mini facelift, a tiny incision is made around the ears to elevate the skin, which helps the mouth and jawline. This technique creates subtle improvements that look natural.

Video: Watch our 3D animation video to learn specific details on how a mini facelift is performed.

What To Expect During and After The Surgery

Regardless of the facelift procedure you choose, the ultimate goal is to create a gorgeous and visually appealing outcome. The majority of facelift surgeries are performed while the patient is under anesthesia. The duration of the treatment depends on how invasive the surgery is and if other procedures were combined. After surgery, there will be bruising, swelling, possible drainage, some moderate soreness, and discomfort, which can be helped by pain prescription medication. The majority of patients look and feel normal after about a month. You will notice a much smoother, younger-looking facial appearance at this time.

Patient Reviews

Simply the Best in the San Diego Area – La Jolla, CA – The entire staff at Brucker & Schoemann are caring and kind. Dr. Schoemann is amazing and really listens to your concerns and what your goals are with your surgery. I have had to call numerous times after hours and always got a call back within 15 minutes from Dr. Schoemann.

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The Right Facelift For You

A facelift treatment can take years off your face and provide you with a rejuvenated look. Today, there are many options for surgery based on your individual needs and goals. This procedure is designed to gracefully help walk you through each passing year looking naturally beautiful.

To hear more about Facelift surgery, we invite you to contact Schoemann Plastic Surgery in Encinitas today at (760) 487-2520 or by filling out our online form.