Eric Li, MD -  - Plastic Surgery

CA Aesthetics

Eric Li, MD

Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics located in Los Gatos, CA

Facelift surgery minimizes deep wrinkles on the face as well as features associated with aging, like jowls or drooping cheeks. At CA Aesthetics in Los Gatos and San Jose, California, plastic surgeon Eric Li, MD, specializes in facelift and neck lift surgery to turn back time. If you are interested in learning more about what to expect with a facelift, call CA Aesthetics for a consultation.

Facelift Q & A

What is a facelift?

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgery that rejuvenates your facial contours by tightening the skin and repositioning the fat and other soft tissues. Your skin gets loose and wrinkled with age because of sun exposure, genetics, smoking, and other various factors. 

To perform a facelift and create discreet, natural results, Dr. Li hides the incisions in your hairline and around your ears. He then re-suspends the skin and deep tissues called the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS), which tightens your skin, eliminates wrinkles, and restores youthful contours to the jawline and neck. Certain patients may also benefit from fat grafting to different areas of your face to replace lost volume.

Dr. Li performs facelift surgery under local or general anesthesia. Either way, you will not feel any pain from your surgery. 

What are the benefits of a facelift?

A facelift makes you appear more youthful almost permanently. It will not put a stop to the natural aging process, but it can minimize or even eliminate many of the facial features that are making you look more tired and aged.

During your facelift consultation, Dr. Li discusses the procedure’s intended results. The benefits of a surgical facelift include elimination or reduction of features like:

  • Jowls
  • Nasolabial folds (deep lines next to your nose)
  • Marionette lines (deep lines around the corner of your mouth)
  • Sagging cheeks
  • A boxy appearance to your face

A facelift surgery restores your jawline definition, and many people may agree that you look 5-10 years younger after you heal. You can go home the same day as your surgery and return to normal activities in as little as two to three weeks. 

How can I make my facelift look as natural as possible?

Dr. Li makes natural-looking results a priority and might suggest combining your facelift with other surgeries or procedures to give a more total facial rejuvenation. The following treatments complement the results of a facelift quite well:

Neck lift surgery

Neck lift surgery is often combined with facelift surgery. Dr. Li uses this surgery to tighten the skin and muscles on your neck and remove excess fat, which can accumulate underneath your chin as you age. This further improves jawline definition. 

Upper lip lift surgery

The upper lip often elongates and stretches just like the remainder of the face as we age, and this surgery can restore more youthful pout and definition to the upper lips.

Skin treatments

Nonsurgical skin treatments like microneedling and chemical peels can improve your skin texture and minimize scarring, pores, and fine lines or wrinkles.


Injectables like fillers can add a little extra volume, giving the appearance of more fat beneath the skin in the cheeks or more volume to the lips. Botox® minimizes fine lines from facial expressions like frowning or scowling.

If you are interested in learning more about facelift and neck lift procedures, schedule a consultation at CA Aesthetics with a quick phone call.

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