Facelift in Orange County, California

Facelifts effectively treat many visible signs of aging. As a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Furze refined surgical techniques with a more youthful, yet natural appearance with minimal healing time. Each of his Orange County patients is presented with a customized surgical plan.

Do You Need a Facelift?

Facelifts have long been the “gold standard” for facial rejuvenation. While Dr. Furze will often try facial fillers first, for women and men over fifty, often a facelift is the best solution to reposition sagging muscles and tissues and redrape the skin.

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, can be used to treat nearly every sign of aging on the face, including:

  • Facial lines and wrinkles
  • Deep creases below the eyes
  • Deep creases that form from the corners of the mouth to corners of the nose
  • Loose skin and loss of skin tone that results in jowls and the appearance of a double chin
  • Sagging in the middle of the face

Dr. Furze is a double board certified plastic surgeon who completed thousands of facial surgeries to date. He is known in Orange County for providing facelifts that provide a natural look with long-lasting results.


Goal of a Facelift

The goal of a facelift is to provide a more youthful, refreshed appearance. At the same time, the facelift should create a natural look that does not make the face appear tight or “overdone.” A facelift will not create a new appearance, but rather return your face to a younger, more youthful state.

Ideal Facelift Candidate

An ideal candidate for a facelift is an individual who seeks long-term facial rejuvenation that cannot be achieved through non-surgical methods. Ideal candidates are typically unhappy with one or more of the typical signs of facial aging, including deep lines, wrinkles or folds, sagging skin, loose skin around the chin and neck, and/or displaced or missing facial fat.

Patients must also be in good overall health and be non-smokers or be able to quit smoking before their surgery. It is also important that the patient considers the recovery period following a facelift and be able to take time off of work or normal activities in order to adequately recover.

Dr. Furze also ensures that his patients have realistic expectations before agreeing to perform surgery. A facelift will not create a “new you,” but rather provide you with a refreshed and rejuvenated look. Patients who expect too much from their surgery or who have unrealistic expectations are likely to be disappointed with the results.

Facelift vs. Non Surgical Facelift

Non-surgical facelifts are rapidly gaining popularity and with good reason! These procedures offer patients a way to rejuvenate their appearance without undergoing invasive surgery and a lengthy recovery process. While a non-surgical facelift offers an easier way to update your look, the results are not long lasting nor can they target all of the areas that a traditional facelift can.

Non-surgical facelifts use a combination of dermal fillers and/or Botox to achieve results, which typically last for 4 – 12 months before a touch-up or repeat procedure is required. A non-surgical facelift cannot eliminate deep creases or treat problem areas like the jowls or a double chin.

A non-surgical facelift is appropriate for younger patients who are experiencing only the beginning stages of facial aging. It’s a great way to temporarily rejuvenate your appearance and get a feel for what a traditional facelift could offer you. For overall facial rejuvenation and lifting that lasts more than a few months, a traditional facelift is the only real option.

Facelift Procedure Process

Facelift Procedure Process

Dr. Furze typically performs facelifts under general anesthesia. Once the anesthesia has been administered, he makes an incision in a well-concealed area near the ear. He then carefully separates the skin from the underlying muscles and tissue. Next Dr. Furze begins tightening the tissue and muscles until the desired effect is achieved. He may remove some fat and excess skin, if necessary. Finally, the skin is repositioned and the incisions are carefully sutured closed. After the surgery is complete, he will bandage your face and place drainage tubes if required.

There are a variety of facelift techniques and incision entry points. The technique that Dr. Furze chooses for your facelift will be the one that will best address your unique needs. Regardless of the technique used or incisions made, Dr. Furze strives to make incisions in such a way that they will not be visible after they have healed.

Facelift Recovery Process

After your surgery, you will remain under observation for a few hours to make sure you do not have bleeding or anesthesia complications. After Dr. Furze has discharged you, a family member or friend should drive you home and plan to remain with you for the first 24 – 48 hours.

Dressings and drainage tubes typically stay in place for up to two or three days, while stitches remain for five to ten days. Dr. Furze will remove tubes and stitches during one of your post-operative examinations. For the first few days after surgery, you should remain at home and rest. You should expect to experience swelling and bruising, which is a normal effect of the surgery. Pain can be managed with medication and cold compresses can be used to minimize swelling and discomfort. You should try to keep your head elevated as much as possible, especially at night, to minimize swelling and bleeding.

While your face is healing, it’s normal for it to feel and look quite different to you.

It may feel stiff and strange. This is normal, but it’s good to be prepared for the sensation so it does not cause undue stress or concern. Your skin may feel dry and rough for several months after surgery, but it should return to its normal tone and texture once your face has completely healed.

Most people resume normal activities two or three weeks after their facelift. Many people choose to stay at home from work for up to two weeks. Light office work could be resumed after a week, but some people do not wish to be in public until they look and feel completely presentable.

You will be able to see the initial effects of your facelift immediately, but it will be difficult to judge the final effect until all of the swelling is gone. It can take up to six months for the swelling to completely dissipate, so you shouldn’t judge the results until this time has passed. The most dramatic changes will be evident after six months, with more subtle changes seen at one year.

Risks Associated with Facelift Surgery

As with all surgical procedures, there is some risk involved with undergoing a facelift. Some of these problems are common to all surgeries, while others are unique to facelift surgery. The risks include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding under the skin
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Nerve damage that causes facial paralysis or spasms (if this occurs, it is typically a temporary side effect)
  • Facial numbness that can last up to a year
  • Hair loss
  • Visible scarring at incision points

Facelift FAQ’s

Q How long will the results of my facelift last?

A facelift cannot stop the effects of aging, which continue on after surgery is performed. For this reason, it is impossible to determine exactly how long the results of your facelift will last. This depends upon your genetics and, in part, how well you care for your skin and body after the surgery. Many of Dr. Furze’s patients experience the full results of their facelift for at least 5 to 7 years, with some improvement being maintained for upwards of 10 – 15 years in most cases.

Q Will my insurance cover the cost of my facelift?

Insurance companies do not cover the cost of cosmetic procedures, so it is unlikely that your facelift will be covered. We can discuss financing options with you during your initial consultations if necessary.

Q Can my facelift be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

Facelifts are commonly combined with other cosmetic procedures. The most popular procedures to be performed alongside a facelift is blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), brow lift, neck lift, and other head and neck cosmetic procedures. During your initial consultation, Dr. Furze will discuss any additional procedures that he feels may complement your facelift and provide optimal results.

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Dr. Alexis is a pleasant young doctor who is knowledgeable and willing to take the time to answer your questions and cover all your concerns so that you feel good when you leave his office. I definitely recommend him if ever need his services.

Dr. Furze is easy to communicate with, and is meeting all my post op needs. Of course this is after a successful surgery that I fully understood and was scheduled on my terms as immediate as was needed.

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Last updated: Wed 8 May, 2019
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