Facelift

Facelift Specialist
Facelift surgery corrects the effects of aging, while still maintaining a natural look for the patient. At Eye Care of San Diego, in the Hillcrest area of San Diego and Escondido, California, oculofacial surgeon Dr. Asa Morton applies his extensive experience to help patients achieve a more lasting, rejuvenated appearance with a facelift.

Facelift Q & A

by Asa Morton, MD

What is a facelift?

A facelift is a surgical procedure Dr. Morton uses to reduce the signs of aging in the face and neck. Facelifts address a vast array of issues such as loose or droopy skin in the face, neck, jowls, wrinkles and creases, including deeper lines that can’t be treated with fillers. Facelifts can also remove the appearance of a double chin.

Several factors affect an individual’s skin and make it more prone to displaying early signs of aging including:

  • Years of sun exposure
  • Other types of environmental exposures
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Stress
  • Heredity factors
  • Hormones
  • Smoking

What happens during a facelift?

Dr. Morton always works with a board certified anesthesiologist who will be responsible for helping you to be comfortable. While you are under anesthesia, Doctor Morton can concentrate on creating the results you have discussed.. Any excess fat is either removed or redistributed, and the underlying tissue is repositioned, causing the deeper layers of the face and muscles to tighten. The skin is then re-draped over the lifted silhouette and any excess skin is trimmed. Dr. Morton then closes up the incisions with sutures or skin adhesives, always taking care to minimize scarring, and bandages are applied. With his extensive knowledge of both the function and aesthetics of facial structures, Dr. Morton will often combine a facelift with an endoscopic brow lift and midface cheek lift for a more natural, rejuvenated look that’s long lasting.

What can I expect after having a facelift?


Recovery time depends on a few different factors such as the patient’s overall health, their healing ability, and the number of incisions made during the surgery. Patients can usually go home the day of the surgery. Swelling and bruising usually occur 4-7 days following surgery and slowly subside. Many patients can resume their regular activities two weeks after the procedure, but several months may pass before a patient fully heals.

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