The FACEology LIFT is a facelift alternative for today’s active patient seeking face and neck rejuvenation. The FACEology LIFT is Dr. Raymond Lee’s natural evolution and interpretation of the traditional facelift based on his knowledge and experience of nearly 4000 facial cosmetic procedures. He has developed a unique simplified facelifting technique under local anesthesia striking a balance between natural lasting results and easier recovery. The natural and lasting results, easy anesthesia, and quicker recovery are the hallmarks of the FACEology LIFT

As we age, skin loses its collagen and fat, gets thinner and starts to sag. As a result we then acquire deepened nasolabial folds, jowls, and marionette lines by the mouth. In addition, fatty accumulation over time leads to double chins, and loose muscle / skin cause the sagging “turkey” neck. There are a spectrum of surgical techniques to address these aging face changes from simple to complex. These include: Mini lifts and Neck lifts to traditional facelifts such as SMAS Lifts and Deep Plane Lifts. Some of these lifts have very minimal incision and downtime but with this come minimal and short lived results. Traditional type of facelifts have long lasting results but prolonged swelling and recovery, higher risk of nerve damage and possibly tight unnatural looking results.

With Dr. Lee’s extensive experience, The FACEology LIFT was developed blending many of these surgical techniques to find the best of both worlds resulting in natural lasting results with easier recovery and less downtime. Moreover, this procedure is performed under local anesthesia. Having operated on thousands of patients, Dr Lee has developed a unique way to lift and tighten the underlying SMAS muscle layer to give the most natural and long lasting results while having an easier recovery.

How is it different than a traditional facelift?

The FACEology LIFT addresses the same aging face and neck areas as a traditional facelift. However, it is less invasive with less risk to muscles and nerves and does have smaller incisions hidden in the hairline and natural borders of the ear. These incisions heal very well and blend in and ultimately are barely noticeable, if at all. The SMAS layer is still tightened and excess skin removed to get you a defined jaw and neck line. Again, the results are more natural and the recovery is quicker and easier.

A traditional facelift typically takes 3-4 hours and is performed in a hospital or overnight surgery center. General anesthesia involving breathing tubes and gases, and intravenous lines (IV’s) and morphine are commonly used with traditional facelifting. In contrast, Dr. Lee’s FACEology LIFT is performed safely and comfortably under local anesthesia and oral sedation, typically valium. The FACEology LIFT may take 1.5-2 hours depending on each patient’s unique needs. The procedure is performed in an outpatient accredited surgery center. Overnight stays in a hospital or surgery center are not required for a FACEoly LIFT.

Who is a candidate for a FACEology LIFT?

Anyone in relatively good health, male or female, who is showing signs of aging in the lower face and neck and want to look refreshed can be a candidate for a FACEology LIFT. Early signs of facial aging may be seen early in your 40′s or aging may be more advanced as seen in someone in their 70′s. Either way, the FACEology LIFT is modified based on how much aging there is and where. If one desires more correction in their neck versus the face or vice versa, the procedure is uniquely tailored to you. The trend now shows younger patients in their forties and fifties seeking surgical rejuvenation. Dr Lee’s youngest patient was 38 years old. Due to extreme weight loss she had a sagging neck that was out of proportion to her age. The oldest was a happy 89 year old who lived and acted much younger than her age!

Other candidates include patients that have exhausted non-surgical options such as fillers, botox, and lasers and want to get greater results with a reasonably priced, safe surgical procedure. Also there are patients who are socially active and likely working and need to minimize time off. If you appear more tired and older than how you really feel and want to look rejuvenated and more vibrant, the FACEology LIFT may be the solution for you.

How long is the recovery and what is it like?

Without the necessity for general anesthesia and the less invasive surgical techniques, patients are able to enjoy natural results sooner while experiencing less downtime and discomfort. Patient’s will typically take a mild to moderate prescription pain pill for 2-3 days after surgery. There will be some bruising and acute swelling but the majority of it will dissipate in about a week. Patients will come in the day after their procedure to remove the dressing and to make sure everything is healing well and to reinforce the incision care. Also, there is a one week visit to remove your fine sutures. Most patients will drive themselves to the suture removal appointment. Patients usually require 7 days off and can resume their physical activities in 2 weeks. Of course these times will vary depending on the patients health, level of aging, and other procedures combined. The procedure is often combined with a neck lift, eyelid lift, brow lift and / or laser resurfacing.

What is the cost of a FACEology Lift?

Because the procedure is performed under local anesthesia and without general anesthesia, the costs for a FACEology LIFT is much less than a traditional facelift. Also, an overnight stay at a surgery center or hospital is not required further reducing your cost. We do understand that this is a financial commitment but consider it an investment in you. We do have financing options available. You deserve to invest the time and money in yourself. Its time to take care of you. 

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Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon