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Facelift Specialist

Gary Donath, MD -  - Plastic Surgeon

Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery

Gary Donath, MD

Plastic Surgeon located in San Luis Obispo County and North Santa Barbara County, Pismo Beach, CA

A facelift is a powerful tool that can help you turn back the hands of time and achieve a more youthful, well-rested appearance. At Central Coast Institute for Plastic Surgery in Pismo Beach, California, Gary Donath, MD, has the expertise needed to deliver astounding results using the latest facelift techniques for patients in San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara counties. When you’re ready to learn more, schedule a visit using the easy online tool or call the office to speak with a friendly staff member.

Facelift Q & A

What issues can a facelift improve?

A facelift is aptly named because the procedure acts to lift your facial skin to create a tighter, more youthful appearance. Some of the common issues a facelift can improve include:

  • Deep lines and wrinkles
  • Fallen deposits of fat
  • Sagging facial skin and muscles
  • Loose or excess skin at your jawline or beneath your chin

Many factors contribute to changes in your facial contouring, including aging, environmental toxins, sun damage, smoking, and even stress. A facelift can reverse many signs of aging to give you a natural-looking, rejuvenated appearance. 

How should I prepare for a facelift?

One of the most powerful things you can do to prepare for a facelift or any surgical procedure is to avoid smoking. If you’re a smoker, your habit has wide-ranging negative effects on your circulation, and other aspects of healing. 

Even quitting for a few weeks before and after your procedure can improve your experience, although quitting for good is the best approach. 

You should also share details of any medications or supplements you’re taking. Certain drugs and supplements can interfere with the healing process, especially those that increase the risk of bleeding. 

Having realistic expectations is also an essential part of preparing for a facelift. Dr. Donath can explain what the procedure can and cannot accomplish, so you’ll understand what to expect. 

What happens during a facelift?

Anesthesia ensures that you rest comfortably during your procedure. Dr. Donath begins by making the incisions needed to access the fat and platysma muscle of the lower face. 

He removes or redistributes those tissues as needed to create the best possible re-draping of your skin and trims any excess. The neck is always evaluated and treated to improve contour and remove or minimize fat and/or platysmal banding.

A facelift is as much of an artistic endeavor as it is a surgical procedure, and Dr. Donath has an excellent blend of artistic vision and technical skill to create beautiful outcomes. 

There are several technical alternatives and approaches, and hence, not all facelifts are identical. Some are relatively simple, and take less time and recovery, while others are more extensive and involved. 

There are also numerous excellent nonsurgical procedures that can improve your facial appearance, so if you’re not quite ready for a full facelift, you still have options. 

To discuss the facelift process in more detail, book a personalized consultation online or by phone today.