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If you are beginning to experience the signs of facial aging but are not yet ready for a full facelift, what we call the “California Lift” may be the ideal treatment for you. This age-defying surgery is a custom procedure that will leave you looking refreshed, rejuvenated, and years younger. It involves shorter incisions and faster recovery time than a full facelift.

Minimally invasive facelift in Irvine and Ladera Ranch

The California Lift is South Coast Plastic Surgery’s signature minimal-invasive facelift procedure. While traditional facelift surgery is appropriate for patients who would like to enhance their appearance by reducing wrinkles and sagging throughout the entire face, the California Lift is intended for patients who want to create a more youthful look to specifically targeted facial areas. The California Lift, or mini facelift in Irvine, addresses the following:

  • Sagging and creases on the mid to lower face
  • Jowls
  • Lack of jawline definition 
  • Loosened skin and tissue at the upper neck
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Mini facelift Irvine and Ladera Ranch

The California Lift cannot address such areas as the forehead or brow, as a traditional facelift does, but instead helps reduce minor sagging around the cheeks, jawline, and neck. It is often the most effective treatment for women in their 40s and 50s who want to look younger, but are not ready for a more extensive facial rejuvenation treatment or neck lift.

The California Lift – a less invasive option

Many consider the California Lift an attractive option because it can be performed relatively quickly, has the advantage of smaller incisions, and involves a shorter recovery period than traditional facelift surgery. 

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Meet Dr. Ali, your plastic surgeon

Any facial surgery should be performed with the most advanced techniques, attention to detail, and a focus on creating the most natural look. Dr. Ali is widely respected in his field of practice and known for achieving results that appear remarkably natural. His advanced fellowship training and dedication to excellence has led to his reputation as being among the most talented facelift surgeons in the region.

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How a California Lift works

The California Lift focuses on specific areas of the face, such as the neck and the jawline. Because the cosmetic problems targeted are relatively minor, the incisions made during this surgery are typically quite small. As a result, the California Lift is one of the least invasive procedures in facial surgery.

By using small, inconspicuous incisions and often taking advantage of endoscopic facelift technology, our aesthetic plastic surgeon will reposition and remove facial tissue to achieve optimal results. Once factors contributing to unwanted sagging and drooping have been removed, our surgeon carefully repositions the skin using small sutures.

Candidates for a California Lift

If you are in good general health and are unhappy with the signs of facial aging, you may be the ideal candidate for this custom surgery. Please contact South Coast Plastic Surgery and schedule a consultation to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for this procedure or our Orange County facelift.

Who is not a good candidate for a mini facelift 

Because the incisions are so small for a mini facelift, they aren’t big enough to tighten and shape muscle and skin that are very loose. A mini facelift is best for people who don’t have severe looseness or sagging in the face and jowls. 

The location of the sagging skin must be in the lower part of the face instead of the eye or forehead area. If your aging concerns are in the upper part of your face, a mini facelift is not the best option for you.

Recovery time

One of the biggest advantages of the California Lift is that the recovery time is much shorter than that associated with traditional facelift recovery. Following surgery, patients are advised to rest comfortably at home for several days.

You should not experience any significant discomfort after surgery, but you can expect bruising and swelling for the first week to ten days of healing. During this time, low-dose prescription pain medication can help stay comfortable. You should be resting during your recovery, doing leisurely activities such as reading, or catching up on your favorite shows. It is important that you take light walks during the day to increase your circulation and speed healing. 

Ready to look years younger? Connect with us today

Are you interested in finding out more about our Ladera Ranch mini facelift procedure? To schedule a consultation, please fill out the form on this page or call us. South Coast Plastic Surgery is the premier facial rejuvenation surgery center in the Irvine area. We perform an array of procedures to restore a more youthful facial appearance at various stages of life. The California Lift is our signature procedure, with smaller incisions, fast healing, and a very natural-looking outcome. Our plastic surgeons are among the most talented professionals in the Irvine area and takes great pride in creating results that look refreshed, healthy, and entirely natural.

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When can I return to work?

You can expect to feel well enough to return to work within five to ten days after the California Lift. If you are not bothered by the bandages, you could return earlier.

When can I resume my exercise routine?

Aerobic activity may be resumed within ten to fourteen days after the procedure, while more strenuous activities may be resumed within three to four weeks.

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