Face Revitalization at Its Finest

The human face is a work of art, shaped by thousands of years of genetics that make it a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Your face also tells the story of your life at a glance, conveying hints about your age, health, and vitality. If deep folds, jowls, or sagging skin have aged your canvas, there is a way to look smoother, tighter, and rejuvenated. Restore your face to its former youthful glory with a facelift in Danville at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery today.

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Facelift at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery

Facelift customizations are endless, as everyone’s clinical signs of aging are as unique as a fingerprint. The talented team of surgeons at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery have the expertise to lift, tone, and reshape faces so they appear dramatically younger and fresher without obvious signs of having work done. Through a facelift Danville patients can regain the smooth, firm appearance they had in their younger years, absent wrinkles, jowls, and facial sagging. Keep reading to learn how Dr. Steven Williams performs facelift surgery at his beautiful Dublin office, and why it is one of his favorite procedures.

What to Expect


Length of Surgery
Inpatient / Outpatient
Duration of Results

3-4 hours
Usually outpatient
Long lasting. Weight changes, pregnancy, and age may lessen surgical results over time

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What is Facelift Surgery?

A facelift (rhytidectomy) is an anti-aging procedure that tightens the face and jawline so they appear more youthful. In essence, this surgery helps to lift and smooth the facial skin and underlying tissues, correcting everything from sagging jowls and lax cheeks to deep creases around the mouth. When performed by a qualified surgeon, the results of a facelift can shave up to a decade off of a person’s appearance.

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Types of Facelifts

In the past, facelift procedures simply lifted the skin, tightened it, and removed any excess. Unfortunately, older techniques tended to produce a windswept look and excessively tight skin while doing nothing to address the deeper signs of aging beneath the surface. Modern facelifts have made a world of difference in terms of the results surgeons can achieve today, refining both the skin and underlying structures so the face looks natural and harmonious after the operation.

Traditional Facelift

During a traditional facelift, a surgeon makes an incision through which they elevate the skin, remove or reposition the fat, and pull the skin upward before removing any excess. The incisions are typically placed at the temples, around the earlobes, and toward the nape of the neck on each side of the face. While the face may look younger once the lax skin and fat have been removed or repositioned, this method falls short in several ways. Firstly, it can be difficult to accomplish a natural-looking outcome when only addressing the skin and fat layers. Secondly, skin has a tendency to stretch. Therefore, the results of a traditional facelift may not last as long as other types of facelifts. Finally, many patients need a deeper level of facelifting to achieve an ageless look.

SMAS Facelift

The Danville facelift surgeons at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery are well-versed in newer facelift techniques. They may address a deeper tissue layer known as the SMAS, or superficial musculoaponeurotic system. This thin, fibrous structure within the cheek lies just below the subcutaneous fat. The SMAS is tethered to the skin via tiny fibrous bands. By elevating the SMAS and skin separately during a facelift, the face takes on a smoother, lifted appearance without looking stretched or taut. Using this method, your Tri-Valley surgeon can offer a natural-looking outcome that outlasts those of a traditional facelift.

Deep Plane Facelift

As the name suggests, a deep plane facelift goes beyond a standard facelift by addressing deeper planes within the face that are subject to aging. During the operation, a surgeon does not detach the skin from the muscle or SMAS. Instead, they lift the layers in unison, working beneath the muscle layer to reshape the foundation of the face. As the incisions are closed, the skin’s surface appears more taut and smooth without looking too tight. This method refreshes the face dramatically, and the results tend to last the longest of all facelifts. However, it comes with the most downtime.

Mini Facelift

A mini or short-scar facelift is advantageous for younger patients and those with minimal laxity. Since it is less invasive and doesn’t address deeper structures within the face, the results are less dramatic, but impressive nonetheless. Within one to two weeks, most mini facelift patients are back to work looking younger, smoother, and more rested.

Facelift Benefits

Changes to your facial muscles, skin, fascia, ligaments, and fat pads can all impact how your face ages. As the tissues relax and droop, jowls and deep wrinkles often form on the lower half of the face. Our Danville facelift surgeons can alleviate these concerns so you look several years younger. Turning back the clock on an aging face may inspire you to feel more confident and get more satisfaction out of life. Since your face is the centerpiece of your appearance, rejuvenating it can have a profound effect on how you see yourself when you look in the mirror. After a facelift Danville patients may enjoy benefits such as:

  • Firmer-looking cheeks
  • Improved jawline definition
  • A smoother under-eye area
  • The disappearance of jowls, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines

Ideal Candidates for a Facelift

If you show signs of aging in your mid-face, lower face, or upper neck, then a facelift may be the right procedure for your needs. However, surgery isn’t appropriate for everyone. To be considered for a facelift, you will need to be in overall good health, both mentally and physically. Certain conditions such as diabetes, respiratory illness, cardiac issues, circulatory disorders, obesity, or mental health issues like body dysmorphia or cognitive deficits can exempt a person from having elective surgery. Other facelift contraindications include pregnancy, breastfeeding, and nicotine use. The only way to find out for sure if you are a candidate is to meet with a qualified surgeon. The facelift specialists at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery can tell you if you meet the criteria to safely undergo the operation.

Concerns Treated with a Facelift

If your facial aging complaints include one or more of the following, rhytidectomy may be an option:

  • Displaced facial fat
  • A jowly appearance
  • Crepey skin texture in the cheeks
  • Puppet lines on either side of the chin
  • Malar bags or creasing below the eyelids
  • Lax skin and fat deposits under the jawline
  • Deep folds from the nose to the mouth corners
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Facelift Consultation and Preparation

Those considering a facelift in Danville will first need to come into the office to speak with Dr. Williams. During your consultation, they will listen attentively to understand your aesthetic concerns and examine the areas that bother you most. Depending on your clinical presentation, they may recommend a facelift or combined facial rejuvenation procedures. Before moving forward with the operation, you may need to quit smoking, modify your current medications, and refrain from taking supplements such as Vitamin E. Your surgeon will let you know exactly how to prepare so your surgery is a success.

Facelift Operation

TThe facelift operation can last two to four hours. While the surgery is tailored to your unique anatomy and goals, the following is a general overview of what most patients can expect.

Step 1 – Anesthesia

You may receive general anesthesia, although conscious sedation may be an option for those having minimal work done. Your Tri Valley surgeon will also inject a local numbing agent so you won’t feel pain when you wake up from surgery.

Step 2 – Incisions

There are many kinds of facelifts, each with their own incision pattern. Typically, the facelift incisions are placed around the ears, the temporal hairline, or at the lower part of the scalp. Tri Valley surgeons always do what they can to minimize scarring.

Step 3 – Reshaping The Face

Depending on the type of facelift, your surgeon may make adjustments to the skin, SMAS, fat layer, and deep plane. They will tighten or reposition the tissues as needed, removing any excess.

Step 4 – Sutures

The sutures used to close the incisions can include dissolving and non-absorbable sutures and small metal staples around the hairline. As they finish up your surgery, they will also apply drains to reduce fluid buildup and soft dressings to protect your incisions as they heal.

Facelift Recovery, Aftercare, and Results

Most patients return home shortly after their operation. Someone may need to drive you as you might feel groggy. When you go home, please take all medications as prescribed and try to rest. Staying hydrated is important and can reduce swelling post-operatively. You can also eat a light, healthy meal if you feel up to it. Pain is minimal on the first day. The local anesthetic continues working for up to 12 hours. After the numbing effect wears off, you will have some degree of tenderness or discomfort. Most Danville facelift patients find it is well managed with over-the-counter or prescribed medications. You may have some lingering facial numbness, especially during the first week.

Bruising and swelling are common after facial surgery. Inflammation tends to peak within the first two to three days before gradually subsiding. Bruising may last up to two weeks. Your surgeon will likely recommend that you sleep with your head raised on pillows and apply cool compresses. You will also need to limit physical exertion for several weeks, including heavy lifting, straining, and exercise. At five to 10 days post-op, you will come into the office to have your sutures removed. You should be able to see an early preview of your facelift results at this time. Your facelift results should continue to get better as any residual swelling resolves. As this happens, the tissues will relax and settle into their final position, revealing a face that looks up to ten years younger.

Add-on Procedures Get More Out of Your Facelift

Facelifts go hand in hand with many other services, allowing a patient to look fresher and potentially reducing some of the out-of-pocket costs. Rather than having separate procedures, patients can combine multiple surgeries into one operation. This is a great way to ensure all elements of the face, neck, and skin appear to age in harmony.

Neck Lift

Many people confuse lower facelifts and neck lifts since the treatment areas overlap. A facelift can improve the upper portion of the neck to an extent since the SMAS in the check extends all the way down the neck toward the collarbones. However, if you have prominent jowls, neck bands, or a turkey neck, you may benefit from a neck lift combined with a facelift. These surgeries can take place simultaneously, allowing the face and neck to complement one another.

Brow Lift

An eyebrow lift, sometimes called a forehead lift, is frequently done at the same time as facelift surgery. While a facelift addresses the lower two-thirds of the face, a brow lift focuses on raising drooping brows and erasing forehead lines. Combining the two procedures into one operation is sometimes referred to as a ‘full facelift’ since it combats age-related changes on the forehead, mid-face, lower face, and jawline.

Facial Fat Grafting

Fat grafting, or autologous fat transfer, is a procedure with two benefits. During the operation, your Tri Valley surgeon can remove stubborn fat deposits with liposuction from areas such as the abdomen or thighs. Instead of disposing of the fat, they purify it and inject it into key areas of the face. Think of it like a natural alternative to dermal fillers, using your own fat to replenish facial volume. This is a great way to make the face appear less gaunt and wrinkled.

Eyelid Surgery

Eye lifts, also known as blepharoplasty, can give a person well-rested eyes to enhance their facelift results. Eyelid surgery works by removing the excess skin and fat deposits in the periorbital area. The procedure can address hooded eyelids, puffy lower lids, under-eye bags, and a crepey texture around the eyes, leaving the windows to your soul sparkling and wide open. The surgeons at Tri Valley offer upper blepharoplasty, lower blepharoplasty, or a combination of both, depending on where you display signs of aging.


As the most prominent facial feature, it comes as no surprise that many people are displeased with their nose since even minor cosmetic problems can be glaring. Rhinoplasty, informally known as a ‘nose job’, is a surgical procedure that refines the nose so it appears better aligned, slimmer, smaller, straighter, or less bumpy. If you’ve spent decades living with a nose that isn’t to your satisfaction, you’ll be happy to know your Tri Valley surgeon can perform rhinoplasty as part of your facelift procedure. Rhinoplasty can also address snoring and difficulty breathing due to a deviated septum.

Dermal Filler Injections

Dermal fillers are injectable products that add volume to hollow or sunken areas of the face, such as the lips, under eyes, cheeks, or temples. These are common areas that tend to lose fullness with age, making a person look even older. Fillers can also be used to smooth deep facial wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds around the mouth. Soft, flexible ingredients like hyaluronic acid injected just below the skin surface can temporarily give the face a smoother and more supple appearance, just like when you were younger. Your Tri Valley surgeon can tell you more about the different types of facial fillers, including products from the Juvederm, Restylane, and RHA collections.

Fine Line and Wrinkle Smoothers

BOTOX and other name-brand neuromodulators such as Xeomin, Dysport, Jeuveau, and Daxxify can temporarily smooth away wrinkles and fine lines with just a few quick injections. The most common treatment sites are the forehead, between the eyebrows, and outer eye corners—areas not improved with a lower facelift alone. Combining wrinkle relaxant injectables with a facelift can make all areas of the face look beautifully rejuvenated.


Double chin fat is notoriously difficult to target with exercise and dieting. While a face or neck lift may remove excess chin fat, surgery is not the only option. For candidates with good skin elasticity, Kybella injections can create a more defined chin. It is also an option for patients that previously had a facelift, but later developed submental fat due to weight changes or the effects of aging. The main ingredient in Kybella, deoxycholic acid, naturally breaks down fatty tissue, leaving the under-chin area slimmer. A series of Kybella injections may be needed for optimal results.

Chemical Peels

A facelift can help the face look structurally younger, but it does nothing to address issues such as sun damage, enlarged pores, scarring, dullness, or melasma. Years spent in the sun may necessitate adding a chemical peel or other skin rejuvenation treatments to your facelift. Chemical peels literally peel the outermost layers of the skin away to unveil the fresh, glowing skin underneath. They also make the skin feel softer due to natural exfoliating ingredients.

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Why Choose Tri Valley for Your Facelift?

At Tri Valley Plastic Surgery in Dublin, CA, facial rejuvenation is within reach for patients throughout Danville and the surrounding area. For those seeking attentive patient care and exceptional results, we offer a welcoming, professional environment and highly skilled surgeons that are at the top of their game. Dr. Steven Williams has spent countless hours honing his surgical techniques, both in the operating theater and at prestigious medical training programs. He brings years of combined experience to reshape the faces and bodies of patients striving to preserve their appearance. Our Danville facelift surgeons can help you rediscover your confidence and feel more attractive inside and out.

Schedule your Danville Facelift Consultation at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery today

Dr. Williams is premiere Danville plastic surgeons that offer highly personalized care and refined results. To learn more about your Danville facelift options, call their Dublin office at (925) 701-9309.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Facelift surgery common?

How painful is a Facelift?

What are some possible risks of Facelift surgery?

How long do the Facelift results last?

How much does a Facelift cost in Contra Costa County?

Is Facelift surgery common?

Facelifts are among the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the world. It is appropriate for both men and women that want to take a few years off their appearance.

How painful is a Facelift?

There is no pain during the operation since it takes place under general anesthesia or twilight sedation. Pain after facelift surgery is usually rated mild to moderate, although your face may feel uncomfortably tight at first due to the initial swelling. Your surgeon will likely prescribe analgesic medication for pain relief.

What are some possible risks of Facelift surgery?

Serious facelift complications are infrequent. Most complications are minor, such as soreness, bruising, numbness, and swelling. Your Tri Valley surgeon will provide a complete list of possible risks for you to review before you make a decision to proceed with the operation.

How long do the Facelift results last?

A facelift won’t stop the aging process, although it can make you look significantly younger. The results of a facelift can last eight to ten years. Take care to avoid smoking and sun exposure, as these can rapidly age the skin.

How much does a Facelift cost in Contra Costa County?

Facelift pricing varies greatly based on the surgical technique, type of anesthetic, and whether additional services take place at the same time. You will receive a price quote at the end of your consultation.

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