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Changes to the soft facial tissues, including the skin, muscles, ligaments, fat pads, and fascia, can all contribute to an aged appearance. Patients interested in a younger and more lifted face are often great candidates for a facelift, also known as rhytidectomy.

Facelift at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery

Facelift surgery is a highly personalized procedure that can do wonders to reinvigorate a person’s appearance and confidence. At Tri Valley Plastic Surgery near Walnut Creek facelift provider Dr. Steven Williams approaches this procedure as both an art and a science. His refined surgical techniques and patient-centric approach ensure a one-of-a-kind aesthetic result that rings true to you.

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Before & After

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What to Expect

Length of Surgery: 3-4 Hours

Inpatient / Outpatient Usually: Outpatient

Anesthesia: General

Duration of Results: Long lasting. Weight loss/gain, pregnancy, and age may reduce surgical results over time

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What is a Facelift?

Traditionally, facelifts began with incisions near the temples, ear lobes, and lower scalp through which a surgeon resects or repositions the excess skin and fat. They pull the remaining skin tight and neatly close the incisions. Modern facelifts have evolved over the years, allowing more refinement and customization to each patient’s unique signs of aging and facial anatomy.

Mini Facelift

While a mini facelift offers a more subtle result than a traditional facelift, it has the benefit of a shorter downtime and smaller incisions, meaning virtually imperceptible scars.

Deep Plane Facelift

Deep plane facelifts focus on lifting beneath the muscle layer without detaching the skin for a more natural-looking and durable result than older facelift techniques.

SMAS Facelift

A classic approach to facelifting is the SMAS technique, which tightens the superficial muscular aponeurotic system within the cheek and removes sagging skin and excess fat deposits. Using this method, surgeons treat the skin and SMAS layers separately.

Neck Lift

Neck lift surgery and facelifts often go hand in hand to target the face and neck. A traditional neck lift allows further sculpting of the jawline, double chin, or turkey neck, alongside tightening the platysma muscles to improve neck bands.

Brow Lift

Brow lift surgery (sometimes called a forehead lift) diminishes forehead creases and raises sagging eyebrows that have drooped with age.

Facial Fat Grafting

While a facelift can reposition displaced fat pads to improve the facial contours, facial fat grafting can add fat to areas that have thinned over the years. The process starts with harvesting excess body fat, purifying it, then injecting it into key areas of the face that you want to look fuller and plumper.


Blepharoplasty addresses heaviness and sagging on the upper eyelids, opening the eyes so they sparkle. A lower eyelid lift aims to improve under-eye bags and fine lines that accumulate under the lower lash line.


A rhinoplasty presents a unique opportunity to reshape a nose that is crooked, excessively wide, droopy, or bulbous. It can also reduce snoring by improving airflow through the nose.

Non-Surgical Facelift

Take your facelift results even further with add-on services such as dermal fillers, neuromodulators, and Kybella.

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Benefits of a Facelift

For our patients in Walnut Creek facelifts can radically rejuvenate the mid-face, lower face, and jawline, shaving several years off a person’s appearance and helping them age with dignity. Many patients say they look and feel revitalized and brim with confidence after the operation. The procedure can result in:

  • Firmer-looking cheeks
  • A more lifted, sculpted face
  • A sharper, well-defined jawline and chin
  • Fewer fine lines under the lower eyelids
  • A reduction in nasolabial folds and marionette lines

Am I a candidate for a Facelift?

To be a prime candidate for a facelift Walnut Creek patients should have positive self-esteem, but are concerned with how their face has changed over the decades. The surgery can address everything from deep creases under the eyes to jowls, mid-facial sagging, displaced fat, fat deposits under the chin, and deep lines around the mouth. Eligible prospects for the surgery are non-smokers in good overall health. Morbid obesity is a contraindication. During your consultation for a facelift Walnut Creek plastic surgeon Dr. Williams will review your medical history to ensure you can safely proceed.

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Consultation and Preparation

Rhytidectomy specialist Dr. Williams will meet with you to discuss your facial aging concerns and what you hope to accomplish surgically. If you and he decide facelift surgery is the right approach, he and his staff will provide you with guidelines to prepare for the procedure. You may need to complete lab work and sign a consent form acknowledging the possible risks of facelift surgery, such as infection, fluid build-up, and scarring. Smokers must quit at least eight weeks ahead of time. You should also avoid Vitamin E and aspirin for two weeks before the operation.

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The operation typically lasts two to four hours. Most patients prefer undergoing general anesthesia, although intravenous sedation may be an option if the work is minor. Dr. Williams makes discreet incisions following your personalized surgical plan to minimize scarring. After removing or repositioning the soft tissues in the mid-to-lower face, he applies sutures and tiny staples around the hairline before applying sterile dressings.

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Facelift Results, and Recovery

The facelift downtime is approximately two weeks, and the results can last ten years or more, depending on the type of facelift. Most patients return home the same day to begin the healing process. Numbness, swelling, and mild bruising are usually worst within the first 14 days. After five to ten days, Dr. Williams will remove your drains and stitches. Most patients look socially presentable enough to return to work within two weeks. Any residual swelling and numbness should largely resolve in four to six weeks. As you heal, take care to avoid strenuous exertion. While your early results may become apparent within the first few weeks, allow six to nine months for your final facelift results to unfold.

Why Tri Valley for a Facelift? Board Certified, Ivy-league Trained, Five-star Rated

Acclaimed Bay Area plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Williams has made it his mission to deliver awe-inspiring outcomes, whether his patients are interested in facial rejuvenation or body contouring surgery. He has been honored to win prestigious awards for his work in plastic and reconstructive surgery and currently serves as the President-elect of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. His cherry-picked team of practitioners, nurses, and office staff all share his enthusiasm for patient-focused care and brilliant results.

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Schedule Your Walnut Creek Facelift Consultation at Tri Valley Plastic Surgery Today

A refreshed version of you is within reach. Call or contact us to book your consultation for a facelift in Walnut Creek today.


Is a Facelift painful?

Is a Facelift permanent?

What is a good age to get a Facelift?

Is a Facelift painful?

Not necessarily. There can be tightness and discomfort after the numbing medication wears off 12 hours post-surgery. Prescribed medication or Tylenol will keep you comfortable.

Is a Facelift permanent?

A facelift will not prevent future wrinkles or sagging, but the results can last upward of a decade.

What is a good age to get a Facelift?

There is no best age for facelift surgery, although surgeons generally prefer to perform the initial facelift in a patient’s mid-40s to 50s, followed by a touch-up in the mid-to-late 60s.

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