Facelift Surgery


The face is often the first part of the body to show symptoms of aging. Unfortunately, it is also one of the areas where wrinkles, lines, and sagging skin are most obvious. Through various facelift procedures, Dr. Albert Chow can lift and tighten the facial skin and muscles to create a more youthful facial contour while smoothing away wrinkles and frown lines. Patients at our San Francisco-area practice enjoy outstanding facelift results and the finest aftercare available.

Facelift Overview

Dr. Chow offers many facelift options to meet different needs. Among these options is the full facelift, a procedure in which Dr. Chow is able to "turn back the clock" by tightening underlying facial muscles, removing or redistributing fat, and repositioning the skin. Patients who undergo full facelifts are generally those who wish to achieve a comprehensive restoration of their facial features. They may be affected by drooping or sagging skin on multiple areas of the face, frown lines in the forehead, and creases around the mouth and nose. After a facelift, the skin fits the face more closely for a smoother, more youthful appearance that typically lasts for years.

For those patients who desire more subtle refinements to specific areas of the face, we offer a variety of minimally invasive procedures, including the mini facelift (or S-Lift) and the endoscopic midface lift. Dr. Chow also offers a brow lift that specifically targets the brow area. These procedures involve smaller incisions, less dramatic alterations, and reduced recovery time, making them ideal for patients who are not yet ready for a full facelift. Contact our office today to learn more about the options we offer or to schedule a facelift consultation. Serving Danville, Walnut Creek, and the entire San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Chow works with each patient to develop a facelift treatment plan that meets his or her individual needs.

Mini Facelift

The mini facelift procedure is ideal for patients with less severe aging symptoms who prefer a simpler procedure and a shorter recovery period. Also, because the procedure is simpler, it is also more cost effective. When performing a mini facelift, Dr. Chow targets specific areas of the face, allowing for smaller incisions that heal more quickly. The results of a mini facelift are typically subtler, but they can still contribute to a profoundly improved appearance.

Midface Lift

A midface lift specifically targets the region of the face around the cheeks, nose, mouth, and eyes. Through incisions located either behind the lower lash line or behind the hairline at the temples, Dr. Chow tightens facial muscles and lifts the skin into a tighter position, removing excess tissue. Because midface lift targets a specific area of the face, patients are able to enjoy dramatic results with less post-surgical swelling and discomfort than are associated with a conventional full facelift.

Cheek Implants

Using cheek implants, Dr. Chow can accentuate the cheekbones and balance the contours of an out-of-proportion face. Cheek implants can also be used to compensate for cheeks that have become hollow due to a loss of fat. The implants are inserted through incisions made inside the mouth, so there is no visible scarring on the face. Many of our patients enjoy truly dramatic results with this relatively simple surgical procedure. Often, patients who choose cheek implants are able to postpone the need for more invasive facelift surgery.

Cheek Fat Removal

Some patients with excessively full cheeks can appear to be carrying more weight in their faces than they actually are. By removing fat from the cheeks through discreet incisions in the mouth, Dr. Chow can lend proportion, balance, and definition to the cheek and jaw areas. The results are subtle, refined, and — as with all of Dr. Chow's procedures — completely natural-looking.

Schedule a Facelift Consultation with Dr. Chow in San Francisco

Dr. Albert Chow is an experienced surgeon with all the specialized training and expertise required to produce outstanding plastic surgery results. To schedule a preliminary facelift consultation with Dr. Chow, please contact our San Francisco practice. We can answer your questions and help you make the decisions that are right for you.

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