If you're thinking about a facelift in the San Francisco Bay Area, you should consider meeting with a facial plastic surgery specialist. Dr. Albert Chow is board certified in facial plastic surgery, as well as plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology - head and neck surgery. He creates a personalized plan using advanced facelift techniques, including those specifically for patients of Asian descent, to help his patients look rejuvenated, yet natural. The women and men who choose him enjoy outstanding facelift results and the finest aftercare available.

Dr. Chow is an experienced surgeon who has the specialized training and expertise required to produce outstanding plastic surgery results, especially from facial procedures. Request a consultation using his online form or call (415) 441-1888 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Chow explains some of the facelift techniques he uses at his San Francisco practice. View Video Gallery

What's Included in a Facelift?

While the signs of aging on the face are similar between individuals, each of us ages uniquely due to our facial anatomy, genetics, and environmental factors. In general, facelift surgery rejuvenates the lower face. During this procedure, Dr. Chow provides one or more of the following improvements:

  • Firming lax, sagging skin
  • Lifting facial fat and tissue that has dropped from the cheeks and formed jowls
  • Smoothing creases around the mouth and nose
  • Tightening the neck

To see the impressive results he has achieved for some of his patients, view his facelift patient before & after photos.

Facelift Before & After Photos

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

What Does a Full Facelift Include?

Dr. Chow performs the full facelift to "turn back the clock" 5 to 10 years. During this procedure, also called a complete or traditional facelift, he tightens underlying facial muscles, removes or redistributes fat, and repositions the skin. He usually performs a neck lift as well for a more complete rejuvenation. Patients who undergo full facelifts are generally those who have advanced facial aging. After a facelift, the skin fits the face more closely for a smoother, more youthful but not tight appearance that typically lasts for years.

What Are Mini Facelifts?

The mini facelift, also called an S-lift, is ideal for patients with less severe aging symptoms who prefer a simpler procedure and a shorter recovery period than with the traditional facelift. Also, because the procedure is less complex to perform, 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 can still contribute to a profoundly improved appearance.

What Is an Endoscopic Midface Lift?

A midface lift, performed endoscopically, specifically targets the region of the face around the cheeks, nose, mouth, and eyes. Through small incisions located either behind the lower lash line or behind the hairline at the temples, Dr. Chow inserts a long, thin tube with a lighted camera at the end called an endoscope to see the underlying facial structures. Using specialized instruments, he tightens facial muscles and lifts the skin, removing excess tissue. Because the midface lift targets a specific area of the face, patients are able to enjoy dramatic results with less scarring, post-surgical swelling, and discomfort than with a full facelift.

Other Facial Rejuvenation Options

Dr. Chow often combines facelift lift surgery with other facial cosmetic surgery procedures for a more complete facial rejuvenation. In some cases, these simpler, less invasive procedures postpone the need for a facelift. Options include:

  • Brow Lift

    A brow lift rejuvenates the forehead and brow line by smoothing deep frown lines and raising a hooded or sagging brow. This procedure often opens up the eye area and helps patients look younger, happier, and more rested.

  • Cheek Implants

    Dr. Chow uses cheek implants to 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 flat or 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.