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Facelift in Newport Beach, Orange County, Calif.


No one can completely stop the natural aging process. Over time, the body gradually produces less collagen and elastin, two proteins that are essential for healthy skin. As this occurs, the skin loses its elastic quality and begins to sag. As time passes, fat becomes displaced, and muscle tone is lost. When these factors converge, visible signs of aging develop throughout the face.

Although no one can halt the aging process, Newport Beach facelift surgeon Dr. Richard H. Lee can certainly stave off the visible signs of facial aging. Dr. Lee has helped countless patients look younger and feel more rejuvenated with facelift surgery.

Dr. Lee performs the full spectrum of facial rejuvenation surgery, including facelift, brow lift, upper and lower eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty and facial fat transfer (i.e., injecting your own fat taken from another area of the body into certain areas of the face) to restore lost volume. He can perform each procedure by itself, or in conjunction with another facial rejuvenation procedure.

With facelift surgery, the objective is to restore the skin and muscle tone as well as to redistribute the fat and tissue that have migrated out of their proper place. Dr. Lee’s goal as a talented Newport Beach plastic surgeon is to create a natural, younger-looking appearance. To achieve a natural look, the patient must avoid appearing as if the facial skin has been pulled too tight. Dr. Lee makes it a point to ensure that patients retain their unique, beautiful look, so that they still look like themselves — only better.

What to Expect During Facelift Surgery

Although facelift surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis, many patients choose to stay the first night following the procedure at the surgical center, so the medical staff can monitor their progress.

After general anesthesia has been administered to ensure the patient is at ease and does not feel anything during the procedure, Dr. Lee starts facelift surgery by making the needed incisions. The chosen incision pattern varies, depending on the extent of the patient’s anatomical needs and aesthetic desires.

For instance, individuals who desire a lifted eyebrow line and a smoother forehead require an incision within the upper region of the hairline, so Dr. Lee can access the skin, muscle and tissue structures in the upper area of the face. Patients who would like a more refreshed look throughout their eyes require an incision in the crease of the upper eyelid or just under the lower eyelid or both, depending which part of the eye they would like to address. Individuals who long for a more youthful look throughout the chin and neck area usually require an incision that starts in the front of the earlobe and continues around the back of the ear, terminating in the lower scalp.

With traditional facelift surgery, Dr. Lee makes an incision within the hairline, beginning at the temple, extending around the ear and ending in the lower scalp.

Once the Orange County facelift expert has made the necessary incisions, he eliminates excess skin, tightens the supporting muscle and tissue structures, and pulls the remaining skin taut, as necessary. He then closes the incisions with sutures, staples and / or surgical tape. He will remove any sutures within 7 to 10 days after surgery, in the office.

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Dr. Richard Lee is an experienced facial plastic surgeon who has helped many men and women turn back the clock on aging through facelift surgery. If you are bothered by signs of aging on the face, such as sagging skin, wrinkles or facial folds, facelift surgery may be for you. Contact Dr. Richard H. Lee’s practice today at 949-548-9312, or send an email.