In San Jose, CA

Facelift Introduction

Considered to be one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, a facelift can provide some incredible changes to create a more youthful look and bolster confidence for those who have concerns about their aging appearance. At CA Aesthetics in Los Gatos, CA, Dr. Li and his team strive to provide our San Jose and Bay Area facelift patients with natural, long-lasting results about which they can be proud. To learn more about the procedure and find out if it’s right for you, please review the information below:


What is a Facelift?

Also referred to as rhytidectomy, a facelift is a plastic surgery procedure that helps reduce and improve the visible signs of aging in your face and neck. The more common age-related skin problems that a facelift can treat include sagging facial skin, fold lines that appear between the nose and mouth, marionette lines (lines that appear at the corners of the mouth and curve down towards the chin), jowls, and loose skin with excessive fat around the neck (often referred to as a “turkey neck” or double chin). 

The full facelift technique is a very popular, long-lasting procedure that can be performed using various techniques to help patients regain confidence and appear more youthful. Dr. Li has extensively trained in facial plastic surgery techniques and has the skills and artistry to give you a natural, yet rejuvenated result. In addition to a traditional facelift, we offer our patients several procedures that treat the whole face or can target specific problem areas, including a non-surgical option for anyone unsure about cosmetic enhancements.


The mini-facelift is a slightly modified version of a traditional facelift and helps minimize loose skin around the lower portion of your face. Most plastic surgeons consider mini-facelifts to be less invasive and require less excessive skin removal than other facial surgeries.

Dr. Li will make discreet incisions behind your ears that are easily hidden once healed. Using the incision, your skin and facial muscles are carefully tightened, with any excess tissue being removed. Your incisions are then closed with a precise suturing technique that reduces tension on your skin and minimizes visible scarring.

You can expect to experience some mild swelling and bruising, but a mini-lift has a much less intense recovery when compared to traditional full-facelift surgery.

Deep Plane Facelift

A deep plane facelift is a definitive facelift technique that results in natural, long-lasting results. The goal of a deep plane face lift is to not only lift and reposition the skin but also deeper tissues (SMAS fascia and platysma muscle tissue) that anchor the facelift.  

During the procedure, the deep plane is entered underneath the skin at a line that begins from the back of the jaw (the angle of the jaw) up to the corner of the eyelids (the lateral canthus). From that point on, the deep plane is elevated with the release of multiple deep connective tissues of the face and neck (facial ligaments) to allow for less tension and the ability to elevate not only the jowls and neck tissue but soft tissue of the cheek. 

The result is a more natural-appearing recreation of a defined jawline, neck contour, and cheek volume.

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Facelift at First Glance:

  • Surgery Time: Varies from patient to patient as procedural details are customized for each individual patient.
  • Surgery Cost: We understand the importance of clarity when it comes to the topic of costs. The cost of a facelift in Los Gatos, San Jose, and the surrounding Bay Area, can vary on the approach. It is essential to schedule a consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon like Dr. Li to discuss specific pricing details tailored to your individual needs and goals.
  • Recovery Time: Every patient is different, but the average immediate recovery time is approximately six weeks.
  • Results: Can last 10-15 years, but can be affected by aging and lifestyle.
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The Facelift Expertise of Dr. Eric Li

  • Dr. Li is a double board-certified plastic surgeon – the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) – as well as a proud member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • Dr. Li is an expert in facial cosmetic surgery with years of experience

Who are the best candidates for a Facelift?

The best facelift candidates should be nonsmokers, be in overall good health, and maintain a positive outlook with realistic expectations regarding the procedure. Other characteristics that make a good candidate for a facelift in Los Gatos, San Jose, and the surrounding Bay Area are:

  • Committed to good skincare
  • Dissatisfied with their facial appearance
  • Flexible skin
  • Has sagging facial tissues (i.e. deep wrinkles, jowls, double chin)
  • Near desired target weight
  • Understand the procedure, recovery time, and risks
  • Non-smoker

What are the benefits of a Facelift?

For our patients in the San Jose and greater Bay Area who want to address signs of aging in their mid-face, lower-face, and neck – a facelift is likely the best option. This procedure can:

  • Contour the jawline
  • Get rid of deep creases
  • Improve the appearance of the nasolabial folds
  • Produces natural results
  • Reduces smile lines
  • Restore lifted cheeks
  • Tightens up sagging skin

Facelift First Step

What’s the first step?

The first step to getting facial plastic surgery in San Jose and the greater Bay Area is to book your initial consultation with Dr. Li at CA Aesthetics in Los Gatos. In order to get the most out of your facelift cost and procedure details, you should prepare your questions ahead of time and do a little bit of research.

When you come in for your appointment, you will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Li who will review your medical history, discuss the appearance you would like to achieve, and other pertinent medical information. After a physical examination, he will craft a surgical plan that he believes will produce the best results. If both of you are in agreement and you wish to move forward with your surgery, our Patient Coordinator will help coordinate a date for surgery. 

We will also provide detailed preoperative and postoperative instructions to best help you prepare and recover from your surgery. 

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How do I prepare for my Facelift?

The best route to any successful surgery is to follow our instructions and either avoid certain activities or practice some new habits, including:

  • Take care of yourself: This is one of the most important tips! Make sure you get enough rest, stay hydrated, and eat a healthy diet rich in nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants.
  • Avoid certain medications: You should stop taking blood-thinning medications or supplements with your doctor’s permission a week before surgery. Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil), vitamin E, and fish oil, as they can increase the risk of bleeding and bruising.
  • Stop smoking four to six weeks before and stop drinking alcohol three to five days before surgery: This will have the same effect as taking some medications, so it’s best to avoid it for the time being.  
  • Protect your skin: Avoid sun exposure and use high-quality sunscreen.
  • Prepare your skin: Cleanse your face, gently exfoliate, apply moisturizers and antioxidants, and use sunscreen. 
  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation:  While not required for everyone, Dr. Li may request that you follow this step to avoid unnecessary risks
  • Apply certain products to your facial skin before surgery: Depending on how your skin is, Dr. Li may suggest certain products to help improve your results. We will be able to offer suggestions after your consultation.

What to expect on the day of Facelift surgery

On the day of your facelift surgery, you will meet with Dr. Li once more and discuss the details of your surgery, asking any questions and addressing any concerns that you may have. Our on-site Anesthesiologist will then administer your general anesthesia to make your experience more tolerable.

Once in the surgical suite, Dr. Li will begin making an incision near the temple, just above and in front of the ear. It will continue under the earlobe and follow the back of your ear, blending into the hairline. The skin is gently lifted as he repositions and tightens the underlying muscles and connective tissue. Some fat may be removed, as well as excess skin. For men, the incision is aligned to accommodate the natural beard lines. In all cases, the incisions are placed where they will fall in a natural crease of the skin to appear camouflaged. 

After trimming the excess skin, Dr. Li will close the incisions with fine sutures. This creates precise, thin scars that should heal imperceptibly. Depending on the extent of the surgery and the number of additional procedures, the process can take from four to six hours. 

Following the surgery, Dr. Li will apply a gentle compression dressing to protect the entire area where the incisions have been made and prevent any collections of fluid. You may also have some surgical drains to get rid of any excess fluid. 

Facelift recovery

All facelift procedures are performed as outpatient surgery, and you will be sent home with detailed post-operative instructions and pain medication. We strongly recommend having a family member or friend provide you with a ride home, and possibly be able to assist you for the first night of recovery as the anesthesia wears off. 

You will need to take some time off to rest and recover as your body heals. You should give yourself about two weeks before returning to your normal daily activities.

You can expect to experience some swelling after the procedure, but it is temporary and will subside in time. Once the swelling diminishes, you will be able to see the full results of your treatment. 

You can further enhance the results of your facelift by committing to a skincare regimen that involves daily moisturizing and keeping your skin protected from the sun when you go outside. Living a healthy lifestyle, in general, can help keep your skin looking beautiful for a long time to come.


Tips for Recovery

As important as having a qualified surgeon like Dr. Li perform your surgery, the actions you take during your recovery are equally as important. We will provide you with a full list of things that you should and shouldn’t do, but here are some of the more common suggestions:

  • Keep your head elevated
  • Avoid too much sun exposure
  • Wear your compression garments
  • Avoid heavy lifting
  • Avoid certain foods
  • Use cold compresses for swelling
  • Hydrate and eat healthy
  • Keep your incisions clean
  • Take necessary medications
  • Rest and take time off from work
  • Follow Dr. Li’s instructions

Facelift Cost

How much does a Facelift cost in San Jose, CA?

The cost of a facelift in San Jose, Los Gatos, and the Bay area will vary on a number of factors, including the types of incisions that were made. The best way to find out how much your facelift will be is to come in for your consultation and have a surgical plan created by Dr. Li. Once this plan is made, our Patient Care Coordinator will be able to provide you with a breakdown of the price.


Why choose Dr. Li?

Dr. Eric Li, a Double Board-Certified plastic surgeon, is a member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). At CA Aesthetics in Los Gatos, Dr. Li serves as the driving force behind transformative plastic surgery experiences. Known for his meticulous approach and compassionate care, Dr. Li caters to patients seeking aesthetic enhancements with a touch of sophistication, from San Jose to the broader Bay Area.

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If you are in San Jose or the greater Bay Area and would like to improve your facial anatomy cosmetically, a facelift procedure from Dr. Eric Li at CA Aesthetics in Los Gatos could be an excellent solution. To schedule your initial consultation, please contact our office or use our website to fill out a consultation request form. We look forward to taking the first step with you in achieving your desired facial aesthetic.

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