Facelift Surgery in La Jolla

Look Like a Younger You

Facelift Surgery in San DiegoDrs. Dennis Bucko and Farid Brad Mozaffari of Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center, are the talented facelift surgeons San Diego patients trust for beautiful and natural looking results. In addition to being board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and fully trained in general surgery, Drs. Bucko and Mozaffari appreciate balance and proportion. The marriage of science and art is essential in plastic surgery — especially in a procedure as complex as a facelift.

An expertly performed facelift can turn back the clock by a decade or more. Following surgery the patient will look younger, refreshed and more animated, and will feel more self-confident. For many of Drs. Bucko and Mozaffari’s facelift patients, the operation is life changing.

Learn More:

Who are the best candidates for a facelift?
What is the Belladerma Mini Facelift™?
Mini facelift vs. full facelift: Which is best? What is the difference?
Are facelift results permanent?
Does a facelift treat the eyes and neck?
What is the average recovery time?
When can I wash my face and wear makeup?
When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
What are factors that affect the cost of a facelift?

Why Choose Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center For Your Facelift Surgery?

• Over 35 years dedicated to the art and science of plastic surgery
• Performed hundreds of successful procedures
• Board certified and members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
• Hands on and engaged about your results and care
• Up-to-date on the latest plastic surgery trends and techniques

Experience matters. We have performed hundreds of procedures in his years of practice is a better choice than a plastic surgeon fresh out of residency. The plastic surgeons at Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center have been in practice for more than 35 years. Dr. Bucko previously served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla for two terms. Drs. Bucko and Mozaffari are actively involved in the plastic surgery community as members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. They stay up to date with the latest facelift techniques and technology to enhance patient outcomes. Dr. Bucko has also been Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at the prestigious University of California, San Diego’s residency teaching program since 1981.

Individual results may vary

Drs. Bucko and Mozaffari believe that the comfort, safety and satisfaction of their patients are as important as the results they produce. The surgeons and their staff strive to deliver excellent patient care. The team spends time informing and educating facelift candidates about the procedure, and helps them make critical decisions about their plan of treatment. Drs. Bucko and Mozaffari are engaged and attentive during the pre-operative consultative process and the post-operative stages to ensure their patients feel informed and comfortable with what is taking place. They want to know what results patients are looking for and also what patients don’t want. Patients often come to Drs. Bucko and Mozaffari after they have seen other surgeons and been given conflicting recommendations or inadequate details about facelift surgery. Patients appreciate Drs. Bucko and Mozaffari’s analytical approach and the thorough evaluation they receive.

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Who Are the Best Candidates for a Facelift?

Facelift Doctor in San DiegoEvery patient is different and has a particular area of concern. Drs. Bucko and Mozaffari take a completely customized approach to facelift surgery. They evaluate every patient individually, studying what makes him or her unique and identifying areas that could be subtly improved. Drs. Bucko and Mozaffari believe in helping patients make the right choices about which procedures are right for them.

Facelift candidates usually complain about one or more of the following:

  • Loose, sagging skin in the face, cheek, brow, neck and jowl area
  • Puffy eyelids
  • Creases along the lower eyelids
  • Creases along the nose to the corners of the mouth
  • Displaced or fallen fat
  • Loss of healthy skin tone
  • Excess fat deposits underneath the chin and jawline
  • Wrinkles
  • Cords or bands on the neck

Based on their analysis of the patient, Drs. Bucko and Mozaffari draft a plan of treatment that will outline various options with specific results in mind. This could be traditional facelift surgery, or Dr. Bucko’s “Belladerma Mini Facelift™,” a less invasive alternative to the standard facelift techniques.

Individual results may vary

What Is the Belladerma Mini Facelift™?

Dr. Bucko personally developed the Belladerma Mini Facelift™ to restore youthful facial contours with minimal trauma and downtime. Excess skin is removed and the facial tissues are lifted into a more desirable position and supported with deep sutures in the muscle fascia for longer lasting benefits than simple “skin lifts.” The Belladerma Mini Facelift™ is ideal for patients under the age of 50 with moderate skin laxity in the face, cheek and neck areas. The Belladerma Mini Facelift™ is also an option for patients that had previous facelift surgery and desire a “tune-up,” often using, and even improving, the original scars.

The Belladerma Mini Facelift™ frequently incorporates neck lift techniques to improve the appearance of loose skin, excess fat deposits and horizontal wrinkles underneath the chin and on the neck.

Belladerma Facelift La JollaTo enhance the results of the Belladerma Mini Facelift™, Drs. Bucko and Mozaffari can combine another surgical or non-surgical treatment to deliver optimal age-defying, skin-smoothing results. For example, the FX carbon dioxide resurfacing laser is often used to complement the results of facelift surgery (instead of a chemical peel or dermabrasion) by reducing wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and other pigmentary skin damage. Drs. Bucko and Mozaffari compare laser resurfacing to “ironing and cleaning your dress after it has been tailored to fit better.”

The Belladerma Mini Facelift™ does not treat the entire face, and is not for everyone. Certain patients may need a cheek lift, otherwise known as a mid-face lift or malar lift, which treats sagging in the cheeks and hollowness beneath the eyes. This involves lifting the malar (cheek) fat pad and tissue to restore fullness around the cheeks and eyes. Cheek lift will also smooth deep nasolabial folds.

Individual results may vary

A browlift or forehead lift may also be done at the same time to rejuvenate the upper face and eyelids. Earlobe reduction may be performed on its own or during facelift surgery to repair oversized, elongated or droopy earlobes that may give subtle clues to the aging process. Redundant skin and tissue is removed to create a shorter, smaller lobe. Some patients will even include minor nasal surgery to lift a droopy tip; or a chin implant to create a stronger profile.

Mini Facelift vs. Traditional Facelift: Which Is Best? What Is the Difference?

Both the “Belladerma Mini Facelift™” and traditional “facelift” treat skin laxity in the face and the neck, however the traditional “facelift” is used for more extensive rejuvenation of the middle and upper face, forehead and even the eyelids, and can treat severe signs of facial aging. The Belladerma Mini Facelift™ is more conservative and is appropriate for patients with moderate skin laxity in the lower facial areas, jawline and neck.

Are Facelift Results Permanent?

When performed by a talented and skilled facelift surgeon and with proper maintenance, the results of any facelift can last for many years. Although it can turn back the hands of time, it is does not stop the aging process. Good skin care (e.g., using the right skin care products, moisturizing regularly) and lifestyle habits (e.g., wearing sunscreen, not smoking) can help prolong your facelift results. Drs. Bucko and Mozaffari also recommend maintaining your results with injectable (e.g., Botox, dermal fillers) or professional skin care (e.g., photorejuvenation) treatments regularly.

Does a Facelift Treat the Eyes and Neck?

While facelift primarily treats the area in the lower face and neck, it does not treat the eyelids themselves nor the upper facial area around the eyes or sagging cheeks. Patients who wish to improve the appearance of the eyelids and wrinkles around the eyes can benefit from eyelid surgery, or a cheek lift in addition to a more conservative facelift.

Facelift frequently incorporates neck lift and liposuction techniques to treat the chin and neck areas. The result is a sleeker neck and jawline.

Which Facelift Procedure is Best?

The choice of which procedure(s) to use depends on patients’ goals, expectations, limitations and financial means, and an honest and full consultation with Dr. Bucko or Dr. Mozaffari who can provide the best options.

What Is the Average Recovery Time?

The initial recovery period for facelift typically takes two to three weeks. Initial symptoms should subside within two weeks after surgery while minor swelling and bruising may last a bit longer but can easily be concealed with makeup. A simple Belladerma Mini Facelift creates less swelling and bruising.

When Can I Wash My Face and Wear Makeup?

We typically allow patients to wash their face and hair 48 after surgery. Patients are usually able to wear makeup two weeks after surgery. Do not wash your face or wear makeup until your surgeon says it is okay to do so.

When Can I Resume Normal Activities and Exercise?

Most patients return to work and resume normal activities one to three weeks after surgery. Patients can typically resume (or start) light exercise two weeks after surgery depending on their healing, the degree of surgery, and their job requirements. We will provide a more accurate timeline of when you can resume normal activities and exercise during your initial consultation. We may also make modifications during your recovery based on your healing process.

What Factors Affect the Cost of a Facelift?

The cost of your facelift will depend on the amount of correction needed, the techniques used and whether it is combined with another facial rejuvenation procedure. We can provide a more detailed estimate of your procedure’s cost following a personal consultation.

Schedule a Facelift Consultation with Dr. Bucko

If you want to look like a “younger you” and feel better about how you look, Drs. Bucko and Mozaffari invite you to schedule a facelift consultation at Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center. They would be happy to discuss the Belladerma Mini Facelift™ and other facial plastic surgery procedures available to you. Contact us today to make an appointment.