The Procedure

With the passage of time, gravity and hormone changes the skin loses elasticity and volume which results in hollows, jowls, deep creases and wrinkles, and stretched ligaments and muscles. A face lift is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin, lift and smooth deep folds, and tighten and rebuild the foundations of the face. The result is a refreshed, more youthful appearance. A facelift has been shown to boost self-confidence, and self-image.

The procedure is complex and requires extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and an artistic eye to aesthetic detail. Meticulous planning is essential. Often a face lift is combined with a neck lift or forehead lift and/or blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) for full facial rejuvenation. There are several types of facelifts, and Dr. Gupta focuses on the mini-facelift. It is the most common type of facelift surgery today and tackles the most noticeable signs of aging.

A mini-facelift is for people who have mild to moderate jowling and sagging skin that results in a loss of jawline definition. It corrects wrinkles and sagging in the lower part of the face.


A mini- facelift is performed in Dr. Gupta’s office surgical suite, an outpatient surgery facility or a hospital. Local anesthesia is used with sedation medications for comfort during the procedure.

The Incisions

A mini facelift is also called an SMAS lift and is the standard of care because it addresses not only the skin but also the underlying muscle system and fat tissues.

Small incisions are made along the hairline starting above the ear, and extending down around the bottom of the ear lobe, into the hairline behind the ears. Incision placement is carefully planned to prevent noticeable scarring.

Tightening loose muscles and removing excess skin

Dr. Gupta will tighten and lift the deep facial tissues including the face and neck muscles, and remove surplus skin. The remaining skin will be redraped over the uplifted contours for a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance.

After surgery

Your face will be swollen and bruised. The incisions will feel tight and tender. You will receive complete detailed instructions about how to care for your incisions, and the medication to take to prevent infection and control swelling as well as to minimize bruising. You will typically be seen the following day and all your incisions will be cleaned, fresh dressings applied and your garment will be changed so that you can enjoy clean recovery.


Swelling and bruising will gradually resolve, and you will have several post-op appointments with Dr. Gupta during recovery. Most of his patients return to work with in 2-3 weeks. Results are permanent.

You will be pleased to know that the tight, unnatural facelifts of the past are gone. The mini – facelift will refresh your appearance and emphasize your natural beauty. Contact Dr. Anshu Gupta in Solana Beach, CA to learn about your options for a more beautiful you.

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