Facelift in Beverly Hills

Facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face by lifting and tightening the facial skin. It helps put the cheekbones back into their more youthful place, remove any excess sagging skin, and correct jowls.

Dr. Cat Begovic is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California. She is a three-time winner of Best of Beverly Hills Award in the cosmetic surgeons category.

What Is a Facelift?

A facelift is a plastic surgical procedure that aims to create a more youthful appearance. A facelift in Beverly Hills involves repositioning the facial skin to give it a tighter, smoother look. This can resolve the most common signs of aging, including sagging skin, wrinkles, fine lines, and more. Collagen and elastin are the building blocks that give your skin a youthful appearance. These two factors work together to give you firm, smooth, vibrant skin. As we age, the collagen and elastin production in our skin decreases, and as a result, we see age-related changes like wrinkles, loss of volume, and sagging. Facelift procedures combat these signs of aging by removing sagging skin or lifting hanging skin to make it firm and tight again. When used in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures like fat grafting, neck lifts, or eyelid lifts, facelifts can create an overall more youthful appearance. When performing a facelift, my goal is to give the patient a significant result that still looks natural. I want every patient to look like themselves, just more refreshed. This is why I approach every facelift with gentle and meticulous techniques to ensure you have the best possible outcome.

What You Should Know Before Your Facelift

You will need to have a consultation before scheduling a facelift in Beverly Hills. I will carefully examine your facial anatomy, assess your primary concerns, and discuss your desired outcome during this appointment. I can also review before-and-after photos with you to show you the results of other facelift procedures I’ve done.

I consider age, overall health, emotional well-being, as well as expectations for surgery when evaluating a candidate for this procedure. As I’ve mentioned before, plastic surgery is not an exact science. Every person has a unique anatomy and their own idea of what their body goals should be. This is why consultations are vital so we can work together to create the best possible plan, customized for your personal needs and goals.

The purpose of this consultation is to determine whether a facelift is the best cosmetic treatment to help you achieve your goals. I am always honest and upfront with my patients. If I do not believe that a facelift is a proper procedure to meet your needs, I will advise you on other procedures. If we determine you’re a good candidate for a facelift procedure, we will begin designing your customized surgical plan. Every patient is different and has unique needs. I will work with you to create a surgical plan that addresses your concerns and leads to your ideal results.

What Happens During Facelift in Beverly Hills

Before your procedure begins, we will once again discuss your desired outcome in the pre-operative area. I may mark your skin to show where your incisions will be. After this, we will move forward with your procedure.

What Kind of Anesthesia Is Used?

A facelift in Beverly Hills is performed under general anesthesia. I may also use a numbing solution on the skin to minimize any discomfort upon waking from surgery.

The Surgical Procedure

I work alongside a complete surgical team to provide you with the best results for all of my cosmetic procedures. During your surgery, my team will work together to ensure that you are comfortable and safe at all times. Once you are fully under anesthesia, I will make incisions inside the hairline at the temple, in front of the ear, then around the earlobe and behind the ear, ending in the scalp area. I strategically make incisions in these areas because they can easily be concealed post-surgery. I perform all of my procedures under 3.5X microscopic examination in order to have the most precise visual while working. This allows me to pay the closest attention to detail and give you the most natural-looking results. When performing a facelift in Beverly Hills, I accomplish a natural-looking outcome by placing the pull of tissues on the layer under the skin called the SMAS. This technique puts the soft tissue framework of your face back into its youthful position. Once complete, I gently drape the skin back into place and trim away any excess sagging skin. I make sure not to create an overly “pulled” look that makes cosmetic work very obvious. Many of my facelift procedures are performed with other treatments at the same time. This often includes fat grafting, which involves harvesting fat from another body area and placing it in the cheeks or around the eyes to restore volume. Some patients desire an eyelid lift or neck lift along with their facelift in Beverly Hills. When these procedures are performed together, they give the patient an overall balanced and harmonious look.

How Long Does a Facelift Procedure Last?

A facelift can last anywhere from five to eight hours, depending on your unique needs. Surgery is typically eight hours when patients request other procedures like a neck or eyelid lift.

Facelift Recovery and Results: What to Expect

After your facelift, you will need to remain in our plastic surgery aftercare nursing center for at least 24 hours. This is simply to monitor you after awakening from anesthesia. Most patients get discharged to return home the following day or the day after that. You will be unable to drive or perform most tasks immediately after your surgery. For that reason, it is important that you arrange for someone to assist you during this time.

How Long Does Facelift Recovery Last?

During the initial few days of recovery, you will have surgical drains that hang at your neck. You will have a dressing wrapped around your head for the first two weeks to promote optimal healing. Patients often feel a slight tightness in their skin during these initial weeks, but it settles as they recover. I’ll remove your stitches one week after your procedure. My innovative approach to facelift surgery results in minimal pain and a shortened recovery time. After your procedure, you will experience swelling and bruising in the surgical area, but this will subside in the first few weeks of recovery. It can take up to three to four months to see the results of your facelift. This span gives enough time for the skin and tissue to begin settling into their new positions. You may see even further results develop in the remainder of the first year after surgery. At this point, the skin will have settled into its final position.

Does a Facelift Leave Scars?

I have developed an advanced technique that results in virtually invisible facelift scarring. Since I make your incisions in discrete areas of the face, you can hide them very easily after you’ve healed from your surgery. I also incorporate a comprehensive scar treatment plan into the recovery process. About two weeks after your procedure, you will begin scar treatment that involves specialized medications and products. These products and therapies work together to fade any scarring and leave you a spotless face. This is important for many patients who worry that others will know they had surgery.

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About Dr. Cat

Dr. Cat Begovic is a board-certified plastic surgeon who provides her famous facelift in Beverly Hills. With an advanced approach and gentle hand, Dr. Cat focuses on giving patients a natural-looking outcome that enables them to present the best version of themselves. As a renowned Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Dr. Cat goes above and beyond to provide patients with the best possible outcomes. She has been awarded some of the industry’s highest honors and earned a remarkable reputation for her skill. This is why patients travel from all over the world to have Dr. Cat perform their cosmetic procedures.

Facelift in Beverly Hills
Before & After Photos

Case FLF-2386

This patient had a facelift and necklift.

Case FLF-3731

This patient had significant improvement in her jowels and neck after a facelift and neck lift.


Can Other Procedures Be Combined with a Facelift?

Facelifts are often combined with other procedures to create a younger-looking appearance. Blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), neck lift, and fat grafting are popular cosmetic treatments patients request alongside a facelift in Beverly Hills.

Will Insurance Cover My Facelift in Beverly Hills?

Most insurance companies will not provide coverage since a facelift is considered to be a cosmetic procedure and not a medically necessary surgery. With that being said, Dr. Cat’s office does not accept insurance, but they can provide you with the paperwork you will need to submit a claim to your insurance after your surgery has taken place. Before scheduling a plastic surgery procedure, make sure to check with the surgeon’s office about whether insurance is accepted.

Are the Results of a Facelift Permanent?

While a facelift will make a significant difference and take years off your appearance, the results are not permanent. A facelift will not stop the natural aging process in your skin, so you may see your skin’s position change in the years following your procedure.

Are There Any Non-Surgical Alternatives to a Facelift?

If you are not a candidate for facelift surgery yet, there are several non-invasive, non-surgical cosmetic procedures can reverse signs of aging in the skin in the meantime. Treatments like ThermiSmooth Face use radiofrequency energy to change the skin at the cellular level, tightening the skin and smoothing wrinkles.

While these treatments are very effective, they are very different from a facelift. Non-invasive, non-surgical procedures take several sessions to produce optimal results, and the effects are also more subtle than those you will experience with a facelift.

Injectable treatments like Botox and dermal fillers like Juvéderm can also combat certain age-related changes. These injections are often used to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, firm sagging skin, and add volume to the cheeks for a brighter, more youthful-looking appearance.



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