Face Lift

Face-Lift (Rhytidectomy) – near Los Angeles, CA – Adam Kinal MDFACELIFT

The traditional Face-Lift is intended to improve the lower two-thirds of the face and the neck. Incisions are generally places inside and around the ears.

Mid-Face/  Face-Lift (subperiosteal endoscopic face-lift) refers to the Middle third of the face, that is, the area around the nose, beneath the eyes and around the mouth.  Incisions behind the temporal hairline allow the use of an endoscopic (and microscopic) camera to guide tiny instruments that accurately lift and reposition the cheek and soft tissue planes in a youthful manner. 

What Improvements to Expect from a Classic Face-Lift:

What a Face-Lift cannot do:


NATURAL NOT TIGHT: No  longer can you expect to receive that wind tunnel look! Dr Kinal is dramatically more sophisticated than in past generations, using LATEST – CUTTING EDGE techniques to tailor to fit your face so you can obtain a natural, subtle but dramatically rejuvenated and refreshed look.

*VOLUME EQUALS YOUTHFULNESS -Dr. Kinal will restore the volume to your face as well as repositioning the three-dimensional planes.

*PRECISION CLOSURES – Dr. Kinal takes extra time in closing the incisions with absorbable flesh colored sutures in front of the ear so that there is no distortion of the hairline and ears.

Enhancing your natural facial beauty is the main goal of any face lift. The physical effects of aging can take away some of that natural beauty and youthfulness. More vulnerable to the effects of aging than our other body parts, our facial skin loses elasticity due to sun exposure, gravity, stress, and age. Creases near your eyes, mouth and sagging skin of the neck and jowls can affect how you feel about yourself.

Traditionally known as a rhytidectomy, a face-lift is a cosmetic surgery that removes or reduces undesirable features, and emphasizing other beautiful features to give you a fuller, more youthful look. Some of the more common face rejuvenating procedures include face and neck lifts, blepharoplasty (known as an eyelift), rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), brow lift, otoplasty (ear pinning), laser resurfacing, fat transfer and SmartLipo to the neck and jowls. Whether through a traditional repositioning of face and neck tissue using very precise incisions and sometimes implants, or a short-scar face-lift or mid face/face-lift, there are a number of techniques and procedures that can help rejuvenate your face.


Sometimes, deciding what exactly you want to change about your face, and which procedure(s) to use, can take some time to figure out, and can be difficult to do on your own. An in-person consultation with our surgeon is one of the best ways to help alleviate your concerns and discuss all possible options and outcomes. Dr. Kinal is a Board Certified Surgeon and a fellowship-trained cosmetic surgeon and together you can achieve the look you desire. Take a look at our before and after gallery to see how they can help you achieve similar results.


  • Women and Men
  • Ages 18 to 65 (or older if you are healthy)
  • Non-smokers (smoking results in poor healing)
  • Generally in good health
  • Desires cosmetic improvement in facial features with realistic expectations.

Who is not a good candidate?

People with:

*Serious health issues such as diabetes, uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart disease, collagen vascular disease

*blood clotting problems

*Smokers (affects healing)

 Pre-Op consultation

This is where you will meet with Dr. Kinal and our staff to review your health, finalize the details of your procedure, order appropriate tests, prescribe medications and discuss your after care as well as answer any questions you may have.

All patients are required to take standard blood tests within 6 weeks of surgery. We will request you bring any of the following if possible:

*any appropriate health records related to the list of conditions above.

* for patients over 45, full medical clearance



It is essential that you avoid all aspirin, aspirin related, ibuprofen or blood thinning medications for 2 full weeks prior to surgery. In the pre-op we will give you a full list of these drugs to avoid.

Suture Removal

usually 7 days after surgery for the first set and 10-14 days for the second.


*Follow all post-op instructions to the letter for optimal results and fewer complicatons.

*You will need to keep your activities to an absolute minimum for at least 3 days.

*Avoid strenuous activity – including exercise, heavy housework – for at least 2 weeks.

*Bruising is fairly mild to minimal following a facelift, but when it does occur, it usually takes about 10 to 21 days to completely fade away

*By the third week, you’ll look and feel much better

*3-4 WEEKS begin moderate and work up to more vigorous exercise


Depending on the recommendations from our surgeons to meet your desired goals, costs can vary.  Schedule a consultation to speak with our surgeon and you’ll receive a quote after the consultation.  All quotes include the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia costs and the facility fee for the operating room and all other supplies and implants when indicated.  Our total price also includes all routine follow-up visits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for a face-lift?

You may be a candidate for a face lift if you are a healthy non-smoker who is bothered by changes to your facial muscle tone or skin. To find out more about face lifts and whether this procedure could be right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr Kinal.

What should I expect during a face-lift procedure?

Your surgery will either be performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. Your surgeon will form an incision along the crease where your ear meets your face. Depending on the extent of your procedure, your incision may also extend upward or downward along the hairline. Your surgeon will thin sculpt and redistribute fat within the face, neck and along the jowl. Excess skin will be trimmed away and the underlying muscles and tissues will be lifted to form a more youthful appearance.

Will I need to follow any special post-operative instructions after my face-lift?

Face-lift recovery takes several weeks, during which time it is normal to experience soreness and swelling. Be sure to take all prescribed medications as instructed by your surgeon, and follow up with your doctor within a few weeks to ensure that healing is progressing normally.