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How to Get the Best Results from Your Facelift

The face is one of the first parts of the body to show signs of aging. As such, reducing signs of aging on the face, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and textured skin is highly desirable.

This is why the facelift is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the U.S. With over 120,000 facelifts performed each year, the procedure regularly helps patients shave years off their appearance.

But how can you get the most out of your facelift? Here, Dr. Tim Sayed gives you 5 of the best ways you can maximize your results from your facelift.

1. Be Fully Informed About the Procedure, and Be Transparent with Your Provider

Patients who get the most satisfying results from a facelift manage their expectations by understanding what the procedure involves, setting realistic goals for the results, and selecting a surgeon who is well experienced in facelifts.

The best way to do this is during your consultation with plastic surgeons, by asking them these questions:

  1. How long have you been practicing plastic surgery?
  2. How often have you performed facelifts?
  3. Can you show me some before and after results of your past patients?
  4. Where and how will you do my facelift treatment?
  5. What are the risks and complications associated with a facelift?

Dr. Sayed answers many of these questions in his facelift procedure page here. However, getting the answer directly from your surgeon in person will help you select the right surgeon for yourself.

2. Prepare for Your Surgery Well in Advance

Prior preparation prevents poor performance.

Nothing could be truer than when considering surgery of any kind. Alcohol, smoking, and unnecessary supplements all suppress your body’s natural healing mechanisms. By cutting these out 2-4 weeks leading up to your facelift, you’ll speed up the recovery process and get the results you want sooner.

Also, prepare your home for recovery. Pre-make some meals, prepare some reading material, make a list of those series you’ve wanted to watch. The more prepared you are for your recovery, the more enjoyable it will be.

3. Attend Your Follow-Up Appointments, and Listen to Your Surgeon!

This might sound basic, but it can be amazing how many patients fail to heed the advice and guidance of their primary surgeon during recovery and healing from their facelift. Doing so can reduce the procedure’s effectiveness, but listening to the advice and care tips provided will optimize results, minimize scarring, and prolong the youthful appearance created by a facelift.

4. Promise Yourself to Take Care in the Long-Term

All else aside, the best way patients can optimize and maximize their facelift results is by committing to a long-term, dedicated skin care routine. This means:

  • Refraining from smoking
  • Using sunblock regularly
  • Using moisturizer and exfoliating 1-2 times per week
  • Consider non-invasive skin treatments such as Hydrafacial or CryoPen treatment to maintain and even enhance results

Taking a comprehensive approach to your health and appearance is really the best and most natural way to prolong the results of any cosmetic treatment.

Facelift in Newport Beach or La Jolla, CA

Reducing facial lines and wrinkles brings a youthful vibrance to patients after a facelift.

Getting the most out of your facelift means selecting the right surgeon, listening to their guidance, and committing to a long-term skin care routine. Reach out to Dr. Tim Sayed in Newport Beach or La Jolla, CA at (858) 247-2933 or via this online form to arrange a quick virtual consultation to discover how we can help you look and feel your best.

Why Facelifts are Growing More Popular with Younger People

From large breast implants in the ‘90s to a now more athletic appearance, to the development of full, pouting lips achieved with dermal fillers, what society at large deems attractive and beautiful is changing faster than ever.

One of the most popular plastic surgeries in the U.S., the facelift, was once a preferred procedure of patients entering into their later years. However, we are seeing this trend change as younger people are starting to choose a facelift to preserve their youthful appearance.

A perfectly understandable question, therefore, is what is causing this trend to change?

Here, Dr. Tim Sayed looks at the two potential reasons motivating younger people to opt for a facelift procedure.

1) More Natural Results

One of the most apparent trends in plastic surgery is the search for natural-looking results. Understandably, patients want plastic surgery’s aesthetic benefits without evidence that they have undergone any particular procedure.

With this in mind, many patients are choosing a facelift earlier—late-30’s to early 40’s—as a way of creating more natural results. This is due to surgical results being less-drastic than if the procedure were performed when they were older.

This pre-emptive approach to aging can also prolong a facelift’s results, which is another reason to consider getting a facelift earlier than tradition has dictated in the past.

In addition to facelifts, many non-surgical alternatives have also become highly prevalent among younger people. For younger patients, combining minimally-invasive facelift approaches with injectables (like Botox®, Dysport®, and fillers), microneedling, and topical skincare products can serve as the foundation for a beauty maintenance regimen carrying patients into their later adulthood. A non-surgical “liquid facelift” is also available for those who want to look younger but are not quite ready for surgery.

2) Professional Goals and Pressures

For many individuals, the most professionally productive years are between 40-60. With the changing demands of professional careers and the undeniable trend of larger companies wanting to hire young, competitive talent, experienced individuals in their late thirties desire to look younger during their peak career years. As such, they choose a facelift to give them a more youthful, vibrant appearance. 

The anti-aging benefits of a facelift in Newport Beach or La Jolla are undeniable, and younger professionals realize the aesthetic benefits a facelift can bring them.

Having smoother, softer, more youthful facial skin can bolster confidence, which may directly impact performance. As such, if you are starting to become concerned by encroaching signs of aging, particularly a loose jawline, jowls, or frown lines, a facelift might be the perfect solution to your problems.

Partner with an Expert

Taking proper care of your appearance is essential to looking and feeling your best. Discover how a leading double board-certified plastic surgeon can help you look your youngest for longer. Reach out to Dr. Tim Sayed in Newport Beach or La Jolla, CA, by calling 858 247 2933 or via this online form to arrange a consultation to discuss any aging concerns you may have.

How young is too young for a facelift?

Facelifts have long been the golden standard for advanced facial restoration. But determining when the right time to get the treatment can be a challenge. For many patients concerned about how quickly their skin is showing the wear of aging, getting a facelift as soon as possible becomes the priority. 

In addition to outlining who is a candidate for this procedure, one of the most common questions our La Jolla surgeon gets about facelifts is about how young is too young for a facelift.

When Do I Need a Facelift?

Every patient will experience the process of aging differently. For some, wrinkles around the eyes and mouth are the first be noticeable. For others, its volume loss across the face and sagging skin.  In either scenario, a facelift can be an excellent option that allows patients to improve the texture of their skin, overall appearance, and self-confidence. 

While technologies and techniques have advanced over the years, the procedure is still fairly a form of plastic surgery and is often considered as one of the most invasive rejuvenation procedures available. As such, not all patients may need or want to go through with the treatment as their first facial restoration procedure. Instead, the value of undergoing treatment is determined by several factors:


The condition of your skin is one of the main factors that determine whether a patient is a candidate for a facelift. While it can go hand-in-hand with how old a patient is, the life experiences a person goes through can also impact how their skin ages. A lifetime out in the sun or behaviors that damage skin can accelerate how your skin ages, meaning that a facelift or other treatment may be valuable sooner rather than later. 


When it comes to establishing candidacy for a facelift, one of the top questions we get is “How young is too young for a facelift.” While it would be great to provide a specific age, there are multiple other factors that go into determining whether a person is a candidate for a facelift. Skin condition, genetic predisposition and a myriad of other factors come into play when determining the right time to invest in surgical facial rejuvenation. 

With that being said, our team has seen excellent treatment longevity from patients who receive facelifts in their early-to-mid forties then use secondary facelifts in their 50s and 60s to touch-up the initial treatment results. Given the extensive nature of facelifts, it is rare that patients under the age of 35 undergo treatment – most opt for non-surgical alternatives like injectables or liquid facelift before taking the plunge and committing to surgery. 

Find the perfect time for your facelift

Making the decision to undergo facelift treatment is a very personal choice that requires evaluating a number of different factors. For Dr. Sayed, the initial and pre-surgery consultation provide valuable time for our La Jolla plastic surgeon to get to know patients and goals. Our one-on-one approach to treatment allows Dr. Sayed to provide each individual with the personalized high-quality care we’re known for. Start your treatment journey by calling 858-247-2933 today and scheduling your consultation with our specialist today!

Different Types of Facelift: Which Technique Is Best for You?

Different Types of Facelift: Which Technique Is Best for You?

Clever terms and catchphrases are the bread and butter of facelift surgery for many cosmetic surgeons. They entice patients to their practices with the mini-facelift, MACS lift, composite facelift, deep plane SMAS lift, mid face lift, lunchtime facelift, and an assortment of other complicated facelift terms. This sea of possibilities leaves patients wondering, “Which facelift technique is right for me?”

Many of these terms are simply marketing ploys, ways to encourage patients to seek facelift surgery. Dr. Sayed doesn’t need or use these terms to attract potential patients. Our facelift patients come to us for our results, and many travel great distances for facelift surgery with our double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tim Sayed. Forget about the MACS lift and the mini facelift and choose a surgeon that will customize your approach, creating a natural looking facelift result, no fancy terminology needed.

A Customized Facelift Approach for Better Results

Your face is one of a kind. Your facelift surgery should be too. We believe in providing a personalized facelift experience to each of our patients. Dr. Sayed will work with you to customize your surgery and to integrate the surgical techniques that will yield your best results. He is well versed in the many different types of facelift surgery available, and will create a custom-to-you facial rejuvenation plan that taps into these techniques for a smooth, natural looking result.

Dr. Sayed begins the facelift process with an in-depth consultation. This consultation is the key to his success as a plastic surgeon. Dr. Sayed will examine your face and pinpoint your biggest areas of concern. We’ll talk about lifestyle, goals, and priorities for your surgery. We’ll review your medical and health history to ensure facelift surgery is a safe option. Once he understands your objectives for surgery, Dr. Sayed will share his recommendations for facial rejuvenation. We typically recommend a comprehensive approach that combines facelift surgery with other procedures like a brow lift, eyelid surgery, or laser rejuvenation. Your plan will be meticulously crafted to address your concerns and goals. We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all.

Achieving Your Best Facelift Results

Although we don’t use marketing jargon and branded terms to describe our facelifts, we do rely on carefully developed and executed techniques. Dr. Sayed is a double board certified plastic surgeon with extensive training in plastic surgery for the face and body. He performs facelift surgery using sophisticated techniques that address the underlying causes of aging, creating a result that will last and age gracefully as the aging process continues.

Our facelift does more than simply tighten facial tissues, it addresses aging deep within the face, lifting and tightening the deeper layers under the skin. SMAS, a layer of connective tissue and musculature under the skin, is tightened and lifted using internal sutures. We may also use fat grafting to restore a youthful facial volume or internal grafting to support facial tissues. Since each procedure is customized to the patient’s needs, your facelift may use these techniques or others. One thing is consistent through all of our facelifts and that is our commitment to achieving the best possible results.

What type of facelift is best for you? Come in for a consultation with Dr. Sayed. With our personalized approach, you won’t need to worry about terminology. We’ll create your one-of-a-kind facelift.

Not Ready for Surgery? Try a Liquid Facelift!

Are you troubled by signs of aging such as lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, or loss of volume in your face or lips? These are all common complaints of those who are entering their 40s and 50s and leads some to consider the prospect of a facelift. However, many of these individuals are not prepared for a full facial surgery with permanent results and a lot of downtimes. For these men and women, a liquid facelift may be the perfect alternative. Interested in learning more? Here’s everything you need to know about the non-invasive procedure.

What is a Liquid Facelift?

Dr. Sayed uses a number of different methods in his liquid facelift depending on the results his patients desire and their unique concerns. The procedure usually includes a neuromodulator such as Botox® or Dysport®, laser therapy, and one or two types of dermal fillers.

Botox® and Dysport® can target expression lines around the mouth, on the forehead, and in the corners of the eyes. By preventing these muscles from contracting, it relaxes them and softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If more treatment of these areas is needed, Dr. Sayed can use a CO2 laser such as the Fraxel laser system to further reduce their appearance.

Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Voluma or Poly-L-lactic acid fillers like Sculptra® can be injected to add volume to sunken cheeks and temples and enhance the cheekbones. The lines that run from the nose to the corners of the lips are often called marionette lines are a common sign of aging and these can be treated with a dermal filler with an advanced Vycross formula such as Juvéderm® Volbella or Juvéderm® Vollure. These types of fillers can also be used to restore volume to lips that have been affected by aging.

With a ‘six-area’ injection technique, Dr. Sayed can address jowls, creases on the chin, hollow or sunken cheeks or temples, and marionette lines. By targeting the areas of the face that show the signs of aging the most, Dr. Syed can create a natural, younger look with no invasive surgery. Depending on the techniques and substances used, a liquid facelift can last up to two years though there is usually some maintenance required every few months if Botox® or Dysport® is used.

How Does a Liquid Facelift Differ from a Traditional Facelift?

A traditional facelift uses surgery to tighten muscles of the face and reposition or remove the skin to correct common signs of aging. While it is an effective and permanent way to create a younger appearance, it’s also a major surgery that requires recovery time. A liquid facelift, on the other hand, is completely non-invasive and involves little to no downtime. A liquid facelift is ideal for younger patients who are not yet ready for a full facelift and can often prevent the need for a facelift for years.

Who Is a Good Candidate for a Liquid Facelift?

Wondering if you would be a good candidate for a liquid facelift? Dr. Sayed finds the patients who benefit most from one of these procedures are those who want a complete facial rejuvenation without the invasiveness or downtime of a full facelift. Those who have deep wrinkles or who have lost volume in their face due to aging usually experience the best results. Dr. Sayed also finds that those patients who have realistic expectations for the procedure and understand that results are not permanent and will need regular maintenance are the ones who are the most satisfied after a liquid facelift procedure.

Where Can I Find the Best Place to Get a Liquid Facelift?

If you are in southern California, you can find no better plastic surgeon than Dr. Sayed to perform a liquid facelift. Dr. Sayed prides himself on utilizing a technique that creates youthful, natural results with his procedure. With over 13 years of experience, Dr. Sayed is recognized as an expert in multiple types of plastic surgery and patients travel from around the country to seek out his services.

If you want to address the most common signs of aging on your face but are not yet ready for a full facelift, you need to consider the many benefits of a liquid facelift. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Sayed today to learn more.
































Why Choose Fall for Your Facelift?

Now that the summer season is finally ending, many are preparing to enjoy a quick break in traveling for vacation or playing host for visiting friends and family members before the winter holiday season gets underway. While both are filled with excellent memories, chances are they’re keeping you busy and leave you with little time to focus on your own health and wellbeing. If you’ve been putting facelift surgery on hold until you had the time to prepare and recover, fall may be the perfect season!

Schedule, Schedule, Schedule

If you’re going to invest the time and financial resources into a facelift surgery, you’ll want to visit the best surgeon you can. However, consultations and appointment slots can quickly book up as the weather warms and as patients get ready to see family and friends for the holidays. Rather than stress yourself out trying to schedule in any appointment you can with any surgeon during the busy season, use the fall lull to your advantage. Take the time you need to research top surgeons in your area and schedule consultations to meet with them one-on-one. Having the luxury of time will make a difference in your relationship with your surgeon and your final results.

Restful Recovery

Like any other plastic surgery, recovery plays an important role in the final results of your facelift process. Whereas getting enough uninterrupted rest can be challenging during the summer and winter, the fall season is fairly relaxed in terms of hectic holiday planning and travel. As facelifts can require up to a week of recovery at home, now is the excellent opportunity to take time off from work and sequester yourself into focusing on recovery. Busy professionals don’t need to worry about competing with colleagues in taking personal time off while parents have school to keep kids out of the house for the bulk of the day. Both scenarios make it more feasible to make important follow-up appointments as well as focus on healing.

Enjoy the Holidays

Planning on visiting family this holiday season? Why not show off a more youthful, invigorated appearance? Depending on the extent of your treatment, facelift recovery can be completed in as little as two to three weeks. With that in mind, it is possible for patients to start the treatment process and complete initial recovery by Thanksgiving. While there can be some minor swelling and bruising, the treatment results will be healed enough to be noticeable.

Ready to Rejuvenate? Schedule a Consultation

Have you been waiting for the perfect time to schedule your cosmetic surgery? With the fall just starting, now is the time to take the plunge and schedule your facelift consultation with San Diego surgeon, Dr. Sayed. During your visit, we’ll walk you through an estimated timeline and develop a strategy that maximizes your time and leaves you with the results you’ve been waiting for. Call 858-247-2933 today and get started!


Why Choose a Facelift?

When patients no longer look as young as they feel inside, a facelift can be a good option. The popular plastic surgery procedure lifts sagging skin around the lower face in order to produce a more youthful appearance. Read our infographic below to learn why so many patients are choosing to undergo facelifts.

If you’re interested in a facelift, contact us today.

Eliminate Harsh Lines and Wrinkles with a Facelift

As you age, the youthful contours of the face that you were used to for so long may start to change and appear older. As time progresses, the skin can start to sag and develop wrinkles, giving away your age. A popular form of cosmetic surgery among both men and women – a facelift can work to remedy those issues to give you a more youthful and vibrant glow.

Factors such as age, heredity, smoking, or even exposure to the sun can damage the skin and make you look older. Just because you have aged, it does not mean that you have to go around looking that way as well. If how you look is making you unhappy or uncomfortable, then a traditional facelift procedure can take that pain away.

A traditional facelift can help eliminate excess sagging skin, fat deposits. and deep folds in the middle to lower section of your face. Keep in mind that this is an invasive surgery that requires the use of strategic incisions to gain access to the underlying tissues. The incision will be made along the hairline to remain hidden once it has healed.

After making the incision, your surgeon will separate the skin, the tissue, and the muscle so that excess fat can be removed. The muscles and tissues around the area are also strengthened and the excess skin from the area is trimmed.

What You Need To Know About Traditional Facelifts

The first thing that you need to keep in mind, is that you need to find the right doctor to perform the operation. Instead of going to the first doctor you come across, make it a point to properly research and find a certified practitioner with a track record of success.

Once you have found the right doctor for your operation, you need to sit down with them and properly discuss what you hope to achieve from the operation. Keep regularly engaging with your doctor and make sure that you follow the necessary maintenance after the operation.

During the surgery, the first step is administering the anesthesia. After this, your surgeon will make an incision in the temple area behind your hairline. This then goes down the front of the ear and circles around the lobe of the ear to reach the point where it started.

During the whole process, care is taken to ensure that the incisions will be closed and placed in a way that will be hidden from view. After this, the muscles and connective tissues lining the face are carefully repositioned. The excessive skin, is then trimmed away, and the incisions are closed.

Your face will then be covered with a sterile gauze, which will stay on for at least one or two days. Within two to three weeks, you can expect to be completely healed. You will regain the youthful look you desire and be able to say goodbye to the signs of aging that covered your face. If you are tired of looking worn out and exhausted, then opt for a traditional face lift today!

Contact Our Office

If you’re interested in undergoing a face lift with Dr. Tim Sayed, a double-board certified plastic surgeon, contact our office. He has been practicing cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for 13 years and will help you achieve your aesthetic goals.