Before & After

While non-surgical treatments and injectables can be effective in the short term at minimizing the signs of facial aging, a surgical facelift provides a dramatic, long-term transformation that is ideal for those with moderate to severe sagging in the midface and jawline.

Dr. Delgado performs strategic facelifts in San Francisco and Navato to address the deep musculature of the face while simultaneously smoothing the surface to ease lines, wrinkles, and creases. His approach results in elegant, natural-looking changes that are rooted in structural integrity so that your outcome will continue to please for years to come.

WHAT IS A FACELIFT?

A facelift has long been considered the gold standard in facial rejuvenation. It elevates sagging midface contours, firms the jowls, restores definition in the jawline, tightens the upper neck, and softens wrinkles and lines. Few other anti-aging solutions can accomplish so many cosmetic goals in a single procedure. With many different state-of-the-art techniques to choose from, Dr. Delgado will personalize your surgery to reflect your unique goals and wishes.

After interviewing 3 highly-regarded plastic surgeons in San Francisco, I chose Dr. Delgado to perform my eyelid and facelift surgery. I couldn’t be happier. Dr. Delgado is simply the best! He delivered the natural look I wanted. I look like me, only 10 years younger!
Thank you Dr. Delgado!!!

— S.T

FACELIFT VIDEOS

Facelift Procedure with Dr. Miguel Delgado

Facelift Procedure with Dr. Miguel Delgado

Sandy’s Facelift Testimonial

Sandy’s Facelift Testimonial

WHO IS AN IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR A FACELIFT?

Good candidates for a facelift have typically reached the point where fillers and other non-surgical options are no longer effective in achieving their aesthetic goals. They wish to undergo a procedure that will rewind the clock on facial aging with lasting results.

To qualify for any surgical procedure, clients should be non-smokers of sound mind and body who are not currently struggling with any uncontrolled medical concerns such as hypertension or bleeding disorders. There is no upper age limit for a facelift per se; rather, the patient’s overall health will determine their candidacy. Lastly, patients should have realistic expectations for their outcome based on a frank discussion of their goals with Dr. Delgado and a thorough evaluation of their skin and facial structures.

BEFORE & AFTER FACELIFT
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HOW IS A FACELIFT PERFORMED?

There are multiple options for performing a facelift, including a deep plane approach and SMAS muscle-tightening. The goal is always to help the patient appear more youthful and refreshed while still looking like themselves. A well-executed facelift can remove as much as 10 years from one’s perceived age with long-lasting, sustainable results.

Surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia and takes 3-6 hours, depending on the extent of the changes required. Dr. Delgado is conservative in his techniques, so he will strive to create well-hidden incisions behind the ears and within the hairline. Scarring is typically inconspicuous and can also be obscured with certain hairstyles.

Through the incisions, the doctor will reposition the skin tissue and fat while firming the underlying musculature of the face. Today’s facelift leaves clients looking authentic and revitalized rather than windblown or “pulled.”

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A FACELIFT?

  • Improved definition in the cheeks and jawline
  • Correction of sagging skin and jowls
  • Firmer upper neck
  • Reduction in lines, creases, and wrinkles
  • A more youthful, engaging countenance
  • Enhanced self-confidence
  • Natural-looking outcome
  • Long-lasting changes

DR. DELGADO DISCUSSES “THE ART OF THE MODERN AND NATURAL MALE FACELIFT

Dr. Delgado discusses “The Art of the Modern and Natural Male Facelift

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR SURGERY?

  • Undergo all lab testing and diagnostics requested by Dr. Delgado
  • Let Dr. Delgado know which medications, supplements, and herbs you are currently taking so that he can adjust them prior to surgery
  • Stop smoking at least 4-6 weeks before and after your procedure
  • Avoid aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs before surgery, as they can worsen bleeding
  • Schedule a helper ahead of time to assist you after surgery
  • Prepare your living environment for restful relaxation during recovery
  • Avoid eating or drinking anything after midnight the night before
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ON THE DAY OF SURGERY

  • Wash your face and neck with antimicrobial soap provided by your medical team
  • Leave all jewelry, accessories, and valuables at home
  • Take out any facial piercings
  • Wear comfortable clothing that doesn’t have to be lifted over your head to remove
  • Tie your hair back
  • Avoid wearing any fragrances or perfumes
  • Avoid any powders, creams, lotions, or serums
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WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY RECOVERY?

You’ll need a friend or family member to take you home and assist you for the first 24 hours after your facelift in San Francisco. Dr. Delgado will make sure you leave with pain medications, antibiotics, and anti-nausea pills. He will provide a customized aftercare plan that goes over caring for your incisions, bathing, and showering, sleeping, returning to work, and resuming your exercise routine.

Swelling, bruising, and tenderness will be at their worst for the first few days, after which they will gradually subside. Most clients take two weeks to rest before returning to work, provided their job is sedentary. Vigorous exercise and heavy lifting should be reserved for 4-6 weeks after your surgery.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH A FACELIFT?

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Poor wound healing
  • Anesthesia complications
  • Temporary nerve damage
  • Temporary numbness
  • Hematoma
  • Loss of hair at the incision site
  • Scarring
  • Asymmetry
  • Poor cosmetic results
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Dr. Miguel Delgado

WHY CHOOSE DR. DELGADO?

Dr. Delgado is passionate about delivering nuanced, aesthetically sophisticated outcomes that are well-suited to each patient’s unique anatomy, lifestyle, comfort levels, and express wishes for improvement. He listens carefully during the consultation process, curating a detailed treatment plan that is then thoroughly discussed with and explained to the client. By empowering patients with the information and knowledge they need to make the best decisions for themselves, Dr. Delgado forms the groundwork for a successful, sustainable outcome.

Dr. Delgado is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery. After graduating from the University of California San Francisco, he completed an internship and residency at Johns Hopkins University teaching hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He then pursued a prestigious plastic surgery residency at Stony Brook University Medical Center in East Meadow, New York.

Facelift FAQS

How much does a facelift cost?

What procedures can be combined with a facelift?

Is there scarring after a facelift?

What is the difference between a mini facelift and a full facelift?

How can I maintain my results?

Are there risks involved with facelift surgery?

What is the reason to get a facelift?

How long does a facelift procedure take?

Do I need a necklift?

Can you help revise facelift results from another surgeon that I'm not happy with?

When can I get back to work after a facelift?

Do you have patient before and afters I can look at?

How long will the results of the facelift last?

How much does a facelift cost?

Facelift costs vary from patient to patient based on the techniques used, the areas addressed, and on whether any other procedures are undergone at the same time, such as blepharoplasty, dermal fillers, or fat grafting.

What procedures can be combined with a facelift?

A facelift is often performed with a neck lift to ensure comprehensive improvements and a balanced, long-lasting outcome. A facelift can also be paired with blepharoplasty, brow lift, neck liposuction, and non-surgical dermal fillers.

Is there scarring after a facelift?

Thanks to Dr. Delgado’s meticulously precise and painstaking surgical approach, scarring is greatly minimized. Incisions are placed within the folds of the ears and the hairline, where they are difficult to detect.

What is the difference between a mini facelift and a full facelift?

A mini facelift is typically suggested for those who are just beginning to see the signs of aging occur and who wish to undergo a shorter downtime with results limited to the lower third of the face. A full facelift addresses the cheeks, jawline, and upper neck and is ideal for those with moderate to severe skin ptosis.

How can I maintain my results?

The best way to maintain your results is to follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen, avoid smoking and stress, and to consistently apply sunblock, taking care to avoid prolonged exposure to the harmful rays of the sun.

Are there risks involved with facelift surgery?

As with any surgery, there are potential facelift risks and complications, such as bleeding or infection, but these are rare with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon.

What is the reason to get a facelift?

A facelift provides the most effective, dramatic and long-lasting results to turn back the clock 8-10 years for your face.

How long does a facelift procedure take?

This depends on which type of facelift you receive, but the general length is between 2-5 hours.

Do I need a necklift?

If you have jowls, lax neck skin and banding in the neck, you may need a neck lift as a part of your facelift.

Can you help revise facelift results from another surgeon that I'm not happy with?

Dr. Delgado is always willing to advise and possibly perform a facelift revision if the situation cannot be resolved with the original surgeon.

When can I get back to work after a facelift?

Most patients can get around on their own in a few days, and resume work in about 10-14 days.

Do you have patient before and afters I can look at?

We have an extensive online facelift gallery here.

How long will the results of the facelift last?

A typical facelift can last for up to 15 years, while a mini facelift typically lasts 2-6 years.

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