Beverly Hills Facelift by Dr Francis R Palmer, III Beverly Hills Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.

Beverly Hills Face Lift:

There are many different forms of Face Lifts available so how are you to know which one is best for you? Let’s take a look at some basics regarding the different types of facelifts.

Traditional Face Lifts: Here incisions are placed along the contours of each ear beginning in the temporal hairline, continuing around the front curves of the ear, behind the ear within the crease and then extending into the posterior scalp. The incision is about 12 inches in length. The skin is then elevated and the underlying SMAS muscle layer is lifted and the excess skin is trimmed and the incisions closed. There are variations of the Face Lift incisions that go in front of the ears or the hairline but these are typically more noticed and therefore not desirable. There are also variation of these traditinal facelifts that include only skin or that apply sutrures that fold or lift the SMAS layers. In my opinion, the best method is to trim excess SMAS and then suture the SMAS into a higher position.

NeckLifts: To remove excess skin and muscle pleats (“turkey neck”) a formal neck lift may be required. This is often incorporated into the Traditional Face Lift and uses the popsterior ear crease and posterior scalp portion of the incision to access the neck. The neck muscle (Platysma) is then tightened, the entire neck skin dissected, the neck muscles then pulled upwards and excess scalp trimmed within the posterior scalp.

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Both of the above procedures are extensive plastic surgery procedures taking between 3-6 hours with recovery times of weeks to months. In this fast paced society, the number of people interested in this amount of surgery or recovery time has drastically diminished in the past 5-10 years when they were the norm. Today people are far more interested in versions of Face Lifts and Neck Lifts that are less invasive, with less surgery time, smaller incisions and of course rapid recovery.

“Celebrity Face and Neck Lift”: I like to think of our “Celebrity Lift” (read more here: as a mini incision Face and Neck Lift. It tightens the underlying Smas and removes excess skin of the face and neck with small incisions and limited skin dissection which means a very quick recovery….often the next day. Combine this with Cheek Augmentation using Cheek Implants or Radiesse Injections and you have a powerful toool to make the face look 10 years younger in 90 minutes of surgery time, or less. Now you know the secrets some of the celebrities have known for years.

Francis R Palmer, III