Facelift San Diego

A facelift is a surgical procedure that improves your facial and neck appearance due to aging in the face and neck. This is done by tightening muscles and deep tissues to smooth the lines on your face and reshape your jawline and neck. Also known as rhytidectomy, a facelift in San Diego can solve signs of aging caused by sagging of the skin, jowls that have developed in the cheeks and jaw, loose skin in the neck (often referred to as a "double chin" or "turkey wattle") and deepening of the fold lines between the nose and the corner of the mouth.

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Facelift San Diego
San Diego Facelift
Facelift San Diego
San Diego Facelift

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Real patient, Deep Plane Facelift Before and After - Malone Plastic Surgery San Diego

Extended Deep Plane Facelift Before and After - Dr. Malone performs her signature Extended Deep Plane Facelift with Platysmaplasty for those patients who desire to have their cheeks lifted, jawline toned, and neck tightened up as well. Our patient sent us her own before and after selfies showing how the facelift procedure will lift and support the cheeks and nasolabial folds, smooth the jawline and also tighten the neck. While this patient looks more youthful we love her naturally refreshed outcome.

Real patient, Facelift Before and After - Malone Plastic Surgery San Diego

Facelift Before and After - To complete this full facial rejuvenation, Dr. Malone performed an Extended Deep Plane Facelift, Platysmaplasty, Lateral Temporal Brow Lift, Lower Eyelid Lift with Fat Repositioning, and a Lip Lift with a Lip Plumping Graft. This comprehensive facial rejuvenation has her looking 15 years younger. She took a selfie before her surgery and again when she was healed and sent us these to tell us that she is overjoyed! We are in awe of her naturally beautiful transformation.

Real patient, Mini Facelift Before and After - Malone Plastic Surgery San Diego

Mini Facelift Before and After - Dr. Malone performed her signature minimal access Deep Plane Facelift on this patient and these before and after pictures she sent to us from her home using her phone to create her own result pictures! Many patients present in their early to mid 40s wanting to lift up their cheeks and smooth and tighten their jawline. While this patient looks refreshed she does not look at all as though she has had work done. Dr. Malone has published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal on this facelift technique and customizes her treatment for each individual patient.

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What are the Benefits of Facelifts?

There are many great advantages of a face lift, including:

  • Firmer and tighter skin giving you a youthful appearance
  • Eliminate wrinkles and sagging skin
  • Minimize downtime and recovery time
  • Minimize surgical incision
  • Hidden incisions inside and behind the ear (short hair style without visible scar)
  • No general anesthesia, procedure performed with local anesthesia
  • Does not alter hairline
  • New look will improve your self-esteem and confidence

Am I a Candidate for a Facelift?

Good candidates for these procedures are men and women in their 40s and older and in good physical health. The aging process occurs in an individualized way depending on our genetic inheritance, lifestyle and habits.

What are the Risks?

A facelift procedure is safe but some risks can include bleeding, infection, potential damage to facial nerves and necrosis of skin flaps. There is a higher risk for smokers and diabetics.

Facelift San Diego

During your San Diego facelift consultation with Dr. Malone, she will evaluate your anatomical needs, listen to your concerns and make the best recommendation for you based on the optimal facial rejuvenation treatments to achieve your goals. Your customized treatment will improve the surface appearance of the face, neck and skin to create a softer, smooth and defined facial appearance. Specifically, your treatment will be based upon your individual facial anatomy and personal preferences in order to address these problem areas:

  • Cheeks
  • Nasolabial Folds
  • Jowls
  • Jawline
  • Neck

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Dr. Malone is at the forefront of minimally invasive face and neck lift surgeries. She utilizes techniques that are almost entirely muscular in nature, meaning the underlying muscular structures of the face and neck are tightened and elevated back to their youthful position. Here are different types of face and neck lifts:

Mini Facelift or Short Scar Facelift

This technique is best utilized for patients in their 40s or 50s who are looking for a subtle improvement to nip the earliest signs of aging due to the relaxing of the skin and facial tissues. This technique is best suited for patients whose main concern is their lower face and jowls without significant drooping of their necks.

Lower Facelift

A lower facelift treats the signs of aging and lines around the mouth and jawline, perioral wrinkles (rhytids), marionette lines and jowls to restore the smooth contour to the lower face and mouth area.

Deep Plane Facelift

This technique provides the most comprehensive rejuvenation of the midface, lower face and neck. Dr. Malone has published articles on the long-lasting outcome of this surgery with results lasting greater than 10 years. The deep plane facelift in San Diego and La Jolla lifts the apple of the cheek, smooths the nasolabial folds and jowls and tightens and smooths the muscle of the jawline and neck. Thus restoring the heart shaped face from youth.

SMAS Facelift

The SMAS (Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System) is a fascial layer that is the strong, ‘load bearing’ tissue layer in the face. SMAS Plication and SMAS Imbrication techniques are those where superficial dissection is performed and sutures are placed to ‘pull’ or ‘support’ the SMAS layer. These techniques garner a very conservative surgical outcome with results that typically last approximately two to three years before patients seek a ‘tuck up’ or revision procedure. Extended SMAS or High Lateral SMAS offers a more long-lasting result. It is necessary to lift underneath the SMAS and secure the strong SMAS layer. These procedures in San Diego garner more lift in the results and have been shown to last longer, on overage 10 years.

Neck Lift

For patients with significant dropping tissue in their necks, best results are achieved with a neck lift. This technique addresses excess fat, double chin and hanging neck like a ‘turkey neck’ smoothing the jawline and restoring the longer neck of youth.

Non-Surgical or “Liquid” Lifts

There are so many great options for treatments without undergoing any surgery. Dr. Malone’s practice has many different treatments for face and neck tightening as well as injectable treatments to provide a non-surgical facelift.

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“I am 69 years old and had a deep plane face lift with Dr. Malone my results are fabulous. She is an excellent surgeon and a caring kind person as well. Would highly recommend her.” —Deep Plane Facelift (aerobicgal)

“Not only did she straighten out my nose and significantly improve my breathing but she was very attentive and had a great bedside manner! I've had nothing but complements on how good my new nose looks!” —Septoplasty (M.H.)

“She is kind, caring, listened to and addressed all of my concerns, explained everything in detail, and was always available, before and after surgery.” —Facelift (B.)

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“I saw Dr. Malone back in Nov 2017, she was an absolute delight. I knew I was in good hands. Her empathetic bedside manner made me feel confident in her abilities to give me the exact results I envisioned. ” —Rhinoplasty (N.K.)

The platysma muscle is a broad sheet like muscle that underlies the skin of the face and neck. This muscle sags with time bunching up to create jowls and a sagging neck. Tightening this muscle and the deep tissues of the face smooths the lines on the face and redefines the jawline and neck, as it once appeared in youth. This technique eliminates the need for any pulling or stretching of the skin providing the most natural aesthetic results with hidden incisions.

Dr. Malone employs discreet and hidden incisions that go unnoticed using endoscopes and specialized minimal access surgical instruments.


No matter the individual circumstances, Dr. Malone strives to give each of her patients the best facelift San Diego has to offer. She can deliver natural results with minimal incisions, downtime and recovery that ensure quicker healing. Fat may be redistributed from your face and neck and the underlying tissue repositioned. The deeper layers of your face and muscles are lifted as well. Excess skin is shaved off. Dr. Malone will close the incisions using sutures or skin adhesives, which will either dissolve on their own or be removed a few days later.

San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr Melanie Malone MD, FACS

Dr. Malone’s treatments in La Jolla are highly individualized, customized for you and address your specific concerns and needs. We aim to let your refreshed appearance reflect the youthful energy that you feel on the inside. Most importantly, Dr. Malone’s aesthetic is seamless without ever drawing unwanted attention. She provides the subtle refresher that a good night’s rest no longer produces. Dr. Malone’s aesthetic is natural, soft and balanced letting you to always put your best face forward.

Dr. Malone is a Fellow of The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The American College of Surgeons. This remarkable distinction is bestowed on an elite subset of surgeons based on their exceptional training, professional qualifications, surgical competence and ethical conduct.

Dedicated to her craft, Dr. Malone completed her fellowship training with one of the world’s leading facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Andrew Jacono. He is known for developing a deep plane facelift technique that reduces visible scarring and rejuvenates the facial tissues while avoiding the frozen, windswept look of older types of facelifts. Using Dr. Jacono’s technique, Dr. Malone offers her patients facial rejuvenation results that are extremely natural.

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