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Custom Face Lift

Excellence in Orange County Facial Rejuvenation


Cost: $4,900-$16,500
Recovery: 7 days or longer
Anesthesia: Local or General

The Look You Have

Facial Characteristics: Determine what areas of the face are bothering you


Upper Face
Lower Face

Surgical Options

Incision Placement

Surgical Timeline

Outline of the surgical timeline including information at every stage of the healing process

Before & After Photos

See a large gallery of facial rejuvenation before/after photos

Patient Testimonials

Read what actual patients say about their facial rejuvenation experience


How long is recovery
When can I go back to work
What are the risks/complications

Board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Joseph T. Cruise of Newport Beach, Orange County, CA is one of the top facial rejuvenation specialists in the area. With years of experience behind him, he knows that the best results are achieved when patients have all the information they need to make smart decisions about their plastic surgery choices. He has provided these pages as a resource for anyone looking to find out more about facelifts, neck lifts, fat transfer, upper and lower eyelid surgery, and temple/brow lift.

Facial Rejuvenation


Facial rejuvenation is an overview of cosmetic procedure that address the signs of facial aging.


Aged appearance resulting from sagging skin, wrinkles, and volume loss.

Common Complaints

  • Sagging skin
  • Wrinkles/folds
  • Volume loss/hallowed appearance
  • Lack of facial shape
  • Mouth turned down
  • Look tired or angry
  • Chin fat
  • Neck banding
  • Turkey neck

Facial Rejuvenation Before/After Examples

Surgery Information

Anesthesia: Local or general

Facility: In-office or accredited outpatient surgical facility

Recovery: Back to work 5-7 days, longer if job is strenuous or requires physical activity

Cost: The price of facial rejuvenation varies depending on what needs to be done and the type of anesthesia used (local vs. general). Typically, the cost varies starts at  $4,900 for a temple lift up to $16,500 for a face/neck lift.  The most popular procedures added-on to a facelift are upper/lower eyelids, fat transfer, temple lift, and platysmaplasty.

Cruise Plastic Surgery accepts the following forms of payment:

The Look You Have

The interactive diagram below was created by Dr. Cruise to help you identify what you don't like about your face now. This provides both you and Dr. Cruise a clear visual of what is bothering you and will help him formulate a customized treatment plan to address your concerns.

Click the images below to select your concerns in each category. If you would like to submit the form for review, one of Dr. Cruise's patient care coordinators will review your selections and contact you to discuss further. You can also click TLIW in PDF format to print for your own use.

Common complaints of facial aging

  • Temple
    - Crow's feet
    - Brow sag
  • Cheeks
    - Loose/hanging skin
    - Loss of cheek fullness
    - Nasolabial folds
  • Jawline
    - Jowling
    - Loss of jawline definition
    - Droopy chin

Anatomy of the Face

Facial Aging Anatomy

It is important to understand the anatomy of the face and how it changes during the aging process. Dr. Cruise addresses the face in four quadrants. View each section below to see what procedures are available to treat the most common issues of facial aging.

  • Upper Face
  • Mid-face
  • Lower face
  • Neck
  • Custom Approach to Facial Rejuvenation


    Regions of the face and neck

    Facial aging is a complex process that involves the descent and loss of facial fat and connective tissues that keep the face uplifted. When this happens, skin stretches and often sags as a person’s face ages. When people notice these signs of aging, they begin to consider whether cosmetic surgery could be a solution to reverse these effects, and as one of the top Orange County plastic surgeons, Dr. Cruise believes that since each person and each face is different, each cosmetic surgery solution must be customized to the person’s primary concerns, needs, and lifestyle.

    Identifying a Patient’s Primary Concern

    A consultation with Orange County plastic surgeon, Dr. Jospeh T. Cruise, and members of his experienced, professional staff, allows patients the chance to express concerns and desired results. Common concerns about facial aging include:

      • A tired appearance of the eyes
      • A gaunt, hollow look of the cheeks
      • Sagging jowls and a soft jaw line
      • Loose, hanging skin on the neck

    All the features in each area of your face work together to create an overall “aged” look, and the CustomLift® facelift is the only facelift that allows you to customize your approach and determine which procedures are right for you.

    Prioritizing Facial Procedures

    Simply figuring out the causes of your facial aging is not enough; you need to know what facial rejuvenation procedures should be performed so you can restore the appearance and natural glow of your youth. Together with Newport Beach-based CustomLift® plastic surgeon Dr. Jospeh T. Cruise, you can prioritize the procedures that need to be performed to achieve the results you want.

    Some patients also have concerns about surgical procedures themselves – they may be looking for a facial rejuvenation without having to undergo a full facelift surgery. You should discuss any concerns you have about surgery with Dr. Cruise, and be aware that there are a number of non-surgical options available for superficial concerns such as wrinkles or sun damage.

    If you are looking to improve wrinkled areas, you may want to consider:

    • BOTOX treatment, which is excellent for improving wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes, and can be used with facelift procedure or on its own
    • Fat Transfer, which can  dramatically improve skin quality, fill in hollow lower and upper eyelids as well as round out the cheeks
    • Soft Tissue Fillers, which do not require any allergy testing and include a number of different products designed to dramatically decrease facial wrinkles
    • Lip augmentation, which can be used in addition to other lower facial procedures or alone

    If you are concerned about the effects of aging from sun damage or poor skin care, you may want to consider:

    • TCA Chemical peel, which can dramatically clear up and brighten skin while reducing wrinkles and age spots
    • Dermabrasion, which smoothes out skin irregularities and allows it to grow back healthier

    Surgical Options

    Dr. Cruise will work with you to determine the best surgical plan to obtain your desired result. He will take into consideration the "Look You Have" and the "Look You Want."

    Dr. Cruise addresses all facial rejuvenation patients individually with a customized approach to evaluating the face. His  custom facelift section outlines the specific effects of a number of common facial rejuvenation procedures including: Upper and lower eyelids, brow lift, fat transfer, neck lift and chin implants.

    Learn about the most common Facelift Methods and Incision Types

    Superior Face and Neck Lift Technique

    Dr. Cruise consults with each patient individually in his Newport Beach, Orange County office to help them determine which procedure is most suitable, based on the results they desire.

    Dr. Cruise has perfected the best techniques of face and neck lift procedures, which address all causes of facial aging. Instead of simply tightening facial skin, he elevates facial fat back to the cheek area where it provides the most volume and counteracts wrinkles. This technique has a three-fold effect:

    • It helps to reduce the prominent upper lip/cheek fold, creating a fuller and more youthful cheek area.
    • It helps to fill out the area around the eyes, eliminating wrinkles, crow’s feet, and fine lines.
    • It helps to create pleasing facial proportions by defining the mandibular border (the jawline), giving the face an elegant triangular shape.

    Surgical & Recovery Timeline

    Dr. Cruise has found that when patients have access to pictures they better understand the healing process and what to expect. This allows patients to assess whether the effects they are experiencing after their face or neck lift are typical, and they can quickly discuss any concerns with a staff member at Cruise Plastic Surgery.

    Before Facelift Surgery Instructions

    After Facelift Surgery Instructions

    Recovery Timeline - The male and female recovery timelines below demonstrate what to expect at each stage of the healing process.

    Look Years Younger

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    Facial Rejuvenation Before & After Photos

    Patient Testimonials 

    When considering facelift surgery it can be very helpful to hear from others who have already had it done. Real Self, the number one online resource for learning about elective cosmetic procedures, is a great resource. You can even talk to others to get answers to your questions, receive emotional support, as well as get tips and advice.



    Facial Rejuvenation Video Testimonials

    Orange County Facelift Interview

    Newport Beach Facelift Patient

    Interview with Facelift Patient

    When Neck Lift is Not Enough

    Mini Lift for Women and Men


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