Face Lift

Excellence in Orange County Face Lift


Cost: $15,000-$20,000
Recovery: 7 days or longer
Anesthesia: Local or General

Look I Have

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


Upper Face: Forehead to upper eyes
Mid-Face: Lower eyes to lower cheek
Lower Face:Below cheek to jawline
Neck:: Chin to neck

Surgical Options

Technique: subcutaneous with or without fat suspension, SMAS
Incision Placement: around the ear, hairline, under the chin, etc.
Correction: jowls, wrinkles, nasolabial folds, etc.

Surgical Timeline

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

Before & After Photos

See a large gallery of facelift before/after photos

Patient Testimonials

Read what actual patients say about their facelift experience


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What are the risks/complications

Facelift Overview


Facelift is a 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

Facelift 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 your job is strenuous or requires physical activity

Cost: The price of a facelift varies depending on what needs to be done, whether it is a mini facelift or full facelift, and whether a neck lift is needed at the same time or not, as well as the anesthesia used (local vs. general). Typically, the cost varies from $15,000 to $20,000. Many times patients add-on additional procedures such as: upper/lower eyelids, fat transfer, temple lift, neck lift, etc.

Cruise Plastic Surgery accepts the following forms of payment:

Dr. Joseph T. Cruise is an experienced facelift surgeon serving patients in Newport Beach and the surrounding areas of Orange County. He and his staff at Cruise Plastic Surgery have created the following content to educate patients about the specifics of facelift procedures, recovery, and potential complications. You can also browse the extensive gallery of facelift before and after photos to see examples of Dr. Cruise’s work.

Dr. Cruise believes that a facelift needs to be individualized to a patient’s face and goals. If you are a seeking a personalized solution for your concerns, learn more about Dr. Cruise’s CustomLift® face lift.

Every face is different, and in order to see the dramatic results for yourself, Dr. Cruise has provided many before and after photos of facelift and neck lift patients. Most patients report they look and feel 10 to 20 years younger, which greatly impacts their state of mind and quality of life.

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
  • The Aging Face Explained

    Tightening skin alone is not enough to correct all the potential causes of facial aging, such as saggy skin, crow’s feet, dropping eyes, and other concerns that cause people to wonder if plastic surgery may be right for them. Because over time facial tissue loses its elasticity and facial fat either dissipates or descends, many people find that simply tightening skin is only a temporary solution, and later they choose to have additional cosmetic surgery to achieve the full results they desire from a face lift.

    A simple and extreme explanation to demonstrate the importance of facial fat for a youthful, wrinkle free face is to compare the chubby, rotund cheeks of a baby with the looser, thinner cheeks of a more mature face. Skin care such as dermabrasion and chemical peel is part of the solution, but with fat transfer, you can reclaim the smooth, contoured facial features you enjoyed in your youth.

    When facial fat descends out of the cheek and into the area around the lips it not only affects the fullness of a person’s face, but can make their eyes look hollow and gaunt, and create jowls at their jaw line. When this occurs, some patients are interested in how a neck lift can extend the youthful look and feel to all parts of their neck, addressing all the concerns caused by aging.


    Aging Face Visualization

    Youthful Face. Cheek fat is just below the eyes.

    Youthful Face


    Aging Face

    Aging Face

    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 facelift 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.

    Facelift 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.



    Look Years Younger

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    Facelift 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