The Newport Beach Cosmetic Surgeon

Discover the path to timeless elegance with a facelift procedure by Dr. Thomas Barnes, Newport Beach’s premier cosmetic surgeon. In the heart of Orange County, our state-of-the-art clinic offers transformative facelift surgeries designed to rejuvenate your appearance, turning back the clock to reveal a more youthful, vibrant version of yourself. Utilizing the latest in surgical techniques and personalized care, we ensure results that not only look natural but also harmonize beautifully with your overall facial features. Whether you’re looking to address signs of aging or simply refine your facial contours, Dr. Barnes is here to guide you through each step of the process, from consultation to recovery, with the utmost care and professionalism. Join countless satisfied patients who have rediscovered their confidence and beauty through our facelift procedures in Newport Beach and Orange County.

What is a facelift?

A facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to rejuvenate and enhance the appearance of your face and neck. It aims to counteract the effects of aging, gravity, and other factors contributing to sagging skin and facial tissue.

If you’re considering a facelift, consult with Dr. Barnes. He can help you understand its purpose, the issues it can address, the procedure itself, and what to expect during recovery.

What issues can a facelift address?

A facelift can address a range of concerns related to facial aging, such as:

  • Sagging skin on your cheeks
  • Excess skin on your jawline
  • Deep skin folds around your mouth or on the sides of your nose
  • Sagging skin in your neck area


A facelift is particularly effective at tightening and smoothing loose skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and restoring youthful contours to your face and neck.  This procedure is a great option to regain a more youthful appearance and improve self-confidence.

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What is a facelift procedure like?

The facelift procedure involves several steps. Typically performed under anesthesia, Dr. Barnes makes incisions in inconspicuous areas around your ears and hairline.

Through these incisions, he lifts and repositions the underlying facial muscles and tissues, tightening them to create a more youthful and lifted look. Excess skin is removed, and the remaining skin is draped back over the rejuvenated contours.

The incisions are then closed with stitches or other closure methods.

What can I expect during recovery from my facelift procedure?

Individual recovery experiences can vary. While most people can return to their regular activities within a few weeks, complete healing and the final results may take a few months.

During the recovery period following your facelift procedure, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Dr. Barnes provides post-operative instructions on how to care for the incisions, manage pain, and minimize swelling.

You might need to keep your head elevated, avoid strenuous activities, and follow a specific skin care regimen to promote healing. Swelling and bruising usually subside within a few weeks, and you’ll gradually start seeing the final results of your facelift as your skin settles into its new position.

If you’re ready to learn more about facelifts, book an appointment with Dr. Barnes by phone or click the online scheduler today.

Facelift Cosmetic Surgery Facts

Procedure: Improving sagging facial skin, muscles and jowls by removing excess fat, tightening muscles, re-draping and removing excess skin. Most often done on men and women over 40 and often combined with a Neck Lift procedure.
Length: 2-4 hours
Anesthesia: Dr. Barnes performs all of his procedures safely & comfortably under awake local anesthesia, with oral sedation, and with the added comfort of ProNox (laughing gas) available. Twilight or general anesthesia can be arranged in our accredited surgery center for an additional cost.
Average Cost: $11,500-$17,000
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Outpatient: Overnight caregiver is required and stay locally within 20 minute drive
Side Effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of skin, tight feeling, dry skin.
Risks: Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles or feeling (usually temporary but may be permanent). Infection, bleeding. poor healing, scarring, asymmetry or change in hairline.
Recovery: Back to work: typically 1 to 2 weeks. Wearing a compression wrap for 2 weeks. Suture removal in 10-12 days, sometimes longer. More strenuous activity requires 4 weeks or more. Bruising: 2 to 4 weeks. Must limit exposure to sun for several months.
Results: Usually 5 to 10 years.