Conveniently located to serve the areas of Marin County, Santa Rosa and Sonoma County, CA

Plastic surgeons Dr. Francisco CanalesDr. Heather Furnas, or Dr. Culbertson perform a full spectrum of facial surgical treatments in Northern California, including Sonoma County, Marin County, and San Francisco, California.

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About Facelift Surgery

One of the most sought-out surgeries at Plastic Surgery Associates is a facelift. This surgery focuses on distinct areas of the face to tighten loose skin and wrinkles to create a more taut, yet softer appearance. Based upon your concerns and goals for surgery, a facelift in Northern California can focus on the lines and wrinkles near the eyes, the mid-face area and cheeks, the bottom two-thirds, including the mouth, jowls, neck, and more for an all-encompassing younger look.

The facelift technique used depends on your desired outcome, the health and condition of your skin, the degree of skin laxity, your lifestyle, age, and anatomy. Some individuals are of age and have skin laxity for a full facelift while some may only be ready for a mid-facelift. Dr. CanalesDr. Furnas, or Dr. Culbertson are highly trained and experienced surgeons who understand the complexity and delicate anatomy of a facelift procedure. The overall goal is to produce a natural appearance that’s gorgeous, subtle, and still striking.

Ideal Candidates

Learn More About Who Is An Ideal Candidate For Our Facelift In Northern California.

Men and women who are suitable for facelift surgery will have drooping skin, lines, and wrinkles on the face whether it be the face as a whole or on the upper, mid, or lower face.

A facelift can target one or more areas, depending on your unique goals and desired outcome. It’s also important to note that age doesn’t always define the time in life to have cosmetic facial surgery. There are countless aspects and factors, and also numerous lift techniques, depending on the cosmetic concerns of the patient. The lifting technique chosen will be different for patients who are between 30 and 40 years old vs. those who are older, such as 60 or 70 years old. The condition of the skin is one of the key elements in the decision-making process. Patients should be physically healthy and be a nonsmoker, and also have expectations that are realistic.

How It Works

Surgical Techniques

Dr. Canales helping a patient decide the best facelift method for her

Here’s a look at the surgical technique we use during our facelifts in Northern California. 

No matter the issue you wish to correct, there are various levels of facelifts to think about. Some facelifts address the upper area of the face, and others focus on the lower two-thirds. In addition, some methods are a bit more invasive than others. It’s very common for some patients to have an eyelid lift, brow lift, or BOTOX and fillers to complement and enhance their final results. Some of the more known facelift options include:

  • Full Facelift
    A common surgery for older adults, the full or “traditional” facelift most often makes an incision close to the hairline, extending down to the area near the temples, stopping near the base of the ears. The deeper layer of facial muscles is carefully stretched and safely tightened to create a lifted outcome, which reduces excessive loose skin and droopy features. This facelift is used for individuals who have visible signs of aggressive aging. During a full facelift, various methods may be used, including blepharoplasty to address the eyes or neck reduction for the lower region.
  • Mid-Facelift
    With a similar approach to the mini facelift, the surgery known as a mid-facelift addresses the hollow and lax areas close to the cheekbones, as well as the upper jaw. The mid-facelift works well for those who hope to attain improvement in the middle to lower region of the face, which also improves the look of the jowls.
  • Lower Facelift
    This lift corrects the chin area, neck, and sometimes the jowls. Methods of a nonsurgical nature, such as a Kybella injection, can also be applied for chin augmentation to attain a younger, tighter-looking neck.
  • Mini Facelift
    When undergoing a mini facelift, a thin, small incision is placed near the ears to lift the skin to a higher position, which enhances the mouth, jawline, and jowls. This process creates nice and subtle enhancements that look beautiful and natural.

What to Expect

Here’s what to expect with your facelift in Northern California. 

After the Treatment

Following your procedure, we will monitor your health until you can be safely released to be taken home by a friend or family member. Prior to your procedure, we will schedule your follow-up visits and go over suggestions to help you feel more comfortable during your recovery.

Side Effects

It’s normal to have bruising and swelling, slight to moderate pain, and soreness, which may be reduced by pain medication.


You should feel and physically look better after several weeks. You can expect a more glowing look with fewer lines and sagging. Overall, your face will appear lifted and younger looking.


How much does a facelift cost?

The cost of your facelift will depend on the technique used and other factors. In your consultation, our plastic surgeons will create your unique treatment plan to match your needs and goals. When this is complete, we can go over estimates of fees. In general a facelift costs anywhere from $25,000-$35,000. To avoid unnatural-looking results, it’s better to concentrate on finding a skilled surgeon, like Dr. CanalesDr. Furnas, or Dr. Culbertson, instead of the lowest price. Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa can give you information on low-interest financing that will make your facelift affordable.

Which technique is best for me?

The best technique for you will vary based on your concerns, goals, level of skin laxity, what areas are being addressed, and other factors. To produce your best results, Dr. CanalesDr. Furnas, or Dr. Culbertson will go over the different techniques in your consultation. They can then help you choose which technique is best.

Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?

Although there are several great noninvasive skin tightening treatments, these can only give you small improvements. For moderate to severe skin sagging, facelift surgery is the best choice to improve your appearance. In your consultation, we will discuss your choices, including nonsurgical procedures, to help you select which is best for your goals.

What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?

Wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like BOTOX and Juvéderm, have become more popular to improve fine lines and wrinkles. Also known as a liquid facelift, nonsurgical wrinkle treatments are good for early signs of aging; however, the results won’t last more than 1 – 2 years. A facelift will produce more significant improvements than injectables with long-lasting results. Ask Dr. CanalesDr. Furnas, or Dr. Culbertson about nonsurgical wrinkle treatments in your consultation.

Will my results look natural?

Some patients worry that a facelift will make their skin look shiny, overly tight, or like they are in a wind tunnel. Dr. CanalesDr. Furnas, or Dr. Culbertson focus on giving you results that look natural so you appear refreshed, not fake. They listen to your concerns and goals before creating your custom treatment plan to produce your best results.

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Turn Back the Clock

Cosmetic facial surgery can turn back the hands of time for your face and give you a rejuvenated appearance. Thankfully, there are a wide variety of choices for surgery, depending on your unique goals. This surgery is meant to make you younger looking but natural. For more information, we welcome you to schedule your appointment with Plastic Surgery Associates of Santa Rosa in Santa Rosa, California.