Though there are many options to reduce the signs of aging, the facelift is still the most effective choice for rejuvenation. There are a variety of approaches available to customize the procedure to give each Though there are many options to reduce the signs of aging, the facelift remains the most effective choice for rejuvenation. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Stoker customizes each facelift at his Los Angeles practice to address a patient’s specific concerns. Using techniques he has developed throughout his career, Dr. Stoker’s Traceless Facelift produces natural-looking results with virtually imperceptible incisions.
Facelift - Traceless Facelift Before & After Photos
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
As we get older, collagen production decreases, the skin begins to lose elasticity, and sun damage becomes more noticeable. This is what we call aging, and to combat that, we can do a combination treatment. This patient wanted a full facial rejuvenation treatment to restore her youthful appearance so that is exactly what we did, giving her th... Read More
Dr. David Stoker, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Los Angeles. I'd like to share with you a stunning Traceless Facelift result. What is a Traceless Facelift? That's one of my signature procedures that is a facelift frequently overlapping with the face and neck lift that involves pan rejuvenation in such a natural appearance with such dis... Read More
This beautiful 52-year-old woman came to us hoping to have a pan facial rejuvenation treatment to make her look how she felt young and beautiful. She flew in from out of town and was a previous patient of mine for other procedures. And she, most of all, wanted a natural appearance.
We did a face and neck lift with platysmaplasty, a chi... Read More
This 47-year-old woman was interested in total facial rejuvenation. Concerned about the look of her brow, eyes, lower face, lips, and skin tone, she decided to look for a Los Angeles plastic surgery center that staffed skilled surgeons experienced at performing multiple facial surgeries. After some research, she decided to schedule a consulta... Read More
A 53-year-old woman came to us desiring a pan-facial rejuvenation. She had beautiful underlying features, but her skin did not hold up well in the Southern California sun, and she also smoked for a good number of years that accelerated the aging. I performed a Traceless facelift and neck lift, in addition to upper eyelids and deep fractional... Read More
Our 63-year-old male patient is an active guy who was unhappy that his eyes had lost their sparkle. His neck skin was sagging and his cheek skin and jowls were also sagging. He's very active in his life, lives like a young man. He wanted to restore that youthful appearance that he once had.
The first thing I noticed was that ligh... Read More
In her late sixties, we have a beautiful patient that I performed my signature Traceless Facelift on roughly 5 years ago. She has her 50th high school reunion coming up and wanted to look and feel her best. She had sagging skin in her upper eyes, mid-face, and neck in addition to wrinkly skin that she wanted to be removed, giving her a younge... Read More
Modern facelift techniques emphasize creating results that look natural and avoiding the “windblown” look produced by simply pulling the skin tighter. As a facelift specialist, Dr. Stoker achieves this goal by carefully evaluating the unique facial characteristics of each patient and then developing a customized surgical plan to address the patient’s specific concerns.
Dr. Stoker begins facelift surgery by making discreet incisions in front of and behind the ear, which are concealed in the hairline. Using these incisions, Dr. Stoker then elevates and repositions the underlying muscles and fat to a location that creates a more youthful appearance. He then carefully re-drapes the skin, removes any excess, and then closes the incision with minimal tension on the delicate tissues.
In most cases, Dr. Stoker also makes a small incision under the chin so he can tighten neck muscles and lift sagging skin. He may also use liposuction to remove excess neck fat and recommend inserting a chin implant to enhance the jawline’s definition.
These techniques can:
Smooth vertical lines in the cheeks
Restore definition to the jawline
Tighten lax neck skin
Dr. Stoker’s meticulous incision technique means the resulting scars are undetectable for most patients—a traceless facelift.
He has performed thousands of cosmetic procedures for facial rejuvenation.
He is recognized nationally for his research on the facial nerve as it relates to face lifts.
He specializes in a variety of facelift techniques, including short scar facelifts.
He has been featured on “Dr. Phil” for his skill and knowledge in facial surgery.
What Is a Mini Facelift?
Younger women and men may be good candidates for a mini facelift, which minimizes wrinkles in the cheeks by lifting and repositioning facial skin. A mini facelift isn’t an appropriate approach for patients concerned about jowls or loose neck skin.
Another technique is the short scar facelift, which involves making incisions similar to a mini facelift. Unlike the mini facelift, however, the short scar lift primarily improves the cheeks and jowls by restoring facial muscles and fat to a more youthful position.
Who is a good candidate for a facelift?
Traceless facelift patients are typically men and women in their 50s and 60s with significant skin laxity in the cheeks, neck, and jowls. It’s also a procedure sought by patients who have lost a significant amount of weight. Younger patients with less obvious facial aging can benefit from a mini facelift. In some cases, a non-surgical approach called a liquid facelift—which combines dermal fillers and BOTOX® or Dysport® injections—can create a more youthful appearance.
Patients should be in good overall health with their blood pressure under control. Candidates who smoke should stop before their procedure.
How long is facelift recovery?
Most of Dr. Stoker’s facelift patients take about a week off from work if their jobs aren’t physically demanding. Bruising and swelling are most noticeable during the first week after surgery and then steadily disappear over the next several weeks. Most patients see the final results of the procedure about 6 weeks after surgery.
What type of anesthesia is used during facelift surgery?
Dr. Stoker uses a general anesthetic for facelifts to ensure patients remain comfortable throughout the procedure.
What risks are associated with facelifts?
Risks are present during any elective procedure, but most patients don’t experience complications after facelift surgery. Bleeding, infection, delayed healing, and nerve damage are potential complications. Dr. Stoker encourages patients to contact him with any concerns or questions during their recovery.
Where does Dr. Stoker perform facelift surgery?
He performs most facelift procedures in Marina del Rey at our outpatient surgical center across the street from our office.
How can I prepare for a facelift?
Being in good overall health helps patients recover more quickly and minimizes the risk of complications. Your blood pressure should be under control, and if you smoke, you will need to quit several weeks before the surgery.
Start With a Consultation
Men and women looking for the best facelift surgeon in Los Angeles choose Dr. Stoker after meeting with him personally and reviewing his patients’ before-and-after photos. You can use the online form to request a consultation with him or call our office at
(310) 300-1779 to schedule an appointment.
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