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Many residents of the Palo Alto, Hillsborough, Los Gatos, Atherton and Menlo park (in fact the whole San Francisco Bay Area and West Coast!) have come to Dr. Most for his expertise in facelift (rhytidectomy). In 2008, Dr. Most was selected by readers of San Jose Magazine as 'Best Facelift". Facelift is one of the most commonly performed elective procedures in facial plastic surgery, and multiple types exist. You may have heard of "MACS lifts", "MADE lifts" or other marketing terms for facelifts, which can be confusing. It is important that your doctor be familiar with all of the variations, to help you decide which is right for you and your lifestyle Lifts of all types are performed by Dr. Most-- he is adept at many techniques, and has been asked to lecture at international meetings on facelift surgery to discuss the best way to get natural results. Dr. Most was Director of the AAFPRS International Aging Face Meeting in 2012 and again in 2014.

The goal of the procedure is to enhance the appearance of the aging face and neck by tightening the sagging tissues of the face and neck and by removal of excessive skin and fatty tissue. As can be seen below, it is both a "neck" and "face" lift, as both areas are addressed.

Key points:

Dr. Most wants to 'turn back the clock', not turn you into someone Natural Results are the goal of this procedure. To get this, a unique blend of surgical experience, technical expertise, and artistic judgment are required.

So, a facelift will rejuvenate primarily the lower 1/2 of the face, the jawline and the neck.

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Facelift is often cited as turning back the clock about 7-10 years in the lower face and neck. The results are permanent in the sense that the neck and jawline will always appear tighter than if there had been no surgery.

The Procedure

The procedure can be done awake or asleep. Dr. Most recommends that for patient comfort and safety, this procedure be done asleep. Incisions are placed in front of and behind the ear. Dr. Most uses the most meticulous technique on his incisions. Many hairdressers have complimented Dr. Most's patients on their hard-to-find incisions. See if you can find them in the photo gallery, above.

Recovery period

Patients may expect roughly 2 weeks of swelling in the cheeks and neck. Some patients recover more rapidly, some may take a few days longer.

Why should I choose Dr. Most?

As a double-certified Facial Plastic and Head & Neck Surgeon, Dr. Most is uniquely qualified in surgery of the face. Dr. Most has many years experience and has served as Chief of Facial Plastic Surgery at two of the top medical centers in the United States. He is now Chief of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University. A leader in the field, he has received national awards for his work. He performs hundreds of facial plastic surgery procedures each year. Patients have come from all over the United States, as well as Europe and Asia for his care. His patient comments reflect his personal philosophy for excellence. He was recently elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America for 2007-14. In addition, he was voted Best Facelift by San Jose Magazine. He is regularly asked to share with his peers his techniques and philosophy on surgery of the aging face.

I am interested! What is the next step?

If you are interested in this procedure, Dr. Most will personally evaluate you to determine if it is right for you. Please contact the Stanford Facial Plastic Surgery Office via phone (650) 736-FACE or (736-3223) to make a consultation appointment with Dr. Most. We look forward to seeing you!