Dr. Hermes A. Pelayo


Tijuana, B.C.


Starting Price: $6,900 usd


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A facelift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that lifts, tightens and smooths the facial tissues that have sagged due to aging. It is done by making an incision in front and behind the ears, and extending it along the hairline. The excess skin and tissue are removed and the remaining skin is repositioned to create a more natural and youthful appearance1. A facelift can also improve the signs of aging in the face and neck, such as wrinkles, sagging cheeks, drooping mouth corners, and jowls.


The facelift procedure is usually done under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The surgeon makes an incision in front and behind the ears, and extends it along the hairline. The skin is lifted and the underlying tissue is tightened and reshaped. The excess skin and tissue are trimmed and the incision is closed with sutures or staples. The procedure can take from two to four hours, depending on the extent of the correction. The facelift procedure can have some risks and complications, such as bleeding, infection, scarring, nerve damage, asymmetry, skin discoloration, and dissatisfaction with the results. The recovery time can vary from person to person, but generally it takes about two weeks to resume normal activities and about six weeks to see the final results. The results of the facelift procedure are not permanent, as the aging process will continue to affect the skin and tissue. However, the results can last for several years, depending on the individual's lifestyle, skin quality, and genetics.


Facelift recovery can vary depending on the type of procedure, the extent of correction, the patient's age, health status, and individual healing rate. Here are some general guidelines on what to expect during a typical facelift recovery period:

Week 1: You may experience some swelling, bruising, numbness, tingling, and tightness in the face and neck area. You should follow your surgeon's instructions on how to care for the surgical site and drains and take medications to reduce pain and prevent infection. You should also avoid strenuous activities, sun exposure, and alcohol. You may have a bandage around your face and small tubes to draw off excess blood or fluid. Your surgeon will remove or change your dressings and evaluate your progress during a follow-up visit. You may also have your stitches removed by the end of the first week or later.

Week 2: You may still have some swelling and bruising, but they should start to subside. You may also feel some numbness, tingling, and tightness, but these are normal and will gradually improve. You may resume some light activities, such as walking and doing household chores, but you should still avoid strenuous exercise, sun exposure, and alcohol. You may also return to work and wear makeup, depending on your comfort level and your surgeon's advice.

Week 3 and 4: You may see some improvement in your appearance, but you may still have some residual swelling and bruising. You may also have some scars, but they will fade over time. You may resume most of your normal activities, but you should still be careful with your face and neck. You should also follow your surgeon's recommendations on skincare and sun protection.

Beyond 4 weeks: You may begin to see the final results of your facelift, but it may take several months for the swelling to completely resolve and the scars to mature. You should be patient and realistic with your expectations, as the results of a facelift are not permanent and may change over time due to aging, gravity, and environmental factors. You should also maintain a healthy lifestyle and a good skincare routine to prolong the benefits of your facelift.


Ideal candidates for a Facelift are in general good health, have a positive self-image and attitude, realistic expectations, and the ability to devote time to the healing process. Below are characteristics a facelift patient commonly has:

  • Fat deposits in the face that have shifted or fallen to create hollows or wrinkles.
  • Sagging skin along the jawline or fatty jowls.
  • Creases or folds extending from the corners of the mouth to the nose.
  • Marionette lines which extend from the corners of the mouth down to the chin.
  • A double chin resulting from fallen fat deposits or excess skin.
  • Creases or banding along the neck.
  • Any loss of muscle tone in the lower face leading to an aged appearance.
  • You should consult with your doctor before getting a Facelift to determine if it is safe and effective for you.


At Ciplastic, the starting cost for a Facelift procedure is $6,900 usd. Your final cost will depend on your specific individual needs.

The procedure usually takes about 2 to 4 hours, depending on the extent of correction and the type of technique. The surgeon will make incisions in front of and behind the ears, and sometimes under the chin, to access the underlying tissues and muscles. The surgeon will then lift, reposition, and tighten the tissues and muscles, remove excess skin and fat, and close the incisions with sutures or staples.

You can expect to see some improvement in your appearance immediately after surgery, but the final results may take several months to become visible, as the swelling subsides and the scars mature. You can expect a more youthful and refreshed look, with smoother skin, firmer contours, and less sagging in the face and neck. However, you should also be aware of the limitations, risks, and potential complications of the procedure, such as scarring, infection, bleeding, nerve damage, asymmetry, and dissatisfaction with the outcome. You should also keep in mind that a facelift cannot stop the aging process or change your fundamental facial structure. You should maintain a healthy lifestyle and a good skincare routine to prolong the benefits of your facelift.

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