A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a facial plastic surgery procedure that creates a more youthful, refined facial appearance and more defined jawline. As we age, the skin and muscles of our faces gradually relax and lose their supportive structures. This results in sagging cheeks, lost volume in the mid-face area and the emergence of wrinkles, folds and increasingly deepening creases.

Facelift surgery corrects sagging skin, jowls and the appearance of “turkey neck”. Ideally, facelifts should help you look rejuvenated and revitalized while still maintaining your face’s natural character.

If you would like to learn more about facelifts in San Luis Obispo County and your candidacy for the procedure, call today to arrange a confidential consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Charles Chalekson. We welcome women and men from throughout California, including Paso Robles & Atascadero, Templeton, Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach, Cambria, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria.

This page covers the following topics:

  • What Can a Facelift Accomplish?
  • Benefits of a Facelift
  • Am I a Good Candidate for Facelift Surgery?
  • Mini-Facelift
  • SMAS Lift
  • Combining your Facelift with Other Procedures
  • Facelift Recovery
  • Facelift Scars
  • Why Choose Dr. Chalekson as Your Face Surgeon?
  • Schedule Your Facelift Consultation Today


“My experience went very smoothly from beginning to end. Dr. Chalekson and his team are very caring and knowledgeable. When I met with the team to see if I would be a candidate for this type of surgery, everyone was so nice and helpful and made me feel comfortable and reassured me of any doubts I had. The day of the surgery went great. I was done before I knew it. At my post op appointment, I saw my results and I was so happy that I went through with the surgery. I would highly recommend Dr. Chalekson and his team” – K.E.


Facial aging is an inevitable fact of life. Sun exposure, gravity, heredity and your lifestyle habits all play a role in the appearance of wrinkled, sagging facial skin. Dr. Chalekson’s extensive knowledge and experience with advanced surgical techniques enable him to address an array of facial imperfections to create a more refreshed and youthful appearance. These issues include:

  • Jowls along the jawline
  • Drooping skin below the chin
  • Sagging cheeks
  • Nasolabial folds (deep creases from the outer nostrils the corners of the mouth)
  • Marionette lines from the corners of the mouth to the chin

A facelift in San Luis Obispo County can correct a variety of aesthetic flaws and create a more youthful appearance, but it cannot make a 50-year-old look 18 again. After your procedure, you will not look tight or like someone else; you will look like a younger, revitalized version of yourself.

Dr. Chalekson firmly believes that any facial rejuvenation approach should be individually designed in accordance with your unique anatomy and personal goals. He will spend time with you to understand your aesthetic concerns and desired outcomes.


Facelift surgery is the best way to correct the signs of facial aging and rejuvenate your overall facial appearance. The procedure addresses the loss of youthful contours in your face, excess fat and loose skin on the neck and deep creases around the nose and mouth.

With more than 20 years of experience, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Charles Chalekson prides himself on creating results that are balanced and elegant, providing a number of physical and emotional benefits to his patients. A facelift procedure in San Luis Obispo County can:

  • Smooth away wrinkles, creases, fine lines and folds
  • Create a more well-rested facial expression
  • Correct a variety of facial signs of aging
  • Provide long-lasting results
  • Involve inconspicuous, well-hidden scars
  • Deliver natural-looking results
  • Improve self-confidence
  • Help make a better first impression, both socially and professionally

The best plastic surgery outcomes never result from a one-size-fits-all approach. Dr. Chalekson customizes each rhytidectomy to meet the unique goals and facial structures of his patients. Your surgery will be fully-tailored specifically for you and your unique needs.


If you have loose or sagging skin in the neck or facial area and would like a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance, you may be a good candidate for facelift surgery in San Luis Obispo County. The best way to know if a facelift is right for you is to meet personally with Dr. Chalekson in a confidential consultation at our office. Generally, ideal rhytidectomy candidates are:

  • In good overall health, both physically and mentally
  • Non-smokers
  • Prepared to undergo a surgical procedure
  • Willing to follow Dr. Chalekson’s pre and postoperative instructions
  • Able to take time away from work and strenuous activity during your recovery
  • Aware of the benefits and limitations of facelift surgery and have realistic expectations

During your initial consultation, Dr. Chalekson will review your medical history and conduct a physical assessment to determine your candidacy. He will discuss your goals and explain all of your treatment options.


Also referred to as a short-flap facelift, a mini-facelift focuses on rejuvenation of the lower face for San Luis Obispo County patients. The procedure is well-suited for patients who have jowls and excess skin in the lower face and neck. It is ideal for younger women and men who do not experience significant facial aging or heavy jowls.

The mini-facelift involves short-flap incisions that start just above the ears, descend around the ear openings and end behind the earlobes. The underlying musculature in the lower face is then tightened to create a smooth, elevated facial contour.


Facial rejuvenation solutions that focus solely on the skin cannot address facial aging on deeper levels, such as the muscles, tendons and connective tissue. The SMAS facelift procedure in San Luis Obispo County tightens the underlying superficial musculo-aponeurotic system (SMAS), a network of fibro-connective muscle and tissue that creates a supportive structure beneath the skin. The SMAS technique restores youthful firmness from deep below the skin’s surface, providing comprehensive rejuvenation from the inside out.


Dr. Chalekson offers a full spectrum of procedures in San Luis Obispo County that can be performed in conjunction with your facelift to further enhance your results, such as:


Using your body’s fat, harvested from areas such as the buttocks, thighs or love handles through a gentle liposuction technique, facial fat grafting provides long-lasting, natural facial volume.


Liposuction removes submental fat from the neck and under the chin.


Eyelid surgery, or an eye lift, can be performed on the upper eyelids, bottom eyelids or both to remove excess skin from the upper eyelid and/or reduce sagging in the lower eyelid.


Since facelifts focus primarily on wrinkles and loose skin on the lower third of the face and neck, patients who have deep frown lines or forehead wrinkles often elect to undergo a brow lift for complete facial rejuvenation.


While facelifts can improve the appearance of the neck, the Renuvion neck lift is a separate procedure that can more extensively rejuvenate an aging neck. This revolutionary, minimally-invasive procedure uses plasma and RF energy to tighten and rejuvenate the neck.

Charles Chalekson MD Inc. also offers a wide range of non-surgical treatments to enhance your facelift results. Based on your unique facial anatomy and personal goals, he will determine which treatment options will best match your needs and explain all of your options.


Your recovery can vary from another patient’s depending on your general health, the extent of your facelift and whether you are combining your facelift with other procedures. While everyone heals at their own pace, most patients are typically able to return to work within two weeks. During your facelift recovery, you may experience:

  • Numbness
  • A feeling of tightness or discomfort
  • Swelling
  • Bruising

Most swelling and bruising dissipates within the first few weeks following the procedure. Any bruising and scars can be covered up with makeup.

Dr. Chalekson will thoroughly discuss your surgery and recovery process. He will provide you with detailed pre and postoperative instructions. He will address your concerns and answer all of your questions so you know exactly what to expect during every step of your transformative process.


Facelifts involve the removal of excess skin, so incisions are unavoidable. However, the scars created by this type of surgery are well-hidden around the ears and completely unnoticeable beneath a variety of hairstyles.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Chalekson possesses a profound knowledge of facial anatomy and employs techniques which minimize the risk of complications to muscles and skin. His combined experience, skill and passion for excellence consistently result in very discreet scarring and exquisite outcomes that leave you looking refreshed and revitalized.

During your initial consultation in San Luis Obispo County, Dr. Chalekson will thoroughly explain what you can expect from your facelift recovery and scars.


Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Charles Chalekson has undergone extensive training in some of the most distinguished programs in the country, including a six-year plastic surgery residency at Southern Illinois University, one of the most respected residency programs in the nation.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons (ABPS), he has demonstrated exceptional knowledge, skill, education and experience in the field of plastic surgery. We invite you to review our before and after gallery to see examples of his outstanding results for yourself.

While his credentials set him apart from his peers, he has earned the loyalty and recommendations of many of his patients because of his commitment to honesty, integrity and ethics in patient care. Countless plastic surgery practices see cosmetic services as transactional events. At Charles Chalekson MD Inc., we value long-lasting relationships with our patients, built on authentic trust. Patients return time and time again to refresh their results and continue along their transformational journeys.


Contact our office today to book a personalized appointment with Dr. Charles Chalekson regarding your facelift in San Luis Obispo County. Dr. Chalekson can answer any questions you may have, and help you determine whether you are a candidate for the procedure. Our practice looks forward to serving you!


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