Introduction to Facelift

At the Nikolov Center for Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, facelift surgery is our most well-known facial procedure. As you age, gravity, sun exposure, and stress can show up on your face, making the skin around the eyes, cheeks, and neck droop. While there are non-surgical options, oftentimes, a facelift will provide the absolute best—and longest-lasting—results. Restore a more youthful appearance with a Facelift performed by renowned surgeon Dr. Nicholas Nikolov of The Nikolov Center for Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, California.

Dr. Nikolov strives to deliver the best facelift in Beverly Hills while always practicing patient safety. Contact us today to learn how a facelift can set back the clock of facial aging and provide you with significant rejuvenation.

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What is a Facelift?

Chances are you have heard of a Facelift, it’s probably the most widely known cosmetic surgical procedure that creates a face lift with incredible results for a rejuvenated appearance. The textbook name for a Facelift is a Rhytidectomy, but because the surgery lifts the face, it’s more commonly known by the aforementioned name. Dr. Nicholas Nikolov’s Facelift procedure can reduce drooping skin as well as help smooth folds of skin along the cheeks and jawlines. During this popular procedure, a flap of skin on each side of the face is pulled back. The tissues below your skin are then altered, and excess skin is removed. This gives our patients a more youthful shape and look. It should be noted the facelift won’t correct damage from sun damage or exposure, (such as fine lines and wrinkles from the aging process). Other aesthetic procedures offered here at The Nikolov Center for Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills can address the look or quality of the skin itself.

What are the Benefits of a Facelift Surgery?

When performed by a skilled surgeon like Dr. Nikolov in Beverly Hills, a Facelift will help you turn back the clock and achieve smooth, more youthful appearance that makes looking in the mirror each day a rewarding experience. The surgery doesn’t just help you achieve a better self, but it can also be accompanied by a list of benefits. Some of these advantages include:

  • Can get rid of your jowls
  • Contains “invisible” surgical scars
  • Eliminate a double chin
  • Helps reduce deep wrinkles and marionette lines
  • Natural-looking results
  • Pairs well with other aesthetic procedures
  • Targets many visible signs of facial aging in one step
  • They’re not just for women, but also for men
  • Tightens up saggy facial skin
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What’s the First Step?

The first step to getting a facelift in Beverly Hills with Dr. Nikolov is to book a consultation. To make the most out of your initial consultation, you will want to prepare your questions ahead of time and do a bit of research. When you come in for your appointment, you will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Nikolov who will go over your medical history, the appearance you would like to achieve, and other details to make sure you are prepared. He will give your face a thorough examination and then craft a surgical plan that he believes is best for you and if you agree with him, you will schedule your appointment with our Patient Coordinator, who will also give you some instructions to follow for a good surgery.

When discussing your medical history, we encourage you to be honest with Dr. Nikolov. Being open and truthful with him reduces the potential for negative reactions and the best possible results.

What to Expect on the Day of Your Facelift

Before your Facelift, we ask that you are aware of some minor preparation. This may include getting off of blood-thinning medications, organizing a friend or caretaker after the procedure, and getting the proper medications to take after your surgery, which our team will provide the information for.

During the procedure, you’re placed under local or general anesthesia – depending on what is discussed during your facelift consultation. With the surgery underway, Dr. Nikolov will:

  • Make necessary incisions
  • Have the muscle and connective tissue repositioned and tightened
  • Trim away excess skin
  • Closed incisions
  • Healing begins with the application of dressings
  • Aftercare instructions are given for a full recovery

Who are the Best Candidates for a Facelift?

You’re a good candidate for a Facelift if you’re experiencing some sagging skin on your face and neck, but still have a strong, defined bone structure and some skin laxity. The vast majority of facelift patients are between 40 and 60 years of age, but older and younger patients can also have success with the surgery. Good candidates should also maintain realistic expectations regarding the results of their facelift procedures


Widely considered to be the most invasive facelift technique, Deep Plane Facelift patients have the longest-lasting results. Patients will typically have a more successful flattening of the nasolabial fold (a.k.a. the “Smile lines” or “Laugh lines”) and target the mid-face region, reaching deep tissues and the deeper layers of your facial muscle.

After you’ve been administered Deep I.V. sedation with local anesthesia, Dr. Nikolov will mark the locations on your skin where he intends to make the incisions, normally around the hairline and ears. Once these incisions are carefully made, he will use them to tighten and secure the layer of connective tissue and underlying muscle beneath your skin. Strategic ligaments are released at a deeper level which lifts and rejuvenates your skin, and the layer of muscle and tissue is repositioned. When Dr. Nikolov is finished, he will carefully close the incisions.

You can expect a longer recovery time but also longer-lasting results from your standard facelift, with many patients seeing results lasting up to 15 years. During the initial three weeks of your recovery, there will be significant bruising, swelling, and discomfort. You will need to continuously wear a compression garment, drain, and neck support during the first 1 – 2 weeks, or until Dr. Nikolov removes them. We strongly recommend avoiding working the first two weeks so you can recover comfortably and avoiding any strenuous activity for six weeks. Although it may appear concerning, it is not uncommon to see ongoing swelling or some bruising lingering for up to a year.


The Mini Facelift is a slightly modified version of a standard facelift and is designed to help minimize sagging tissue around the lower portion of your face. This procedure is considered to be less invasive than other facial surgeries and requires less excessive skin removal than a normal facelift.

When performing this surgery, Dr. Nikolov will make discreet incisions behind your ears that are easily hidden once healed. Using the incision, your skin, and underlying tissues are carefully tightened, with any excess tissue being removed. Your incisions are then closed with a precision suturing technique that reduces tension on your skin and minimizes visible scarring.

This surgery usually lasts less than two hours.

You can expect to experience some mild swelling and bruising, but a much less intense recovery from a typical facelift. Many of our patients see the results from their mini facelift surgery lasting almost 10 years.


A Non-Surgical Facelift also referred to as a Liquid Facelift, is not a permanent procedure, but is a great alternative for patients who aren’t quite ready to undergo surgery. This treatment uses Dermal Fillers in order to reduce wrinkles and sagging skin. Those with fewer wrinkles and mild sagging skin typically see better results. The Liquid Facelift is also a great way to minimize scars, plumpen up your cheeks, and add volume to your brow.

During the procedure, Dr. Nikolov uses a very fine needle to inject the dermal filler into strategic locations to give your skin a smoother and plumper appearance, with the filler playing the role of collagen and elastin to support your skin.

The entire process will normally take between 20 and 35 minutes.

After the treatment, you should take it easy the first 24 – 48 hours, drink lots of water, and avoid touching your face to prevent migration. Depending on the filler you and Dr. Nikolov decide on, it should be absorbed by your body over time but can vary on the time frame in which this happens.


A Mid-Facelift uses small incisions around the hairline and ear. Once the incisions are made, Dr. Nikolov tightens and smoothens out the muscles. He will also elevate the cheek fat pads (malar pads) which creates a more elevated cheekbone appearance. When the fat pads are in a suitable position that matches your facial structure, they are sutured and the incisions will be closed.

This whole procedure lasts about 2 hours and most patients see a full recovery with final results in 2 – 3 months. During the initial stages of your recovery, you may notice that your cheeks are very defined, but this should gradually settle into a more natural position over time.

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Facelift Recovery

Dr. Nikolov usually places a bandage around your face following surgery to minimize the resulting swelling and bruising. You may have small drainage tubes placed under the skin at the surgical site to evacuate any excess fluid and blood.

You’ll rest with your head elevated for the first few days post-surgery and take pain-reducing medication as recommended. Within two or three days, your bandages are removed, and you’ll wear an elasticized facial sling.

About a week after your surgery, Dr. Nikolov removes any stitches and checks your incisions for infection. You’ll have restrictions on certain tasks, including bathing, styling your hair, and what types of clothing you can put on during recovery. Your recovery process depends on your health and the procedure (or procedures) you performed. Most people can expect to return to work from a standard facelift after about 10-14 days.

To promote proper healing, you’ll need to avoid strenuous activity and avoid sun exposure for at least two weeks. You should also stay away from alcohol and steam rooms or saunas as you heal. To learn if you’re a candidate for a facelift, call The Nikolov Center at (310) 247-1932 or book an appointment online.

The Facelift Expertise of Dr. Nikolov in Beverly Hills

  • Dr. Nicholas Nikolov has successfully performed over 1,000 facial aesthetic surgeries throughout his career.
  • Dr. Nikolov is a board-certified plastic surgeon in both Beverly Hills, CA, and Madrid, Spain with over 20 years of experience.
  • A graduate of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, and continued his training with the plastic surgery program at Duke University in Durham, NC.
  • Dr. Nikolov is a diplomat of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
  • Dr. Nikolov has been consulted for numerous TV productions on CNN, CBS, NBC, and the Discovery Health Channel.

Facelift at a First Glance

  • Surgery Time: 2 – 3 hours
  • Price: Please book a consultation for the most up-to-date costs.
  • Recovery: Most patients return home on the day of surgery and return to their regular routine in 2 – 3 weeks.
  • Results: You should see good results around 1 month following surgery, with your final results around 6 months. Most patients can enjoy their facelift for as long as 12 – 14 years.

Why Choose Dr. Nikolov?

Dr. Nikolov is world-renowned for his keen aesthetic sense that emphasizes the facial features with harmony and subtle changes to create a fresh appearance. Whether he’s performing facial plastic surgery or an in-office aesthetic procedure, he uses his skills to help every patient enhance their natural beauty.

As a leader in his field for more than twenty years, Dr. Nikolov has consulted for television programs and publications and has been featured on CNN, CBS, NBC, and the Discovery Health Channel. He has published and lectured extensively in his field and often hosts other doctors to help them learn about his techniques and procedures.

“My goal is to help all those under my care achieve better harmony, feel youthful, and gain more confidence in their appearance while retaining a natural look.” — Dr. Nikolov

How Much Does Facelift Cost in Beverly Hills?

The cost of a Facelift in Beverly Hills can and will vary from patient to patient and be mostly affected by the number of sessions you will need to determine what is the best procedure moving forward with the surgery. After your initial consultation and your surgical plan is made, our Patient Coordinator will provide you with a breakdown of a price sheet for your treatment, based on the needs of the procedure and care.

Schedule Your Consultation

A Facelift may be the procedure you’ve been waiting for, and our team is thrilled to get this process from pipedream to reality. Request a facelift consultation through our website, and one of our team members will quickly get in touch with you, call us today at (310) 247-1932. There are many ways this important surgery could positively impact your life, we can’t wait to hear from you.

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