Facelift Specialist

Lucia S. Olarte, MD -  - Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Lucia S. Olarte, MD

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon & Otolaryngologist located in Century City, Los Angeles, CA

Loose, sagging skin on the face and neck is one of the earliest and most noticeable signs of aging. Lucia Olarte, MD offers facelifts and neck lifts to patients in Century City and Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, who want to improve the appearance of the face and neck.

Facelift Q & A

Why does the face change with age?

As a person ages, the tissues of the face and neck lose their elasticity and strength. Over time, this causes the skin to become loose and sag. Certain factors, such as heredity and sun exposure, can contribute to this process and make it happen faster. However, everyone will experience the signs of aging over time.

What is a facelift?

A facelift is a procedure designed to surgically return the tissues of the face and neck to a more youthful position while retaining a natural look.

How long does a facelift take?

Every facelift is different, and the extent of the surgery will determine how long it lasts. However, in general, most procedures last 2-4 hours.

Is a facelift painful?

Dr. Olarte performs facelifts under IV sedation, so the patient will experience little discomfort during the procedure. After the procedure is complete, the patient may experience some soreness. Patients can usually control any postoperative discomfort with pain relievers.

How effective is a facelift?

Each patient has different needs. During the facelift procedure, the upper face, lower face, chin, and neck can all be addressed at the same time. The amount of improvement largely depends on the degree of sagging present. Dr. Olarte can explain the procedure to you in detail so they’ll know what to expect after the procedure.

Following the procedure, the results of the facelift will be long-lasting. However, as time goes on, the aging process continues which may again cause the skin to sag.

What are the alternatives to a facelift?

Patients who don’t want to undergo surgery to change the appearance of the face may opt for a less-invasive option, such as Ultherapy. However, Ultherapy won't provide the same results as a traditional facelift. Dr. Olarte can help patients determine which procedure is the best choice for them.


Please call our office if you have any questions or concerns regarding the various insurances that we accept.

Aetna PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield - PPO Only
Cigna PPO