Introduction to Secondary Facelift

If signs of aging are beginning to reappear after a primary facelift procedure, Dr. Michael Sundine can perform secondary facelift surgery to restore the results you achieved with your primary facelift. A primary facelift surgery delivers great aesthetic benefits; however, it will not halt the aging process. After a few years, your face will begin to show additional lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity. Dr. Sundine routinely performs secondary facelift surgery for his Newport Beach and Orange County facial-rejuvenation patients. His decades of experience and fine-tuned aesthetic judgment allow him to deliver outstanding surgical outcomes. Dr. Sundine has published book chapters and peer-reviewed articles regarding secondary facelifts. Because he is known as one of the top Facelift Newport Beach Surgeons, you’ll be in great hands.

Secondary Facelift procedure

The Secondary Facelift

Secondary facelift surgery is usually not significantly different from the initial facelift procedure, but it depends on what type of facelift you underwent the first time. When performing facelift as a secondary procedure, Dr. Sundine uses a high-SMAS-lift technique in the vast majority of cases.

The SMAS procedure focuses on lifting the deep layers of the face over the top of the facial muscles to reposition the facial fat over the contours of the face to restore the youthful softness and fullness of the face. The skin is also addressed, but generally, less skin is removed in a secondary procedure compared to the primary facelift.

During the procedure, Dr. Sundine creates incisions along the scars from the initial surgery, thereby preventing the formation of new scarring. The incision lines may have to be moved if there have been some distortions of the hairline or widened scars as a result of the primary procedure. In general, patients are able to recuperate and return to daily activities essentially the same as after the primary operation.

Secondary facelift surgery with Dr. Sundine is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited outpatient surgical center with board-certified anesthesiologists.

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I recently had a Facelift with Dr. Sundine, my results are clearly fantastic. I just went into BevMo and when I went to pay the 60-year-old female cashier, she asked for my ID. I looked at her and I said “really??”- She said, “we have to card everyone 40 years old and younger”. I laughed and gave her my driver’s license. I told her I am turning 63 in a couple of months. She apologized and said I looked fantastic- I told her not to apologize, as I had not been carded in 30 years! So my facelift results are fantastic! I loved it! I also love my results-phenomenal!
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Is the Surgery Safe?

Secondary facelift surgery is safe, and the risks of the surgery are no greater than with the initial procedure. The safety of this procedure is dependent on your general health and aesthetic goals.

Many patients who previously have had a facelift procedure develop new medical issues in the interim before the secondary procedure. These issues (such as hypertension) will need to be controlled prior to performing a secondary facelift.

The type of facelift you received previously will have some impact on the technical aspects of the procedure but does not impact the safety of the procedure. Dr. Sundine will carefully and comprehensively examine your face and explain whether a secondary facelift is right for you, as well as what type of results can be expected.

Recovering from Secondary Facelift Surgery

As you wake up from secondary facelift surgery, your face will feel tight and sore; as you know from your previous procedure, this is all temporary. You will be provided with medications and specific aftercare instructions that will help with the healing process.

You will go to an aftercare facility on the day of the surgery. You will then return home the next day, where you will continue to recover for the next 7 to 10 days before returning to work and other daily activities. Dr. Sundine will see you on a regular basis to ensure you are healing properly.

The results obtained with a secondary facelift will allow you to maintain your youthful appearance and feel good about your facial beauty.

How Much Does a Secondary Facelift in Newport Beach?

The cost of a secondary facelift in Newport Beach can vary on a number of factors. The surgery is highly personalized and tailored for each individual patient. During your consultation, Dr. Sundine will inform you of his recommendations and give you a detailed breakdown of the costs. Financing options are available, to help manage the payment for our patients.

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Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael J. Sundine regularly performs secondary facelift procedures and has more than 23 years of experience in plastic surgery. He is proud to treat facial-rejuvenation patients using procedures such as blepharoplasty and rhinoplasty in Newport Beach. In addition, he is a leading provider of brow lifts and neck lifts in Orange County. Dr. Sundine is known by his patients as a top Facelift Newport Beach specialist. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact us today.

Professional Memberships:

American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons-Fellow
American Academy of Pediatrics-Fellow
International Society of Craniofacial Surgeons
American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
American Cleft Palate- Craniofacial Association
American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons
California Society of Plastic Surgeons
Orange County Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Association of Plastic Surgery

Patient Reviews & Testimonials


    I gave Dr. Sundine the highest possible review in each category because he truly deserved the highest reviews on every level. I am a very well recognized lawyer on the West Coast. My firm has spent millions of dollars on television advertising in which I appear. I could not afford to have a bad face lift or even for people to notice I had a face lift at all. I interviewed many physicians including some of the “celebrity” physicians. Ultimately, I chose Dr. Sundine because he performs highly complex complete facial reconstruction procedures on children. I figured if he was so skilled that he could perform such incredibly difficult procedures on a child, I was confident he could perform a face lift with which I would be happy. The results were so far beyond my expectations that I could hardly believe. I look literally ten years younger. I am incredibly happy with the results and they seem to get better and better as the healing continues. I never had a problem getting a return call or making an appointment. Dr. Sundine is always pleasant and answers all of my questions. I would recommend him to anyone!!!

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  • "I Am Very Satisfied With The Results"

    What I really like about Dr Sundine is his vast experience and training. I also like the fact he did not try to sell me other procedures. He is also very down to earth and easy to talk to. I am very satisfied with the results and I highly recommend him.

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  • "Thanks, Dr. Sundine!"

    After much research and multiple visits to other surgeons, I knew right away that Dr. Sundine was the perfect choice for me. He is gentle and kind and genuinely listens to you. I felt completely confident in his ability from the first visit to the last. Even the day of the procedure, he spent ample time talking to me, taking measurements, and making marks on my body so as to get the perfect results. I have been singing his praises to all of my friends and will recommend him to anyone searching for a plastic surgeon. Thanks, Dr. Sundine!

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  • "Excellent Plastic Surgeon!"

    Dr. Sundine is an excellent plastic surgeon! I have been using his services for almost 5 years. The office setting is state of the art and his office manager Toni makes sure that everything runs efficiently. They really listen to your needs before and after surgery to make certain that you walk out fully satisfied. If you want to look years younger and fully refreshed I highly recommend that you use his services. This is not your typical Newport Beach plastic surgeon’s office. Patients walk out looking naturally gorgeous, not overdone like some of the women in Orange County! The office offers a full range of injectables, peels, and lasers in addition to major cosmetic surgery procedures. Whether you need a little tweak or surgery this is the physician that you should see!
    - Susan

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  • "You are the Best Surgeon!"

    Dr. Sundine is the best plastic surgeon. Dr. Sundine’s excellent skills and knowledge has made my surgery turn out so well. But more importantly, it made me feel better about myself. Again, thank you Dr. Sundine for all you have done for me. You are the best surgeon!
    - Thy D.

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