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.

Woman in white tee shirt -- Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What is 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 facelifts 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.

Secondary Facelift -- Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What Are The Benefits

Of Secondary Facelift?

Some of the many benefits that our Secondary Facelift patients in Newport Beach have discovered include:

  • Achieves/ improves results originally intended from an original facelift
  • Can erase years of aging and environmental damage
  • Improves loose or sagging skin

Who is a Candidate

For Secondary Facelift?

The best candidates for a Secondary Facelift in the Orange County area include those who share some of the following characteristics:

  • Are in overall good health
  • Have had a previous facelift with unsuccessful or undesirable results
  • Have seen a degeneration in results from previous facelifts over the years
  • Maintain a realistic expectation of procedure results
  • Nonsmoker
Touching hair -- white top --Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Michael Sundine

What’s The First Step?

The first step in getting a Secondary Facelift is to contact the office of Michael J. Sundine for a consultation. When you come in for your appointment, Dr. Sundine will examine your face and ask you questions about your medical and surgical history, so it’s very important to be open and honest with him as it helps prevent any unnecessary risks or side effects. You will also discuss what your aesthetic goals are and have any concerns or questions you may have addressed.

Once Dr. Sundine has all of the information that he needs, he will create your personal surgical plan. If you agree with his plan and assessment, our Patient Coordinator will help you choose your procedure date and provide you with some pre-op instructions.

What to Expect on the Day of Secondary 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.

Dr. Sundine getting ready for surgery

Secondary Facelift


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 regularly 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 Cost 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 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.

Why Choose Dr. Sundine?

Dr. Michael J. Sundine is highly trained, having successfully performed thousands of facial surgeries in his career. Orange County patients have trusted him for years with their secondary facelift. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in molecular biology and biochemistry, and the St. Louis University School of Medicine where he received multiple honors. Dr. Sundine completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of California Irvine Medical Center and became board certified by the American Board of Surgery (ABS). After his extensive and specialized training in Plastic Surgery, which was performed at the world-famous Duke University Medical Center, he has been certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).

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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 at 949-706-3100.

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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.

After much research and multiple visits to other surgeons, I knew right away that Dr. Sundine was the perfect choice for me. I felt completely confident in his ability from the first visit to the last. 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

Dr. Sundine is an excellent plastic surgeon! I have been using his services for almost 5 years. If you want to look years younger and fully refreshed I highly recommend that you use his services. Patients walk out looking naturally gorgeous, not overdone like some of the women in Orange County!

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!

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 facelift or even for people to notice I had a facelift at all. I interviewed many physicians including some of the “celebrity” physicians. Ultimately, I chose Dr. Sundine.