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A Facelift is a Facelift … Right? city, state


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There is a great saying that sometimes comes up in facial rejuvenation consultations: “A rose is a rose by any other name.” The analogy to facelifts is imperfect, however. There are as many definitions of “facelift” as there are surgeons performing them! Plus, in today’s marketplace procedures are often branded and advertised with surgeons names or catchy phrases. So how does a consumer really figure out what’s what?

First, a little about terminology. A “mini-facelift” or “mini-lift” generally implies faster recovery – but also, less surgery and therefore less change and shorter duration of results. These procedures are perfect for younger patients (40’s or 50’s) and even some older patients with favorable anatomy. An “S-lift” or “short-scar facelift” is a term used to describe a type of mini-facelift or a slightly more involved procedure which address the skin excess and the deeper connective tissues. The term “full facelift” is often used to describe a type of procedure rarely performed in modern plastic surgery, where a larger incision is made up into the hair in the temple region or connected across the top of the head behind the hairline. In most cases, mini-facelift or an “S-lift” can be performed under local anesthesia or with minimal sedation.

In my practice, I customize the facelift procedure for the needs of each specific patient. If a mini-facelift is appropriate, then that’s what we do! However, if a patient has significant jowls, loose neck muscles, and a lot of excess skin, more work is needed to achieve the desired results. For these patients, I perform a type of S-lift using a deep plane dissection. This helps me to give the patient a natural-looking and long-lasting result, by elevating the skin and the deeper connective tissues and muscles of the face and neck. This vertical-vector lift avoids the obvious “operated” look. When you are considering a facelift, make sure to ask your surgeon exactly what is being lifted – and how long they expect it to stay that way!

For more information about surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation, please visit or call 415-550-1077 today for a comprehensive consultation!

Our Patient Reviews

San Francisco Center for Facial Plastic, Reconstructive & Laser Surgery

5 / 5.0

Based on 23 reviews

Christina G.

I had several nasal/sinus issues including a severely deviated septum and a dorsal hump, which I wasn't crazy about. Dr Ransom did both the medical and aesthetic parts of my surgery and he did a wonderful job! While I did have some swelling, I didn't experience much bruising at all. I loved that he left the natural look of my nose just making small corrections. My breathing has GREATLY improved. His office staff was super helpful in scheduling and making sure payment and everything was very clear. I am very, very, very pleased with my results!!

Tk I.

I had a terrible surf accident in Bali and needed to get 50 stitches to repair what the reef did to my face. I had emergency cosmetic surgery in Bali the day of the accident. Immediately when i got back to the states i was introduced to Dr Ransom through some mutual friends. I was searching for the best cosmetic surgeon in San Francisco to help in my recovery. He and his team have been amazing! he helped establish a plan for my post-op wound care/treatment and administered some initial laser treatments. Dr Ransom and his team are extremely knowledgeable and very patient / helpful. I am very grateful for their help and support. I am finally looking normal again!

Joey B.

I had three issues with my nose - which inhibited my breathing: 1- broken nose, 2 - narrow nostrils that collapsed when I inhaled through my nose, 3 - deviated septum. When I was living in New York, I went to see a doctor about my breathing issues, and he said my skin was too thin and there was likely nothing he could do to rectify the problem. Dr. Ransom was recommended by an ENT I saw through One Medical. As soon as he saw him, he said he could easily fix my nose, and remove the bump that had formed from the trauma. His confidence and strong sense of self immediately put me at ease, and I had little doubt that he could accomplish exactly what he promised. He showed me a modified picture of my nose , and really liked what he proposed. The end result very closely matched what he promised. Not only can I now breath much more easily through my nose, it looks much better. He managed to make it look like an improved version of itself, however I still look like me, and unless I tell anyone I had it done, it's not overly noticeable, which I prefer. I'm pretty vain and very critical, and I can say that Dr. Ransom is great, and comes highly recommended.

Edward T.

Doctor Evan Ransom took my surgery on relatively short order and did a wonderful job. He is very talented and has a nice friendly professional support staff. I can not thank him enough, he was calm, caring, professional and interested in the follow results of his work . He seemed to bring a certain artistry to the profession.

Lisa C.

Dr. Ransom is a talented physician. He is knowledgeable, professional and goes the extra mile to make you feel comfortable during your treatments. He has been blessed with an artistic eye which brings wonderful results. I highly recommend Dr. Ransom and would refer all of my friends and family members to choose him as their physician.

Cheryl H.

Dr Ransom is very kind, honest, and conscience doctor. I was referred by my best friend, she is also Doctor Ransom patient. She has so much good things said about Doctor Ransom. So I had a face lift done by Doctor Ransom on July 2015. He did a wonderful job on my face and I have a lot of compliments on my face. So if anyone want to get their face done. I would highly recommended Doctor Ransom to you. I give Doctor Ransom a five stars.

Jill P.

I have currently been getting botox regularly with Dr. Ransom and he does a fantastic job. My previous doctor's office moved to another location where it was no longer convenient. I didn't realize what I was missing until I went to Dr. Ransom. I felt really comfortable, but most important he did a terrific job blowing my previous doctor out of the park. (Sometimes it's good switch it up a bit to make sure you are getting the best treatment.) On top of that, Dee the office manager is an incredible asset to the office. She personalizes your visit and relationship with the office to an extent I have never experienced before. I even get follow up calls to see how I am doing after a treatment. I highly recommend Dr. Ransom for his great work, and his team's impeccable customer service.

Arielle C.

Dr. Ransom and Dee are the BEST! Whether it's aesthetic or reconstructive, I'd trust him over and over again with my face.