Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Lounge | Dr. Kevin Sadati

Facelift Orange County

The facelift is by far the most effective method of correction for moderate to severe signs of facial aging. Esteemed Orange County facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Kevin Sadati provides his patients with results that convey a natural elegance that only a true artist could provide.

Aging is inevitable, so why not age artistically? Visible signs of aging occur due to biological, genetic and lifestyle factors. Over time, our skin weakens, and gravity takes its toll on our once youthful face, lips, and neck. As a result, we no longer look the way we did in our 20’s and 30’s.

However, a youthful facial profile does not have to become a distant memory, a natural facelift by Dr. Kevin Sadati can help to restore a more youthful appearance that would make you look better, but not different. An artist at heart, Dr. Sadati approaches each patient with the vision of enhancing their natural beauty; producing beautiful results that are never over-done or artificial-looking.

Experience You Trust

When it comes to your face, you can’t take any chances. If you are considering facelift surgery in Orange County, you need the expertise of an experienced surgeon that will do the job right the first time. At the Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery, that is exactly what you will get. Our board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Kevin Sadati has performed well over 3500-face and neck lift procedure using local anesthesia and twilight sedation without the need for general anesthesia. You should feel comfortable with your surgeon, and Dr. Kevin Sadati will do nothing less than work hard to make you comfortable with every procedure. From answering questions and addressing concerns during in-depth consultations to being gentle during the actual facelift procedures, he will ensure that your entire experience is something to smile about.

Preparing for Your Facelift

If you have moderate to severe signs of aging, you may be a good candidate for a facelift procedure. Dr. Sadati is a highly trained facial plastic surgeon and will work closely with you during your consultation to determine the best techniques and methods to achieve your desired result. Common signs of aging that can be improved through a facelift procedure include but are not limited to:

  • Loose skin present around the chin, jawline, and neck creating the look of a sagging jowl
  • Moderate to severe wrinkles or folds running from the nose to corners of the mouth, also known as nasolabial folds
  • Cheeks that have lost volume over time that now appear lower and fattened

Your safety and comfort are Dr. Sadati’s top priorities which is why he works with you throughout the process to ensure a truly individualized experience. If it has been determined that you are a good candidate for a facelift, a Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Lounge patient coordinator will help you to schedule your procedure as well as pre- and post-op appointments to address any questions or concerns you may have.


What to Expect During Your Facelift Recovery

Post-operative facelift recovery is quick, and any first-day discomfort is controlled with oral medication. Any swelling or tenderness around the incision areas usually subsides during the first week after the procedure. Swelling can be minimized by icing and keeping the head in a slightly elevated position when sleeping. Newport Beach facelift surgeon, Dr. Kevin Sadati even suggests the use of Arnica Montana to aid in recovery. Used medically for years for its anti-inflammatory effects.

Post facelift surgery patients are advised to avoid the sun as much as possible and to wear sunscreen when going outdoors. Results can be seen immediately following surgery; however, most patients feel they are ready to face the world within 7 days. The amount of recovery time varies depending on the person, but most patients report they are back to work within one week’s time and are ready to resume their normal activities.

Choosing Dr. Kevin Sadati

Dr. Kevin Sadati is one of the top California facial plastic surgeons specializing in minimally invasive facelifts. Voted “best cosmetic surgeon in Orange County” by the OC Register five years in a row.

As a double board-certified surgeon, Dr. Sadati is an expert in facial plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery. With this extensive knowledge in cranial structures, Dr. Sadati is fully qualified to safely and discreetly reverse signs of aging on the face to deliver a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance. With years of experience in delivering impeccable results to the most discerning patients, Dr. Sadati has earned a reputation for providing some of the highest quality facelift surgery available.

Dr. Kevin Sadati is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AOBOO-HNS), Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) and a member of the prestigious American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFRS). He has more than fifteen years of experience in the field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Sadati has been invited to premier plastic surgery conventions such as American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and American College of Osteopathic Otolaryngology & Facial Plastic Surgery, in order to educate other plastic surgeons on his revolutionary facelift technique. He performs well over 3,500 lower face and neck lift surgery using local anesthesia and twilight sedation without the need for general anesthesia.

As a painter and sculptor, Dr. Kevin Sadati blends art and medical science to create beautiful, natural-looking results in his cosmetic surgery patients. Through his experience, surgical finesse and artistic talent, Dr. Kevin Sadati has become one of the most sought-after facelift surgeons in Orange County.

Surgical ProceduresBoard Certified Plastic Surgeon and Otolaryngologist average number of procedure performed per yearDr. Kevin Sadati’s average number of procedures performed per year
Face Lift7.0220
Neck Lift2.0165
Eyelid Surgery9.2102

“My experience with Dr. Sadati was one of the best experiences I have ever had with a physician. I never had considered getting a face lift until I started feeling unhappy with how I looked in the mirror. He has really mastered his craft – Dr. Sadati is your guy if you are looking for a great facelift!"

Your Private Consultation

Orange County Facelift surgeon, Dr. Kevin Sadati is a top board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Newport Beach, has the expertise and experience needed to satisfy any concerns a patient may have. Most surgeons do not take the time to get to know their patients or will recommend procedures that they don’t need or even want. Dr. Sadati takes time for everyone and goes through an extensive consultation because wants the very best for his patients. You can be sure that he will advise you honestly about which facial procedure is best for you and discuss the process with you in detail.

Call Gallery of Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetic Lounge today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kevin Sadati.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does a facelift require general anesthesia?

Not anymore! In fact, one of the specialized areas of my practice has involved many successful facelifts, also known as the ‘Natural Lift’ using only local anesthesia with twilight sedation which patients love. Traditionally, facelifts were performed under general anesthesia or under intravenous (IV) sedation. As skill and knowledge of facial plastic surgery advanced, the usage of local anesthesia for facelifts has increased. I perform most of my lower facelift surgeries under local and twilight sedation. The transfer of using general anesthesia to using local anesthesia was brought about by several factors:

  • Patients had an increased desire to avoid the risks inherent to being put under general anesthesia.
  • Patients preferred having this procedure done because it is minimally invasive and provides them with a quicker recovery time.
  • Advancements in local anesthetic technique presented safer alternatives for our patients.
  • Reduced procedure cost.

In the thousands of facial cosmetic surgery procedures I have performed, the local option is an extremely safe, effective and comfortable way of serving the needs of my patients.

While local anesthesia and twilight sedation is a popular choice, it is not for everyone. Some patients require extensive cosmetic surgery that is best performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation. The most appropriate course of treatment for each patient is best discovered during a personal one-on-one consultation with a careful review of their medical history.

What can I expect from a facelift with local anesthesia?

Most patients are quite happy with the ease of this procedure. A common fear among patients is that they know needles will be used to numb the skin, and they want to know if it will it hurt, or they may be nervous about the number of injections used. Will it hurt? To their pleasant surprise, the injection process is very tolerable. Dr. Sadati goes to great lengths to create a calm and comforting atmosphere, which alleviates much of the patient’s stress. He will not start the numbing process until his patient is completely relaxed by the use of a few Valium and other sedatives. Most patients are quite happy with the ease of this procedure.

Dr. Sadati makes it a point to have a good surgical team in place. He will not work with anyone but employees that are mild-mannered and sympathetic to his patients’ needs. His injection technique is a key component of patient comfort, and he only uses a very small needle and a gentle touch in addition to a mild mixture of anesthetic to minimize any burning sensation.

To guarantee patient comfort, cotton earplugs, requested music, or soothing nature sounds (such as ocean waves or tropical rainforest) may be played on our state-of-the-art sound system. Most patients close their eyes and drift off to sleep—even if they did not plan to! While some patients do experience pre-surgical anxiety, most reach a state of relaxation and sleep. For those who need a little something extra, we offer IV sedation to help take the edge off their nerves.

While the local anesthesia and twilight sedation will not produce any painful sensations, one may experience feelings of tightness. These are indications of a successful procedure and signal the path to recovery.

A facelift can take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours depending on the patient’s needs. Time estimates are reviewed during the consultation as well as during the procedure so the patient knows what to expect.

Following the procedure, our patients are encouraged to sit up and walk around. We offer refreshments including filtered water or a nutritious anti-oxidant drink with key vitamins to replace electrolytes. With twilight sedation, there are no ugly after-effects such as nausea or grogginess. As a precaution, the patient’s vital signs are closely monitored and discharged only after a thorough post-op review. Upon an informal exit interview, those who have had a facelift in the past under general anesthesia usually comment that they prefer the local anesthesia option.

Customer service is a key component of our practice, and I personally call each patient to follow up after their surgery. It has been my experience that most patients are delighted with the ease and comfort of the procedure. In fact, patients are provided with my 24-hour contact number should they need me at any time.

What is a Natural Mini facelift?

The Natural Mini Lift is a safe, revolutionary approach to a facelift that provides superior, long-lasting results. This procedure was pioneered by renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Sadati to improve the look of jowls, cheeks, and very mild loose neck. Individuals in their 40’s are good candidates for this procedure.

The cheeks, jowls, and neck are lifted by removing excess fat, tightening the underlying muscle, and re-draping the skin resulting in a younger, natural look. The procedure takes about 90 minutes using a local anesthesia and twilight sedation without the need for general anesthesia.  Normal social activities can be resumed in about a week. There may be minimal tightness and numbness that ultimately fades.  Strenuous exercises can be resumed in 4 weeks.

What are the benefits of a Natural Lift procedure?

Natural Lift patients enjoy a faster, more comfortable recovery than patients that have a traditional facelift. What’s more, the Natural Lift methodology is less apparent than a traditional facelift, giving your skin a smoother, radiant look. The Natural Lift does away with the look of the “tight-face” or the “pulled look” from most traditional facelifts.

Are there significant risks associated with surgery?

There are uncertainty and risk involved with any surgery. While complications associated with facelifts are extremely rare, risks may include: infection, bleeding, and adverse reaction to the medications, delayed healing, numbness in certain part of ears. Smokers have an increased risk for slow or incomplete healing.

However, Dr. Sadati’s Natural Lift method avoids facial nerve injury because it is minimally invasive and provides a local anesthesia and twilight sedation option. I will not cut the facial muscle and tendon known as SMAS; this may increase the risk of facial nerve damage. I simply fold the muscle and tendon (aka Plication) to prevent prolonged recovery and facial nerve damage.

Am I a good candidate for a facelift?

If your jowls and neck have started to sag, then you are a good candidate for a facelift. Good candidates also possess a strong, well-defined bone structure. Patients should have a realistic expectation of their surgery and understand that the procedure does not change who you are as a person—it simply rejuvenates your look.

Can I expect permanent results from a facelift?

The results will vary from person-to-person, but that doesn’t mean the clock has stopped; we will continue to age. The good news is that we can turn the clock back a bit making us look and feel 10 years younger! I tell my patients that in ten years, no matter what, you will look better from having the natural facelift than if you had not had it done at all.

What is the recovery like?

After the procedure is completed, a gauze bandage dressing is applied, and patients usually experience some slight tightness around the ears and jawline on their first night after surgery. Any discomfort can be effectively managed with Tylenol; however, prescription pain medication will be made available. The following day, your dressing is removed, and you’re instructed to wear a light elastic wrap for seven nights (this will be provided to you). Any discoloration or swelling around the face and neck commonly subside after a week. Doctors advise against exposure to the sun and any strenuous activity for a minimum of two weeks.

How do I find a qualified plastic surgeon in my area?

A new, youthful face requires a skilled specialist with experience and board certification credentials. Dr. Sadati is a board certified facial plastic surgeon specializing in facial rejuvenation. Be sure to check before and after pictures to get a feel for your prospective doctor’s results.

Can men have a facelift?

Absolutely! This is the 21st century after all and cosmetic surgery is no longer exclusively for women. Many men are considering procedures to gain a more youthful, refreshed look for themselves too. The concept is tailored for men to highlight and sharpen the angular structures of the jaw, neck, and chin. The incision lines are slightly different for men; therefore, skin sutures are placed under the skin (subcuticular sutures) no sutures outside or any tracks.

What is the Lunch Time facelift?

The “Lunch Time” lift is a bit of a misnomer and is also known as a “thread lift.” It’s a procedure that uses thread to pull up the loose tissue without removing any excess skin, sometimes leading to tissue bunching and irregularity at the hairline. It only lasts about 6-9 mounts. It is quickly losing favor in the medical community and Dr. Sadati does not believe its results are satisfactory in the long run.

What is a Weekend facelift?

The Weekend Lift is just another name for a Mini Lift. The benefits to the patient are that it’s a short downtime with maximum results. A weekend facelift gives patients a more refreshed look without the signs or cost of a major surgery.

What is the best age to have a facelift?

Perhaps the most common question concerns timing. Some of my patients worry that if they proceed too soon they may need multiple procedures later in life. Others worry that if they wait too long, it may be too late to have one. Many people start on face and neck lift procedures in their late 40s to late 70s. Typically, face and neck lift procedures can set back the clock for nearly a decade. Although aging will continue, you will look younger than if you had not had the surgery. Face and neck lift procedures can be safely repeated in 8-10 year intervals.

Meet Your Orange County Natural Facelift Expert

Trust your face in the hands of a facial specialist. With Dr. Kevin Sadati’s minimally invasive face and neck lift technique, there is no need for general anesthesia. Over 3,500 patients have had their lower face and neck lift performed by Orange County facelift specialist Dr. Kevin Sadati. Using his Double “C” Plication (muscle tightening) technique, his patients receive a refreshed, youthful appearance without a ‘pulled’ or ‘artificial look’ often associated with a facelift. Dr. Kevin Sadati’s patients refer to his revolutionary lower face and neck lift as the Natural Lift or Natural Facelift, because of its natural looking, non-operated results. The Natural Facelift is performed in our surgical facility, under local anesthesia and twilight sedation. There is no need for general anesthesia in order for the patient to undergo a comfortable cosmetic surgery experience. The American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery published Dr. Kevin Sadati’s unique muscle tightening technique. Since then, he has been invited to premier facial plastic surgery conventions such as the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and AOBOO-HNS in order to educate other plastic surgeons. Dr. Kevin Sadati continues to receive rave reviews from both his peers and his Newport Beach facelift patients for his renowned Natural Facelift.

Other Locations

Dr. Sadati also proudly serves the following cities:

How much is a facelift?

Facelift costs vary depending on your geographic location as well as the expertise of your surgeon. The cost ranges between $7,700 and $12,000, and Doctor Sadati thoroughly explains how skin condition, pliability, and sun exposure impact results as well as the cost. Consulting with board-certified plastic surgeons with similar experience will help you determine which procedure is best for you as well as your budget.

Is a facelift permanent?

Nothing in life, including a facelift, is permanent. Dr. Sadati’s patients experience prolonged positive results for up to 10 years if they take care of their skin, but the aging process itself cannot be stopped entirely. Choosing the best board-certified plastic surgeon available will equate to better results long-term.

How long does a facelift last?

Many of Dr. Sadati’s facelift patients continue to have beautiful results 5–10 years after their procedure. Genetics and skin care are both factors in longevity, so Dr. Sadati thoroughly explains how to achieve the best results long-term. 

How painful is a facelift?

A facelift should be a pain-free procedure, which is why Dr. Sadati combines local anesthesia with twilight sedation. His patients recover quicker and don’t experience post-anesthesia side effects. When recovering at home, most people only need minimal pain medication for a few days. Swelling and bruising are common, but the discomfort usually subsides quickly.

What is the best age for a facelift?

Age, alone, is rarely the most important reason to pursue a facelift. Most patients choose Dr. Sadati because he focuses on rejuvenating their appearance when signs of aging, such as sagging, occur. Many of his Orange County patients opt for a facelift in their 40s or 50s when their skin  is still resilient enough to benefit from the procedure, but older patients benefit as well, even beyond their 60s.

Dr. Kevin Sadati


Dr. Kevin Sadati is a top facial plastic surgeon in the Newport Beach and Orange County area with over 15 years of facial and reconstructive surgery experience. He is particularly known for creating natural, subtle results for his patients who don't appear that they've had work done. This can be credited to his extensive experience, as well as his surgical finesse and natural artistic talent. Along with years of studying and training, Dr. Sadati has experience as a painter and sculptor, which embodies his artistic eye for, and appreciation of, aesthetic harmony. He believes that this is key to creating beautiful, natural-looking results in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Sadati has been voted by his patients: “The Best Cosmetic Surgeon” in OC register 5 years in a row, “Top Plastic Surgeon in Orange County” in Locale magazine and received “Best Overall Facial Rejuvenation” award at the National Aesthetic Show by his peers. He also appeared in “The Doctors” show on NBC.



Call (949) 706-7776 or fill out our online form to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Sadati. Conveniently located near Fashion Island, the airport and the beach. Please visit us while you are out in the beautiful area of Newport Beach.

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