Early signs of aging in the mid and lower face regions can pose a problem to many patients. No one wants to look in the mirror and see an older version of themselves. Additionally, a formal facelift procedure is not always the best treatment option for patients who only have minimal signs of aging. For many years, there were numerous procedures and machines that promised but failed to cure early signs of aging. To help provide patients with a customized treatment solution, the specialists at Wave Plastic Surgery invented the Wave Lift procedure.

What Is Wave Lift?

Through extensive experience with facial rejuvenation procedures, Wave Plastic Surgery has developed a truly minimal incision, minimal downtime procedure that naturally and definitively rejuvenates the mid and lower face. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, intravenous (IV) sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s preference. The steps used to perform the procedure are as follows:


  1. Incision. A very tiny incision is made near the temporal (upper) aspect of the ear groove.
  2. Dissection. The skin and muscles are carefully dissected.
  3. Lift. Natural retaining ligaments are used as a carrier and strategic sutures are placed to elevate the skin and muscles.


Areas of particular attention for a Wave Lift are the nasolabial folds and jowls.  Total procedure time is usually one hour. Patients typically return home shortly after their procedure.

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Wave Lift In Depth

Wave Lift Recovery and Results

The advantage of a Wave Lift is that it is a minimally invasive procedure. Very tiny incisions allow for less scarring, less skin and muscle damage, and a much quicker recovery. The majority of post-surgical swelling is gone just seven days after the procedure. The sutures that are used to close the incisions are absorbable and thus do not need to be removed. Patients see their results almost immediately after their procedure. Final results are seen when post-surgical swelling is completely gone. One of the great things about a Wave Lift is that results last up to five years. Results can be maintained and enhanced using Botox, fillers, and laser treatments.

Wave Lift Vs. Regular Face Lifts

The incision sutures are all dissolvable so there is no need to remove the sutures.  Average recovery time is one week and the longevity is up to 5 years. To summarize,

  1. Minimal incision procedure to rejuvenate the face
  2. Usual operative time is 1 hour
  3. Can be performed under local anesthesia
  4. No sutures to remove
  5. Recovery period of 1 week
  6. Persistent effect up to 5 years

A Wave Lift can be thought of as a middle ground treatment option. It is one step above non-surgical treatment and one step below surgical treatment in the form of a facelift. Patients who have early signs of aging that they would like to correct are encouraged to make an appointment at Wave Plastic Surgery to determine if a Wave Lift is something that can help treat their condition. 

Please fill out the form on this page to schedule your consultation at Wave Plastic Surgery in San Francisco or call us at (866) 552-0803 today.

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