Meet the Renowned Facelift Expert in Beverly Hills

Facelift surgery, or rhytidectomy, is the most ideal procedure to address age-related changes of the face, including sagging skin along the lower face and neck, deep lines and wrinkles, and improvement to the jawline and profile. Double Board certified, Fellowship trained Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Natalie Attenello, specializes exclusively in facial rejuvenation surgery including, facelifts and necklifts, in her Beverly Hills office for patients looking for an effective way to rejuvenate and refresh their appearance.


Aging of the face occurs when certain qualities of the skin and underlying structures change, such as a decrease in elasticity and a loss of facial volume. This causes the skin on the face and neck to both sag and loosen- which creates deeper facial lines and a wavy jawline. These changes become more evident as we get older, but can be hastened by certain environmental influences such as heavy sun exposure, excessive weight loss, or smoking habits.

The goals of facelift surgery for Dr. Attenello are to improve the signs of aging and restore both a more youthful, yet natural, appearance. Dr. Attenello achieves this by focusing on the muscular layer (or SMAS layer). This layer underneath the skin descends as well with age and it is paramount to address this in facelift surgery to provide the longest lasting and most definitive facelift results. By repositioning the SMAS layer, Dr. Attenello can lift the sagging jowls, soften the deepening folds between the nose and mouth (the nasolabial fold) as well as the deepening folds around the corner of the mouth (the marionette lines). This creates a smoother jawline and a more rejuvenated neck and profile. By addressing the SMAS layer, minimal tension is placed on the skin layer which avoids the ‘wind swept’ appearance or any other unnatural stigmata of facelift surgery.

It is important to note that the facelift procedure only addresses the sagging and loose skin and muscle, but will not improve the volume loss or the changes on the skin surface that occurs with time and sun exposure. These may be recommended in conjunction with the facelift surgery to provide the most optimal results.

Featured Testimonial

“I’d give her more stars if I could!!! It has now been a few months since I had surgery with Dr. Attenello and I can’t believe how fantastic I look. I didn’t think it was possible to get these results. I had a facelift to fix the jowls and sagging skin from my neck and I also did my eyes (I couldn’t put on eyeshadow for the past ten years because of the extra skin!!) I have received so many compliments, it has made me blush. I only told a few close friends what I did and they are amazed because you can’t see any scars. Dr. Attenello has been a true blessing in my life. She knows exactly what to say to make you feel better and cared for during the recovery period. I consulted with two other surgeons before her and just clicked immediately with her. She is absolutely the best and I’m so happy to have found a plastic surgeon and a friend for life. Thank you!!!”

Who is a good candidate?

The best candidates are healthy individuals who understand that a facelift will greatly improve their appearance by restoring the features they once had without making them appear like a different person. The ultimate goal of a facelift in Beverly Hills with Dr. Attenello is to provide each patient with excellent results without revealing any hints of surgery.

Is a facelift my only option?

There are a variety of facial rejuvenation procedures available that focus on addressing specific aesthetic issues. Some places may offer a mini-facelift which is a less invasive and quicker procedure but does not offer the same comprehensive and long-lasting results as a normal facelift.

There are also options like a mid-facelift and lower facelift that focus on more specific areas. Some places offer a non-surgical facelift using dermal fillers to restore lost volume known as a “liquid facelift. this option only offers mild improvement and temporary results.

When to consider getting a facelift

What is the facelift surgery in Beverly Hills like?

As each patient’s anatomy is exquisitely different, so are the small nuances during their surgery; and as such, no two surgeries are ever completely identical as Dr. Attenello tailors her surgical plan to fit each of her patient’s unique facial features.

During the procedure, all incisions are created with the goal of being hidden and discreet – usually in your natural skin creases, behind your ear, and around your hairline. Judicious liposuction underneath the chin and along the jowls and jawline is performed to provide the best contour possible. The vertical bands that run down each patient’s necks are also addressed at this time. Dr. Attenello will then tighten the muscle layer underneath your skin that is contributing to the sagging skin, deep wrinkles, and jowls. Next, the skin is then carefully re-draped and trimmed with meticulous attention to the suturing to provide the most discrete scars possible.

What is the recovery process like after a facelift in Beverly Hills?

Oftentimes, Dr. Attenello has a nurse escort the patient either to a hotel or his or her home if it is close by. This provides the highest level of care, comfort, and safety for her patients. After surgery, patients will have a compression wrap around their head and face. This helps to contain the bruising and swelling to the least amount possible. Though, mild discomfort with some bruising and swelling is expected. Dr. Attenello’s surgical technique is as such so drains are usually unnecessary in the overwhelming majority of patients. Patients can normally resume some social activity after two weeks depending on their comfort level as most of the bruising and swelling has subsided. Any smoking should be stopped prior to surgery as this can harm the healing process.

The cost of facelift surgery

Each facelift is customized to suit the unique needs of each patient and provide them with results that meet their aesthetic goals. Because of this, many patients may also undergo complementary procedures such as eyelid rejuvenation (an upper or lower blepharoplasty) or eyebrow rejuvenation (such as a browlift). It is best to consult with Dr. Attenello to devise a customized treatment plan during the initial consultation, in which pricing and other logistics are also outlined.

Schedule a Consultation

If you sagging, wrinkles and folds are ruining the beauty of your face, contact our office in Beverly Hills today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Attenello for your facelift.

Dr. Attenello can address any questions you. may have regarding facelift surgery and facial rejuvenation procedures and can use her skill and experience to provide you with excellent care and results.

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