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Dr. Michael Morrissette
2749 Loma Vista Road
Ventura, CA 93003
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Facelift Surgery

Facial Rejuvenation

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Our Oxnard & Ventura facelift is an effective means for turning back the clock and giving the face a more youthful, fresh appearance. The procedure should only be performed by a cosmetic surgeon who has an eye for beauty and facial structure, and who focuses on a final result that appears natural and undetectable. Rather than having your friends and family comment that "you've had work done," due to a tight, unnatural appearance, you want to simply reverse the obvious signs of aging, giving your face a natural, rejuvenated appearance. This is where Dr. Morrissette excels.

Sagging Skin, Jowls, Creases, and Wrinkles

Your face can suffer the effects of time, sun damage, and the pull of gravity. As the facial tissue becomes less resilient, it tends to sag and droop, giving you a tired, older appearance. A properly performed facelift can give you a completely refreshed appearance, with results that appear natural. Every person is different, and various factors must be evaluated so that the results are attractive, appealing, and give you the fresh, youthful appearance you hoped for.

What Can I Expect During My Facelift Consultation?

At our surgery center, we perform many contemporary facelifts, including, in many cases, shorter incisions. In many cases, the most appealing results occur when volume is restored to the face either during or prior to surgery. A large majority of our patients are candidates for a faster, less-invasive facelift surgery. Others may require a more traditional facelift surgery to achieve the best results possible. Find out what will be best for you.

We will evaluate the following criteria to determine which surgical treatment is right for you:

  • The current condition of your skin
  • The areas that should be lifted and tightened to give your face a more youthful appearance
  • Whether adding volume prior to surgery will get better results
  • Evaluation of neck tissue, and areas where facial skin is drifting towards neck
  • Evaluation of the depth of creases, wrinkles, and jowls.

Important Facelift Tips

We recommend that you avoid listening to advertising pitches about mini-facelifts, or products that when applied, give facelift-like results. Just like anything else, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You may have seen or heard advertisements about certain new types of facelift procedures. The truth is that these are not actually new procedures, but simply new names for surgeries that have been used by cosmetic surgeons for years.

Why Choose Dr. Morrissette in Ventura?

If you are tired of looking in the mirror and seeing sagging skin or jowls, it may be time to consider a facelift. Come in for a consultation and meet with us to discuss the best procedures for you. As our interest is strictly in achieving a natural look, rather than a shocking change, we will consider only the most appropriate options for you.

Highest Safety Standards

We also focus upon providing our patients with the safest possible environment. In fact, we are one of the few out-patient surgery centers that has achieved accreditation by meeting the stringent requirements of the Institute for Medical Quality, one of four agencies approved by the California Medical Board. You can trust us to perform any cosmetic surgery, including facelifts, safely and with strict medical protocols.

Time to Restore a More Youthful Appearance?

Are you ready to resolve that tired, weary look, and rejuvenate your face? Contact our office to set an appointment for a consultation. We look forward to meeting you, and getting the process in motion. You are a unique individual, and every detail will be carefully planned out to achieve the most appealing, natural result. We proudly serve the Ventura County area, including the communities of Oxnard, Camarillo, Ojai and Ventura. Contact us now.

Our Philosophy

At our Ventura facial cosmetic practice, we operate with the philosophy that we must always deliver high-quality, individualized care – with compassion. We believe that communication and collaboration with our patients is the foundation of effective relationships. When you come to our practice, you can expect professionalism, friendliness, discretion, and comfort. We always communicate honestly about what outcome you can expect.

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Common Questions: Facelift Surgery

Are you tired of seeing your face looking saggy or worn and have been considering a facelift? Facial rejuvenation is an art – and you need a true artist to create a natural appearance. Dr. Morrissette is a highly-trained facial surgeon, and can answer all of your questions personally. To assist you, we have answered some of the most common questions our patients ask us. Have another question? Call us and schedule a free consultation – we are here to help.

Will a facelift give me a tight, stretched look?

When a facelift is performed too aggressively or by an unskilled surgeon, the results can be shockingly unnatural in appearance. At our clinic, we focus on creating natural-looking results. We want our patients to get compliments for the fresh, rested appearance – not to look like a different person. The skill and experience of your cosmetic surgeon is the most important factor in the final result of a facelift. Dr. Morrissette has an unusual skillset, and is not only a cosmetic surgeon, but is a Board Certified Maxillofacial Surgeon. This knowledge and skill gives him a rare degree of understanding of facial structure and musculature.

How long is the recovery time for a facelift?

Typically, a facelift will require about ten days to two weeks before you are healed enough to return to work. Every patient is different, and younger patients tend to heal more quickly. The healing process continues during the following weeks and months, and then the final result is achieved. The true outcome is usually visible in about three months for most patients.

Will I be under general anesthetic?

Each person will have a custom treatment plan, including the type of anesthetic that will be used. General anesthetic or local with IV sedation are two options. Each type of anesthetic is administered by a licensed anesthesiologist, in our spotless, state-of-the-art surgical suite.

What about the facelifts advertised on TV?

You may have seen ads about a new, less-invasive facelift procedure. The company making these claims has gotten into legal trouble for employees posting fake positive customer reviews, as well as being restricted from advertising that they provided a “revolutionary procedure.” These procedures have been in use by cosmetic surgeons for years, and are simply a mini-face lift, often the right surgery for a younger patient. One of the most well-known advertisers seen on TV has filed for bankruptcy.

At our practice, we perform facelift procedures that are known to be safe, effective, and create long-lasting, natural looking results. What is the right procedure for you? Only a personal consultation can answer that question – come and see us by scheduling a free consultation at our Oxnard office. We serve all of Ventura County and beyond.

How do I choose the right surgeon for a facelift?

Choosing the right surgeon definitely matters. You have various ways you can investigate the record of any doctor. You will be happy to know that Doctor Morrissette is a highly-respected professional and a leader in his field. He is often called upon to present information to other medical professionals, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Morrissette is not only exceptionally talented in facial surgery procedures but has served for two decades as a facial trauma surgeon, gaining knowledge and experience far beyond the ordinary. Health Grades, which offers consumers information about medical professionals, lists him as having the maximum five stars in every category. You can trust such an important surgical treatment as a facelift to Dr. Morrissette, a true professional in the field of facial surgery.

History of Facelifts

Facelift surgery is probably the best known cosmetic facial procedure worldwide. It is performed in most countries, and to a certain degree, has a negative stigmata attached to it! Let me try to explain some of the truths and myths about this surgical procedure which has been around for around 100 years.

First, let's look at some of the negative misconceptions about facelift surgery since many patients are scared of facelift surgery and nobody wants a facelift. A generation ago, facelift surgery took place in a hospital with an average hospital stay of 2-4 days. Today, the surgery is performed in our office which is an accredited surgical facility and patients are sent home within an hour or two following the 2-3 hour surgery. Previously, patients waited till they looked old before seeking a consultation for a facelift surgery.

Today, patients do not want to wait till they look old to have cosmetic surgery. They prefer to stay looking younger all their lives. By opting to have surgery earlier, patients can avoid a big surgery and extended recovery. Be aware of "facelift-like" results with new technology where it sounds to good to be true; it most likely does not produce facelift surgery results. None of these technologies can compare to the longevity and its of modern short incision facelift surgery.

We get inundated with radio and television advertising promoting and describing the many types of facelift surgeries. These include the S-lift, Lifestyle lift, MACS-lift, Quick-lift, Mini-lift, or Mid-face lift. The truth about facelift surgery is that there has not been any new discoveries on how to perform a facelift. All these facelift have the same underlying techniques, but differ in the length of the incision or type of suture technique that is used to create the "lift". In some cases, the names are different but the technique is exactly the same! Don't get confused or rely on the name attached to the surgery to select the procedure that is best for you.

Contemporary facelift surgery has undergone refinement with shorter incisions, fewer drains, dissolvable sutures, and surgeons have a better understanding about the need to volumize the face prior to surgery. In my office, we can treat a high percentage of patients by using a short incision facelift technique, which requires less surgery time, faster recovery and the incision is well hidden in the creases of the face to offer superior results when compared to a traditional facelift. However, there are times when we still perform a more traditional facelift when this technique is required to produce the best results that can be obtained.

Your first step...

Your first step is to come to our office and meet with us about what you hope to achieve. Dr. Morrissette is involved in creating a natural looking result, and never recommends surgery when it isn't warranted, or won't benefit the patient. We proudly serve all of Ventura County, including Oxnard, Camarillo, Ojai and Santa Barbara. Call today to schedule a free consultation with us.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation


The COVID-19 epidemic has created unprecedented circumstances for our community. Our practice has been paying close attention to the guidelines put in place by the government and the CDC and we want to reassure you that, as always, your health and well-being is our primary concern.

With this in mind, we are offering virtual consultations to patients via face time, however face-to-face in office consultation are still available. To schedule a virtual consultation or in office consultation call our office at (805)-214-4034.

Please know that we are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and doing our part to make sure that you are protected.

  • We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. Our preventative measures include:
  • Fully training all staff members to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.
  • Asking all staff, vendors and ancillary personnel to refrain from coming to the office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Asking every patient to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms and inquiring about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing, as this continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is something that we have always constantly done, we are now doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • Constantly sanitizing all surfaces (which we have always done as an accredited facility). However, we have now increased this routine and are wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities multiple times each day.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this country even better than it currently is. We are closely monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will update our practice’s guidelines as needed to protect our patients.

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