Facelift in Jacksonville, FL

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Facelift Overview

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is one of the most common facial procedures today. This cosmetic surgery is performed on more than 150,000 men and women a year. At Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery in Jacksonville, Florida, our knowledgeable and experienced surgeons will work with you to improve the overall aesthetic of your face and create a refreshed appearance. In fact, many patients can look as much as 10 to 15 years younger. 

A facelift addresses concerns on the lower two-thirds of the face. It removes lax facial skin, repositions and reduces underlying excess fat deposits, and tightens underlying muscles, giving you a more youthful look. Today’s facelift is more effective and longer-lasting than ever before. Ask how we perform facelift surgery in conjunction with other procedures such as neck lifts, eyelid surgery, brow lifts, dermal fillers, and/or skin treatments for more dramatic results. 

Surgical Technique

There are a variety of techniques used to perform facelift surgery. Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery takes into account factors such as facial anatomy, skin laxity, and the overall aesthetic goal of the patient to determine the best approach. Each procedure is unique and will vary based on the type and location of the incision, the number of tissue layers affected, the plane of elevation, and the invasiveness of the procedure.

Skin Only Facelift

The skin only facelift has been in practice since the early 1900s. Known as a cutaneous facelift, this technique is less invasive because it addresses the skin only. The result of this surgery is more subtle than some of the newer muscle tightening procedures. However, it also offers a lower risk and shorter recovery period for the patient.

Traditional Facelift (SMAS)

This SMAS facelift is considered the gold standard of facelift surgery. Even though it is more complicated, the SMAS facelift results are dramatic and longer-lasting. The technique involves manipulating a group of muscles beneath the skin known as the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS). This section of muscle controls facial expressions. An incision is made along the hairline from the temple to just behind the earlobe. The skin is then separated and lifted. The underlying muscles and tissues are tightened and secured so they maintain their new position.

Deep Plane Lift

The deep plane lift goes a step further than the traditional approach. It is better suited for men and women with severe sagging and drooping — usually reserved for older patients. In addition to the SMAS layer being adjusted, a deeper section, known as the deep plane, is also treated. While this procedure offers certain advantages over a traditional facelift, surgeons must be skilled and act with caution so facial nerves are not damaged during the process.

Mini Facelift

A mini facelift is geared towards patients who want a refreshed appearance but require less invasive surgery. Some facelift procedures that are considered “mini” include the “Quicklift” or “Lifestyle Lift”.  Patients who wish to maximize the outcome of their cosmetic surgery, resulting in the most dramatic outcomes, will most likely need a full facelift in order to meet these aesthetic goals.

During/After Surgery

All facelift procedures are performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. The length of this surgery will vary, but it generally takes between 3-4 hours. Some patients may be required to stay overnight in the hospital. After surgery, patients will be bruised and swollen and the face and neck will feel tight. This will gradually improve within a few days. It is common for patients to feel anxious about their outcomes. Patients need to understand it can take several full months for the final results to appear. 

Facelift FAQ

Is there a Nonsurgical Alternative?

BOTOX®, injectable fillers, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels are examples of non-surgical procedures that can assist in smoothing out wrinkles, improving fine lines, and adding facial volume. These procedures also help to even out skin tone. However, these treatments only affect the surface of the skin. Patients with loose skin, drooping jowls, or a sagging neck will need to consider surgery if they want these features improved.

Will my facelift results Look Fake?

In the days immediately following facelift surgery, your skin may feel tight and pulled. These are some short-term effects, but they will subside. It’s important to find a reputable surgeon skilled in facial surgery. Surgeons who know what they are doing will make every effort to work within the confines of the patient’s bone, skin, and muscle structures so a younger, more natural look can result.  

Will i get Visible Scars?

Facelift surgery does require a long incision. However, in almost all cases, these scars are well hidden as they fall just along the hairline and around the ears in the natural folds of the scalp. In most cases, the scars should be barely visible to the naked eye.

What is the Best Age to get a facelift?

The common age range for patients who undergo a facelift is between 50-70. It is safe to say most patients will look 5-10 years younger following a facelift procedure. Younger patients (40-50 years old) generally have stronger skin elasticity so their results may last longer than those of someone older. However, older patients may have results that appear more dramatic, and for them, this can be very worthwhile. Patients should think of a facelift as a process to turn back the aging clock. You will still age, but you will appear a few years younger.

Facelift Expected Cost

Each facelift surgery is unique and will be tailored to each patient. Most patients can expect to pay between $8,000-$17,000.

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