Facelift & Mini Facelift In Gainesville, FL
Facelifts and mini facelifts are surgical procedures designed to smooth, lift, and firm facial skin, providing a fresh, youthful, and rejuvenated appearance. Facial skin, underlying tissues, and support structures beneath the skin accumulate damage due to natural aging, exposure to the sun’s radiation, stress, genetic factors, among others. This damage gradually and inevitably results in visible signs of aging, or external aging, in which wrinkles and lines form and previously perky skin sags, creating the ‘aged’ appearance.
John W. Tyrone, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Gainesville, FL, and one of the most highly trained physicians in the Southeast. Dr. Tyrone has years of expertise in providing cosmetic plastic surgery procedures to enhance your quality of life by improving your self-esteem and helping you reclaim your vitality. Carefully balancing his acute artistry in aesthetics, wealth of experience in plastic surgery, and the patient’s overall goals for facelift surgery, Dr. Tyrone creates customized treatment plans that achieve optimal results and beautifully accentuate the patient’s natural facial structures and features. Contact our plastic surgery practice today to schedule a facelift and to learn about our facial rejuvenation procedures.
What Is Facelift Surgery?
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure in which facial and neck skin is contracted and realigned. In certain instances, this procedure may involve the removal of excess fat deposits, reducing sagging and folds in the chin and jawline while sculpting greater facial definition. During facelift surgery, a flap of skin on each side of the face is pulled back, and tissues below the skin are surgically changed to restore a more youthful contour to the face. Prior to suturing, excess skin will be removed.
In combination with a facelift:
- A neck lift is commonly performed to remove fat deposits, smooth fine lines, and remove sagging skin from the neck area,
- Laser resurfacing can correct wrinkles, reduce pigmentation issues, and promote new collagen growth,
- Dermal fillers can help improve the apparent quality of the skin, and
- Skin treatments to help optimize skin health and appearance.
These procedures can all be performed in combination with facelift surgery.
Types Of Facelifts
Our facelift procedures are individualized to meet the unique needs of every patient. As such, we offer multiple types of facelifts, including mini facelifts, traditional facelifts, and options for a nonsurgical facelift, to best accommodate our patients’ cosmetic wishes and aesthetic preferences. Contact us today to learn more about our available facelift procedures and to schedule a consultation.
The mini facelift procedure is a less-invasive technique ideal for patients with minor sagging of the skin and moderate jowls. During a mini facelift, our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Tyrone, tightens deep facial tissues through small, short incisions, typically located above each ear and the hairline or in the natural skin around the ear. Through these small incisions structural tissues are lifted and tightened around the cheeks, producing a rejuvenated appearance, a refined jawline, and less sagging in the facial skin. This procedure is an excellent choice for those seeking to remediate some of the earliest signs of aging before they deepen.
A traditional or standard facelift fully addresses moderate-to-severe signs of external aging around the mid-face and neck. This surgical procedure is more extensive than a mini facelift, requiring greater recovery time but producing more dramatic results. During this procedure, incisions are made behind the ears, extending up through the hairline and hidden in the skin’s natural folds. Then, the skin is separated and deeper tissues under the skin are repositioned, while excess skin is removed resulting in smoothed-out creases, eliminated sagging tissue, and a naturally youthful and defined contour to the face and upper neck regions. The underlying muscles and tissues are tightened and secured to maintain their new positions for long-lasting results.
Patients who want to avoid surgical interventions or may not need cosmetic surgery to achieve their facial rejuvenation goals might consider non-surgical facelift alternatives to suit their needs. Though a facelift without surgery cannot produce as significant or long-lasting results as those produced with a facelift, nonsurgical facelifts can often provide effective treatment and natural-looking outcomes. Among the available options for nonsurgical treatments designed to diminish the visible signs of aging, the most popular is our liquid facelift, which combines several cosmetic fillers to effectively enhance facial areas and address age-related volume loss, fine lines and wrinkles, and other common, visible signs of aging. Our Gainesville plastic surgery practice offers various popular fillers, including JUVÉDERM® and BOTOX® Cosmetic, that address all of our patient’s aesthetic dermal needs. Other alternatives to facelift surgery include collagen induction therapy, or microneedling, which may be performed as a standalone procedure or in conjunction with platelet rich plasma therapy for optimal results.
Facelift In Gainesville, FL
Performed by our board-certified cosmetic surgeon, each facelift is designed to craft results that not only complement the patient’s current appearance, but those that will age naturally with them. Though the natural aging process is inevitable, undergoing a mini facelift or facelift procedure can help promote a youthful appearance with results that continue to endure with time and age. Following a facelift, our patients frequently report experiencing a prominent surge in self-confidence, as their renewed appearance better reflects their youth and vibrancy. Review our facelift before and after photos and contact our Gainesville plastic surgery office for additional information.
The exact techniques our board-certified cosmetic surgeon use during a facelift procedure depends on a number of factors, including the patient’s anatomy, their personal goals for treatment, the type of facelift chosen, and whether or not any additional procedures are to be performed in conjunction with the facelift. The majority of facelifts are performed while the patient is under general anesthesia, though local anesthesia with sedation may be an option for less extensive procedures. In general, a facelift procedure begins with an incision made in the hairline that extends to the front of the ear, around the earlobe, and then back to the lower portion of the scalp behind the ears. At this point, your surgeon may remove or redistribute excess skin and fatty deposits as needed. The deeper facial structures are contoured, and the skin is redraped or tightened, providing a long-lasting result. In some cases, an incision under the skin may be necessary to remove excess fat from the area and to tighten the muscles located in the upper neck. Please contact our office for more information.
Once the procedure is completed, facelift recovery begins. Following the procedure, the face is fitted with bandages in order to help reduce swelling and promote a quicker recovery time. In general, post-operative instructions (provided ahead of the procedure) call for plenty of rest and limited movement to help facilitate a healing recovery process and optimal results from surgery. Any stitches are typically removed within a week or so. Though the time it takes for each patient to fully heal from their facelift, most patients recover within 2 weeks of their procedure, though a full month is typically required before patients resume any form of vigorous activity or exercise. While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the post-operative instructions provided by our office. For additional information regarding facelift recovery, speak with our plastic surgeon!
Frequently Asked Questions
Facelift surgery is among the most popular surgical cosmetic enhancement procedures, prized for its ability to almost turn back the hands of time with visible improvements to common signs of aging and ultimately provides the patient with a more youthful, refreshed look. Among the primary goals of this treatment, a facelift procedure may reduce visible signs of wrinkles, fine lines, and creases; reduce signs of jowls and deep nasolabial folds; remediate sagging skin in the lower face and neck regions; tighten lax facial and neck muscles; restore lost volume in the midface, and correct displaced or fallen fat in the treated areas. To reap the full range of benefits associated with facelift surgery, patients commonly receive this treatment in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery procedures, including brow lift and otoplasty. Patients should consider facelift surgery if they feel self-conscious about the appearance of their face and neck due to sagging skin; if they feel their facial appearance makes them appear much older than they feel; or if they are bothered by visible signs of facial aging and desire a long-lasting solution using plastic surgery.
In the majority of cases, incisions made during a facelift procedure are made in inconspicuous areas where they are easily concealed within the natural contours, lines, and features of the face, such as within the hairline and around the ear. The placement of your incisions will depend on several factors, including the nature of your procedure, the severity of the intended correction, and our plastic surgeon’s specialized recommendations. The artistic aesthetic surgeon in our practice fully understand any concerns with potential scarring, and they take great care to ensure incisions are precise and allow for stunning results with the lowest risk of visible scarring possible. In most cases, our patients are unable to identify the exact placements of their facelift incisions once the incisions have fully healed and faded!
There are several factors that may impact the longevity of facelift surgery results, some of which include the quality of the patient’s skin, the particular technique used by their plastic surgeon, and the lifestyle choices they make following their procedure. Generally, healthy, youthful skin that maintains some degree of elasticity produces greater resilience following surgery. This quality is inherent to a patient and may help predict the success of their facial rejuvenation procedure. The total length in which your specific results last depend on the manner in which your skin, face, and body age over time. For more information about facelift results and our available facelift procedures, please contact our office.