Facelift in Temple Terrace, FL
Our team at Davis Plastic Surgery exclusively specializes in reconstructive and plastic surgery of the face and neck. If you would like to improve your appearance or reduce the signs of aging, then a facelift is right for you. We offer an extensive range of facial surgery procedures for residents of Temple Terrace and the surrounding areas of Florida. If you are looking to make a positive change in your lifestyle, we encourage you to explore all options that are available including surgery.
Things have changed dramatically over the last 10 years. In the past, no one discussed facelift in public. All procedures got done in a shroud of secrecy. It is now culturally acceptable and commonplace to undergo facelifts due to the high demand. Both young men and women get the procedure done.
Contact our plastic surgery office today to learn whether a face or neck lift is right for you. Our Tampa office is convenient to patients throughout the area.
Facelift Surgery – An Overview
The purpose of a facelift is to eliminate excess skin and fat, tighten underlying muscle tissues and reposition the remaining tissues for a firmer and more youthful appearance.
A wide variety of procedures is available to improve your appearance. The methods reduce signs of aging and eliminate unwanted sagging jowls, folds, and fine lines.
We will determine the right procedure for you based on your age, post-surgery goals, and your desired results.
Benefits of a Facelift
The benefit you get from a facelift is that it has a lasting impact on your appearance. The procedure reduces signs of aging, refines the skin and eliminate sagging jowls or “turkey waddles.” It also smoothes out heavy nasolabial folds and age lines. If you are not completely satisfied with injectables to meet your aesthetic goals, the next step would be facelift surgery. We use the best methods to achieve the desired appearance.
Facelift Surgery – Available Techniques
- Mini facelift or partial facelift
A mini facelift is similar to a traditional facelift. It is sometimes called a short-scar facelift. The only difference is that it limits potential scarring.
When performing a mini facelift, an S-shaped incision gets made in front of and around the ear. The incision is about one-third the length of a traditional facelift incision. The small incision helps to minimize scarring. After the doctor makes the incision, the skin, and fat tissue get repositioned and pulled taut.
The advantages of a mini facelift procedure include minimal swelling, fast recovery, and less visible scarring. This procedure, however, is not appropriate for patients who require significant tissue lifting.
- Mid facelift
The mid facelift addresses the middle portion of the face like the cheeks, nose, and lower eyes.
As you age, the cheek pads descend to the lower portion of the face due to gravity. The mid facelift corrects these flaws.
After the doctor makes the incision, the cheek pads get elevated back into position. This helps to alleviate nasolabial folds and age lines that contribute to restoring the youthful appearance of the cheeks. Additionally, it reduces or eliminates tension on the lower eyelids.
- Full facelift/Deep plane facelift
A full facelift and a deep plane facelift are comprehensive treatments that produce dramatic results. A deep plane facelift involves mobilizing, elevating and suspending connective tissues. Then it gets re-draped in a more desirable position. The technical term for this is SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system).
The technique lets the connective tissue remain intact while preserving the natural incision placement. The incision can get hidden behind the ear or in the hairline.
For a deep plane facelift to be successful, the surgeon has to be an expert in plastic surgery, microsurgery and have full knowledge of the nervous system.
A full facelift is similar to a deep plane facelift except the lack of complete elevation of the fat pads and surrounding connective tissue. Instead, the skin gets raised outwards. Then, the skin, muscle, and fat tissue get repositioned.
A neck lift is similar to a facelift. It is a surgical procedure that allows excess skin and muscle tissue to get removed and re-draped for a more youthful and attractive appearance.
The incision for a neck lift gets hidden below the chin or behind the ears. The skin fat and muscle tissue get molded through the incisions and excess skin gets eliminated.
After the tissue gets repositioned, the incisions are closed.
The required recovery time is similar to that of a facelift.
- Facelifts and neck lift for men
It is a bit more complicated to perform a facelift on a man than it is to perform on a woman. Men have beards, which make their skin tougher. As a result, it is harder to hide incisions.
A better option for men would be to get facial plastic surgery work with experts having years of experience in facial cosmetic surgery.
At our Tampa practice, Dr. Davis has experience with facial plastic surgery. He customizes facelift surgery based on each man’s needs
The incisions get placed around hair tufts or sideburns. This option will hide the scars. “Turkey waddles” or heavy jowls then get eliminated with little to no downtime.
Facelifts vary among individuals. The facelift procedure that we perform gets customized to the individual patient’s particular needs and goals. We use a range of criteria to help determine the most suitable method based on a patient’s makeup, his or her cost requirements and the time that he or she takes to recover.
For example, some people do not have the time required for a deep-plane facelift recovery. An alternative would be a less invasive partial lift. On the other hand, if the patient has the time and the funds available, we offer a full range of options. We will find the one that is right for you.
Recovery and Aftercare – Post-surgery Process
After the completion of the facelift surgery, the treatment area gets wrapped in extra dressings. The dressings stay in place for 48 to 72 hours.
We do not use drains at Davis Facial Plastic Surgery. If we use drains, it would be temporary and they would get removed before the patient leaves the recovery room.
We stay in touch and call patients during the first 24 hours following surgery, including the night of the surgery, as well as the following morning. We stay in touch because 90 percent of post-surgical hematomas occur within 24 hours of surgery. A hematoma is a localized collection or pooling of blood beneath the skin. Maintaining this procedure lessens complication rate.
About two to three days post-surgery, the patient should return to have the dressings removed. At that time, we check the incisions to make sure that they are healing properly. After removing the bandages, we give the patients supportive dressings or girdles. The patients should wear these at night for a period of four to six weeks. The supportive dressings help the skin to heal much faster and also contour the skin.
For the next six weeks, we see the patients either weekly or bi-weekly to check their progress.
To help minimize risks and complications, we ask our patients to abstain from strenuous activity for up to six weeks. The same procedure goes for head and neck action. We are very strict when it comes to these procedures. This helps the tissue to heal properly. Following these procedures will ensure that the patients get superb results.
If there are any complications, Dr. Davis is available at any time.
Revisions and Potential Complications
We determine whether any changes will be necessary six months after surgery has been completed. Our revision rate is extremely low thanks to Dr. Davis’s expertise in the field of facial plastic surgery and his artistry in facelift surgery.
If there is a need for any improvement, Dr. Davis will perform minor touch-ups at no additional cost.
Take advantage of Dr. Davis’s expertise and that of his staff. We use the latest techniques and we take control of facelift post-surgery and recovery. To ensure proper healing and recovery are going as planned, we monitor our patients at our Tampa clinic.
Complications do occur, though, but they are rare. Types of complications include visible scarring, hematoma, blood fluid collection, abnormal bruising, and facial nerve injury.
You make better decisions regarding your treatment when you have the knowledge and understanding of any potential complications. We are capable of handling any problems through quality care, experience and the employment of modern and safe approaches.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost?
A facelift is a cosmetic procedure, which means your insurance will more than likely not cover it. Patients will then have to pay for full coverage.
Dr. Davis accepts payment via cash, check or credit card, as well as CareCredit® as a financing option.
Why Choose Davis Facial Plastic Surgery?
At Davis Facial Plastic Surgery, you will be in the care of a talented team of professionals who have your best interest at heart. We use state of the art techniques and assume full responsibility for your recovery process. We are also available for questions at any time.
We frequently monitor your post-surgical recovery and healing and take every step possible to minimize the risk of complications to ensure superior results.
A facelift has an enormous impact on your life. Your new natural look can boost your self-esteem and self-confidence, causing you to have an impact on the people around you. It will help your social, professional and romantic life.
Why choose anyone else to perform your surgery when Dr. Davis can help? Dr. Davis is a master of facial plastic surgery. He has a unique background in head, face and neck reconstruction.
Contact our plastic surgery office today if you live in Temple Terrace and the surrounding areas of Florida and have considered a facelift. Our Tampa location is open Monday through Friday.