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A facelift, medically referred to as a “rhytidectomy,” is a surgical treatment designed to create a more youthful appearance by diminishing signs of lax skin, jowls, and wrinkles that commonly develop in the lower third of the face and, in many cases, in the upper neck region. By reducing or repositioning the tissues in these areas and tightening underlying muscles, our board-certified plastic surgeon in Tampa, Dana Coberly, MD, can produce smoother skin and a younger, more refreshed look. Dr. Coberly customizes all facelift procedures to create an appearance that looks natural, not artificial or “windblown.” She will comprehensively evaluate your facial skin and contours, utilize advanced computer imaging, and review old photographs of your facial appearance to determine the facelift technique that can meet your goals with the best possible results.

What Are the Benefits of a Facelift?

The aesthetic advantages offered by facelift surgery are numerous. For decades, this popular procedure has helped individuals achieve their cosmetic rejuvenation goals with beautiful and long-lasting results. The potential benefits of facelift surgery include:

Dr. Coberly includes a neck lift in almost all of her facelift procedures, allowing patients to smooth away inelastic skin and signs of age in the upper neck, as well. Additionally, a “mid-facelift” may be an appropriate option for some patients. Mid-facelift surgery focuses on signs of aging and inelastic skin in the cheek regions, and can be particularly advantageous for reduction of nasolabial folds (wrinkles between the nose and mouth).

A facelift can be part of a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation treatment plan that incorporates other advanced procedures, such as eyelid surgery, cheek lift, or non-surgical cosmetic injectables, to address other facial areas for a full aesthetic makeover. Dr. Coberly can talk with you about all treatments for which you may be interested and help you determine the best options for your goals.

Am I a Candidate for Facelift Surgery?

Facelift surgery can be an ideal option for both women and men who are looking for effective ways to address pronounced signs of age and inelastic skin in the lower face and upper neck. There is no age limit for this procedure; in fact, if you are in your 30s or your 70s and beyond, the main criteria for facelift candidacy is typically centered on whether you are in reasonably good overall health, are experiencing the specific concerns facelift surgery is designed to address, and have realistic expectations for what the procedure can achieve. During your initial consultation, Dr. Coberly will evaluate your skin and talk with you about your concerns to determine whether facelift or an alternative procedure serves as the best treatment option for your expectations.

What Does the Facelift Procedure Involve?

A standard (or “traditional”) facelift procedure can often be performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia; however, some patients may need to stay in the hospital for one night. In most cases, Dr. Coberly will create incisions over the ear—ideally within the hairline—and extend the incision to the front of the ear and around the earlobe toward the back. A neck lift is almost always included with a facelift, and therefore an additional small incision under the chin will be created to address the neck, as well. The underlying facial muscles will be tightened and the tissues repositioned and lifted. Excess skin will be removed and the remaining skin will be gently redraped to create a smoother look and feel. Dr. Coberly will carefully suture the incisions, and may place a small drainage tube in the treatment area; however, this will only be temporary.

For most patients, a standard facelift generally takes about four to five hours to perform.

What Can I Expect During Facelift Recovery?

Patients can expect about a week-long recovery at home before resuming some of their normal daily activities. Many individuals are able to return to regular work routines in approximately two to three weeks. After the surgery, Dr. Coberly will place a large surgical dressing over the treatment area that can be worn for the first night to help control swelling. The areas will be affected by some degree of bruising and swelling during the recovery process, but these effects should fade as the skin continues to heal. Oral pain medication is usually all that’s necessary to address discomfort during recovery.

For additional information on what to expect in the recovery process, please go to our Preparing for Cosmetic Surgery page and click on the link for “Face Lift.”

Will Facelift Scars Be Noticeable?

One of the many benefits of facelift surgery is that the incisions can typically be placed in rather inconspicuous areas, which can result in barely noticeable and well-concealed scarring. Plus, once the initial healing process is complete, the scars should fade over time. With the location of the incisions and Dr. Coberly’s diligent efforts to minimize the appearance of scars after facelift surgery, the residual scarring from this procedure is not usually a cause for much concern.

How Long Do Facelift Results Last?

By maintaining a healthy lifestyle and taking excellent skin care precautions, the results of a facelift can last for many years. Naturally, the process of aging will continue; however, a facelift procedure essentially “resets the clock,” making patients always look younger than they would if they had never undergone a facelift. With good skin care, a stable weight, a nutritious diet, and effective sunscreen, the positive aesthetic effects of a facelift can last for very long periods of time.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost?

The cost of a facelift at our practice typically falls between the range of approximately $6,500 and $10,000. It is very important to note that the total price of a facelift varies among patients depending on factors that are unique to their customized treatment plan. These factors include the specific facelift technique performed and the extent of treatment required to meet individual goals, as well as the surgeon’s fee and costs associated with anesthesia, use of the surgical facility, and other components. A member of our team here at Coberly Plastic Surgery & Med Spa will produce an estimate of the full cost of your facelift surgery once the treatment plan is developed during your initial consultation. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the many convenient payment options our practice accepts, which include plastic surgery financing through CareCredit®. This reputable healthcare lending agency offers a number of financing plans for qualified applicants who prefer to pay for their treatment in monthly installments.

To learn more about facelift surgery, or to schedule your initial consultation with our plastic surgeon, please don’t hesitate to contact Coberly Plastic Surgery & Med Spa today.