Facelift is a powerful way to combat the effects of aging. We recognize the effect that appearance can have on your quality of life. As the years pass, your appearance may become to feel at odds with your inner self. You may begin looking tired or fatigued, even though you feel as lively as ever. To help patients achieve restored confidence in their looks, we offer facelift Tampa Bay.
As you age, a variety of factors can influence the skin around your face. Some skin changes are caused by:
- Sun damage
- Thinning of the skin
- Loss of facial fat
If any of these have caused your skin to lose its firmness and volume, a facelift may be for you. When performed by Dr. Brown in Tampa, a facelift can help you look younger without creating an “artificial” look.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Facelift?
The effects of aging are inevitable. A facelift is an excellent option for those looking to turn back the clock and boost their appearance. If you have experienced any of the following, you’re likely the right candidate for surgery.
- Sagging (usually around the cheek and neck areas)
- Deep Folds (from the side of your nose to the corner of your mouth)
- Excess skin (generally at the jawline)
- Loose skin (from weight loss or natural aging)
Many patients feel self-conscious as the aging process takes a toll on their appearance. If you feel uncomfortable or dissatisfied about the way you look due to aging, a lift may be a great option. It can help you look younger and feel more confident with your appearance.
During your consultation, Dr. Brown will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for you. If cosmetic surgery can help you meet your goals, Dr. Brown provides the facelift in Tampa.
Facelift Procedure Overview
No procedure is the same for everyone. The actual process will depend on your unique needs and desired results. However, there are some basics that will be part of the facelifts we offer in Tampa. In every case, Dr. Brown provides you with full information about your procedure ahead of time. You will never be in the dark about any aspect of your cosmetic rejuvenation.
Most procedures include an incision in your hairline near the temples, and is hidden in the natural shadows of your face. The length of the incision can depend on the method used to meet your goals. Any fat and excess skin are removed from your face. However, in some cases, they are redistributed to achieve a balanced look. Then, the muscle and tissue underneath are redistributed and ultimately tightened. The incisions are closed with sutures or skin glue. The sutures may be dissolvable, or they may need to be removed after surgery.
Facelift Types and Combining Surgeries
The incision will also depend on the type of lift and any additional procedures. Some opt for the standard procedure, and others may choose a mini-facelift. This will be discussed and decided on at the consultation after the doctor reviews your face and discusses your expectations. A neck lift can also accompany it if the signs of aging have also impacted the area. The length of the incision will depend on your specific needs.
The entire procedure takes about two to four hours. If you are getting multiple procedures at once, it may take longer. The surgery is usually performed at a hospital or outpatient surgery facility.
For many patients, a traditional facelift will best help them achieve their goals. However, variations do exist that may be better suited to your needs while still giving you the results you desire. A mini facelift is a modified version of a traditional facelift, employing a few changes to provide a different experience.
What Makes a Mini Facelift Different?
The goal of a mini facelift is very similar to a traditional one. By using precise incisions, Dr. Brown can address sagging skin. As a result, you will achieve a rejuvenated and livelier appearance.
The main difference comes in the size of the incisions. A mini facelift utilizes shorter incisions than its traditional counterpart. One of the main benefits of these smaller incisions is a decrease in scarring. Also, it means a shorter recovery time. Mini facelift patients also report less discomfort and swelling during recovery.
However, a mini facelift is still a surgical procedure. That means you should only seek out an experienced board-certified professional like Dr. Brown. Though the incisions are smaller, you still need a surgeon who knows what they are doing. By using his eye for beauty and a trained aesthetic, Dr. Brown provides natural-looking results and deeply satisfying results.
Which Kind of Facelift Should I Have?
During your consultation, Dr. Brown will help you decide which facelift best suits your goals. After listening carefully to your goals, he puts together a treatment plan meant to perfectly match them. For some patients, this will be a traditional facelift, especially if sagging is more severe.
For patients with less severe sagging, a mini facelift may be the right choice. It can still provide powerful, long-lasting rejuvenation for your appearance, but with smaller incisions. Each step of the way, Dr. Brown will explain what is best for you and why.
Facelift Recovery and Downtime
You may feel mild to moderate discomfort, swelling, bruising, and possible numbness after the surgery. These symptoms are entirely normal and will subside within a few days. The first few days after surgery, you’ll want to rest and recuperate. Resting with your head elevated is essential. You’ll also want to keep your face from directly contacting anything. This is to help with the healing process.
Taking your prescribed pain medication and applying cold packs to your face can help with any pain or swelling. You will have several follow-up appointments where Dr. Brown will monitor your progress. Two to three days later, you will be able to remove your bandages and wear an elastic sling. One week after surgery, we will assess the progress of your incisions. You will have several follow-ups to ensure that you are progressing as planned. Also, medical monitoring is necessary to ensure a smooth and safe recovery.
Most patients are back to normal daily activities within two weeks. You can expect to get back to exercising and normal activities within four weeks. Patients are often concerned with the look of their face as it heals. Most of the time, patients can get out in public within a week or two. However, it’s important to contact your surgeon about any use of makeup.
How Long Will a Facelift Surgery Last?
While the surgery does not stop the aging process, the results can take years off of one’s face. The amount of time the procedure will last vary on the person and your body’s natural processes. On average, the procedure usually lasts around ten years. However, there are ways to maximize the length of your results. These include:
- Having a skincare regimen
- Using sunscreen
- Avoiding direct sun exposure
- Not smoking
- Reducing levels of stress
Dr. Brown is a board-certified plastic surgeon at Tampa Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery. He is the premier plastic surgeon in the area and has had stunning results with countless patients and procedures. He focuses on each patient’s personalized goals and results. Schedule your consultation today to take the first step in fighting the effects of aging. Call us to learn more about why Dr. Brown provides facelifts in Tampa Bay area. We look forward to helping you enhance your appearance and build self-confidence!