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Facelift Procedures in Gainesville, FL

At Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center, we receive patients who have spent years treating their skin with utmost care — exfoliating, toning, moisturizing — and patients whose signs of aging seemed to appear overnight. Beyond hoping to minimize visible signs of aging by merely nourishing their skin, many men and women turn to facelift procedures to regain the looks of their youth. Dr. Nesmith and the staff at Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center are highly trained professionals who specialize in facelifts and other surgical and nonsurgical procedures. However, keep in mind that some popular nonsurgical procedures rumored to be alternatives to facelifts may not be as effective.

What Is a Facelift?

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure used by plastic surgeons all over the world to reduce the signs of aging by:

  • Minimizing or eliminating the appearance of sagging skin and tissue in the middle of the face;
  • Correcting deep creases under the eyes, along the nose and around the mouth;
  • Removing displaced fat and tissue that can cause puffiness or sagging;
  • Correcting the loss of muscle tone; and
  • Removing tissue, fat and loose skin that can cause the appearance of a double chin even on patients of a healthy weight.

What Does a Facelift Entail?

Each patient’s needs differ, so a facelift is a personalized cosmetic procedure. During an initial consultation with Dr. Nesmith, our patients are encouraged to be honest about the areas they find problematic, whether it be age spots, sagging skin or deeply set wrinkles and creases. If you and Dr. Nesmith determine that a facelift is the best procedure to reach your desired results, you will choose among the following options.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Facelift Surgery in Gainesville?

Generally good candidates for facelift surgery in Gainesville are nonsmokers without medical conditions that would impact their recovery who have realistic expectations of what the procedure can achieve. These people may qualify for a facelift if they have:

  • Existing skin damage, such as from the sun and other factors;
  • Loose facial or neck skin;
  • Diminished skin elasticity and flexibility; and
  • Strong facial bone structure.

Before the surgery, Dr. Nesmith conducts a comprehensive consultation with each patient to discuss:

  • Cosmetic goals;
  • Full medical history, including pre-existing conditions; and
  • The surgical techniques that will be used.

Along with surgical techniques, other nonsurgical procedures, such as dermal fillers, may be discussed as a means to help patients achieve their goals.

Types Of Facelifts

The three most common types of facelift surgery Gainesville residents undergo are traditional, mini, and short-scar.

Traditional Facelift

A traditional facelift targets the lower half of the face. The incision is made in the hairline at the temples and extends around and behind the ear. Underlying and deep facial tissues are repositioned, and muscles are lifted. Dr. Nesmith then drapes the skin over the new contours and trims excess skin before closing the incision. Depending on the patient’s goals, facial fat may be redistributed or sculpted during a traditional facelift.

Mini Facelift

Generally, a mini Gainesville facelift targets the lower third of the face. These areas are prone to showing signs of aging, such as early jowls and saggy skin. The procedure smooths and uplifts facial contours for more distinction in the lower face and neck. Mini facelifts usually result in less bruising, swelling, and tenderness than a traditional facelift.

Short-Scar Facelift

Similar to a mini facelift, a short-scar facelift — also called an S-lift or ponytail lift — smooths the jowls and lower face, including loose or sagging skin around the neck. The incision used for a short-scar facelift is half the length of the one used during a traditional facelift. Also, the patient’s hairline and sideburns are left intact with an S-lift.

Why Choose a Facelift in Gainesville, FL

People may choose to undergo a Gainesville facelift procedure for many reasons. Some do it because the signs of aging displayed on their faces impact their confidence and self-esteem. Moreover, people employed in fields that make them highly visible, such as television, public relations, modeling, photography, cosmetics and fitness, often feel pressure to maintain a youthful appearance. Many of our patients have struggled with looking older than they really are, possibly due to environmental factors, high-stress jobs, smoking, and the way each person’s body reacts and adapts to aging.

Facelift Results & Benefits

The most common factors that lead a patient to receive a facelift are loss of skin elasticity, loss of collagen, deep-set expression lines, shifting or redistribution of fat deposits and tissue, and loss of muscle tone. To address these issues, Dr. Nesmith may recommend a facelift alone or in conjunction with other surgical or nonsurgical treatments.

Tightening the Facial Muscles

Underlying facial muscles also begin to sag with age. By adjusting and tightening these muscles, tension is released from facial skin. The less tension there is, the longer the results of the facelift will last.

Repairing Loose Skin

Loose skin is trimmed and gently tightened to cover the new facial contours. This is done carefully to achieve the subtle change most patients want to see.

Improving Facial Contours

Depending on the type of facelift a patient chooses, facial contours can be improved with the procedure. Examples include smoothing the cheeks and lower eyelids with a mid facelift and eliminating jowls with a mini facelift.

Facelift Recovery

A facelift is performed as an outpatient surgery and generally takes between two hours and five hours. After the procedure, every patient receives instructions on how to care for the incisions, skin, and self during recovery.

Bandages are used around the face and head to help reduce bruising and swelling, and a drainage tube may be placed behind the ear. Numbness, skin discoloration, and swelling may occur in the first two weeks after a facelift.

Most patients are able to return to work and basic activities within two weeks. However, patients who have additional procedures done at the same time may experience a longer facelift surgery time and recovery period.

Other Procedures Performed With a Facelift

A neck lift is often recommended in addition to a facelift and can be performed at the same time. Neck lift surgery can remove the appearance of jowls and a double chin. Moreover, eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is also commonly performed in conjunction with a facelift. Eyelid surgery removes sagging skin and fat pockets to restore a refreshed appearance.

Plastic Surgeons in Gainesville, FL

If you want to turn back the clocks on your facial features and look like you regained 5 years, 10 years or even 15 years, ask Dr. Nesmith how a facelift can improve your appearance. To schedule a consultation for a facelift Gainesville residents can rely on, contact Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center today!

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