Facelift in Sarasota
As we age, the skin and underlying tissues of the face and neck lose their elasticity and support, causing sagging, folds, and wrinkles. Plastic surgeons now recognize that loss of facial volume (fatty tissue) is also an important contributor to facial aging. A facelift, now often performed in Sarasota along with facial fat grafting, can restore this volume as well as a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Our doctors are renowned for their delicate touch and eye for balance and symmetry. This artistic sensibility is critical to a successful facelift.
At Sarasota Plastic Surgery, the experience and training of our board-certified plastic surgeons is a considerable asset in the quest for a natural-looking result. If you're interested in learning more about a facelift with one of our doctors, call us at (941) 366-8897 or request a consultation online.
Gone are the days when lifting procedures of the face and neck left behind a pulled, tight appearance. The facelift performed at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center is a gentler, 2-layered approach using the deeper, stronger SMAS muscle layer for tightening while carefully lifting the skin. We avoid any appearance of an over-operated look. Because fat grafting restores much-needed volume in the cheeks and around the eyes, less overall tightening is needed. Using this modern approach, we treat facelift patients from Sarasota, Tampa, Bradenton, St. Petersburg, and throughout Southwest Florida.
A facelift remains the gold standard for improving the appearance of the face, especially for signs of aging in the neck and cheeks. Many non-plastic surgeons attempt to substitute heavily advertised, less proven procedures with names such as QuickLift®, S-Lift, and Lifestyle Lift®, among others. These may not fully address the signs of aging, especially in the neck, and may not last as long as a facelift.
Of course, each patient's result is a blend of individual anatomy, scientific principles, and the skill, style, and artistry of the surgeon. Every face is unique, and the sculpting required for each patient should be individualized. It should be performed only by a qualified, experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon.
Are You a Good Candidate?
To be a good candidate for any plastic surgery, you must have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for you. It's important to understand that a facelift can enhance your appearance and self-confidence but, like all plastic surgery, it is not going to solve underlying emotional issues you may have. Always think carefully about your expectations and discuss any concerns you have with your surgeon.
- Can a facelift be combined with other procedures?
Yes. A facelift generally addresses the lower two-thirds of the face, improving the cheeks, jawline, and neck. This makes it a good companion procedure with upper-face options such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery. Drooping skin around the brows and eyes often occurs at the same rate as drooping in the lower face, so many facelift patients are good candidates for a combined surgery. Our surgeons evaluate each patient and recommend the treatment or combination of treatments that will best benefit the individual.
- Will the scars be noticeable?
No. Our highly trained surgeons take extra care to hide scars in discreet locations around the ears and hairline. They understand that this is an important factor in getting a good cosmetic result, so they use precise surgical techniques that leave only very fine incision lines. We also provide our patients with detailed instructions to ensure their incisions heal quickly and beautifully.
- Are there non-surgical alternatives?
This question has become more common in recent years as non-surgical treatments have grown in popularity and effectiveness. Although certain treatments such as injections of BOTOX® Cosmetic or dermal fillers can create impressive results for some patients, those results aren't as dramatic and lasting as facelift surgery. Some patients may be candidates for a less invasive surgical option called a mini lift. Our surgeons evaluate each patient's condition and make a recommendation of appropriate treatments.
- What's the right age for a facelift?
Although most facelift patients are in their 50s, 60s or older, there is no true "right age." When a person notices significant sagging of the cheeks, jowls, and neck that can't be corrected non-surgically, that person might be a good candidate regardless of age. What matters more is the patient's goals and whether he or she is healthy enough to undergo surgery.
- What does it cost?
A facelift represents a significant investment; it is not an inexpensive procedure. The cost of a facelift at Sarasota Plastic Surgery is comparable to what most board-certified surgeons in the area charge. It is difficult to be more specific without a consultation because the price can vary widely depending on several factors, including the extent of correction and whether any partner procedures are performed at the same time. Learn more about our fees and financing, and we will be happy to give you a quote at a consultation.
All successful surgeries begin with open and honest communication between doctor and patient. Are you considering plastic surgery? Request a consultation with one of the surgeons at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center or call (941) 366-8897 and let us educate you about your options and the procedures available.