Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Roberto Garcia has performed thousands of aging face surgeries and has developed a very conservative and natural approach that provides patients with minimal downtime and amazing results. Over time, gravity and sun exposure inevitably takes its toll on the face, neck, and brow. Deep creases that run from each side of the nose to the corners of the mouth appear (nasolabial lines); the jawline slackens (creating jowls); and the neck develops loose folds and fat deposits.
What is Facelift Surgery?
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical face procedure performed by Dr. Roberto Garcia to improve the visible signs of aging patients experience in areas of the face and neck. Facelift surgery counteracts the signs of aging by tightening muscle, removing fat and trimming excess skin, giving the face a fresher, more youthful look.
Additional procedures that can be performed in conjunction with a facelift include a brow lift or eyelid surgery. These procedures are typically done to rejuvenate the aging ages while tightening the muscle in the face.
What can a facelift do for me?
A facelift improves the look of the lower and middle areas of the face, and the neck. It is most effective for correcting the following:
- Mid-face sagging
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines (corner of the mouth)
- Sagging fat
- Loose skin and fat under the chin and jaw
Facelift Before and After Photo
*Individual Results May Vary
Before & After Gallery
The gallery of images contains photographs illustrating patients’ appearances before and after surgery.
Candidates for Facelift Surgery
The ideal candidates for a facelift is someone who wants to correct one or more of the signs of aging indicated above; have some facial sagging, but still have elasticity in their skin; are generally healthy; and have realistic expectations about what rhytidectomy can do.
How is facelift Surgery performed?
The facelift surgery is typically performed as an out patient procedure in a JCAHO/AAAHC accredited surgery center with board certified Anesthesiologists, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, and Registered Nurses. Patients may have a choice of IV sedation or general anesthesia. The facelift procedure takes about 2 hours.
At Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery in Ponte Vedra Beach, we utilize a natural and unique technique with barely visible scars that blend into the natural hairline. We do not shave any hair during the surgery. As such, any healing incisions are quickly covered by new hair growth.
Dr. Roberto Garcia explains the entire facelift process and procedure in detail with patients both at the time of the consultation and on the day of surgery.
Facelift VS Mini Facelift
Surgical treatment of the aging face varies according to each patient’s aesthetic needs and goals. When analyzing a patient’s proposed treatment plan, Dr. Roberto Garcia will examine and assess how each area of the face contributes to the overall appearance.
If the patient is concerned with the brows, eyelids, cheeks, lower face, and neck, Dr. Garcia will usually recommend a facelift. The facelift procedure is recommended for patients looking to address all areas of the face and neck. A surgical treatment of the aging face varies according to each patient’s aesthetic needs and goals.
In Dr. Garcia’s practice, the minilift will address the mid face, jowls, and neck. The ideal candidate for a mini facelift is the patient who is aging in the cheek area, has excess jowl tissue, and fullness and banding in the neck. The minilift patient will benefit aesthetically from treating those areas of the face with very natural results.
Dr. Roberto Garcia will offer the most customized procedure for your individual needs. He will spend time analyzing your facial features and your specific area of concerns. He will then develop a treatment plan that will help you achieve your facial aesthetic goals.
Facelift Surgery recovery
After a facelift, Dr. Roberto Garcia wraps the incisions in light bandages that are removed the next morning. The next morning all incisions are carefully cleaned by our staff and the hair is gently cleansed.
Dr. Roberto Garcia specializes in a very meticulous closure of all incisions and these stitches are carefully removed one week after the surgery. Swelling, numbness, bruising and a feeling of tightness or tension in the face and neck may be felt. Most of these side effects resolve within 3 to 4 weeks, and sensation typically returns to normal within a few months. Scars become less red, raised, lumpy and itchy over time.
What are the risks of a facelift?
Although rare, possible complications of a facelift include bleeding, infection, bruising, swelling or discoloration, allergic reaction to the anesthesia, skin blistering (usually only in smokers), nerve injury, and temporary loss of sensation in the face.
How long do the effects of a facelift last?
Results of a facelift are extremely long lasting. Typically, 10-15 years from the time of the facelift, the patient may again begin to show similar signs of facial aging. In that case, a patient may choose to undergo “touch up” procedures to keep a certain rejuvenated look.
Your Consultation using 3D Imaging
At Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery we offer the Vectra 3D, a state of the art imaging system that allows patients to preview their expected results prior to undergoing a procedure.
During your consultation, Dr. Garcia will take photographs of a patient’s face or specific part that will be performed on. He will then create a 3D digital replication of the same body part using the VECTRA simulator. These images will allow Dr. Garcia to preview the various surgical/nonsurgical options with the patient.
Learn more about the Vectra 3D.
*Individual Results May Vary
Facelift Without Surgery
Many patients are seeking technologies and procedures that don’t require surgery. We can restore a patient’s youthful appearance with a combination of non-surgical procedures to achieve a natural looking lift to the facial area.
Non-surgical lifting procedures offer the benefit of instant results with little to no downtime. Depending on the patient’s concerns and treatment goals, Dr. Roberto Garcia will customize and individual treatment plan. Here are just some of the treatments that we use alone or in combination for optimal results:
- Botox injections are an excellent choice for the treatment of the fine lines and wrinkles between the eyebrows, forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes.
- Dermal fillers are excellent in filling in lines and restoring volume to the cheeks. In just a few minutes, patients can achieve an instant lift. Dermal fillers are also excellent under the eyes and in the temples.
- Contoura fat transfer, an alternative to synthetic dermal fillers. Fat transfer produces very natural looking long term results. Our patients can achieve volume restoration under the eyes, the cheeks, and any other sunken areas of the face. The advantage of fat transfer is the ability to utilize a patient’s own fat to achieve natural, beautiful results.
- Silhouette Instalift, a minimally invasive method for lifting and repositioning sub-dermal tissue. The procedure utilizes resorbable suspension sutures with bi-directional cones that work to naturally elevate and reposition the mid-face. Silhouette Instalift is a great option for patients that do not want to undergo a traditional facelift. The results are immediate and natural-looking.
- Patients who have fullness in the neck but have fairly good skin can benefit from Kybella injections. Kybella treatments typically involve a series of injections. Patients will see a dramatic difference in neck fullness after the recommended treatment is concluded.
Dr. Garcia will recommend the appropriate non-surgical treatments to achieve long lasting, natural looking results. He will recommend the best treatment plan for each individual patient.
Schedule a consultation
To learn more about facelift surgery, call (904) 686-8020 to schedule a consultation. Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery serves patients from Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach and surrounding areas.