What is a Facelift?
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. A facelift (rhytidectomy) counteracts these signs of aging by tightening muscle, removing fat and trimming excess skin, giving the face a fresher, more youthful look.
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 Results
*Individual Results May Vary
Before & After Gallery
The gallery of images contains photographs illustrating patients’ appearances before and after surgery.
Ideal candidates for a facelift
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 a facelift performed?
A facelift 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 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 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. 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.
The Facelift 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
Schedule a consultation
If you would like to learn more about a facelift, call (904) 686-8020 to schedule a consultation at Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery. Our practice serves Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Augustine, Jacksonville and surrounding areas.