If you’re feeling worried about the onset of fine lines, wrinkles, or sagging skin, the facelift is an ideal choice for you. This procedure reverses the most common signs of aging, so you can turn back the clock and enjoy all the confidence that comes with a restoration of your youthful glow.

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Rediscover Your Youthful Glow

It’s quite common to notice that the indications of moderate to severe facial aging have made their presence known in the mirror each day, and you’re not at all alone if you’ve felt a little frustrated by the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. The good news is that these facial features don’t have to be permanent additions to your look. The talented team here at Clevens Face and Body Specialists has extensive experience with facial plastic surgery, including the facelift. To learn more, reach out to us at our Merritt Island or Melbourne, FL offices and set up your consultation with a helpful member of our team today.

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How a Facelift Can Help You

If you’re interested in correcting sagging cheeks, jowls, and neck creases, facelift surgery may be perfect for you. Here at Clevens Face and Body Specialists, we perform facelift surgery as a comprehensive way to eliminate signs of facial aging by:

  • Lifting the cheeks
  • Smoothing over nasolabial folds
  • Improving the jowls 
  • Defining the jawline
  • Diminishing the presence of marionette lines
  • Removing saggy skin from the chin 
  • Contouring the neck area

Clevens Face and Body Specialists More Experience Means Better Outcomes

Our founder and medical director Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS, and facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Phillip Barbee, MD specialize in facial plastic surgery and bring an extensive degree of experience to the table thanks to their focus on this specific area of expertise. Our surgeons are true specialists in their fields and can help you look like a natural, younger version of yourself with a single surgical procedure.

In addition to the peace of mind that comes along with knowing that your surgery will be performed by a highly experienced facial plastic surgery specialist, you’ll also rest assured in the knowledge that our dedicated team will be supporting you at every step of the way, remaining available to you even as you make your way through the recovery process.

Here at Clevens Face and Body Specialists, we treat our patients like family. You’ll be cared for by a team of surgeons that are as approachable and personable as they are extensively trained, so you can enjoy an uplifting and empowering experience as you get ready to enjoy your results. Building on his Ivy League education and 25 years of experience creating impressive results here in Brevard County, FL, Dr. Clevens handpicked a staff of over 30 professionals, so he can offer you a team of surgeons that meets his tremendously high standards for quality and care.

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Do I Need a Facelift?

If you’re concerned with signs of facial aging and want to turn back the clock, a facelift may be the perfect procedure for your needs. The facelift procedure is a great way to enjoy a more youthful and attractive version of yourself by addressing the signs of facial aging and enhancing your natural good looks. In one procedure, our expert surgeons can address three major areas, including: 

  • The cheeks and midface
  • The jowls and jawline
  • The neck and chin
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Facelift + Neck Lift Which Is Right for Me?

Most facelift patients wish to elevate their cheeks, achieve a tighter jawline, reduce wrinkles, and enjoy firmer facial skin. If a facelift is the best fit for your needs, our experts will help you achieve natural-looking results and restore your youthful appearance with a face and jaw lift. 

Since our facial plastic surgeons come with extensive experience in anti-aging, they’ll be able to help you decide whether or not a facelift is best for your specific needs, and can guide you to additional treatments that will further enhance your results. To ensure that our patients always experience their optimal results, our facelift includes a cheek lift also known as a midface lift to elevate the cheek as well as a neck lift, to improve and define the neck and jawline. We find that combining these procedures helps our patients enjoy a comprehensive rejuvenation of the lower two-thirds of the face and neck creating natural-looking results.

Helpful and Informative Videos

Would you like to learn more about the facelift procedure we offer here at Clevens Face and Body Specialists? Take a look at a few of our videos that will help you understand what you can expect when you visit us to realize your facial rejuvenation goals.

The Benefits of a Facelift with Clevens Face and Body Specialists

The facelift is considered by many to be the “gold standard” in facial rejuvenation, having the ability to turn back the clock and take as many as 10 to 15 years off your appearance. When performed by board-certified facial plastic surgeons like the specialists on the team at Clevens Face and Body Specialists, the results from a facelift are dramatic and long-lasting, yet natural-looking to avoid those tell-tale signs of having “had work done.”

Our patients frequently report that the results of their facelift have left them feeling more confident, and they are glad they finally made the choice to focus on themselves. A facelift also helps our patients enjoy an improved sense of self-esteem by: 

  • Correcting deep folds and loose skin
  • Helping skin appear firmer and tighter
  • Re-contouring multiple areas of the face including the cheek, jowl, jawline, neck, and chin  
  • Accomplishing extensive results in a single procedure
  • Creating a more youthful and empowered version of you

Our Patients, In Their Own Words

Hear directly from one of our facelift patients. If you would like to speak with a patient of ours who has undergone a similar procedure, be sure to let us know during your consultation.

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I've told a lot of my friends about what I've had done and always with confidence, telling them that I knew that they would be happy if they would see Dr. Clevens.

Rose T. of Melbourne, FL

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Your Preoperative Consultation

During your comprehensive consultation, our facial plastic surgery specialists will evaluate your skin and facial structure, and can even help you with video imaging that will enable you to see how your results may look. 

Consultations generally take 60 to 90 minutes and are focused on discussing your goals, exploring your treatment options, and addressing all of your concerns so you can make the most informed decision.

Once you and your surgeon have established a treatment plan, you’ll receive a quote for your surgery and explore our available financing options. Finally, we’ll schedule your procedure, along with any pre- and post-operative appointments that are also necessary.

We offer cosmetic consultations with our specialists either virtually or in person at both our Melbourne and Merritt Island, Florida offices, conveniently located in Brevard County less than one hour east of Orlando.

Facelift Procedure Options

Drs. Clevens and Barbee specialize in modern and comprehensive facelift techniques for the most natural-looking and long-lasting results. Lift procedures like the deep plane facelift address the fat pads deep under the skin to recontour the face, while the superficial muscular aponeurotic system, or SMAS facelift, tightens the tissue and the facial muscles and removes fat and excess skin.

Our facelift procedures focus on minimizing discomfort and maximizing safety. During the procedure, your surgeon will lift the skin and tighten the underlying tissues and muscles. If needed, they will also sculpt, remove, or redistribute the fat in your face and neck. No two patients are the same, so no two facelift procedures are ever performed identically, and your surgeon will work closely with you to develop a custom surgical plan that is tailored specifically to your goals.

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Your Facelift Technique

For a traditional facelift, the incision usually begins at the temples, just above the hairline, and runs in front of and then behind the ear into the lower scalp. If the neck requires work, a small incision may be made just under the chin. It should be noted that the incisions for a facelift are different in men than in women. In women, the hairline and border of the ear hide the incision line.

To avoid altering hair growth patterns in men, the incision is made in front of the ear, where it can be hidden by sideburns.

Dr. Clevens and Dr. Barbee take great care to make inconspicuous facelift incisions that will become as well-hidden as possible. Carefully placed facelift incisions will not alter your hairline and you will still be able to wear your hair back. Even in men, well placed facelift incisions are inconspicuous. Before your procedure and during your recovery period, you will receive detailed advice on how to care for your incisions.

The facial plastic surgery experts at Clevens Face & Body Specialists also specialize in what’s known as the “deep plane” facelift technique. This state of the art technique achieves the most natural and longest lasting facelift. This involves incisions that will be placed in inconspicuous locations, as our specialists work to create the most natural-looking and lasting results possible.

The Day of Your Surgery

To ensure your safety and comfort, Drs. Clevens and Barbee will perform your facelift surgery in a state-licensed, fully accredited ambulatory surgery center or outpatient surgicenter that meets all the same stringent safety standards as a hospital setting. The surgery center is conveniently located in Melbourne, Florida, less than one hour east of Orlando. Our surgeons do not typically perform this type of procedure in an office setting, as this is generally considered unsafe.

Facelifts typically require two to three hours to perform, depending upon the specifics of your personal surgical plan, and make use of either general anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia and sedation. Regardless, a board-certified physician MD anesthesiologist will be responsible for administering your anesthesia or sedation. Your surgeon and your anesthesiologist will help determine the approach that best suits your particular needs.

Your Facelift Results and Recovery

You’ll experience some discomfort after your facelift procedure, though this is typically mild and can be easily controlled with prescription medication that your doctor will provide. The most common facelift recovery discomfort issues tend to include bruising, swelling, soreness, or a numb sensation. These symptoms should subside in a few weeks. We will likely remove your bandages one or two days after your surgery, and your sutures will dissolve within a few days. We’ll recommend that you rest for about a week. Most of our facelift patients are able to comfortably return to their ordinary activities within two weeks. 

Exercise and strenuous activities will need to be avoided for one month after your facelift. It is also wise to limit sun exposure for several months after your facelift procedure, as the tissues in your newly youthful face may be fragile.  As you recover, our team of experienced medical aestheticians will perform lymphatic massage to aid in the healing process and will work to help you learn proper skincare and makeup application techniques.

Enjoying Your Results for as Long as Possible

A good way to think of your facelift is like you’re setting back a clock. While you will continue to age after getting your facelift, you will always look 10 to 15 years younger than you might look without having undergone the procedure. You can help extend the results even further by avoiding smoking, unprotected sun exposure, or large weight changes, as all of these may harm your skin’s elasticity and cause you to once again show the signs of facial aging.

Learn More About Your Recovery After a Facelift

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Contact Clevens Face and Body Specialists and Set Up Your Consultation Today

Facial Plastic Surgeon, founder, and medical director Dr. Clevens has been creating incredible results for patients here in Brevard County, Florida for more than two decades, and has made it a point to surround himself with the most talented cosmetic surgeons available. Clevens Face and Body Specialists are excited to offer you an elevated level of conscientious care that will see you feeling supported and empowered.

Schedule your cosmetic consultations with our specialists virtually or in person at our Melbourne or Merritt Island, Florida offices. We’re conveniently located just an hour east of the Orlando and Central Florida area near the Space Coast beaches.

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Hear An Actual Patient Discuss the Recovery Process After her Facelift with Dr. Ross Clevens.

Listen to the feedback from one of our facelift patients in the following video. If you’d like to speak directly with a patient of ours who has undergone a similar procedure, don’t hesitate to ask us during your private consultation.

More Helpful Patient Resources

Take a look at some of the helpful resources we’ve created, so you can be sure that your decision is as informed as possible.

Here are some of the concerns we see most frequently when we’re getting ready to perform our age-defying facelift procedure. At Clevens Face and Body Specialists, we make it a point to work very closely with our patients, and we’ll walk you through every aspect of your surgical journey, up to and including seeing you through the entire recovery process.

Here are some of the questions we hear most frequently when we’re getting ready to perform our age-defying facelift procedure. At Clevens Face and Body Specialists, we make it a point to work very closely with our patients, and we’ll walk you through every aspect of your surgical journey, up to and including seeing you through the entire recovery process.

Facelift FAQs

How do I know that I need a facelift?

I dislike the sagging and deep creases on my face, but I’m only in my 40s. Am I too young for a facelift?

Will it be obvious that I’ve had work done after a facelift?

What can I do to minimize the incision lines from my facelift?

I have recently lost a large amount of weight, and it left me with loose skin on my face. Will I need a facelift to correct this?

What are the risks or complications associated with a facelift?

Does insurance cover the facelift procedure?

How do I know that I need a facelift?

For some patients, a surgical facelift may not be necessary. If this turns out to be the case for you, your board-certified facial plastic surgery specialist may introduce the possibility of a nonsurgical treatment like the highly effective C-lift, Express Lift, or even the Weekend Necklift or other facial rejuvenation surgeries such as eyelid rejuvenation, brow lift or laser skin resurfacing or, if these procedures will more effectively achieve your goals.

I dislike the sagging and deep creases on my face, but I’m only in my 40s. Am I too young for a facelift?

No, not necessarily. The aging process impacts people at different rates depending on their genetics, diet, and other factors. If you have drooping cheeks, jowls, a loose neck, or other severe problems, a facelift may be a good option for you regardless of your age. A consultation with Drs. Clevens and Barbee will be the best way to determine the extent of your issues and whether they can be improved with less invasive measures like fillers or fat transfer, or a minimally invasive procedure such as our Express Lift or Weekend Necklift.

Will it be obvious that I’ve had work done after a facelift?

Fortunately, that stereotypical “pulled-tight” look associated with aging celebrities is mostly a thing of the past. Modern facelift techniques, like the deep plane method performed by Drs. Clevens and Barbee will preserve your unique facial characteristics and add volume to provide a look that is youthful but still very natural. You’ll look like a rested, more youthful version of yourself.

What can I do to minimize the incision lines from my facelift?

The incision lines that result from a facelift are usually surprisingly minimal, as our surgeons take care to place incisions carefully so they turn out to be quite flat and narrow. Your incisions will be hidden in your hairline, in front of your ear, and inside your ear canal so very little of the incision is ever visible. Before your procedure, you’ll be given specific details regarding what you can expect after your recovery is complete.

You can wear your hair up, in a ponytail, or pulled back, and the incisions will still be hidden. The appearance of your incision lines will vary depending on factors like genetics and nutrition, but you can help minimize them by following your post-op recovery instructions – not smoking, avoiding unprotected sun exposure, and carefully avoiding infection. Incision massages and silicone scar recovery gels may also help reduce the presence of visible incision lines, and our team can give you more information about how to minimize the appearance of scars after facelift surgery.

I have recently lost a large amount of weight, and it left me with loose skin on my face. Will I need a facelift to correct this?

Loose facial skin as a result of weight loss is common, and a facelift can certainly correct this. Often, however, the problem will resolve itself with time, particularly if you are young. A consultation with our specialists is recommended so our team can examine the laxity and quality of your skin and advise which cosmetic treatments may benefit you.

What are the risks or complications associated with a facelift?

Patients should be informed that every surgical procedure carries certain risks and the potential for complications. In the hands of an experienced facial plastic surgeon, complications are very uncommon. The potential complications associated with the facelift procedure may include the following:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Sensitivity to anesthesia
  • Asymmetry
  • Infection
  • Nerve injury
  • Poor healing

Does insurance cover the facelift procedure?

The facelift is a purely cosmetic procedure and is therefore not covered by insurance. We do have a number of financing options available, however, and you’re encouraged to ask about them during your consultation.

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