What Is a Facelift?

Correct sagging cheeks, jowls, and neck creases. 

A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a comprehensive way to eliminate signs of aging that even the best skincare regimens can’t stop, such as jowls, deep wrinkles, marionette lines, neck creases, and droopy skin. A facelift surgery lifts the cheeks and the mid-face, smooths the nasolabial folds, improves the jowls and the jawline, diminishes the marionette lines, and removes saggy skin from the chin and neck area, commonly known as the "turkey neck."

Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, and Renata Khelemsky, MD, both specialize in performing facelift surgery in Brevard County & Central Florida, enabling you to look like a natural, younger version of yourself with one surgical procedure.

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Do I Need a Facelift?

Address three major areas in one procedure.

If you have concerns with your cheeks and midface, your jowl and jawline, as well as your neck and chin, a facelift may be right for you.  This popular procedure can help you achieve natural results and restore your youthful appearance in ways no other cosmetic procedure can. 

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Facelift Benefits

The classic treatment for looking 10 to 15 years younger. 

A facelift remains the gold standard in facial rejuvenation for a reason. By correcting deep folds and loose skin that superficial treatments cannot, this classic treatment makes your skin appear firmer and tighter. Plus, a facelift re-contours several areas in one procedure, minimizing your total surgery and recovery time.

A facelift will benefit you in three main areas: the cheek and midface, jowl and jawline, as well as neck and chin. Watch Dr. Clevens to learn more about facelift benefits.

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Facelift Procedure

Minimizing discomfort, maximizing safety.

Facelifts are performed by Dr. Clevens or Dr. Khelemsky alongside an anesthesiologist in a state-licensed, nationally accredited Ambulatory Surgery Center in Melbourne, Florida to ensure the highest levels of safety and comfort.

Dr. Clevens and Dr. Khelemsky specialize in modern and comprehensive facelift techniques, such as the deep plane facelift, which addresses the fat pads deep under the skin to recontour the face in a way that creates natural-looking and long-lasting results. They will also remove excess fat or add fat for volume as needed. Dr. Clevens and Dr. Khelemsky carefully hide incisions in natural creases—no one will be able to tell you had surgery. Many patients choose to combine facelift with other procedures to achieve optimal results. 

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Facelift Recovery

Aiding you in the speediest and most comfortable recovery possible.

By providing the best aftercare, our team gets you back to living your life. Many patients will return to their ordinary activities within two weeks of their facelift procedure. Bandages are typically removed a day or two after surgery. Sutures dissolve a few days after the procedure, too. 

Our team of experienced medical aestheticians assist you with makeup and perform lymphatic massage to aid in the rapid resolution of any fullness. As with any surgery, facelifts have rare risks and the potential for complications, such as bleeding, infections, hematoma, and change in facial sensation.

Hear one of our actual patients discuss her recovery after a facelift with Dr. Ross Clevens.

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What Our Patients Say

Hear from one of our facelift patients.

“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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Facelift Before and After Photos

PHOTOS: Actual Patient Before & After Facelift Surgery at Clevens Face & Body Specialists in Brevard County, Florida

Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS

*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.

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Facelift Before & After Photos showing Actual Facelift Patient of Dr. Ross Clevens, Facial Plastic Surgeon at Clevens Face & Body Specialists located near Viera & Cocoa Beach FLA

Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS

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PHOTOS: Actual Male Facelift Patient Before & After Rhytidectomy Surgery performed by Dr. Ross Clevens, Facelift Expert & Facial Plastic Surgeon with offices in Melbourne & Merritt Island, Florida

Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS

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FACELIFT FAQ

Will I need a facelift?

For some patients, a surgical facelift may not be necessary. If not, the surgeons at Clevens Face and Body Specialists will introduce the possibility of a non-surgical treatment like the highly effective C-lift or other facial surgeries, such as brow lift surgery, chin implant surgery, or dimple area surgery. Liposuction may also be a viable addition to your treatment if excess neck fat needs to be addressed. 

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

No, not necessarily. Aging affects 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 chronological age. A consultation with Dr. Clevens and Dr. Khelemsky 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.

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 Dr. Clevens and Dr. Khelemsky, will preserve your unique facial characteristics and add volume to provide a look that is youthful but still very natural. You should look like a rested, more youthful version of yourself. 

What can I do to minimize the scars from my facelift?

The scarring from a facelift is usually surprisingly minimal since incisions are carefully placed and typically turn out to be quite flat and narrow. Your incisions are hidden in the hairline, in front of the ear, and inside the ear canal so very little of the incision is ever visible. You can wear your hair up, in a ponytail, or pulled back, and the incisions are still hidden. Your exact scars will vary depending on factors like genetics and nutrition, but you can help minimize them by not smoking, avoiding unprotected sun exposure, and carefully avoiding infection. Scar massage and corticosteroids will also help reduce scarring.

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. Waiting for a year to see how much the skin will tighten on its own is a good idea before undergoing surgery. Depending on the extent of the loose skin, Dr. Clevens may also advise fillers or fat grafting as an option.

How long will the results from my facelift last?

Think of it like setting back a clock. While you will continue to age after getting your facelift, you will always look 10 to 15 years younger than if you had not gotten the facelift. In fact, you will always look better having had a facelift, so some patients feel it lasts ‘forever’ because of this. You can help extend the results even further by avoiding smoking, unprotected sun exposure, or large weight changes since all of these will harm your skin elasticity and cause you to look older faster.

Where is the facelift procedure performed?

To ensure your safety and comfort, Dr. Clevens and Dr. Khelemsky perform 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 to ensure the safety of our patients. Dr. Clevens does not perform this type of procedure in an office setting, as this is generally considered unsafe. The surgery center is conveniently located in Melbourne, Florida, just an hour east of Orlando.

What type of anesthesia is used for the facelift?

Dr. Clevens and Dr. Khelemsky typically perform facelift with 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. Dr. Clevens and your anesthesiologist will help determine what best suits your particular needs.

Where is the facelift procedure performed?

To ensure your safety and comfort, Dr. Clevens performs facelift surgery in a state-licensed, fully accredited ambulatory surgery Center of Outpatient Surgicenter. Dr. Clevens does not perform this type of procedure in an office setting as this is generally considered unsafe.

What type of anesthesia is used for the facelift?

Dr. Clevens typically performs facelift with 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. Dr. Clevens and your anesthesiologist will help determine what best suits your particular needs.

How long does it take to perform the actual facelift procedure?

Facelifts typically require two to three hours to perform.



How are the incisions made for a facelift? Are there scars after a facelift?

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 scars. If these incisions were made the same way in men, beard growth and pattern would be altered. For this reason, in men, the incision is made in front of the ear, where it can be hidden by sideburns.

Dr. Clevens and Dr. Khelemsky take great care to make inconspicuous facelift incisions that will become the least visible scars possible. Before your procedure and during your aftercare, you will receive advice from the surgeons at Clevens Face and Body Specialists and our staff on how to care for your incisions.

Is the facelift procedure painful?

Patients may experience some discomfort after the facelift procedure, though this pain is typically mild and can be easily controlled with prescription pain medication that Dr. Clevens will provide.

When can I exercise after undergoing a facelift?

Exercise and strenuous activities will need to be avoided for one month after your facelift. Take it easy, and though your mind may feel restless, make a conscious effort to give your body time to catch up and recuperate to achieve the best results of 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.

When are the stitches removed after the facelift procedure?

Our surgeons use dissolving stitches that vanish a few days after your procedure.

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. The potential complications associated with the facelift procedure may include the following: bruising, swelling, sensitivity to anesthesia, asymmetry, infection, nerve injury, and poor healing. In the hands of an experienced facial plastic surgeon, complications are very uncommon.

When can I exercise after undergoing a facelift?

Exercise and strenuous activities will need to be avoided for one month after your facelift procedure. Take it easy, and though your mind may feel restless make a conscious effort to give your body time to catch up and recuperate to achieve the best results of 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.

When are the stitches removed after the facelift procedure?

Dr. Clevens uses dissolving stitches that vanish a few days after your procedure.

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. The potential complications associated with the facelift procedure may include the following: bruising, swelling, sensitivity to anesthesia, asymmetry, infection, nerve injury and poor healing.

Does insurance cover the facelift procedure?

Facelifts are a purely cosmetic procedure and are therefore not covered by insurance.

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We’re excited to help you look and feel your best.

Take the first step toward making your facelift a reality: Meet with Dr. Clevens or Dr. Khelemsky and their team.

During your private and comprehensive consultation, our facial plastic surgery specialists will evaluate your skin and facial structure and provide video imaging so you can see what your end result may look like. Consultations generally take 60 to 90 minutes and are focused on discussing your goals, exploring your treatment options, and answering all of your questions so you can make the most informed decision.

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 just an hour east of Orlando. 

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