What Is a Facelift?

If you want to correct sagging cheeks, jowls, and neck creases, facelift surgery may be perfect for you. Clevens Face and Body Specialists perform facelift surgery in Melbourne and Merritt Island, FL as a comprehensive way to eliminate signs of aging. A facelift helps lift the cheeks, smooths the nasolabial folds, improves the jowls and the jawline, diminishes the marionette lines, and removes saggy skin from the chin and neck area.

Double board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS, and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Renata Khelemsky, MD specialize in facelifts in Brevard County and Central Florida.

Our experienced surgeons help you look like a natural, younger version of yourself with one surgical procedure. Contact us for a consultation.

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Do I Need a Facelift?

facelift procedure is up to the individual. In one procedure, the perfect candidate can address three major areas including their cheeks and midface, jowl and jawline, and their neck and chin. 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.

Most facelift patients wish to elevate their cheeks, get a tighter jawline, reduce wrinkles, and achieve 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.

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Facelift Benefits

A facelift has many benefits, including: 

  • Correcting deep folds and loose skin
  • Helping skin appear firmer and tighter
  • Re-contours multiple areas of the face in one procedure

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

Dr. Clevens and Dr. Khelemsky 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, 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, we will lift the skin and tighten the underlying tissues and muscles. If needed, we will sculpt, remove, or redistribute fat in the face and neck. 

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Facelift Recovery

The most common facelift recovery discomfort issues may include bruising, swelling, soreness, or a numb sensation. These symptoms should subside in a few weeks. We recommend patients rest for a week, and most patients return to ordinary activities within two weeks.

We typically remove bandages one or two days after the surgery, and the sutures dissolve within a few days.

Our team of experienced medical aestheticians assist you with makeup and perform lymphatic massage to aid in healing.

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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Contact Clevens Face and Body Specialists

Contact Clevens Face and Body Specialists to schedule a private and comprehensive consultation for a facelift procedure. We’ll discuss the best types of cosmetic and surgical procedures to meet your goals. Our surgeons specialize in their areas of expertise, so you know you’re in the best possible hands.

We achieve natural-looking results for optimal confidence and health. Facial Plastic Surgeon Ross A. Clevens, MD, FACS has practiced in Brevard County, Florida for 25 years, surrounding himself with the best medical surgeons in the field. 

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

 

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

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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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