Facelift in Melbourne, FL

“Set back the clock on your face.”

The effects of aging and gravity take a toll on the face. Wrinkles and creases form while the jowls and cheeks sag and fat deposits appear on the neck. Roxanne J. Guy, MD, FACS, performs facelift surgery to correct these signs of facial aging. A facelift removes excess fat, tightens the underlying facial muscles, elevates sagging fat pads, and redrapes the skin to enhance the appearance of the face. If desired, a facelift can be performed with other procedures such as a brow lift, chin implant, or eyelid surgery for greater facial rejuvenation.

How Do I Prepare for My Facelift?

During your consultation, Dr. Guy will evaluate your facial anatomy as well as your health and aesthetic goals. Dr. Guy will devise a customized procedural plan for you. To be a good candidate, you should have no major health concerns and be willing to quit smoking. Ideal candidates have facial creases and skin sagging but still retain some skin elasticity and have a strong and well-defined bone structure. Most candidates are typically between ages 40 and 60, although healthy patients of much older ages can still be candidates. Candidates should also be prepared to follow strict guidelines on drinking and medication use. Before your surgery, Dr. Guy will provide you with instructions to help you prepare. Follow Dr. Guy’s instructions carefully to ensure that you have the best facelift experience.

How Is a Facelift Performed?

The facelift procedure takes several hours and is usually performed under a light general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Dr. Guy will make incisions above the hairline at the temples that extend downward in front of the ear and back behind the ear to end in the lower scalp. Patients who also need neck correction will receive an incision underneath the chin. Dr. Guy will remove excess skin and fat and tighten the facial structures of the midface and lower face to reduce the signs of facial aging. She may also use liposuction to remove fat deposits from the neck. Depending on your needs, Dr. Guy may perform a different technique such as a mini facelift, short-scar facelift, neck lift, upper facelift, or skin-only facelift. Your surgical plan will be discussed with you in greater detail before your procedure.

What Will My Facelift Recovery Entail?

After surgery, you may have temporary tubes placed behind your ears for drainage. These drainage tubes will be removed one or two days after surgery. Dr. Guy may also wrap your head in bandages to minimize swelling and bruising, and these will also be removed after one or two days. Prescribed pain medications can help to minimize any pain or discomfort during recovery. Patients can expect some facial numbness that may last a few weeks or months. You should rest as much as possible for the first week after surgery. Avoid strenuous activities (except walking) for at least two weeks, and limit your sun exposure for several months. Most patients are back to work within 10 to 14 days of surgery.

What Results Can I Expect After a Facelift?

At first, your features may look distorted and your facial movements may feel stiff, but within a few weeks the results will become clearer as swelling and bruising subside. Scars will be hidden or inconspicuous and will fade with time. Your results may last as long as 10 years and will reveal a more youthful and pleasing appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions About Facelift Surgery

What should I expect during a facelift consultation?

Dr. Guy will have a one-on-one consultation with you where she can answer all of your questions, including any concerns you may have and inquiries about pricing.

Dr. Guy will analyze your facial features to ensure that a facelift is the right procedure to address your concerns. Next, she will dive into your medical history to ensure that you are an eligible candidate for the surgery.

The consultation will end with Dr. Guy providing you with her final recommendation. Following the consultation, you can decide if the facelift is the right procedure to achieve your desired outcome.

How should I prepare for a facelift?

A medical evaluation is required to determine a patient’s eligibility for the procedure. Sometimes, patients will be asked to stop taking certain medications in the days or weeks leading to the facelift. For your safety, you must tell the doctor every single medication you are on.

Patients may also be asked to stop taking various herbal supplements and avoid smoking before the procedure. All of these precautions are necessary to minimize facelift surgery risks.

Will a facelift make me look stretched?

No, the ultimate goal of a facelift is to have your face look natural. However, results do depend on the skill and experience of your plastic surgeon. That is why it is essential to get a board-certified and experienced surgeon. You should be very picky when it comes to picking a plastic surgeon as a poorly done facelift is impossible to hide. You can ask to see pictures of past facelift patients from your surgeon to ensure you are happy with their work.

Will I need someone to drive me home after the procedure?

Yes, a friend or family member should drive you home from the procedure. It is also best if someone can stay with you for a few days following the surgery. This person can help you with your chores, such as cooking and cleaning, so you can focus on resting.

What is the difference between a facelift, a mini facelift, and a neck lift?

  • A classic facelift will treat loose and sagging skin in the lower two-thirds of the face and neck.
  • A mini facelift focuses on fixing minor sagging in the lower face and neck. As it is a less intense surgery than a full facelift, the incisions are smaller, and the results are often shorter-lived.
  • A neck lift focuses on fixing sagging skin in the jawline and neck.

I have dark circles under my eyes. Will a facelift get rid of them?

No, a facelift doesn’t directly fix dark circles or bags under your eyes. However, there can be some residual improvement from a facelift. 

If your eyes need rejuvenation, consider talking to your plastic surgeon about blepharoplasty (eyelid lift). It is very common for patients to have a facelift and eyelid surgery at the same time. An eyelid lift can fix sagging, excess fat deposits, and loose skin in the upper and lower eyelids.

Dr. Roxanne Guy is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. As a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon, she is well-qualified to perform your facelift procedure. To schedule your consultation for facelift surgery with Dr. Guy, please call (321) 727-1600 or fill out our online contact form at your earliest convenience.