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Facelift Surgery (Rhytidectomy)
Set back the clock and reduce the affects of aging. Let Dr. Stevens help determine if a Surgical Facelift is right for you.
With time the soft tissues of the face – skin, muscles and ligaments – give way to the effects of gravity allowing for downward descent. As this progresses you will see
- Wrinkles and sagging of the face
- Loose skin of the neck
- A rectangular rather than heart shape to the face
The loss of volume in the aging face also contributes to the findings listed above. When it is severe enough both re –suspension (facelift) and re- volumization (Bellafill, Voluma or Sculptra) are needed to restore a youthful appearance. In consultation, Dr. Stevens will discuss these issues as well as restoration of healthy, youthful skin – these are what he calls the three D’s of aging.
Deflation (loss of youthful volume)
Degradation of the skin (here in Southwest Florida primarily due to sun damage)
Facelift surgery addresses the first D in this grouping.
The facelift procedure usually takes 2 ½ - 3 hours and can be performed under intravenous sedation in the operating room or, for select patients, in the office under local anesthesia – this is our Activelift®. Regardless of the location, Dr. Stevens performs the same deep plane, vertical vector lift. It is your choice with respect to the anesthesia technique. We will discuss this further during your consultation.
A well done facelift will yield a natural looking result without loss of hair, distortion of the ear or visible scarring. The results are very dramatic and we invite you to look at our before and after photos.
We are the first facial plastic surgery office in Fort Myers to use the MLS laser system to promote rapid healing. This laser treatment is performed postoperatively and is known from the pain management and wound healing literature to reduce swelling and pain by increasing the activity of the cellular source of power – the mitochondria. The treatment is painless and effective. We are committed to bring the latest of technologies to your care.
Often Dr. Stevens will perform additional procedures if needed at the same time as the facelift to include endoscopic browplasty (forehead lift), eyelid surgery and fractional CO2 laser resurfacing.
Typically our patients can return to work or play 10-14 days after surgery depending upon any additional procedures performed at the time of the facelift and their own unique healing.