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Jacksonville Face Lift

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Face Lift

Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon

A face lift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure used to help turn back the clock and help restore a more youthful, natural facial appearance. The effects of the aging process, gravity, and the sun result in a tired look because of folds that form around the jaw (jowls), cheeks, and neck. In addition, laxity in the neck muscles as well as fat deposits result in an older appearance.

If you'd like to look as good as you feel, a face lift tightens the underlying muscles, smoothes the loose skin on your face and neck, and removes excess fat. As a result, your face will appear younger, firmer, and fresher. A face lift can be performed in conjunction with a brow lift, eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, and rhinoplasty, or it can be done exclusively.

Jacksonville Facial Plastic SurgeryAt the Florida Plastic Surgery Group, we believe that patients, their desires, and anatomy are all unique. Therefore, our doctors evaluate each patient and create a customized surgical plan for all of their patients to meet their expectations. Our doctors use the latest techniques in facial rejuvenation to create a natural, younger appearing you, not the wind-blown pulled back look created by many of the traditional face lift procedures. To schedule a consultation, call our Jacksonville plastic surgery team now at (904) 262-DESAI (3372) or complete the contact us form.

Although the term face lift is commonly used to describe a variety of techniques, it is important you understand that not all techniques and not all surgeons are the same. As with any product including cosmetic surgery, you should make an educated decision when choosing your surgeon and the particular type of face lift technique. Be cautious of cosmetic surgeons who advertise fast recovery face lifts or those who only specialize in faces since likely they have had only one year of cosmetic surgery training and were trained as ENT (otolaryngology) surgeons. The information below will provide with a complete overview of facelift to help you make an informed choice.

Face Lift Techniques - Cosmetic Surgery in Jacksonville

What are the different types of face lift?


- Uses various sutures to help create a more youthful appearance.


  • Minimal Recovery Time


  • Provides only mild improvement
  • Higher complication rate
  • Results last for only short time


- A less invasive facial rejuvenation procedure with smaller incisions and faster recovery. See Short-Scar Face Lift for more information.


  • Minimal Recovery Time
  • Less Bruising
  • Smaller Incisions


  • Not indicated in patients with severe aging


- Provides a complete rejuvenation of the neck and lower third of the face and turning back the clock 10 years, but requires larger incisions and longer recovery time.


  • Can rejuvenate the neck & face
  • Can set back the aging process 10 years


  • Longer recovery time & bruising
  • Require larger incisions, but all well hidden

For complete facial rejuvenation, ask our Jacksonville cosmetic surgery team whether you are a candidate for the FACIAL ENHANCEMENT package. The package includes a combination of a face/neck lift, mid-face lift, chin lift, lower lid tightening, and endoscopic brow lift to truly create a natural and youthful look.

Preparing for your Jacksonville Face Lift

Who is a candidate for face lift?

Patients with sagging of their neck and face resulting in a tired older appearance are candidates for a face lift. Patients with good skin tone, strong bony framework, and elasticity are ideal candidates.

How do I prepare for my face lift?

Patients should be generally in good health and be seen regularly by the primary care physician.

What to Expect on your Face Lift Surgery Day

In addition, patients who smoke should begin a smoking cessation program as we ask patients to stop smoking four weeks prior to surgery. The nicotine in tobacco products decreases the blood flow to your skin and result in delayed healing and increased wound complications.

Face Lift Surgery, Desai Cosmetic Surgery in Jacksonville

Depending the particular needs of the patient, a face lift is generally performed through an incision from around the natural contours of the ear and extends to the back of the neck. The skin is separated from the underlying layers, which are tightened in an upward direction instead of side to side to prevent the wind-blown, swept appearance of many face lift techniques. Any excess fat and skin are then removed and the skin is closed meticulously. An incision under the chin may also be necessary to remove excess fat and tighten the muscles of the neck. See above for more information about the different face-lift techniques.

Recovering after a Face Lift

The bandages are removed within the first few days and the stitches are taken out generally 1 week after surgery. As the incisions continue to heal, they will become more imperceptible and generally can be covered with makeup after around 2-3 weeks. Patients can generally return to work after 2 weeks. You skin may be numb after the surgery, but this resolves within weeks to months.

Financing for your Cosmetic Surgery in Jacksonville

Our cosmetic surgery team constantly evaluates multiple companies to find the most reliable financing options for our patients in Jacksonville, FL. Please view our financing page to learn about the options available to you.

If you live in Ponte Vedra, Jacksonville, or St. Augustine, Florida and have been contemplating a facelift our doctors can provide you with the tighter, more vibrant face you have dreamed about. We offer a variety of financing options that fit most budgets, and we will explain the entire surgical process with you at the time of your consultation.

In addition, visit our Common Questions about Cosmetic Surgery (frequently asked questions).

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Florida Plastic Surgery Group 14540 Old St. Augustine Road Suite 2391 | Jacksonville, Florida 32258
(904)262-DESAI (3372)

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