About Facelift Surgery
Board-certified plastic surgeon Roderick M. Urbaniak, M.D. offers a full variety of facial plastic surgery procedures in his Largo, FL practice. In fact, one of our most common surgeries at Urbaniak Plastic Surgery is a facelift. This treatment restores the youthful volume, contour, and shape of the face by targeting certain sections of the face and removing the loose skin that hides your features. Depending on your aesthetic goals, a facelift can focus on the areas around the eyes, the cheeks and mid-face, the bottom section (including the jowls, mouth, neck), or more for an all around youthful look.
The type of facelift you receive will depend on your goals, the condition of your skin, the amount of laxity present, your lifestyle, age, and other factors. Some men and women may desire a full facelift, while others may only require a mid-face lift. Dr. Roderick Urbaniak is an experienced surgeon who has a widespread understanding of the anatomy and complex intricacies of a facelift surgery. He will utilize his breadth of knowledge to make the best recommendations so you can achieve your ideal outcome. The objective is to create a natural look that's smooth, fresh, and appealing.
Facelifts are designed to provide natural results, which allow our patients to appear refreshed, energized, and rejuvenated but not operated on. There are numerous procedures available to rejuvenate the face, cheeks, jowls, and neck. Regardless of the facelift technique used, the goal remains the same — to restore the youthful appearance of the face and neck by:
- Lifting skin and deeper tissue that has begun to sag
- Smoothing wrinkles, lines, and bands
- Restoring volume, tone, and contour
Ideal candidates for this surgery are those who feel frustrated with noticeable facial wrinkles and lines, whether they occur throughout the entire face or only a specific section. Facelift surgery can address various sections depending on your unique signs of aging. It's important to understand that age does not necessarily determine the appropriate time to have a facelift. The face undergoes many changes with time, weight fluctuations, and with exposure to the environment. The condition of everyone's skin is different and unique to them. Therefore, the treatment chosen will vary for patients who are in their 40s versus those who are over 60. Skin laxity is one of the most important components when it comes to deciding the technique to employ. Facelift patients should be in good physical health, be nonsmokers, and have realistic expectations of their outcomes.
Regardless of your aesthetic concerns, there are numerous facelift techniques to consider. Some facelifts treat the upper portion of the face, while others focus on the middle and lower. Moreover, some methods are somewhat more invasive and intricate than others. It's also common for some individuals to have a brow lift, fillers, or BOTOX to complement their outcomes. A few of the more common facelift techniques include:
- Full Facelift
Considered the gold standard, the full facelift usually involves making an incision near the hairline, which extends down to the temple region and reaches the base of the ears. The underlying facial tissues and muscles are delicately pulled and securely tightened to produce a lifted appearance and diminish excessive wrinkles and sagging. A full facelift is reserved for patients who show signs of advanced aging. With this lift, several treatments may be combined, including an eyelid lift to enhance the eyes or a neck lift for the lower region.
Incorporating a similar method to the mini lift, the cheek lift (known as a mid-facelift) focuses on the droopy features around the cheekbones and the upper jaw. This lift works great for those who desire improvement in the lower two-thirds of the face. This also includes the jowls.
- Lower Facelift
A lower facelift addresses the neck region, chin, and jowls. Nonsurgical methods, such as Kybella or laser skin tightening, can also be used for chin reduction to attain a younger-looking neck.
- Mini Facelift
During a mini facelift, a tiny incision is made around the ears to elevate the skin, which helps the mouth and jawline. This technique creates subtle improvements that look natural.
What to Expect
After surgery, you will be monitored before you are released to go home with a responsible adult. Before your surgery, Dr. Roderick Urbaniak or a member of his team will schedule your follow-up appointments and give you tips to increase your comfort during recovery. You should expect to have bruising, swelling, possible drainage, some moderate soreness, and discomfort, which can all be helped with prescription pain medication. You should start to look and feel normal after about a month. You will see a smoother and younger-looking facial appearance. In all, your face will appear rejuvenated and fresh.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a facelift cost?
The cost of your facelift will vary based on the technique used. During your consultation, Dr. Roderick Urbaniak will develop your entirely customized treatment plan based on your needs and goals. Once this program is established, he can go over your cost estimates. To avoid results that look unnatural, it's best to focus on finding an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Urbaniak, instead of the cheapest price. Urbaniak Plastic Surgery can help you find low-interest financing that will make your surgery easier to afford.
Which technique is best for me?
The best technique for you will depend on your needs, goals, degree of skin laxity, which areas are being addressed, and more. To produce the results you want, Dr. Roderick Urbaniak will explain the different techniques during your consultation. He will then help you decide which technique is best for you.
Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
While there are many great nonsurgical skin tightening procedures, these often only produce mild improvements. If you have moderate to severe skin sagging, a surgical facelift is the best choice to improve your appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Roderick Urbaniak will discuss your options, including nonsurgical treatments, to help you choose which option best for your goals.
What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Injectable wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like Juvéderm and BOTOX, have become popular alternatives for refreshing the face. Sometimes known as a liquid facelift, injectable wrinkle treatments usually help with early signs of aging, but the results are only temporary. A facelift can produce more dramatic improvements than injectables with results that can last for a long time. Ask Dr. Urbaniak about injectable treatments during your consultation if you're interested in nonsurgical improvements as well.
Will my results look natural?
Many patients worry that facelift surgery will make their skin look too tight, shiny, or like they've lived in a wind tunnel. Dr. Urbaniak focuses on giving you a natural-looking result so you look refreshed rather than fake. He listens to your needs and goals before developing your personal treatment plan with a technique that will produce your best results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 3 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 – 6 hours
The Right Facelift for You
Having facelift surgery can take years off your face and provide you with a fresh look. Today, there are many options for surgery based on your individual concerns and goals. This procedure is designed to help you look younger but natural. To hear more about this treatment, we invite you to contact Urbaniak Plastic Surgery in Largo, FL to set up your consult with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Roderick Urbaniak. At our cosmetic office, we treat patients from all over the greater Clearwater, FL area and beyond.