About Facelift Surgery
Port St. Lucie, FL plastic surgeon Dr. S. Darrell Lee provides a full variety of facial cosmetic surgery. One of the most popular surgeries at Lee Plastic Surgery and Laser Center is a facelift. This procedure concentrates on specific sections of the face to address loose skin and sagging fad pads to create a younger, softer appearance. Depending on your unique concerns, a facelift can focus on the eyes, the cheeks and mid-face, the bottom portion including the jowls, neck, and more for an all-over youthful look. The facelift method used depends on your goals, the condition of your skin, the amount of laxity present, age, lifestyle, and other influences. Some men and women may be candidates for a full facelift, while others may only want a mid-face lift. Dr. Lee is a skilled surgeon who has a complete understanding of the complex anatomy of a facelift surgery. The goal is to create a natural look that's soft and beautiful.
Candidates for a facelift have visible lines and facial wrinkles whether it be on the entire face or on the upper, mid, or lower sections. Facelift surgery can address many aspects depending on your unique needs. It is important to understand that age does not necessarily define the appropriate time to have a facelift. There are so many factors and concerns, and also numerous lift methods depending on what is being corrected. The facelift chosen will vary for patients who are 40 years old versus those in their 50s and 60s. Skin elasticity is one of the most important factors in the planning process. Facelift patients should be in good physical health and refrain from smoking, and also have realistic expectations.
"Absolutely the most kind, caring and patient staff and Dr Lee is amazing. He is so good at what he does. I've had a few procedures done both in office and at surgery center. I'd recommend Dr Lee to anyone who is looking for a board certified plastic surgeon. I'm so thankful to have chosen them!"- A. / Healthgrades / Feb 09, 2019
"Friendly, informative staff and Dr Lee is great!!"- D.J. / Google / Jul 18, 2019
"Excellent plastic surgeon! Dr. Lee did my augmentation 18 years ago. I was so pleased with the results that I traveled from Boca (where there are tons of plastic surgeons) to Port St. Lucie to have them redone. I’m almost 2 weeks out of surgery and am thrilled with my results! Everyone in the office is super nice and helpful! I highly recommended him!"- K.E. / Google / Jul 12, 2019
"I have to say this is by far the best doctors office I have been too. I went to a different surgeon before Dr. Lee who made me wait three hours after my appointment time and spent very little time with me in general. Every appointment I have had with Dr. Lee has been right on time, especially after the surgery when they did not make me wait in the waiting room at all. His office staff is beyond friendly, helpful, and extremely efficient. My boyfriend and mother who have attended a few visits with me even commented on them without me saying anything first. What is more is when I first spoke to Dr. Lee at our first appointment, I knew I wouldn't want anyone else doing the surgery. He was very informative and answered all my many questions without making me feel like he needed to rush me out of there. This goes for every appointment I have had after with him as well. And finally, I have completed my surgery with Dr. Lee and I honestly cannot express enough how happy I am with my results!!"- J. / Healthgrades / Jul 10, 2019
"I recently had dermal filler injections administered by Dr Lee, himself, and am extremely thrilled with the outcome! He took ample time beforehand to discuss with me my expectations and desired results. Dr. Lee is a perfectionist, extremely experienced and knowledgeable, which ensures safe and successful results. I might add that his nurses and office staff are also wonderful, which created an overall extremely positive experience. If you are considering any kind of facial enhancement, Dr. Lee is the person to go to - you won’t be disappointed. He’s an artist."- J.T. / Healthgrades / Jul 10, 2019
Depending on your individual needs, there are a number of facelifts available. Some facelifts rejuvenate the upper portion of the face, while others focus on the middle and lower. Furthermore, some procedures are slightly more invasive and intricate than others. It is also common for some men and women to have a brow lift, forehead lift, or fillers and BOTOX to enhance their results. A few of the more common facelift methods include:
- Full Facelift
Considered the gold standard, the full facelift generally places an incision along the hairline, under the sideburns, and then extends around the ear, reaching to the back of the hairline. The underlying facial tissues and fat pads are gently pulled and tightened to produce a lifted look, which softens excessive lines and wrinkles. The traditional facelift is reserved for men and women who have signs of advanced aging. With this lift, many techniques may be combined, including upper or lower blepharoplasty to enhance the eyes or a neck lift for the lower region.
Using a similar technique to the mini lift, the mid-facelift (cheeks) focuses on the sagging near the cheekbones and the upper jaw. This lift works nicely for those who seek improvement to the lower two-thirds of the face, including the jowls.
- Mini Facelift
During a mini facelift, a small incision is made around the ears to lift the skin, which affects the mid to lower face. This method creates subtle improvements that look natural.
What to Expect
Regardless of the facelift method you have, the ultimate goal is to create a subtle and natural outcome. The majority of facelift surgeries are performed with general anesthesia. The duration of the treatment depends on the level of invasiveness, and if other treatments were combined. After surgery, there will be swelling and puffiness, some moderate soreness, and discomfort, which can be helped by pain prescription medication. Most patients look and feel normal after 2 – 4 weeks. You will see a softer, more youthful appearance. In all, the face will be slightly lifted and rejuvenated.
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The Right Facelift for You
Facelift surgery can take years off your face and create a fresh look. Today, there are many options for surgery based on your personal needs and goals. This treatment is designed to gracefully help walk you through each passing year looking natural. To learn more, we invite you to call Lee Plastic Surgery and Laser Center to schedule an appointment at our Port St. Lucie or Jupiter locations.