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What Is A Facelift?

If you look in the mirror and see a face that does not reflect how young and vibrant you feel, a facelift may be an ideal solution for you. A facelift performed by our board-certified plastic surgeon, Jon Paul Trevisani, MD, can eliminate or drastically improve the visible effects of aging by removing excess fat and tightening the muscles around the face and neck, giving the face a smoother, more youthful appearance. During your initial consultation, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani will customize a treatment plan based on your individual needs and desired outcome. He utilizes the most advanced techniques and technology available to help achieve the most natural-looking and long-lasting results possible.

Please contact our plastic surgeon for more information on facelift surgery, or to schedule a consultation.

"I was concerned about having plastic surgery at 52 years old. I spoke with a couple of plastic surgeons prior to seeing Dr. Jon Trevisani. I chose him because he made me feel comfortable and relaxed during our first visit. We discussed the risks and I did not feel that I was just another body on the assembly line of surgery. I had realistic expectations, but I am so thrilled with my results! The outcome is fantastic, and I am still in the healing process. I would never recommend a Doctor to my family if I weren't confident that they would be taken care of. One of my sisters has already scheduled her surgery and the other is setting up an appointment. I truly feel every aspect of my experience was done with the utmost professionalism and care. The nursing staff is wonderful. I will certainly tell everyone I can about my experience, I am so pleased with the outcome! Thank you, thank you."

- Orlando, Florida
*Individual Results May Vary

What Concerns Can A Facelift Address?

Facelift surgery is designed to address several cosmetic issues, including skin laxity, deep creases, excess fat, and loosening muscles. Commonly called “signs of aging,” other influences can also lead to many similar effects, including poor air quality and excessive sun exposure, certain lifestyle habits, and genetic factors. Regardless of the source, these concerns can make some patients feel dissatisfied with their appearance. Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani performs facelift surgery to elevate the tissues to a more youthful position, smooth the skin, and reduce excess fatty tissue. He’s careful to create as natural-looking a result as possible, avoiding the “windblown” look associated with a poorly-executed treatment.

Who Is A Good Candidate For A Facelift?

There are many factors to consider when determining if facelift surgery can achieve your desired outcome. In addition to your health and medical history, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani will evaluate your aesthetic concerns and discuss your goals. If you have moderate to significant skin laxity on the mid and lower face and/or neck area, facelift surgery can improve these issues. If, on the other hand, you are more interested in addressing wrinkles and volume loss, facelift surgery alone cannot address these effects. Many patients choose to combine non-surgical treatments with facelift surgery to obtain more comprehensive enhancement. These options will be discussed during your initial meeting.

What Are The Options For A Facelift?

A full facelift is the most common facelift technique used at our practice, but there are other approaches that can provide excellent results for the ideal patient. A mid-facelift is designed to revitalize the appearance of the cheeks, chin, and jawline. This procedure is ideal for someone who is only showing mild to moderate concerns in these areas. Other approaches may also be possible, depending on your unique needs and goals, and Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani will discuss with you what methods can provide you with the best possible outcome.

What Is The Facelift Procedure Like?

During the facelift procedure at our accredited facility, an incision is made at the hairline that extends in front of the ear and ends behind the earlobe. Excess skin is lifted and removed, and the remaining skin is pulled back and secured with sutures, or small metal clips that will be removed later. While initially these incisions may be red and bit swollen, the scars should eventually fade in color and become less noticeable with time. Most patients indicate the marks are virtually invisible once fully healed. Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani takes great care to minimize the appearance of these incisions and provide the best possible visual result.

Ultimately, the goal of a facelift is to smooth out and firm skin and give the face a more refreshed, youthful appearance. The facelift procedure can take up to three hours and is performed under general anesthesia provided by a board-certified anesthesiologist. As with all our procedures, your care, comfort, and safety are our highest priorities.

What Are The Limitations Of A Facelift?

While a well-executed facelift can undo years of facial aging, it is important to discuss what the surgery can realistically achieve. A facelift primarily addresses the lower two-thirds of the face, focusing on rejuvenation of the features from the cheeks to the neck. As a result, patients who exhibit key signs of aging in the eyes—such as excess skin and fat around the eyelids—typically do not experience a notable improvement in this region with facelift surgery alone. If an accumulation of redundant tissue around the eyes is creating the appearance of puffy, heavy, or droopy eyelids, you may consider combining a facelift with an eyelid lift for a comprehensively well-rested and youthful aesthetic result.

Similarly, if lax skin in the brow is causing the formation of horizontal forehead creases and/or “frown lines” between the eyes, combining facelift surgery with non-surgical BOTOX® Cosmetic treatment can allow you to achieve a greater degree of rejuvenation than a facelift performed as a stand-alone procedure. After listening to your concerns, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani can recommend the most ideal treatments to help you reach your aesthetic goals.

How Long Will Facelift Recovery Last?

Side effects of a facelift may include swelling, bruising, numbness, and tightness; however, most facelift patients at our practice experience only minor discomfort, which can be controlled with medication prescribed by Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani. Recovery after facelift usually takes two to three weeks. The first night after facelift surgery, you are taken care of by our private duty Registered Nurse in our facility. We encourage you to keep your head elevated for the first couple of weeks after the operation to optimize healing. You should also avoid strenuous activity. Swelling should go down with time, although a small amount of residual swelling may take several months to fully fade. *Final results will be visible after six months to a year, although the majority of the benefits can be seen after about two or three months.

What Will My Scars Look Like?

Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani is dedicated to achieving a natural-looking outcome, and he strives to leave as few signs of surgery as possible. While everyone’s treatment plan will be unique to them, the scars typically are hidden within the hairline and behind the creases of the ear, leaving behind little to no evidence of an operation. The recovery period is an important time for incision healing, and we will monitor your progress to safeguard your results. Scars can take some time to fade in color and smooth out, so some patience is needed during this process.

*how Long Will The Results Last?

A facelift can help turn back time and restore a more youthful-looking appearance. That said, the normal and natural process of aging will continue. Depending on your unique anatomy, lifestyle preferences, skin care regimen, and other factors, your outcome could last as long as 10-15 years. We can provide skincare tips and advice to better maintain the effects. Additionally, cosmetic injectables can help to extend the result and delay the need for additional surgery. We are happy to discuss all your options, answer your questions, and address any concerns during your initial consultation.

How Much Does A Facelift Cost?

The price of a facelift is calculated based on a number of factors unique to your treatment plan, such as the specific technique used, the extent of surgical work required, and whether adjunctive treatments are being performed in accordance with a facelift. All surgical procedures are also generally influenced by the geographic location where surgery takes place, as well as the expertise of your plastic surgeon. As such, the total expense of a facelift cannot be determined until Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani has an opportunity to meet with you and assess your concerns.

With this in mind, our practice understands the need to obtain a rough estimate of the costs associated with a facelift when researching your treatment options. According to patient reviews on, the average price of a facelift near Orlando is approximately $10,175, with the cost ranging anywhere from $4,500 to $18,000. To make it easier for patients to bring their expenses into budget, we work with CareCredit®— one of the premier choices for plastic surgery financing in the nation. CareCredit® can allow qualified applicants to pay for their treatment over time with a number of low- to no-interest plans, as opposed to a lump sum paid upfront. Our team would be happy to walk you through CareCredit®’s quick and easy approval process. Please reach out to our practice for any questions you may have regarding the cost of a facelift.

What Is A Liquid Facelift?

Certain visible signs of aging can be improved with non-surgical options. While excess fat and skin laxity typically require more aggressive treatment, fine lines and volume loss often can be addressed with minimally invasive methods. A “Liquid Facelift” uses a series of cosmetic injectables to rejuvenate the face without the need for an operation. BOTOX® Cosmetic, Restylane®, and other injectables can be used to soften wrinkles on the brow, around the eyes, near the nose, and around the mouth. Volumizing fillers can restore fullness to cheeks, lips, and the under-eye area. During your initial appointment, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani can discuss whether a Liquid Facelift is an appropriate alternative to an operation or if cosmetic injectables can provide more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

Choosing The Best Facelift Surgeon

When researching the most qualified plastic surgeon to perform your procedure, selecting a professional who is extensively experienced working with the complex anatomy and aesthetic conventions of the face is critical to achieving the results you desire. A plastic surgeon who can perform the various facelift techniques with skilled proficiency is often more capable of optimizing the surgery according to each patient’s needs, maximizing the cosmetic outcome, and acting quickly in the rare event that a complication arises. As such, when you are ready to schedule a consultation with a prospective surgeon, it is important to ask questions such as:

  • Are you board-certified?
  • How often do you perform a facelift?
  • Do you specialize in surgical facial rejuvenation?
  • Do you belong to any professional organizations?

These inquiries can give you insight into the experience and credentials of a plastic surgeon. Furthermore, requesting to see plastic surgery before-and-after photos of results previously achieved with facelift surgery can give you a better understanding of your prospective surgeon’s work and help you determine whether they are well-suited to fulfill your aesthetic goals.

If you would like to learn more about facelift, please contact the Aesthetic Surgery Centre today.