Facelift Surgery at Refine Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics

Facelift | Refine Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics
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What Can A Facelift Address?

By the time a man or woman reaches age 40 and beyond, the aging process has really started to take a toll.

Cosmetic issues that cause people to undergo facelift surgery include:

  • Moderate-to-severe loose jowls
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Puppet lines
  • Double chin
  • Sagging neck skin

If any of the above issues affect your self-confidence, it may be time to take a new approach with a facelift in Nashville at Refine Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics.

Dr. Bryant, a dual board-certified and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon, has advanced and customized treatments offering permanent natural rejuvenation options to help ensure you age with grace.

What is the Difference Between a Deep Plane Facelift & SMAS Facelift?

While many deep plane facelift surgeons operate on the same theory, their approaches and actual techniques are not the same. Dr. Bryant has mastered the deep plane facelift in Nashville, which truly gives you a superior, safe, and long-lasting result, while minimizing recovery time and bruising.

The difference between a deep plane and an SMAS facelift is that the deep plane method keeps the skin and soft tissue muscle attached to the underlying fascia, reducing unnecessary tissue trauma during the procedure, and thus speeding healing.

The approach also gently releases areas of tension so that the facial tissues can be gently restored and re-positioned to their more youthful state without needing to use tight sutures and pulling. This is part of the “secret sauce” of this approach. No tension prevents the “pulled” or “windswept” look of botched facelifts or other facelift techniques. The results can look more natural as well.

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How is a Deep Plane Facelift Performed?


The “deep plane” is the layer of connective tissue beneath the skin, called the SMAS, covering the facial muscle structure. During a Deep Plane Facelift, the facial skin, muscles, and the deep plane are all lifted together. The incisions are placed at the ear, and the SMAS layer is elevated from the muscle structure, with the ligaments that anchor this layer around the mouth released. This creates a lifted, tension-free approach that results in the most natural-looking outcome. A Deep Plane Facelift has the added benefit of smoothing sagging skin or creases on the upper neck area. 

How is a Traditional SMAS Facelift Performed?


A traditional SMAS facelift treats the mid to lower region of the face. This procedure involves lifting both the skin and the supporting layer beneath the skin, called the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system). The procedure lifts the skin and the fibrous SMAS network separately. The procedure involves incisions at the temples, within the hairline, through which the SMAS layer is lifted to a youthful position. The skin is then lifted and repositioned into a natural contour, and excess skin is removed. Finally, the area is carefully sutured to minimize scarring. The results of this approach can appear very natural when performed by a specialist in facial plastic surgery.  

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Why Deep Plane Facelift vs Traditional SMAS Facelift? The New Gold Standard

Traditional SMAS facelift methods provide an impressive result that shaves years off a patient’s appearance. However, this approach sometimes has a less natural, “pulled” appearance, and may not last as long as the deep plane approach. Because of this, Dr. Bryant, a dual board-certified and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon, prefers the advanced deep plane facelift technique for most patients when performing facelifts in Nashville.

By gently supporting the face and neck soft tissues, the procedure results in a more youthful appearance that looks incredibly natural. It provides a safe and long-lasting cosmetic improvement.

As the results of a true deep plane facelift gain popularity in the media and within elite social circles, demand for this procedure has increased dramatically. Dr. Bryant’s method was developed during his fellowship training with the world-renowned celebrity facelift surgeon, Dr. Andrew Jacono. 

What Makes Dr. Bryant's Facelift Procedure Stand Out? Advanced, minimally invasive techniques for natural results

Facelift surgery has come a long way since years ago, but not all surgeons currently use the most advanced techniques. Modern facelift techniques involving the deep plane approach provide a refined result that looks far more natural than facelifts of the past.

Dr. Bryant’s preferred facelift technique uses a minimally invasive deep plane facelift approach. This advanced facelift method is performed by a limited number of surgeons across the country and has been proven to offer natural results while being remarkably safe and effective.

Besides their natural appearance, the techniques employed by Dr. Bryant, a double board-certified plastic surgeon, during his facelifts in Nashville focus on creating a long-lasting result, ensuring your enjoyment of the rejuvenating benefits for many years to come. These minimally invasive surgical techniques deliver even more powerful and natural results than non-surgical options.

Subtle changes in technique, paired with the latest advancements in scientific research, have allowed experienced facial plastic surgeons such as Dr. Lucas Bryant to create faces that age gracefully without looking tight or frozen.

Not ready for a facelift? Don’t worry; we offer a full suite of non-surgical skin tightening procedures to help turn back the hands of time.

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What is a Mini Facelift?

For patients that don’t need a full facelift yet, mini-facelift surgery may be the recommended procedure. Small incisions are placed near the hairline, then the lower face skin is gently tightened.

This has a smoothening effect on the loose skin of the lower face and jawline. Patients can get an idea of the result by placing their fingertips on the face (close to the earlobe) and pulling the skin slightly toward the hairline. Fewer incisions are needed to complete the procedure; Therefore, mini facelift recovery is quicker than the average facelift downtime by at least a few days to a week.

What Happens During a Facelift Surgery?


Facelift surgery procedures vary based on the type of facelift technique. This custom surgery may be performed with local anesthesia and intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, the incisions are placed along the temple and above the hairline, where they will be virtually invisible once healed. The skin and tissues are lifted, with excesses carefully removed, and the incisions closed. 

What Should I Expect After a Facelift?


After a custom SMAS facelift at Refine Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics, your face will be bandaged to keep it protected and supported. You will have prescription pain medication to stay comfortable in the early stages of your recovery. Expect about two weeks before any residual swelling and bruising fade and a beautifully refreshed look is revealed.

What is the Recovery Like After a Facelift?


The recovery from a facelift is typically uneventful, requiring only that you rest and follow all aftercare instructions. You will have a follow-up appointment the day following your procedure, and the surgical dressings will be removed and changed. The swelling typically peaks on about day 3 or 4, after which it begins to fade. You should begin to enjoy the refreshed, youthful changes to your look within about three to four weeks, although everyone heals at a slightly different rate.

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What is a Traditional SMAS Facelift?

While the deep plane facelift is the preferred method of treatment in many cases, Dr. Bryant is also very well trained in more traditional SMAS facelift methods.

This procedure mainly focuses on tightening the appearance of the:

  • Jawline
  • Upper Neck
  • Lower Face

It works by tightening the dense layer of connective tissue in the cheek between the fat and muscle.

This is contrary to the deep plane facelift, which tightens the connective tissue, skin, and muscle without separating them.

Drawing on his years of experience performing facelifts in Nashville, Dr. Bryant will help match you with the best facelift technique, whether it be the SMAS facelift or deep plane facelift surgery. At the end of the day, it’s all about ensuring you have a great result.

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What is Revision Facelift Surgery? Refine Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics

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Dissatisfied with your previous facelift?

Patients are usually thrilled with the result of their facelift, but there are times when other surgeons have failed to deliver a satisfactory final result.

A poor facelift result may be due in part to a lack of specialized experience on the part of the surgeon, improper facelift technique selection, or miscommunication during the consultation process regarding the patient’s main cosmetic concerns and desired outcome.

If you have had a facelift in the past that did not meet your expectations, all hope is not lost. Thankfully, there is something you can do about it. For patients previously treated by other surgeons, Dr. Bryant offers a personalized service to correct any facial aging or post-operative concerns you may have.

What is a Secondary Facelift? Additionally, patients that had a facelift more than a decade ago can benefit from a secondary facelift to maintain or touch up the results.

The results of a facelift take about 10 years or so off perceived age, however it does not stop the aging process. A second facelift provides the refresh a patient desires when aging catches up with them, keeping them looking young and well-rested once again.

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In-Office Use of Local Anesthesia 

What makes Refine Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics unique is that many procedures can be done under local anesthesia. Patients do not have to go to a surgery center or hospital and are not intubated.  

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Enhance Your Results With Minimally Invasive Procedures

Your facelift in Nashville at Refine Facial Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics can be performed along with minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatments, such as laser therapy, liposuction, and radiofrequency skin tightening using Morpheus8 or EmbraceRF with FaceTite and AccuTite to complement your facial skin rejuvenation results.

In addition to the latest aesthetic medical devices such as Morpheus8 RF microneedling, EmbraceRF with microneedling, FaceTite, and IPL photofacial, we also offer time-tested dermatological treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and more. These nonsurgical face rejuvenation procedures may be used to improve skin tone, quality, elasticity, and texture. For example, chemical peels and IPL laser treatments are wonderful to reverse sun damage, uneven skin tone, scars, dullness, and rough skin texture.

Hesitant About Getting a Facelift? Try a Non-Surgical Facelift Alternative. If you’re feeling unsure about surgical procedures, Dr. Bryant also offers non-surgical approaches to refine your appearance.

As a facial specialist, he carefully vets industry innovations – such as minimally invasive lasers and energy devices – offering only the safest and most effective solutions. Dr. Bryant, a dual board-certified and fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon will help you find the right solution for you in your consultation. These procedures can take years off your appearance, all without going under the knife.

What is the best age for a facelift?

How much does a facelift cost in Nashville?

What age is too late for a facelift?

What is the average age for a facelift?

Do facelifts make you age faster?

How long do facelifts last?

Do facelifts ever look natural?

How many years younger do you look after a facelift?

What age do jowls start?

What is the best age for a facelift?

Facelift surgery is most commonly performed on people between the ages of 35 and 60. For younger patients, a mini facelift can restore definition at the jawline and smooth developing lines and creases on the mid-to-lower face region. For older patients, a more comprehensive approach may be necessary, such as an SMAS or Deep Plane Facelift.

How much does a facelift cost in Nashville?

The cost of the surgery will reflect the extent of the procedure but generally ranges between $8,500 to $15,000.

What age is too late for a facelift?

No age is too late for a facelift as long as the person is in a state of good overall health and is safe to undergo surgery.

What is the average age for a facelift?

Most people undergoing a facelift are in their 40s, 50s, or 60s. The results of the procedure typically last about 10 to 15 years. When the signs of aging start to reappear, a revision can be performed.

Do facelifts make you age faster?

A facelift does not make you age faster – this is a myth. However, the procedure does not halt the natural aging process. As time passes, you will see natural wrinkles, lines, or facial sagging appear over the years. These are usually more apparent in about 10 to 15 years following the procedure.

How long do facelifts last?

With modern surgical techniques, the results of a facelift can last from 10 to 15 years.

Do facelifts ever look natural?

Older facelift techniques rarely, if ever, produced a natural look. With advances in facial surgery, and the procedure performed by an experienced, skilled facial plastic surgeon, the results look beautifully refreshed and natural, not the obvious tight, pulled look of a poorly performed surgery.

How many years younger do you look after a facelift?

A facelift can make you look about 10 to 15 years younger than you are, resulting in a long-lasting, refreshed look. A facelift smoothes away lines, creases, and wrinkles and sculpts the jawline, eliminating jowls and a double chin.

What age do jowls start?

Jowls start to develop in the late 30s or early 40s for most people. As the skin becomes less resilient due to decreasing levels of collagen, the skin starts to sag downward, creating jowls, with the jawline losing its definition.

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