Facelift in St. Petersburg

Your active, healthy lifestyle has likely paid off with a toned, fit body. Unfortunately, exercise can't do much to shape up your face. The visible signs of age, heredity, weight fluctuation, and exposure to the elements all detract from the youthful look of your face. Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kailash Narasimhan performs facelift surgery in St. Petersburg to help women and men from Clearwater and throughout the Tampa Bay area renew their facial appearance and increase their self‐confidence.

Dr. Narasimhan values your appearance as much as you do. He understands how much having a youthful face can boost your self-confidence. To learn more, request a consultation at Dr. Narasimhan's office in the St. Anthony's Outpatient Medical Center on Carillon Parkway.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
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    Case #248

    This 68-year-old male presented for sagging skin along the neck and jaw line. He was a former smoker.  We performed a face and neck lift. He is very happy with his results. If you have questio... View Case 

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    63 yo female interested in improving the shape of her face and jawline. Before and after pictures shown after facelift.  Photos were taken at only 26 days after surgery.  P... View Case 

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    Case #83

    59 year old woman in good health desired improvement in contour through her face, neck and jowls. Dr. Narasimhan performed a facelift, necklift and liplift. Photos are taken 6 weeks after surgery a... View Case 

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    Case #125

    59-year-old healthy female interested in improving the shape of her face, neck and lips. Dr. Narasimhan preformed a facelift, necklift, and upper lip lift. In addition, this patient has received IP... View Case 

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    Case #110

    47 yr old female wanted to look like her younger self. She had concerns with sagging skin and jowls. Dr. Narasimhan performed a facelift and necklift to give her a refreshed look. Photos are taken... View Case 

What Is a Traditional Facelift?

A traditional facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, aesthetically improves the lower two–thirds of the face, including cheeks, jowls, and neck. Women and men who want a more refreshed, younger-looking face choose this procedure to address wrinkles, expression lines, skin laxity, and sagging facial tissues.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost in St. Petersburg and Tampa?

The physician fees for a full facelift range from $9,000 to $12,800, although we cannot quote a specific price without an in-person consultation.

Why Choose Dr. Narasimhan

Dr. Narasimhan stands out from other surgeons for many reasons, including:

  • Uses least-invasive approach to each facelift procedure
  • Focuses on internal, deep-tissue SMAS tightening for naturally attractive, long-lasting outcomes
  • Meticulous surgical technique minimizes bleeding, swelling, and bruising for early return to work and normal life

Is a Facelift Right for Me?

Facelift surgery can enhance your natural attractiveness by restoring a youthful lower facial appearance that spans from below your eyes to your neck. Women and men choose this procedure to correct one or more of the following concerns:

  • Flattened or sagging cheeks
  • Deep nasolabial folds
  • Jowls or fullness along the jawline
  • Lax skin in the lower face and the neck

Dr. Narasimhan's goal is for you to look naturally attractive for your age, not to make you look like someone else. He is practiced in subtle surgical techniques that will avoid a pulled, overly tightened look.

What's the Difference Between a Facelift and a Mini Facelift?

A mini facelift is best suited for patients with adequate skin elasticity and early signs of aging in the lower face. It is less invasive, takes less surgical time, requires less downtime, and costs less than a facelift. It is not for patients who have significant sagging and does not tighten skin on the jawline and neck.

Do the Different Techniques for Facelift Surgery Use the Same Incision Placement?

Regardless of the technique, Dr. Narasimhan places the facelift incisions where the scars will be concealed as much as possible. The incision for a traditional facelift typically starts in the hairline above the ear, traces the front edge of the ear, then travels around the earlobe and behind the ear. The mini facelift is shorter and usually runs in a crease in front of the ear.

What Is a Deep Plane Facelift?

This advanced facelift technique leaves the facial structures together as they are repositioned instead of lifting the muscle and skin separately. It provides very natural-looking results avoiding a tight, pulled look. In most cases, Dr. Narasimhan performs facelift surgery using this technique because it accounts for the facial anatomy when the facial tissues are redraped and rejuvenated. The deep plane technique also minimizes tension on the skin for longer-lasting results.

What Is a Revision Facelift?

When the results of a facelift are unnatural looking or otherwise unsatisfactory, Dr. Narasimhan can perform a corrective procedure called a revision facelift. He performs several revision facelifts each year for patients who come to him from surgeons who are not skilled and experienced in facelift surgery. These procedures are often more complex and time-consuming than a primary facelift and may involve:

  • Revising the original facelift scars so they are less noticeable
  • Rearranging and tightening the deeper SMAS layer of the face
  • Redraping the skin to give the face a more natural-looking rejuvenation

Dr. Narasimhan also performs facelift revisions on patients that have had thread lifts or other non-invasive and often ineffective treatments.

Are There Nonsurgical Facelift Options?

Patients often ask if a nonsurgical solution can replace the effects of a facelift surgery. Many of these patients have the presence of loose skin and jowling, which make facelift a far superior option. However, some patients are not ready for a surgical procedure, and after discussion with Dr. Narasimhan there may be nonsurgical options. These options might include:

While often advertised, there is technically no such thing as a "nonsurgical facelift." However filling the cheek with volume can smooth wrinkles in the properly selected patient.

My facelift was as amazing as I expected!! I was reassured by his nice manner and expertise in talking about the surgery in a way I could easily understand - I had consults with many doctors but he put be most at ease.

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Can I Combine My Facelift With Other Procedures?

Dr. Narasimhan often combines neck lift surgery with facelifts for a more comprehensive improvement than the short scar facelift, which does not effectively resolve sagging skin on the jowls and neck but does result in a quicker recovery for most patients.

Many traditional facelift patients choose to combine their procedure with other facial sculpting procedures such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery to achieve a more complete result. Dr. Narasimhan's artistic eye can help guide your decision about which combination of procedures will produce the natural, more youthful result you want.

What Can I Expect After Facelift Surgery?

It's important to give yourself plenty of time to rest and heal at home following your face lift surgery. While experiences vary, expect the following after your facelift:

  • Keep your head elevated for several days to avoid unnecessary swelling.
  • Mild to moderate discomfort as you heal that can be controlled with prescription medication.
  • Itchiness around the incisions. Dr. Narasimhan may recommend a topical product to ensure you remain as comfortable as possible.
  • Return to our office around the 1–week mark for a follow–up appointment at which Dr. Narasimhan will likely remove your bandages and any non–dissolving stitches.

During your consultation, Dr. Narasimhan will review post–surgical activity restrictions with you to help you plan accordingly. He will give you specific instructions on how long you will need to postpone vigorous exercise, sexual activity, alcohol, tobacco, and sun exposure.

I highly recommend Dr Narasimhan. He and his office staff are very professional and courteous. I had an eye and neck lift and am VERY happy with the results.

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How Long Does It Take To Recover From a Facelift?

Most patients feel socially presentable and are ready to return to work after about 2 weeks. Residual swelling and bruising can persist for up to 6 weeks but can easily be covered with makeup 10 to 14 days after surgery. You will likely notice an improvement well before then. Your skin will appear smoother and tighter, and your face will have a more youthful shape and contours. Friends and family may comment that you look younger or more refreshed.

Are My Facelift Results Permanent?

The results of a facelift are long lasting, typically about 7 to 10 years; however, the natural aging process continues. You can maintain your rejuvenated look for many years by protecting your skin from the sun, keeping at a healthy weight, and not smoking. Dr. Narasimhan also often recommends nonsurgical treatments such as injectable fillers or BOTOX Cosmetic to help extend or enhance facelift results.

Some people may choose to undergo a second facelift later on to preserve their results, but this is a personal decision. If you're concerned about prolonging your younger–looking appearance, a visit with Dr. Narasimhan can help you determine the best course of action for your unique circumstances.

Facelift FAQ

What age is best for a facelift?

While there's no specific "best" age for facelift surgery, typical candidates are between the ages of 40 and 70 years.

How many years does a facelift take off?

This answer depends on a variety of factors, such as your age during facelift, your skincare regimen, and how you heal. However, for most patients who follow their facelift with medical-grade skincare, diet, and nicotine avoidance, the procedure can take at least 10 years off your current visible age. The facial aging process does continue, of course, after facelift, but a facelift is the most assured and effective way to "turn back the clock" for many patients. Dr. Narasimhan uses a high SMAS facelift technique, which addresses the deeper elements of the face for a long-lasting and effective result.

Is a facelift painful?

Facelift and all facial surgery, for that matter, is not painful for most patients. There can be some discomfort from the neck area because we are tightening the neck muscles and placing a compressive bandage around the neck for 1 to 2 days. Patients all receive an oral steroid medication, pain medication, and can ice the area during the immediate period after surgery. We also inject medication into the skin which helps with postoperative pain. These additions have greatly minimized discomfort after facelift.

Do you perform male and female facelifts differently?

Yes, the aesthetic goals and technique I use have some slight nuances for a facelift on a man. In males, we mainly address the neck and lower face, especially the jawline. Cheek rejuvenation is important for male patients mainly to soften the smile lines (nasolabial folds). In males, we want to rejuvenate while maintaining a masculine look.

Will I have visible scars from facelift surgery?

Dr. Narasimhan takes special care to place facelift incisions in the hairline and natural creases of the face where the resulting scars will not be noticeable. While individual healing rates vary, the scars for most facelift patients have healed and faded nicely within 6 months. Makeup can be applied to conceal the scar as early as 10 to 14 days.

Are facelifts worth it?

Facelifts are effective and "worth it" in the properly selected patient. Most patients are extremely satisfied with their results and consider the procedure "worth it." This procedure can "turn back the clock" by anatomically restoring the elements that cause facial aging, such as a deep smile line, jowls that hang over the lower chin, and loose neck skin. When patients have jowling it is a general indication for a facelift. The effectiveness of a facelift result is not matched by any of the current other technology in facial aging, such as lasers, radiofrequency, or fillers.

How Do I Get Started?

Your face is one of your most noticeable features. Don't trust it to just any cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Narasimhan has earned board certification from both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolarygology (Head-Neck Surgery), which means he's completed rigorous, specialized surgical education and training. To find out about more face lifts, neck lifts, and other facial sculpting options, request a consultation with Dr. Narasimhan or call the office of Narasimhan Plastic Surgery at (727) 289-7119.