Naples plastic surgeons, Dr. Paul Gardner and Dr. Mark Walsh, lend their outstanding skills and artistry to facelift surgery. This surgical procedure treats sagging skin and fine lines to help patients achieve a more youthful-looking appearance. Under our cosmetic surgeons’ compassionate care, patients often look years younger and more refreshed and rejuvenated.
Sun damage, genetics and skin elasticity all play a significant role in how a person ages. In many instances, patients develop sagging skin and wrinkles despite feeling young and energetic. In order to have their appearances match their inner vitality, many seek the services of Dr. Paul Gardner and Dr. Mark Walsh. Our surgeons are facelift experts who perform the procedure with a refined artistry to achieve beautiful results that give a natural, refreshed appearance.
One of my favorite procedures to do is facelifts. Facelifts, to me, are the ultimate in achieving the balance between surgery and art because we’re taking a patient’s face, the thing that they present in public every day, and we’re not changing it but we’re working on it to make it look like it once did.
Full facelifts involve moving the mid-face, this part of the face. When a surgeon talks about doing a facelift, they’re really talking about elevating the tissues that have drooped over time, basically the aging process goes this way, and restoring those facial tissues back to where they once were when the patient was younger.
So, a facelift isn’t about tightening the skin or overly stretched, although that look is out there, and I don’t like that look at all. We try to give the patient a refreshed, natural, lifted back to where they once were maybe ten or twenty years earlier, and give them very beautiful and natural results. In fact, the biggest compliment I get from my patients is when they come back and say, “You know, nobody has really said to me ‘What did you do to your face?’ They say, ‘Did you lose weight? Did you change your hair? You look different, but you look great.’”
And they don’t know that they had plastic surgery. To me that’s the highest compliment.
During the procedure, your surgeon will begin every surgery by carefully concealing incisions in front of and behind the ears. Next, your surgeon will gently tighten loose skin and extract excess tissue if necessary. In some instances, your surgeon may suggest patients combine a facelift and neck lift surgery with liposuction to remove fat tissues along the jawline, and within the neck to help patients lose the “double chin” appearance.
Your surgeon may also suggest other facelift techniques, such as endoscopic facelift or mini facelift surgery. These techniques treat minor to moderate signs of aging and a mini facelift can offer patients the advantage of shortened recovery periods.
One of the questions I get a lot from patients when they come in for facelift consults is, “Am I too young or am I too old to have a facelift?”
What I have found in my 25 years of doing plastic surgery, the people that are coming in in their sixties, seventies and even at eighty–I just did a facelift on an eighty-year-old a week and a half ago and she did amazingly well. What I’ve discovered is as this generation ages, they’re staying healthier, they exercise every day and they’ve been taking good care of their skin with facial products. So, when they come in at sixty-five or seventy and ask am I too old to have a facelift-absolutely not.
So, what I tell my patients who are younger when they come in asking if “I’m too young,” I ask them “Well what bothers you? What would you like to see different?” If a facelift is going to fix that then that’s the procedure they should have. There’s a stigma out there that one should not have facial surgery or facelift when you’re in your forties or thirties because you’re too young and you don’t need it. Well, some people actually do need it when they’re thirty or forty whether it be genetics, smoking, being in the sun, a lot of their facial tissues have drooped, they’ve developed significant wrinkling, things have just dropped or they developed an accumulation of fat that they don’t like how it looks when they look in in the mirror. If they want to do things that are non-surgical like fillers, liposuction or lasers, well that’s fine but if it’s not going to address the concerns that they see when they look in the mirror then a facelift is the answer.
As with any surgical procedure, there is risk for complications, including infection. Dr. Gardner and Dr. Walsh always review these risks with each patient prior to surgery. Personalized care is top priority in the state-of-the-art surgical facility. You can also choose to spend the night in recovery and receive individualized care from an overnight nurse.
With patient health being the highest priority, Dr. Paul Gardner and Dr. Mark Walsh work with great care when performing facelift procedures to improve the aesthetics and contours of the face. They take pride in helping patients begin their journey toward their aesthetic goals and strive to help patients obtain the beautiful results they desire.
The surgical team at Naples Plastic Surgery has a long-standing, stellar reputation for outstanding levels of skill, talent, and beautiful results. Dr. Paul M. Gardner, Dr. Leopoldo M. Baccaro, and Dr. Mark Walsh are all highly trained, experienced, and respected in the Naples community.
At Naples Plastic Surgery, our cosmetic services are designed to contour and enhance your body to help you achieve the body image that you desire. Known for offering among the best facial plastic surgery in Naples, our board-certified surgeons are known as much for their artistry as they are for their surgical skills. We understand that your image is the key to feeling great, so we will provide you with the most reliable advice and services to help make you look and feel your best.
The surgical team at Naples Plastic Surgery has the training and experience necessary to help you pursue your own individual cosmetic goals down to the very last detail, all in a warm, comfortable, and private environment.
The plastic surgery process at Naples Plastic Surgery begins with a one-on-one, confidential consultation in which your surgeon conducts an examination to determine which procedures are likely to produce the most robust aesthetic improvements. This includes a comprehensive discussion with you to identify the benefits, risks and costs associated with each procedure. It may be possible to combine a number of surgical procedures into a single surgery if you desire and if your medical condition permits it.
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