Orlando facelift specialist Dr. Edward J. Gross can give you an energetic, youthful appearance that matches the way you feel inside. Using techniques customized to ensure the results look natural, Dr. Gross lifts and tightens the face’s soft tissue and contours the jawline to reverse the effects of gravity, sun exposure, and the stresses of daily life. Women and men searching for a facelift surgeon in Winter Park, Tampa, Melbourne, or Daytona Beach are hard-pressed to find another double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with Dr. Gross’ training and experience.
Case #58 | Facelift | Neck Liposuction | Fat Grafting: This 58-year-old woman from Orlando is shown 1 month following her face rejuvenation procedures. She demonstrates a smoother jawline and no visible scar. Dr. Gross hides the incisions in camouflaged, natural creases around the ears. Her cheeks are lifted and fuller from fat... Read More
Case #446 | Facelift and Neck lift: This Orlando businessman was bothered by a sagging neck, cheeks, and jowls. Dr. Gross performed a facelift and neck lift with muscle tightening (SMAS and platysma) to achieve these results. After photo is shown at 6 months, and he is very happy. The incision is well-hidden around the ears. He lost 50 l... Read More
Case# 259. Facelift and Upper Eyelid Lift. This Hispanic woman from Orlando saw Dr. Gross in consultation for drooping cheeks, neck sagging and tired eyes. We performed Mini lift of the face, Neck lift, and Upper eyelid lift to erase years of aging. Her facial volume is restored with a more youthful appearance and tighter jawline. Upper eyeli... Read More
Case #303 | Facelift & Neck Lift. This 55-year-old Orlando woman is seen 1 month after a neck lift by Dr. Gross. Her jawline is stronger and smoother. The SMAS muscle and platysma muscles were tightened to achieve a more natural and longer-lasting result. Incisions are hidden carefully around and behind the ears. Read More
Case #370 | Facelift & Endoscopic Forehead Lift: This Orlando patient consulted with Dr. Gross to look younger and lift her falling face and neck. A facelift and endoscopic forehead lift were performed in our Orlando/Lake Mary facility with very nice results. Incisions are hidden in her hairline with the new endoscopic technique. Her afte... Read More
Case #573 | Facelift | Orlando: This 61-year-old woman had a sagging jawline and cheeks. We performed a lower facelift and neck lift to achieve these results. Notice the stronger jawline and cervical mental angle. Dr. Gross performs a platysmaplasty and SMAS lift, the muscle layer, to achieve longer-lasting and natural-looking results. These... Read More
Case# 415. After many years in the Orlando, FL, sun, this patient was noticing sagging of her neck and face. She consulted with Dr. Gross in Lake Mary and a facelift & neck lift as well as lower eyelid surgery were performed. Her after photo at 3 months shows a nice result with younger eyes and a better jawline. The lines in her... Read More
Case #127 | Lower facelift and neck liposuction. This Orlando-area woman was a weight-loss patient and wanted to get rid of a sagging neck and jowls. She was referred to us by general plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Prevel. After a facelift, neck lift, and neck liposuction by Dr. Gross, her jawline is improved, and she has a younger... Read More
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost in Orlando?
The cost of a facelift and neck lift at Primera Plastic Surgery typically ranges from $17,000 to $25,500 (NOT including anesthesia or facility fees). The overwhelming majority of patients who undergo facelift surgery feel that the expense is well worth the lasting results. Dr. Gross meticulously plans his facelift surgeries to meet the precise needs of each patient.
More significant procedures generally cost more than mini facelifts or surgeries that target only minor complaints. During your consultation, Dr. Gross offers you a more precise quote that reflects all elements of your surgery. Dr. Gross is also pleased to offer his patients financing options to help them work facelift surgery into their budgets. Our staff will help you navigate a plan that suits your lifestyle.
What Is Facelift Surgery?
Facelift surgery lifts and tightens facial tissue to reverse the signs of aging, such as sagging jowls, lax skin, and facial folds. Also called rhytidectomy, facelift surgery addresses all of the various facial tissue levels, including the underlying muscles known as the superficial muscular aponeurotic system, or SMAS.
For comprehensive and seamless results, Dr. Gross also includes neck lift surgery to tighten the skin and platysma muscle. Because Dr. Gross tightens the underlying deeper muscular layer, results look more natural and last significantly longer–generally 10-15 years and beyond.
Proven Techniques, Outstanding Results
One of the top facial plastic surgeons in the region, Dr. Gross uses this proven, comprehensive technique for facelift surgery. Unlike previous versions of the procedure, which often relied on tightening the skin, creating an artificial, “windblown” appearance, SMAS facelifts manipulate deeper tissues by lifting, tightening, and repositioning muscle to actually improve the structure of the face. While the skin is also redraped and tightened slightly to ease the look of fine lines and wrinkles, it’s no longer the primary method for rejuvenating the face. Today’s facelift and neck lift surgery correct an array of common signs of aging in the lower portion of the face and neck, including:
Sagging facial skin
Loose neck skin
Poorly defined jawline
Prominent platysma muscles
Dr. Gross conceals facelift incisions both behind and in front of the ear crease. Attention to detail in the planning, placement, and closure of these incisions is the key to his consistently natural-looking results.
Dr. Gross makes facelift incisions so they are hidden in the hairline and around the ears. He uses the SMAS facelift for better longevity, minimal scarring, and natural-looking results.
Ideal Facelift Candidates
The best candidates for this procedure have a BMI below 30, are non-smokers in good health, and have realistic expectations about their potential facelift results.
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Studies show that cosmetic procedures performed earlier in a patient’s life offer the longest-lasting results because younger skin maintains better elasticity and tone. “Patients are seeking facial rejuvenation at a younger age, and we are seeing better treatment outcomes when we start with younger, healthier skin,” says Dr. Gross.
Dr. Gross uses computer imaging to simulate your facelift results during your initial consultation. This technology helps him adapt each facelift procedure to each patient’s unique anatomy and goals. During your consultation, you and Dr. Gross may work together to virtually experiment with different surgical techniques to ensure you’re both working toward a common goal.
Edward J. Gross, M.D.
Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
With 24 years in practice, Dr. Gross’ quality of care and results have earned the confidence and referrals of doctors throughout the region. His emphasis on patient education helps the men and women he treats feel comfortable and supported during their treatment.
Dr. Gross also sometimes recommends a mini facelift for Daytona Beach, Tampa, Gainesville, and Melbourne patients who want to treat signs of facial aging but do not need as extensive a treatment as a traditional facelift. Additionally, he frequently combines a facelift with a neck lift to address sagging neck skin, as well as a specialized procedure to eliminate neck bands called platysma muscle plication or corset platysmaplasty.
Facial Plastic Surgery Possibilities
Dr. Gross customizes each face lift in Orlando to get the best possible results and may recommend specific procedures such as:
It’s important to lay the foundation for a smooth recovery and excellent results by preparing your skin before surgery. We provide facelift patients with a complimentary medical-grade skincare regimen to promote firmer, tighter, and more robust skin that heals faster and more easily. You’ll begin using Alastin® ReFORM & RePAIR Complex twice a day at least 2 to 4 weeks before surgery to boost your skin’s elastin and collagen production and accelerate healing.
What Is Facelift Recovery Like?
Facelift surgery is an outpatient procedure at Primera Surgery Center. Although each patient’s experience varies somewhat, the following is a general facelift recovery timeline.
Day 1 to 3
Have a trusted loved one drive you home and stay with you for at least the remainder of the day following surgery. As with any surgical procedure, you will experience some discomfort that is usually well managed with the help of prescribed medication. Swelling and bruising are expected aftereffects of facelift surgery. Our practice recommends using arnica to reduce bruising.
You’ll continue to use your Alastin ReFORM & RePAIR cream throughout recovery, carefully avoiding your incisions until your sutures are removed.
Day 7 to 10
Swelling and bruising should start to dissipate and mostly resolve. You’ll visit Dr. Gross for your follow-up appointment, and he will remove your sutures at this time.
Day 10 to 14
Most patients feel comfortable and confident enough to return to work and other daily activities, using makeup to cover any residual bruising.
Weeks 2 to 4
You may be cleared to engage in more strenuous activities, such as exercising, during this time.
Keep in mind that you should also limit your exposure to the sun for several months to avoid excessive scarring and other complications. Dr. Gross recommends adopting sunscreen into your permanent skincare regimen to prevent future skin damage and prolong your results for as long as possible. He also advises you to continue your Alastin skincare regimen for at least 3 months following surgery.
The results of your facelift can last for more than a decade, but it’s worth noting that a small percentage of patients require a second procedure in order to achieve their desired results. During your consultation, Dr. Gross evaluates your degree of facial aging and helps you understand the likelihood of achieving your cosmetic goals.
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Procedures Commonly Combined With Facelift Surgery
Although facelift surgery is a popular option on its own, occasionally, its results can be complemented by those of eyelid surgery or even a laser treatment.
Although facelift surgery is often the most comprehensive long-term method for correct facial aging, it’s not the only option. For those with localized sagging and excess fat under the chin, a chin tuck (Submentoplasty) is another alternative procedure with limited downtime. In combination with liposuction, Kybella, or Ulthera, it corrects fullness under the chin using an incision hidden under the chin in a natural crease.
For men and women with more mild signs of aging or those who aren’t ready to commit to a surgical procedure, a nonsurgical “liquid” facelift may be an alternative. The procedure uses dermal fillers and BOTOX® to address volume loss, facial folds, wrinkles, and skin laxity.
Dr. Gross can recommend the right procedure for you during your comprehensive consultation and skin assessment.
“It’s better to consider facial surgery when younger, as the tissues have better elasticity and strength.” – Dr. Gross
See Your Results Before Surgery
Our practice is among the few that use computer imaging to show potential results. With the help of this technology, Dr. Gross can reliably tailor a surgical treatment plan for the unique needs of each patient.
How will a facelift help me? This procedure will improve sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles, and redraping facial and neck skin. We mostly perform this procedure on men and women 40 and older.
What type of anesthesia is needed for a facelift? We require general anesthesia for this procedure.
Are there any drains used? Yes. We use a patented drain system from Porex®, the TLS Surgical Drainage System®. This speeds healing by removing fluid under the skin and minimizing bruising. These are removed in the office on the 2nd day after your procedure.
Is the facelift an inpatient or outpatient procedure? The facelift is an outpatient procedure at Primera Surgery Center. Hospitalization is not necessary.
Where are the incisions placed for a facelift? Dr. Gross conceals the incisions behind the ear crease and in the front of the ear crease. Attention to detail in the planning, placement, and closure of these incisions is key to a nice result.
What are the common side effects? Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of skin, and a tight feeling.
What are the risks of surgery? Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles or feeling (usually temporary). Infection and bleeding. Poor healing and excessive scarring. Asymmetry or change in hairline (uncommon).
How long do facelift results last? Usually 10 years. Some patients enjoy their results indefinitely. “We are finding greater success and improved longevity with Ultherapy treatments to enhance results following facelift and mini lift,” according to Dr. Gross. He recommends an Ultherapy treatment, which uses ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen growth, about 6 to 9 months after surgery.
“It’s never too late for facial rejuvenation!” – Dr. Gross