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 Orlando are hard-pressed to find another double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with Dr. Gross’ training and experience.
Facelift and Forehead Lift. This 50 year old Orlando woman met Dr. Gross at the Southern Women’s Show in Orlando where he was presenting his surgical experience to the audience. She wanted improvement with her jowling, neck skin drooping, and heavy eyebrow area. Dr. Gross performed a Minilift, Forehead Lift, and jawline Liposuction to ac... Read More
Case# 370. Facelift & Endoscopic Forehead Lift. Age 64. This Orlando patient consulted with Dr. Gross to look younger and lift her falling face and neck. Facelift and Endoscopic Forehead Lift were performed in Orlando/ Lake Mary facility with very nice results. Incisions are hidden in her hairline with the new endoscopic technique. Her Af... 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... Read More
Case# 303 | Facelift & Neck Lift. This 55 yr. old Orlando woman is seen 1 month after 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# 310. Facelift, Rhinoplasty, Chin Implant. This patient was bothered by a receding chin, and large nose on the profile and sagging neck. This is an example of a staged procedure which is often recommended by Dr. Gross to allow the body to heal properly and obtain optimal results she is very happy. Her incisions are hidden and camouflaged... Read More
Case# 142. Facelift and Neck lift for Men. This 65 year-old man from the Orlando area wanted his neck lifted and a titer jawline. He wanted to get rid of the fatty area under his chin and lift his neck. Dr. gross performed a facelift and neck lift in our accredited surgery Center. Recovery was 1 week. Read More
Case #119. Facelift, CO2 Laser resurfacing, Eyelid surgery and Restylane. This Orlando woman spent years in the sun in Florida and was bothered by sagging lower eyelids and drooping upper lids. Dr. Gross performed Facelift (SMAS tightening) , CO2 Laser resurfacing, Eyelid surgery and Restylane injections to the upper lip. Her j... Read More
Case# 750. This 63-year-old woman from Orlando was bothered by droopy eyes, lip lines around her mouth and a sagging jawline. We performed facelift, neck lift, upper blepharoplasty and a phenol chemical peel around her mouth. Her results are dramatic and she looks 10 years younger. Dr. Gross performs a SMAS muscle tightening facel... Read More
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.
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.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost in Orlando?
At Primera Plastic Surgery, most facelift patients can expect to pay between $17,000 and $25,500 (NOT including anesthesia or facility fees) for their surgeries. 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.
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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 surgery can correct an array of common signs of aging in the lower portion of the face, including:
Sagging facial skin
Loose neck skin
Poorly defined jawline
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.
Facelift With a Facial Plastic Surgery Specialist
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:
Facelift with neck lift
Chin tuck (submentoplasty)
Ultherapy® to supplement facelift
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, swelling, and bruising. These issues are usually well managed with the help of prescribed medications.
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 in order to avoid excessive scarring and other complications. Dr. Gross recommends adopting sunscreen into your permanent skincare regimen to avoid future skin damage and to prolong your results for as long as possible.
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