Kent V. Hasen, MD: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Med Spa of Naples
3699 Airport Pulling Road North
Naples, FL 34105
Phone: (239) 262-5662
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
With factors such as sun exposure, weight changes, gravity, and time at play, your face may look older than you feel. If it’s your time to reduce some of the signs of aging with a natural-looking facelift, choose board-certified Naples plastic surgeon Kent V. Hasen, M.D. He can renew your look with a modern approach to facial rejuvenation surgery at his onsite surgical suite. Dr. Hasen’s years of experience and natural skills lead to long-lasting results, striking the perfect balance between natural and noticeable. Facelift patients come from Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, and other surrounding areas for multi-directional improvement with minimal incisions.
Who’s a Good Facelift Candidate?
There is no perfect age for everyone when it comes to facelift surgery. Instead, there is a unique “right time” for every man or woman who considers the procedure. When you visit Dr. Hasen for a facelift consultation, he looks for one or more of the following qualities:
- Laxity on the jawline or chin, causing jowls or a loss of definition
- Wrinkles, lines, or folds around the nose and mouth
- Diminished volume in the cheeks
Facelift surgery is popular with both men and women. It’s often the best treatment for patients who want to add youthful definition and volume to their faces. Those with mild to moderate sagging of the skin around the mouth and along the jawline may be candidates for the minimally invasive FaceTite procedure.
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What Happens During a Facelift?
Dr. Hasen performs facelift surgery in his fully accredited, onsite, private surgery suite using general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Surgery is complete within about 3 to 5 hours.
Without shaving your hair, Dr. Hasen makes a thin incision that extends from within the hairline to above the ear, continuing in front of and inside the ear, around the earlobe, in the crease, and then behind the hairline.
Next, he separates the deep underlying tissue called the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) from the skin and lifts it to provide internal support that makes the results of surgery last longer. Dr. Hasen then redrapes the skin and removes any excess without pulling it unnaturally tight. If necessary, he also removes fat from under the chin.
This approach to facelift surgery has several advantages:
- Shorter incisions result in minimal scarring. Using Silagen® scar refinement products as directed can optimize the healing process.
- Addressing the SMAS yields a natural-looking appearance (not overly tight).
- Fat transfer restores lost volume naturally using the patient’s own fat.
- Patients look like a younger and refreshed version of themselves — not like a different person.
Can a Facelift Be Combined With Other Procedures?
Yes! Dr. Hasen regularly performs combinational procedures to suit the unique needs of each patient. A facelift provides dramatic results on its own, but it’s also common to combine the surgery with other facial rejuvenation procedures for a significant, full-face improvement. Some popular choices:
- Fat transfer: Using your own stem cell-rich fat, Dr. Hasen can selectively restore volume that’s been lost over the years.
- Eyelid surgery: Also called blepharoplasty, this procedure can reinvigorate the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both, giving you a more alert and refreshed appearance.
- Brow lift: Forehead wrinkles or a “heavy” brow can be remedied with a brow lift, a procedure that softens the upper face.
- Neck lift: When the neck begins to show signs of aging, neck lift surgery or neck liposuction can restore a smooth silhouette.
This patient describes her experience having a facelift with Dr. Hasen. *Your results may vary.
In some cases, Dr. Hasen will recommend using PRP (i.e., plasma-rich platelets) to enhance your results and expedite the healing process. The platelets come from a small vial of your own blood, which forms a gel as the platelets become more concentrated. Platelets, normally deployed as a natural healing mechanism to aid in clotting, serve a similar function when injected after a facelift. The natural growth factors help expedite the healing process — and because the platelets come from your own blood cells, your body readily accepts them.
How Long Is Facelift Recovery?
After your facelift, we recommend that you stay overnight in our post-operative recovery area with a registered nurse in order to receive excellent care in the initial hours after the procedure. You will need to have an adult drive you home and assist you for the first few days. The small drains that are placed during surgery to prevent fluid buildup are removed painlessly in our office a day later along with the bulky dressing.
Dr. Hasen shares how PRP gel improves facelift healing
Pain is typically minimal, easily controlled by medication and subsides within 2 or 3 days, although patient experiences vary. Swelling is mild to moderate for the first week, and rapidly disappears thereafter. Minimal bruising peaks at 2 days then fades by 2 to 3 weeks. You may apply camouflage make-up in 7 to 10 days and appear in public at that time.
Patients typically resume many activities within the first week, and most by 3 weeks. They usually are ready to return to work in 7 to 10 days.
How Long Will My Facelift Results Last?
Dr. Hasen’s facelift patients usually look natural and presentable in the first week; results continue to improve over the next 6 to 9 months.
Patients enjoy their very natural, rested, younger appearance that lasts for several years. While the aging process continues, most patients look younger than if they did not have surgery at all.
Other Questions About Facelift Surgery
Dr. Hasen has performed facelift surgery to help hundreds of patients feel good about what they see in the mirror. He employs advanced techniques to help patients look like younger, refreshed versions of themselves without being overly “done” or “windswept.” If you’re considering this procedure, you likely have a lot of questions. Here, Dr. Hasen has provided answers to the ones he hears most frequently from his facelift patients.
Absolutely. Male facelift patients may not be as common as their female counterparts, but Dr. Hasen sees many men who want to add definition to their faces and take some of the years off. Many male patients have specific concerns about surgery, such as the removal of sideburns or other facial hair. Dr. Hasen’s approach preserves sideburns in male patients while still creating a great result, as exemplified in this patient (left: before surgery, right: 3 months after surgery):
Keep in mind each patient is unique and your results may vary.
Facelift surgery is not designed to improve the look of the entire face. Instead, the surgery focuses on the lower portion of the face, which is where many people notice the most severe signs of aging. For this reason, a facelift will not typically address crow’s feet, forehead lines, and other concerns of the upper face.
If you’re bothered by these issues, you may benefit from other surgeries, such as brow lift, or non-surgical options, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic. During your consultation, Dr. Hasen evaluates your concerns and develops a surgical approach that fully addresses your own unique face.
It’s important to keep in mind that no cosmetic procedure, including facelift surgery, can halt the aging process. However, the procedure can give you a head start. One good way to ensure your results last as long as possible is by maintaining a steady weight. Significant weight gain or loss can alter the appearance of your face, and you may wish to undergo revisionary surgery. It’s also important to adopt a good skincare regimen and avoid sun overexposure.
Some patients choose to touch up their results with regular injectable treatments. Other patients may benefit from undergoing additional surgery after several years. You have plenty of options for maintaining your facelift results in the long term, and Dr. Hasen is excited to help you put your best face forward.
The cost of facelift surgery is different for every patient, so it’s difficult to provide an accurate quote over the Internet. We work to keep our fees are competitive with those of other plastic surgeons throughout Naples and Fort Myers. During your consultation, you’ll receive a written quote that reflects the specifics of your procedure. For more information on our fees and financing options, visit our financial and cancellation policy page.
Yes, but they won’t produce results that are as extensive. Innovations in recent years with dermal fillers and skin tightening treatments such as Thermage® have been very impressive, offering patients an anti-aging solution that doesn’t require as much of a financial or time commitment. However, facelift surgery is usually more appropriate for those who need more extensive correction. Dr. Hasen will evaluate your face and recommend a procedure route that is right for you.