A Tampa facelift can restore your youthful appearance and make you look as young on the outside as you feel on the inside. It is important before making the decision, however, that you are prepared for the surgery as well as the aftercare and recovery involved. It is also important to know that you have choices. A Tampa facelift is a procedure that can be done using several different techniques.  The traditional, surgical facelift has been the standard for many years, but Florida residents now have a choice of other less invasive options.  The Simplicity facelift, offered only at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery, offers the benefits of a traditional facelift with significantly less downtime. The best way to fully understand the advantages of the Simplicity facelift is to know what to expect from a traditional Tampa facelift.Tampa-facelift-simplicity-facelift

What to expect immediately following a Tampa Facelift

A traditional facelift is a major surgery.  The traditional Tampa facelift usually involves several incisions made along the hairline and above and behind the ears.  Because anesthesia is used during the procedure, patients need time to recover from the anesthesia as well as from the procedure itself. It is important that patients arrange for transportation home after the procedure. In addition, patients should not drive, drink alcohol, travel alone, use public transportation, or operate hazardous machinery for the first 24 hours following surgery. This gives the anesthesia time to work its way out of their system. Cosmetic surgeons are likely to give patients additional instructions specific to their procedure and health condition as well.  It is important that patients follow instructions carefully so that the risk of infection and complications are minimized.

How long is the recovery period for a Tampa Facelift?

The recovery period after a traditional facelift is fairly long, usually about four to six weeks, and during that time patients are not able to lift heavy objects or engage in strenuous exercise or sports. During this time, movement is also restricted. Many doctors recommend that patients spend the first few days sitting up as much as possible to reduce swelling. Patients can also expect swelling and bruising, so ice packs are recommended to reduce selling and decrease discomfort.  Traditional facelift surgery involves numerous stitches and sutures that must be cared for and watched for signs of infection. Patients are advised to keep soft foods on hand because chewing will be painful. Straws are also recommended to making drinking easier.  Over the years, there have been several improvements made that allow for a less invasive surgery.  One of the newer and more effective Tampa facelift techniques was developed at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery.  Called the Simplicity Facelift, this procedure requires only a couple of small incisions yet has results on par with a traditional Tampa facelift.

How is the recovery from a Simplicity Facelift different?

The Simplicity facelift, on the other hand, offers the same benefits as traditional surgery without the extensive downtime. It is a precise and advanced procedure that requires fewer incisions that are much smaller, reducing the risk of scarring and infection. The process of tightening and stretching the muscles is the same as in traditional Tampa facelift surgery, so the results are the same, but because it is so much less invasive, bruising and swelling are minimized. Patients can generally return to their normal activities in just a few days. In addition, the procedure is performed under local anesthesia which is an added benefit for patients. This eliminates the added complications involved with being unconscious during the procedure. The Simplicity facelift is performed on an outpatient basis in about an hour. It is perfect for Tampa residents who want the benefits of a Tampa facelift without the extensive recovery, aftercare and downtime associated with traditional surgery.

Dr. Dominic Castellano, a double board certified cosmetic surgeon, and his staff at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery are experts at performing the Simplicity facelift. If you want to find out if this advanced procedure is right for you, call us today at (813)975-3223 for a complimentary consultation or visit our website at www.EliteTampa.com for more information.

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