Facelift in Sarasota

Recapture the beauty of self-confidence with a facelift by Dr. Emily Jiles

Got some sagging skin on your face and neck? Do you feel like you’re looking older by the day? A facelift is all you need to look youthful and vibrant in no time. You’re just a click away from Dr. Jiles and waving those bags of skin goodbye.

Dr. Jiles of Sarasota Surgical Arts is a talented cosmetic surgeon with fellowship training in facelifts as well as many other procedures. Dr. Jiles offers facelift surgery in Sarasota, Florida.

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The most important goal is maintain a refreshed look of youth; you should never look "overdone" or "pulled too tight." You should just look like your younger self.

What is a Facelift?

A facelift is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States, particularly among middle-aged women. Several factors can result in [a] loss of youthful vibrancy and facial contour, including aging, stress, gravity, smoking, sun damage, and genetics.

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgery performed on your face to give you a youthful appearance. It reverses any visible signs of aging in the face or neck, such as flabby and sagging skin, jowls, double chin or “turkey neck,” and deep fold lines.

The procedure aims to lift and pull back your facial skin to make your face look tighter and smoother. There are various facelift types you can decide to have to help you look young and radiant again.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

There are several facelift technique options available to our Florida patients. Each one varies in their scope and and focus areas. With that said, there are some general considerations that can help you determine if you are a good candidate for a facelift.
Ideal candidates for a facelift include:

  • Healthy individuals who do not have uncontrolled medical conditions that can affect the healing process, such as uncontrolled hypertension, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, and blood clotting disorders.
  • Nonsmokers or persons who can stop nicotine products and vaping for one month before and one month after the surgery. This is important for wound healing.
  • Persons with a BMI under 25


The qualifications above do not necessarily exclude you from having surgery with Dr. Jiles. If these areas are a concern, be sure to ask Dr. Jiles, and she will make arrangements to have your needs met best and ensure that the surgery is as safe as possible.

Motivations for a Facelift

Women seeking a facelift have one or more of the following complaints:

  • Sagging skin on and around the face
  • Deep fold lines between the nose and corners of the mouth
  • Jowls in the cheeks and jaw
  • Loose skin and excess fat around the neck that appears as a double chin or “turkey neck”
  • Fat tissue that have sunken, fallen, or disappeared

Results: What To Expect

As the bruising and swelling subsides, you may see improvements in your facial appearance. This may take between 10 to 14 days post-op. Usually, your face may still feel numb and tight for about two to three months after the surgery.

It’s important that you take good care of your skin and preserve your results. We recommend you stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, wearing a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Quitting smoking, limiting alcohol consumption, and eating plenty of protein-rich foods, fruits, and vegetables are also healthy lifestyle choices you should consider.

Facelift results may be long-lasting, but they are, however, not permanent. Results can last up to 10 years, but as you age, you may begin to notice dropping or sagging skin again.

Before and After Facelift Surgery

Types of Facelifts

There are several facelift types you and your facelift surgeon can discuss and choose from. The type of facelift you’ll eventually go for depends on several individual and medical factors.

During your first visit, your doctor will discuss your health status, medical history, desired aesthetic goals, facial structure, and what the procedure entails. These will inform your choice on what type of facelift you’ll comfortably opt for.

We advise doing thorough research before committing to a specific facial plastic surgeon. However, you can rest assured that Dr. Jiles is your best bet if you’re hoping to get the best facelift in Sarasota.

Regular or Traditional Facelift

The “regular,” “traditional,” or “full” facelift is a major surgical procedure where incisions are made and then closed with sutures. 

The skin is separated from the fat and muscles underneath your skin. The fat and muscles are often reshaped, repositioned, or redistributed along the face, jowls, and neck and then tightened with sutures. The skin is placed over the new contours, and any excess skin is trimmed off.

With a full facelift, you will need to be put to sleep under general anesthesia, and you will spend some days recovering in the hospital.

Mini Facelift

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The ideal candidate is someone not ready for a full facelift, but wants correction of the early signs of lower face aging

A mini facelift is a surgical facelift type. It is a modified and less invasive version of regular or traditional facelift surgery. It involves using small incisions along the hairline to remove excess tissue and tighten sagging skin for a smoother facial appearance. It effectively addresses excess and loose skin in the midface and around the lower half of your cheeks and mouth (jowls).

Although you’ll need to be put under anesthesia as for the traditional facelift, a mini facelift can be performed on an outpatient basis, requires a shorter recovery time, and leaves smaller scars.

Deep Plane Facelift

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The deep plane facelift will afford several years of a refreshed look.

The deep plane facelift, as the name implies, goes deeper. It is the most advanced type of facelift that smoothes the face by lifting and tightening the muscles responsible for facial expressions. Results from this type of facelift are the most long-lasting.

Recovery Timeline for a Facelift

Your recovery depends on the facelift type you’ll have. Anticipate approximately two weeks off from work following the procedure to optimize the comfort of your recovery. The worst phase of your post-operative pain will subside after the first few days. You may experience bruising or swelling, which goes away in about a week or two.

Gauze or a bandage may be wrapped around your head and neck for about a day post-op. If your procedure requires stitches or staples, you’ll have them in for 5  to 10 days, after which they’ll be removed. Your doctor may leave a drain to remove excess blood and fluid from the treatment areas. They will also provide instructions on caring for the drain and monitor and record whatever is drained.

Plan to not drive within the first 24 hours after surgery due to general anesthesia. You should also not drive within 24 hours of taking a prescription analgesic that may cause drowsiness. 

Soft foods are highly recommended during the first 72 hours after your surgery. You may wear make-up after seven days post-op and may return to school or work two weeks after your surgery. With a regular or full facelift, however, you may take as long as a month to recover.

How Much does a Facelift Cost with Dr. Jiles?

Frequently Asked Questions on Facelifts in Sarasota

A facial cosmetic surgeon performs cosmetic and rejuvenation procedures on the face and neck. They may specialize in cosmetic surgeries of particular areas or organs such as the ears, nose, or jaw.

The cost of facial cosmetic surgery varies depending on what surgery or procedure you want to get done, what you may want to achieve, and where you plan to get it done.

We recommend you schedule a consultation with us to get an accurate cost for your cosmetic procedure.

There is no perfect age to have a facelift. While most people say that one’s 40s, 50s, and 60s are the best ages to have a facelift due to more visible aging signs, some advantages come with having a facelift at a younger age. These include a more subtle and natural look and quicker healing.

A deep plane facelift may be better for you if you have more advanced and visible signs of aging and desire drastic results. Results are more intense and long-lasting because it involves your skin and facial muscles.

You will be put under anesthesia during the procedure. As such, your face may feel numb after a facelift, especially the skin around the incisions. It may take several weeks to months for the numbing sensation to subside.

To schedule a personal consultation at our Sarasota office with Dr. Emily Jiles, call us at (941) 867-7682.