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What is a facelift? Refreshed, Restored, Rejuvenated

Discover the transformative power of a facelift, or rhytidectomy, with Dr. Markelov in Tampa. Our approach goes beyond simply tightening the skin, as Dr. Markelov carefully studies each patient's facial structures before sculpting and refining their appearance in the operating room. This comprehensive approach aims to provide a refreshed, restored, and rejuvenated look that harmonizes with your natural beauty. A beautiful, youthful face can instill confidence and help you fall in love with the person you see in the mirror every day. Facelifts can deliver an elegant transformation when makeup or non-surgical options no longer achieve the desired effects or when a revitalized and well-rested look is desired. We’re also proud to feature Dr. Markelov’s revolutionary, patented approach to the facelift: the RejuveLift™. This advanced procedure combines the most innovative surgical techniques to deliver natural-looking, long-lasting results with minimal downtime. 

The RejuveLift™ targets the underlying causes of facial aging in the middle and lower portions of the face, including the neck, resulting in a refreshed, youthful appearance that reflects your natural beauty. A beautiful, youthful face can inspire self-love and significantly boost confidence.

Facelifts offer an elegant transformation in the following scenarios:

  • When makeup no longer achieves the desired effects
  • When non-surgical options such as injectables no longer deliver the desired results
  • When a revitalized and well-rested look is desired

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Why choose Dr. Markelov?

Dr. Markelov holds the rare distinction of being double board-certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. His expertise is further recognized through his membership in the prestigious American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The Aesthetic Society. As a prolific author, he has contributed extensively to the field of plastic surgery through his publications. A dedicated educator, Dr. Markelov has shared his knowledge and experience with aspiring surgeons as a teacher of residents and medical students. His commitment to excellence in patient care has garnered him numerous awards.

Below are some of Dr. Markelov’s credentials and accolades:

  • Graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, consistently ranked in the top US Programs for plastic surgery
  • Achieved double board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery
  • Has been honored with multiple awards, including a Patients’ Choice Award
  • Published extensively on various topics in plastic surgery
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What are the Benefits of the Facelift Procedure?

Deep lines and facial skin sagging require an expert's delicate and meticulous touch, and Dr. Markelov is just the expert you need. In addition to addressing creases and drooping, he can help restore youthful definition and vitality to your jawline, cheeks, and upper neck. When accompanied by brow lifts and eyelid surgeries, facelifts can take years off your appearance. 

AM Plastic Surgery in Tampa offers a genuinely unique facelift procedure that utilizes a hemostatic net to achieve truly remarkable results. With this cutting-edge technique, Dr. Markelov can redistribute skin more effectively, resulting in a more dramatic transformation with minimal risk of bleeding or fluid collections - and no drains required.

Other advantages include the following:

  • Improve underlying muscle tone
  • Restore youthful definition to your face
  • Combat jowling

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The consultation process A facelift for your aesthetic goals

The first step for every patient is a consultation with Dr. Markelov, who listens intently as the patient shares their vision for an improved appearance. He then explains the procedure and determines if it would help the patient achieve their goals. He only moves forward if he is confident that the procedure will exceed expectations for excellence.

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Am I a good candidate for a facelift in Tampa?

Are you self-conscious about sagging cheeks or jowls? While a facelift in Clearwater can’t stop the aging processes, it can rejuvenate your face and provide you with a natural-looking, line-free countenance. You may be a candidate for a facelift if the following apply to you:

  • You are healthy overall
  • You are a non-smoker
  • You are bothered by changes to your facial muscle tone or skin

    What should I expect during my facelift procedure?

    Using a hemostatic net is a game-changer in achieving better and more drastic results with minimal risk of bleeding or fluid collections and no drains. Your surgery, whether performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia, will be enhanced by this innovative technology. Dr. Markelov's skilled hands will form an incision along the crease where your ear meets your face, with the possibility of extending upward or downward along the hairline, depending on the extent of your procedure. 

    The redistribution of fat in critical areas such as mid-face, neck, and along the chin will be expertly executed by Dr. Markelov. Excess skin will be trimmed away, and the underlying muscles and tissues will be lifted and sculpted to create a more youthful appearance, with the added benefit of the hemostatic net.

    Dr. Markelov's Comprehensive Facial Rejuvenation Approach

    Dr. Markelov often combines his signature facelift procedures with fat transfer to rejuvenate the face. By adding fat grafting to a facelift, he can address not only sagging skin but also lost facial volume, a common concern as we age. Fat is harvested from your own body, typically from areas like the abdomen or thighs, and then carefully injected into specific areas of the face. This helps restore youthful fullness and soften wrinkles, resulting in a more natural and refreshed look. Combining these procedures can provide a more comprehensive rejuvenation, enhancing the overall outcome of the facelift for a more vibrant and youthful appearance.

    Direct Neck Lift Procedure: Everything You Need To Know

    Direct Neck Lift Procedure: Everything You Need To Know

    Prior to your facelift procedure

    Immediately before and after your facelift procedure, you will need to follow Dr. Markelov’s instructions carefully to ensure your safety, comfort, and well-being. Among the most important directives is that you stop smoking for at least 4-6 weeks prior to your facelift. Smoking can seriously inhibit the body’s ability to heal after surgery. Also, try to minimize alcohol use before your facelift. For two weeks prior to surgery, discontinue over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, Motrin, Vitamin E, fish oil, and herbal supplements, as these can cause prolonged bleeding. Don’t make any significant dietary changes, and limit salt intake for a few days before your facelift. 

    Schedule a friend, family member, or helper to drive you home from your surgery and assist you for 24-48 hours. Prepare your living space for recovery by purchasing any household items you might need, as well as soft foods and juices. You might also want to buy some extra pillows to keep your head propped up, which can reduce swelling. Fill out any prescriptions ahead of time to reduce stress and extra trips to the pharmacy. You may want to have ice packs on hand at home to help ease any lingering discomfort after surgery. Lastly, download your favorite movies and shows and arrange for childcare and/or pet care. 

    On the day of your facelift surgery

    Starting at midnight the night before surgery, stop all eating and drinking, including water. Don’t eat or drink anything until after your surgery. Also, the night before surgery, thoroughly wash your hair and body with surgical soap. Avoid wearing any perfumes, creams, lotions, or antiperspirants to your appointment, and do not wear any makeup or jewelry when you come to the office. Make sure to dress in loose-fitting garments that button down the front since, temporarily, you will not be able to pull clothing over your head after a facelift.

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    Your Facelift Recovery

    While complete recovery typically takes 4-6 weeks, most patients are mobile immediately. To reiterate, using the hemostatic net allows for a faster and smoother recovery. This usually looks like the following:

    • Patients can walk around on the same day
    • Soreness, swelling, and bruising are normal for the first week or two
    • Patients must sleep with their heads elevated to minimize swelling
    • Excessive talking and laughing should be avoided in the short term
    • Patients should postpone strenuous activity for 4-6 weeks, though light walking is permissible during the first week post-surgery
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    Introducing: RejuveLift™

    As mentioned, we are proud to be the home of the RejuveLift™, Dr. Markelov's patented approach to the neck lift that also incorporates a facelift. This revolutionary procedure combines advanced surgical techniques to deliver natural-looking, long-lasting results with minimal downtime, targeting the underlying causes of facial aging in the middle and lower portions of the face, including the neck, resulting in a refreshed, youthful appearance that harmonizes with your natural beauty. Our in-depth exploration of the RejuveLift™ will showcase its transformative potential and the innovative techniques it encompasses.

    Key Components of the RejuveLift™ Procedure

    • Deep Plane Facelift: This advanced technique involves elevating and suspending deeper facial and neck structures, including muscles and connective tissue, to achieve a more dramatic and enduring lift. This method addresses sagging in the mid-face, jowls, and neck, restoring youthful contours and minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and folds.
    • Fat Transfer (Autologous Fat Grafting): To enhance the rejuvenating effects of the deep plane facelift, RejuveLift™ incorporates fat transfer, strategically restoring lost volume and creating a youthful glow. Your own fat cells are harvested, purified, and injected into specific areas of the face to plump up hollows, soften lines, and improve skin quality.
    • The Drailness Technique with Hemostatic Mesh: RejuveLift™ is committed to minimizing postoperative complications and ensuring optimal skin redistribution. To achieve this, we utilize the advanced Drailness technique, which involves strategically placing a specialized hemostatic mesh after your procedure. This innovative mesh serves several crucial functions:
    • Reduced Risk of Hematomas: The mesh helps prevent the formation of blood clots (hematomas) and fluid collections.
      Enhanced Healing: The mesh promotes faster and more efficient healing of the treated areas.
    • Smoother, More Natural Results: The mesh contributes to a smoother, more natural-looking outcome by supporting the skin during the initial stages of healing.
    • Dissolvable Sutures: RejuveLift™ employs both internal and external dissolvable sutures strategically placed to minimize scarring. These sutures dissolve naturally over time, promoting a faster recovery and reducing the risk of complications associated with permanent sutures. After the healing process, scars are typically well-hidden and minimally visible.
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    Benefits of RejuveLift™

    Another reason we’re so excited to share this procedure with our patients is the wealth of benefits the procedure offers. You can expect: 

    • Natural-Looking Results: By addressing the deeper layers of the face and neck, RejuveLift™ delivers results that are more natural in appearance and feel compared to traditional facelifts.
    • Long-Lasting Rejuvenation: The combination of deep plane lifting, fat transfer, and the Drailness technique ensures that your results are both dramatic and enduring.
    • Minimal Downtime: The use of dissolvable sutures and the Drailness technique minimizes post-operative complications and promotes a faster recovery.
    • Improved Skin Quality: Fat transfer restores volume and enhances skin texture and elasticity.
    • Enhanced Confidence: RejuveLift™ can help you feel more confident and rejuvenated, allowing your inner beauty to shine through.

    Rest assured, if you're considering a facelift, RejuveLift™ offers a cutting-edge approach that combines the most advanced techniques for optimal results and a smoother recovery. Schedule your consultation today to determine if RejuveLift™ is right for you.

    AM Plastic Surgery is the perfect place for your facial rejuvenation

    If you’re looking for a unique and effective facelift in Tampa, look no further than Dr. Markelov at AM Plastic Surgery in Tampa. With the use of a hemostatic net, Dr. Markelov can provide more dramatic results while reducing recovery time and complications. Don't settle for a mediocre facelift—schedule a virtual consultation with Dr. Markelov today to achieve the elegant, rejuvenated look you desire.

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    Facelift FAQs

    What makes Dr. Markelov's facelift procedure unique?

    When is a facelift recommended?

    How does using the hemostatic net enhance recovery?

    How long do results last?

    Will I have scars?

    What is a non-surgical facelift?

    What’s the difference between a facelift and a neck lift?

    Will I experience numbness after a facelift?

    Will my results look natural?

    What makes Dr. Markelov's facelift procedure unique?

    Dr. Markelov's facelift procedure at AM Plastic Surgery stands out due to its utilization of a hemostatic net, resulting in exceptional outcomes with reduced risk of bleeding or fluid buildup and eliminating the need for drains.

    When is a facelift recommended?

    A facelift may be recommended when makeup or non-surgical interventions no longer achieve the desired rejuvenation, and the desire for a refreshed, youthful appearance is paramount.

    How does using the hemostatic net enhance recovery?

    The use of the hemostatic net significantly streamlines the recovery process, enabling patients to move around on the same day as the procedure and minimizing discomfort, swelling, and bruising.

    How long do results last?

    The results of a facelift are long-lasting, typically providing rejuvenating effects that can endure for many years. While the aging process continues, a facelift can effectively turn back the clock, allowing you to enjoy a more youthful appearance for an extended period.

    Will I have scars?

    Dr. Markelov utilizes advanced techniques to minimize scarring and strategically places incisions in inconspicuous areas, such as behind the ears and within the hairline, to ensure any potential scarring is discreet. Over time, any visible scarring should fade and become less noticeable.

    What is a non-surgical facelift?

    A non-surgical facelift typically involves the use of injectables, such as dermal fillers and neurotoxins, to address signs of aging without the need for invasive surgery. While non-surgical options can provide temporary improvements, a surgical facelift offers more comprehensive and long-lasting rejuvenation by addressing sagging skin and deeper facial structures.

    What’s the difference between a facelift and a neck lift?

    A facelift primarily focuses on rejuvenating the lower two-thirds of the face, addressing concerns such as jowls, nasolabial folds, and sagging skin. In contrast, a neck lift specifically targets the neck area, addressing issues such as loose skin, muscle banding, and excess fat deposits to create a more defined and youthful neck contour.

    Will I experience numbness after a facelift?

    It is common to experience temporary numbness or altered sensations in the treated areas following a facelift. However, these sensations typically resolve as the healing process progresses, and most patients regain normal feeling in the treated areas over time.

    Will my results look natural?

    Dr. Markelov is dedicated to providing natural-looking results that enhance your unique facial features while maintaining your individuality. By utilizing advanced techniques and personalized treatment plans, we aim to ensure that your results appear refreshed, rejuvenated, and harmonious with your overall appearance.

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