What is a facelift? Refreshed, restored, rejuvenated

The ideal facelift, or rhytidectomy, involves a more complex approach than merely tightening the skin in the face and neck. Before each facelift procedure in Tampa, Dr. Markelov carefully studies each patient’s facial structures. Once in the operating room, he sculpts and refines their appearance in accordance with their natural contours. A beautiful, youthful face can help you fall in love with the person you see in the mirror every day and provide you a significant confidence boost.

Facelifts can deliver 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 are desired
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Why choose Dr. Markelov?

Dr. Markelov is an award-winning surgeon who was expertly trained at the country's premier medical institutions. He is especially gifted in the area of facial sculpting, and he regards facelifts as more than just skin tightening. Dr. Markelov, an innovator of regenerative medicine, uses fat transfer to the face in conjunction with a face tightening procedure to restore lost volume and create a youthful facial contour. Fat tissue has regenerative properties which help to improve skin quality. Results are always natural and refined. Below are some of Dr. Markelov’s credentials and accolades:

  • Graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, consistently ranked in the top 3 of US medical schools
  • Honed his surgery and facial sculpting techniques at Drexel University College of Medicine at
  • Easton Hospital, where he also garnered an award for teaching
  • Achieved double board certification
  • Has been honored with multiple awards, including a Patients’ Choice Award in 2012
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Advantages of the procedure

Deep lines and facial skin sagging require an expert’s delicate and meticulous touch. In addition to addressing creases and drooping, Dr. Markelov helps restore youthful definition and vitality in the jawline, cheeks, and upper neck. Facelifts, especially when accompanied by brow lifts and eyelid surgeries, can take years off of one’s appearance. In general, facelifts accomplish the following:

  • Improve underlying muscle tone
  • Restore youthful definition to the 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, where he 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 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 non-smoker 
  • You are bothered by changes to your facial muscle tone or skin

What should I expect during my facelift procedure?

Your surgery will either be performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Markelov will form an incision along the crease where your ear meets your face. Depending on the extent of your procedure, your incision may also extend upward or downward along the hairline. 

Dr. Markelov will redistribute fat in these areas: mid-face, neck, and along the chin. Excess skin will be trimmed away, and the underlying muscles and tissues will be lifted and sculpted to create a more youthful appearance.


While complete recovery from a facelift typically takes 4-6 weeks, most patients are mobile right away. Recovery for Dr. Markelov’s patients usually looks like the following:

  • Patients can walk around the same day
  • Soreness, swelling, 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 the first week post-surgery

AM Plastic Surgery is the perfect place for your facial rejuvenation

Dr. Markelov and the skilled team at AM Plastic Surgery in Tampa can offer you the elegant, rejuvenated look you desire. Schedule a free virtual consultation for a facelift in Tampa with Dr. Markelov today.

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