From job interviews to first dates, our face plays an important role in how others perceive us, and you want to make sure you’re always putting your best face forward. But over time, the delicate skin on the face undergoes changes due to sun exposure, aging, genetics, gravity, stress, and the environment. All of these factors take a toll on the skin and may cause you to look older and tired, even if you enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

Facelift surgery, sometimes called a “rhytidectomy,” is a cosmetic procedure designed to provide a more youthful, refreshed facial appearance. Having a facelift can improve the signs of aging in the face and neck, including fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, jowls, marionette lines, nasolabial folds, and hollows beneath the eyes. Dr. David Gilpin is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Nashville who specializes specifically in facial plastic surgery, allowing him to achieve exquisite results that will let your natural beauty shine. Discover how Dr. Gilpin can beautifully restore what age, stress, and time have claimed with this transformative procedure.

Ready to explore the benefits of a facelift? Contact plastic surgeon Dr. David Gilpin today at (615) 942-7301 to schedule a facelift consultation at his Nashville office.  

Your Personal Facelift Expert

Nashville based Dr. Gilpin approaches each facelift procedure with the intent of producing long-lasting, natural-looking results that complement each patient’s unique anatomy. While prior facelift techniques only worked to tighten the skin, which resulted in a pulled or “wind-swept” look, Dr. Gilpin uses the most advanced and reliable surgical techniques available. Through his extensive facial plastic surgery work in Nashville, Dr. Gilpin has mastered the art of the facelift, allowing him to create natural-looking rejuvenation that stands the test of time.

Benefits of Dr. Gilpin’s facelift approach include:

  • Natural-Looking Results: Patients who choose Dr. Gilpin to perform their facelift in Nashville can be assured that their care is in the hands of an expert. By specializing in only facial plastic surgery, Dr. Gilpin has honed his craft to deliver results that restore a patient’s natural beauty with precision.
  • Restore Confidence and Feel Refreshed: A facelift allows patients to not only feel more comfortable about their appearance, but it can also boost their confidence and self-esteem. Dr. Gilpin’s results will have you feeling as good as you look.
  • Fully Customizable: Whether you desire modest wrinkle correction or complete facial rejuvenation, there are various facelift options to perfectly match your aesthetic needs and preferences. For optimal rejuvenation, Dr. Gilpin can also perform additional treatments that complement the effects of a facelift, including fat grafting and earlobe reduction/repair, if gilpinneeded.
  • Patient Satisfaction:  Dr. Gilpin has assembled a team at his Nashville practice who share his commitment to patient satisfaction. From the moment you meet with the patient care concierge to your post-op appointments, Dr. Gilpin and his Nashville team consider your comfort, privacy, and satisfaction to be absolute priorities.

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Your Nashville Facelift Consultation with Dr. Gilpin

Your journey toward considering a facelift in Nashville begins with a friendly, informative consultation with Dr. Gilpin. Dr. Gilpin truly enjoys getting to know his patients, and he finds tremendous satisfaction in building these important relationships. During your consultation, you will be able to discuss your reasons for considering a facelift, and any questions or concerns you may have regarding the procedure. Dr. Gilpin will take a few photos of you, and using special software, he can morph your photos to show you what kind of results you can expect. Dr. Gilpin understands the importance of being trusted with the most visible part of your body, and his goal is to provide you with honest, informative advice so you can make the decision that’s right for you.

How Do I Know When I’m Ready for a Facelift?

Undergoing a facelift is a personal decision that should be carefully considered. There are many different factors that determine how we age, so the truth is, there is no ideal age for a facelift. Once you feel uncomfortable with the changes that age or other factors have caused, then you may want to consider a facelift.

Ideal candidates for a facelift are men and women who are in good health, do not smoke cigarettes, and experience any of the following:

  • You have sagging areas and loose skin on your face or neck
  • You can “lift” the sides of your face with improvement in this loose skin
  • You always appear tired, sad, or angry because of deep-set wrinkles on your face
  • You appear older than you feel or older than your actual age
  • You have fine lines and wrinkles on your face or neck

To see what kind of results you can expect from a facelift, browse our before-and-after photo gallery of prior Nashville patients. 

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Understanding Your Facelift

Facelifts are highly customizable procedures, and there are various techniques that Dr. Gilpin uses. All of these techniques can deliver exceptional results, but there are some slight variations.

Deep Plane Facelift

A deep plane facelift addresses wrinkles and sagging skin in the lower face, jowls, and neck. This procedure is different from older techniques, in that the deeper muscle tissues (also called the SMAS) beneath the skin are tightened with sutures. As Dr. Gilpin lifts the underlying tissues, this will lift and reduce tension on the overlying skin, effectively smoothing out wrinkles and jowls. This technique gives a long-lasting result, as the deeper SMAS layer is secured. Along with the deep plane facelift, Dr. Gilpin will remove the loose “banding” in the midline of the neck, and if needed, he will remove fat from the neck with liposuction.

A deep plane facelift provides the following benefits:

  • Achieves significant aesthetic improvements and makes you feel younger
  • Eliminates signs of aging in areas of the lower face, neck, and jowls
  • Produces a very natural, youthful appearance

Limited Incision Facelift

A limited incision facelift is a less invasive procedure and differs from the traditional facelift. It is an ideal procedure for men and women who are looking to achieve subtle improvement to the lower face.

A limited incision facelift provides the following benefits:

  • Uses fewer and shorter incisions than a traditional facelift
  • Improves fine lines and wrinkles in the lower portion of the face
  • Requires shorter recovery time than a traditional facelift

Necklift

A necklift is an ideal procedure for patients who want to focus on the loose and sagging skin in the neck, or for those who feel that they have a “double chin.” It is often performed in conjunction with a facelift, but it can also be performed as a standalone procedure. During a necklift, Dr. Gilpin tightens the neck muscles and removes sagging skin in order to produce smoother and more refreshed looking neck contours. Dr. Gilpin will also remove any fat deposits in the neck and remove “banding” in the midline, in order to give you a more naturally toned facial appearance.

A necklift provides the following benefits:

  • Eliminates wrinkles, loose skin, “neck bands,” and any sagging skin in the neck area
  • Improves the appearance of a double chin, or a chin that appears to “hang”
  • Gives you a more youthful-looking neck and overall rejuvenated appearance

Ready to explore the benefits of a facelift? Contact plastic surgeon Dr. David Gilpin today at (615) 942-7301 to schedule a facelift consultation at his Nashville office.

Facelift with Laser Resurfacing

To help patients achieve comprehensive rejuvenation, Dr. Gilpin combines laser resurfacing with the facelift. Patients who complement their facelift with laser resurfacing will be able to address finer signs of aging like wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, sun spots, and areas of redness.

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Facelift FAQs

Will a Facelift Leave Noticeable Scars?

Dr. Gilpin meticulously hides facelift incisions within the hairline and in the natural contours of the face. When performing a deep plane facelift, the incision typically begins at the hairline of the temples, continues around the ear, and ends in the lower scalp area. Necklift incisions often wrap behind each of the earlobes and then end in the lower scalp. There is also a small incision under the chin, which is hidden in a natural crease. Dr. Gilpin’s goal is for you to look naturally refreshed, without any evidence that you have undergone a procedure.

What Is Recovery Like After a Facelift?

Dr. Gilpin is highly involved with his patients’ aftercare, and you can expect a personal visit from him at your home or hotel room after your procedure. He will also call you or your caregiver personally the night after your surgery to make sure your recovery is proceeding optimally. It’s recommended that you have a responsible friend or family member stay with you for the first night and drive you home after surgery.

During surgery, Dr. Gilpin aims to be as gentle as possible, which usually results in less bruising and swelling, and most of his patients report minimal discomfort after a facelift. Patients may experience a feeling of “tightness”, especially under the chin and neck, which fades away as time progresses.

Dr. Gilpin will see you on your first post-operative day to remove bandages and check healing. Swelling and bruising will last from a few days up to two weeks, and you can typically resume social functions within seven to ten days after surgery. Most patients can return to work within one-to-two weeks.

What Are the Risks Associated with a Facelift?

When performed by a board-certified surgeon on carefully selected candidates, complications from a facelift are rare. In the rare event complications do occur, they are usually related to adverse reactions to anesthesia, poor healing, or poor scarring.

What Kind of Anesthesia Will Be Used During a Facelift?

For optimal safety and comfort, Dr. Gilpin typically performs facelift procedures under general anesthesia.

Will the Results of My Facelift Be Permanent?

When approaching each procedure, Dr. Gilpin is committed to performing surgery that will last as long as possible, without patients looking over-corrected or altered. Although you can’t permanently stop the aging process, you can expect the results of your facelift to be long lasting, especially when paired with a healthy lifestyle.

In general, your facelift will make you look about 10 years younger, and while aging will continue, the procedure will essentially “turn back the clock” and allow you to age gracefully over time. Many Nashville patients also opt to maintain their rejuvenated appearance with non-invasive treatments, like Botox injections and dermal fillers.

When Will I See the Final Results of My Facelift?

Most patients see significant results from their facelift within the first one-to-two months after the procedure. Subtle changes may continue to occur for up to a year after the procedure as well.

Where Will My Facelift Be Performed in Nashville?

Dr. Gilpin’s procedures are typically performed at the Cool Springs Surgery Center, which is a fully accredited, state-of-the-art surgical center conveniently located in Nashville.

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FAQS

  • I think that I would like to explore having plastic surgery, but I really don’t know much about it. Where should I start looking?

    This is a common question among our patients, and you are not alone in asking! The best place to start is by finding a plastic surgeon whom you trust, and who is qualified to help you with these answers. The truth is that many patients simply want to look more refreshed, and less “tired”. One of the best places to start looking for information is with a consultation with Dr. Gilpin. He has been trained specially in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, and this is his primary focus. He holds Board Certification in this area as well. Even if you are not ready for a procedure, speaking with Dr. Gilpin will help answer your questions about Facial Plastics!

  • What can I expect when I come in for a consultation?

    Dr. Gilpin’s main focus in the consultation process is to answer your questions and concerns, and to give you honest information about the different procedures that are right for you. During the consultation, we will discuss your goals and expectations for cosmetic surgery. We will take pictures of the face, to help direct our discussion . Consultation usually takes 45 minutes to an hour, and we will formulate a plan that is best for you.

  • If I have cosmetic surgery, will I still look like myself?

    This is a very common, concern of our patients and one that Dr. Gilpin understands very well. There are certain cosmetic procedures, many touted by the news and media, that can leave you with a “pulled” and unnatural look…Dr. Gilpin does not perform this kind of surgery. He has been trained by the world’s leading experts in cosmetic surgery, and his goal is to provide you with a cosmetic result that is elegant and refined, but never “overdone”. It is very important that your cosmetic surgeon be specially trained in surgery of the face. Dr. Gilpin’s goal is for you to look like yourself after surgery, just a more refreshed version of yourself!

  • How long can I expect cosmetic surgery to last?

    One of the goals of cosmetic surgery is to “turn back the clock”. Once you have had a procedure, you should expect to look younger, and more refreshed. You will continue to age from this point forward; however, a good rule of thumb is to look 10 years younger than before surgery. Dr. Gilpin is committed to performing surgery that will last as long as possible, without performing too much surgery or over-corrections.

  • I really think that my friend has an attractive nose. Can you make my nose look like hers/his?

    The best nose for you, is the one that best fits your face! Although, a friend, acquatintance, or media personality may have a very attractive nose, this does not necessarily mean that is best suited for you. Dr. Gilpin understands how your nose should fit with all of the components of the face: the eyes, cheeks, mouth and chin. During a consultation, Dr. Gilpin can discuss your goals for nasal surgery and can formulate a treatment plan that is specific for you. Dr. Gilpin’s goal is not to give you someone else’s nose, but to help fit your nose with your face.

  • What is my “downtime” after surgery?

    It’s important after surgery to give yourself enough time to recover and heal. Recovery time after most procedures can range from 7-14 days. During the first week after surgery, sutures (stitches) will be removed. Typically you will look fine to go out to a restaurant or social function after 2 weeks.

  • Should I expect any swelling or bruising after surgery?

    You can expect some swelling and bruising after surgery. This swelling will subside greatly over the first week after surgery, and will continue to diminish into the second week. By this time, and residual bruising can usually be covered with makeup.

  • Does cosmetic surgery hurt?

    Depending on which procedure you have, some discomfort can be expected. In general, though, cosmetic procedures are not very painful at all, and discomfort is usually well controlled with medications prescribed after your procedure. It is always important to let Dr. Gilpin know, at once, if you are experiencing increasing discomfort after surgery.

  • There are many doctors who perform cosmetic surgery. How do I go about choosing the right one for me?

    First, you must be comfortable and trust the surgeon with whom you are working. You are trusting your face to this person, and it is important that you have a good rapport with your surgeon. Next, ask about your surgeons Board Certification. It is very important that whomever you choose be board certified in cosmetic surgery. It is also important to ask about their training and how many procedures that they have done in the area you are inquiring about.

  • I would like to look more refreshed, but I don’t think I am ready for surgery. Is there anything that I could try?

    Absolutely! Come in for a consultation with Dr. Gilpin to discuss the many non-surgical options to rejuvenate your face. Botox® Cosmetic is a purified protein, which can be used to soften wrinkles and fine lines. It is a safe and effective alternative to surgery, and can be used safely in conjunction with a surgical procedure. Also, Facial fillers such as Restylane® and Juvéderm® can be used to help increase volume in the face, and also help to soften fine lines and wrinkles. The best option is to come in and discuss your questions with Dr. Gilpin, and he will suggest a treatment plan that is unique for you!

  • What is the Average Cost for a Facelift?

    The cost of your facelift can vary widely based on factors like your area, your plastic surgeon, and your specific surgery.  Our Facelift range begins at $12,000-$14,000 and can increase depending on the procedures that will meet your goals. During your consultation with Dr. Gilpin, you’ll receive a full estimate of your facelift cost in Nashville.

  • How Should I Prepare for My Facelift?

    When preparing for your surgery, it’s important to follow Dr. Gilpin’s instructions to ensure a safe and effective procedure. This includes avoiding over-the-counter medications like aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs. Certain herbal supplements can also increase bleeding, so make sure to discuss these during your consultation. You should also discuss any facial products you regularly use, since some ingredients can compromise your results and skin quality. Most importantly, you should stop smoking at least four weeks prior to your surgery date.

  • Can I Combine a Facelift with Other Procedures?

    The facelift can easily be combined with other facial procedures like eyelid surgery, neck lift, brow lift and rhinoplasty. Dr. Gilpin can make a professional recommendation based on your goals and concerns during your consultation.

  • How Painful is a Facelift?

    During your facelift surgery, you’ll be put under light general anesthesia so that you don’t feel any pain. Although many patients experience discomfort during the recovery period, Dr. Gilpin will prescribe medications to manage pain and swelling.

  • What is the Difference Between a Deep Plane and SMAS Facelift?

    Both of these types of facelift are suited for different patients. The Deep Plan facelift will include dissection of the layer of tissues underneath the facial muscles, while the SMAS facelift will only tighten the muscles underneath the face. The Deep Plane facelift reaches deeper than the other and can be a great option for more rejuvenating results.