MADE Facelift

There are a variety of facelift surgery techniques available to lift loose skin and reverse the signs of facial aging, but not all of them will fit your goals and preferences. If you’re looking to combine the best of two of the most effective facelift options, then the MADE facelift may be what you’re looking for.

Dr. David Gilpin, one of Nashville’s leading facial plastic surgeons, can help you transform your facial profile with minimal downtime for a naturally refreshed look.


One of the major causes of aging is the effects of gravity. Over time, gravity causes the tissues and fat pads of the face to fall downward (along with excess skin), reducing the definition of the cheeks and causing jowls and folds lower down. Certain types of facelifts simply lift and tighten the skin without touching the underlying structures, meaning they don’t address the root cause of aging.

The MADE facelift is a unique facial plastic surgery procedure that combines the intensive rejuvenation of the deep plane facelift with the short incision of the mini facelift. MADE stands for “minimal access deep plane extended” and its goal is to lift and reposition the fat pads in the midface to restore natural volume, lifting the rest of the skin and tissues of the jawline and neck with it. The result is a smoother, more defined jawline, and a fuller appearance to the cheeks.


The traditional facelift doesn’t reposition or lift the underlying fat pads or deep tissues of the face. This means that the results can be superficial and short-term. The MADE facelift and deep plane facelift, however, reverse the underlying causes of aging and are a long-term solution to a variety of aging signs like jowls, deep folds, and lack of definition. The MADE facelift also uses a much shorter incision than the traditional facelift, meaning it comes with lower chance of a visible incision line.


The MADE facelift is a great option for patients who have moderate aging signs like nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and jowls but who still have good skin elasticity and a BMI under 30. It can be an effective surgery for patients who have had a past mini facelift and need more substantial correction or patients who no longer see results from their non-surgical treatments and are ready for a more transformative procedure.

The MADE facelift is one of the best ways to turn back the clock and remove decades from your facial profile. It can easily be combined with procedures like a brow lift or neck lift.

You can also combine your MADE facelift with non-surgical skincare treatments to prevent the formation of further aging signs. Our Virtue RF treatment is a perfect maintenance option for those looking to preserve their investment with only the need for local anesthesia.


After a MADE facelift procedure, you can return to your day-to-day schedule within 10-14 days and light exercise such as walking within 4-6 weeks. You can expect bruising and swelling around the treatment area, but this usually subsides within the first week.

Dr. Gilpin and our team will monitor your recovery and help manage any discomfort with prescribed medications. Make sure to avoid sun exposure and hot environments during your recovery.

A MADE facelift produces results immediately and you’ll see noticeable improvement in your face’s definition and youthfulness, especially after 6 months. Our team can help you put together a customized treatment package to extend your results and ensure you continue to boost collagen production and prevent aging going forward.

Our most recommended options for additional benefits of facelift procedures include radiofrequency microneedling, the Sciton Profractional laser, and the Hydrafacial Lymphatic Drainage® facial. At our Nashville office, Dr. Gilpin and our team will help you explore your best options for your most confident, youthful self.


The MADE facelift is one of the most effective combination facelift techniques available to Dr. Gilpin’s patients. To meet with our double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, contact Gilpin Facial Plastics & Aesthetics by calling or filling out our online form.