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.

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  • Sagging fat pads
  • Hollow cheeks
  • Sagging chin and jawline


  • Short incision
  • Long-term results
  • Immediate improvement



Investing in your confidence is a big step, and your choice of facial plastic surgeon should reflect it. We offer a premier, luxury environment where you can focus on yourself.

With the help of our professional and knowledgeable team, you can begin your journey toward a more confident you. We’ll take every step to ensure you feel comfortable, pampered, and acknowledged. Begin your refined and cultivated experience here at Gilpin Facial Plastics & Aesthetics.


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.


Dr Gilpin and his staff are the absolute best and I had an incredible experience with them before, during and after my procedure. They are knowledgeable and caring and I am very grateful for my experience with them!

I cannot recommend Dr Gilpin highly enough. He is so extremely knowledgeable and considerate in making the patient comfortable with all decisions and during the procedure. The nurses go above and beyond to make one feel at ease all along the way. The staff is wonderful! The office is beautiful. My results are amazing! Most of all Dr Gilpin is a true kind and professional surgeon!

Everyone at Gilpin Facial is wonderful! From the front desk, to the nurses to Dr. Gilpin himself. I’ve switched everything involving my skin and face over to their practice and I couldn’t be happier with the results. You will always feel comfortable and they go above and beyond to make you happy. I can’t recommend this place enough!

Every experience with Gilpin Facial Plastics + Aesthetics is better than the last. From the gorgeous location and caring team of skin care professionals, to the meticulous procedures, I always feel so well taken care of.

The team at GFP makes sure I feel secure and confident in my skincare choices and leave me feeling more youthful after every appointment. I wouldn’t trust anyone but Dr. Gilpin, Meredith, and their team to answer my questions and take care of my aesthetics needs.


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.


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. Vertical facelift patients may experience a feeling of “tightness”, especially under the chin and neck, which fades as time progresses. Dr. Gilpin will see you on your first post-operative day to remove bandages and check your healing. Swelling and bruising will last from a few days up to two weeks, and you can typically resume social functions within seven to 10 days after surgery. Most patients can return to work within one to two weeks.

What Kind of Anesthesia Will Be Used During a Facelift?

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.u00a0Neck lift 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.u00a0Dr. Gilpin's goal is for you to look naturally refreshed, without any evidence that you have undergone a procedure.

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 $19,000-$21,000 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.


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