Lift that Face to Fabulous!

Also referred to as a “rhytidectomy”, a facelift is a surgical procedure that improves the visible signs of aging by tightening the skin on the face and neck in a holistic, natural-looking way. Excess fat is also removed during the procedure, giving you a more sculpted face shape. Facelifts are one of the most popular aesthetic treatments available because they bring patients dramatic results that last for years.

What Does a Facelift Address?

A facelift addresses a wide variety of cosmetic concerns of the face and neck. In general, the facelift is one of the most effective ways to tighten the skin and eliminate displaced fat. Specific problems this surgery can address include:

  • Jowls
  • Deep eyelid creases
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Sagging, wrinkled skin
  • Excess skin resulting in a double chin

Why Choose a Facelift?

Aging is inevitable. The loose skin on the face and neck becomes more and more noticeable with each passing year. Crow’s feet crinkle around the corners of eyes. Forehead lines, once faint, become deeper furrows. Sharp jawlines soften into jowls, and the chin and neck relax into vertical folds down the front of the neck. The face takes on a gaunt appearance. 

Genetics, daily lifestyle habits, gravity, sun exposure, and time all play a role in how your face ages. The aging of the face is multi-faceted because it not only loses elasticity and develops loose skin — it also loses fat and muscles shift. While aging is inevitable, however, a facelift restores your youthful contours and reduces lines, wrinkles, and hanging skin. 

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RG Plastic Surgery provides a warm and relaxing atmosphere. In the office, you feel like you’re with friends or family. Dr. Ramirez is not only a skilled physician and talented surgeon, he has the hands and eyes of an artist.”  — Lisa B. 

Dr. Ramirez Gavidia’s Holistic Approach

Dr. Ramirez Gavidia’s Nashville patients love his holistic approach because it achieves a more balanced appearance and overall improvement. Dr. Ramirez Gavidia isn’t the plastic surgeon you visit for just one service; rather, he performs holistic procedures to address multiple areas, combining treatments to achieve a more comprehensive outcome.

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Restoring a Youthful Look with Fat Grafting

It’s important to note that the modern facelift is not merely a skin removal surgery. It instead involves the re-positioning of underlying musculature to a more youthful placement. While the loss of youthful contours in the face can be the result of a variety of factors, addressing the loss of facial fat is part of the RG Plastic Surgery facelift. 

The fat that has shifted down or disappeared deepens the fold lines between the nose and corners of the mouth, creating jowls in the lower cheeks and jaw. The gaunt appearance of the face is synonymous with old age. Replacing volume with fat from your own body over surgically re-positioned facial muscles and removing excess skin is the most effective way to restore the natural look of youth.

No More “Skin Removal Only” Facelifts

Modern facelift surgery requires an in-depth understanding of the sub-muscular system of the face. This sub-muscular layer of tissues covers, surrounds, and attaches to the deeper structures of the face and neck. Surgically re-positioning the underlying tissues to achieve a more youthful contour by lifting and tightening the jowls, neck, and cheeks. The result is a more natural and long-lasting look than archaic “skin removal only” facelifts — so you don’t have to worry anymore about that unnatural “windswept” look.

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The RG Signature Facelift Procedure

During a facelift, excess skin and fat are removed, and the remaining skin is tightened and lifted. The goal is to achieve a younger-looking, more refreshed appearance. A facelift is a rather simple procedure, and because no foreign material is introduced, there is no chance of rejection. No new skin is grafted into place.

Before undergoing a facelift, you will be administered anesthesia. The entire procedure takes between 3-4 hours to complete. 

There are different techniques for facelift surgery. After evaluating your facial structure and going over your personal aesthetic goals, Dr. Ramirez Gavidia will determine the right method for your surgery. He will take you step-by-step through the procedure and what you can expect. 

Recovery After the Surgery

Facelift techniques have been slowly tweaked and perfected over the past 15 years, and they now require less downtime than ones performed in the past. During your consultation appointment, Dr. Ramirez Gavidia will discuss the specific risks and expected recovery time for your specific procedure.

Although the recovery time is shorter than it once was, there is still some downtime following a facelift. Once the surgery is over, you will be bandaged and given drainage tubes to help drain excess fluid that collects in the skin during recovery. Swelling usually goes down within 10-14 days of receiving treatment, and most patients can return to work within two weeks. Incisions are discreetly placed in front of the ear and hardly visible. For the smoothest and quickest recovery, it’s important to follow the instructions our team provides you with for healing.


Once you’ve fully recovered, you will be able to enjoy the results of your facelift. Unlike non-invasive procedures, the results of a facelift can last for years after the surgery is performed. It’s important to understand that results vary from patient to patient. The amount of facial smoothing that results depends on the overall shape of your face, the amount of muscle tissue that exists, and the structure of your skull and facial bones, among other factors.

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Combination Treatments

Combination treatments are often utilized to achieve the best results possible with a facelift. 

A signature characteristic of a beautiful facelift at RG Plastic Surgery begins with achieving your best skin. Nothing gives away age like dark age spots, crepey skin, and uneven skin pigmentation. The quality of your skin can be addressed with the Sciton® HALO™ hybrid fractional laser, and discoloration can be treated with BBL™. We believe nothing completes your look the way youthful, glowing skin can enhance the overall appearance of a facelift.

A visit with Dr. Ramirez Gavidia at our office in The Gulch will help you make decisions about what additional procedures may be necessary to create the look you want, including a neck lift, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), liposuction, autologous fat injection, removal of buccal (cheek) fat pads, brow lift, chemical or laser peel, and cheek or chin implants.

Candidates for a Facelift

You may have considered getting a facelift because you’re dissatisfied with the way your jowls look or because you’re annoyed at the more pronounced sagging of the skin on your cheeks. Perhaps your forehead is showing horizontal folds. Your neck may also contain folding, creased skin or even the dreaded “turkey wattle”. The question is: Will a facelift — or other type of lift procedure — correct these problems?

The answer may be yes. A facelift isn’t for everyone because each individual has different degrees of skin problems. A facelift is a surgical procedure that can correct the problem of sagging skin and dynamic wrinkling, but not all of us are ready to undergo this type of treatment. That’s why it’s best to schedule a consultation with us so that we can examine your face and neck closely. We will give you the facts about what a facelift can and cannot do, and if it will be able to restore your facial features to a more youthful appearance.

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Why Choose Facelift Surgery

with Dr. Ramirez Gavidia?

Look as young as you feel — and let your fabulous face show it! RG Plastic Surgery provides patients in the Nashville, Tennessee area with a variety of state-of-the-art aesthetic treatments. Dr. J. Roberto Ramirez Gavidia is a double board-certified aesthetic surgeon of the face, breast, and body who is considered by many to be the top plastic surgeon in the greater Nashville area. He is set apart by his artistry, unique holistic philosophy, technique, and most importantly, his results. With an innovative view of the artistic side of plastic surgery, Dr. Ramirez Gavidia creates his own sculpting type to deliver extraordinary results. If you’re in the Nashville area and you want to know if a facelift is the right procedure for you, make an appointment at RG Plastic Surgery to book an appointment at our office in Nashville.

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