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Want a facelift that looks natural?

Harmony Facial Plastic Surgery In Nashville

Facelifts have been around for generations, but so many of them resulted in an appearance that made it obvious that the surgical procedure had been done. Patients' faces ended up looking plastic and over-stretched. The deep-plane facelift, done by only specially trained and skilled surgeons, is a vast improvement over the traditional facelift.

Dr. Kate O'Connor offers the deep-plane facelift in Nashville at her boutique facial plastic surgery clinic, Harmony Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr. O'Connor is extremely skilled in the procedure having studied under a preeminent doctor who pioneered the technique. A deep plane facelift will leave you looking as young as you feel and with the results you desire.

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What is a Facelift?

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A facelift is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures created to lessen the effects of aging on your face.

The process is designed to correct the appearance of your face due to the natural tendency for facial skin to become looser. Fat deposits that formerly filled out your face may increase or decrease in different areas of your face, changing its shape. Traditional facelift surgery removes, lifts, and firms sagging skin without completely tightening the deeper facial tissues.

A deep plane facelift is a specialty facelift performed by only a few plastic surgeons with the training Dr. O'Connor has. In this procedure, the focus is on repositioning the muscle and fat layers instead of pulling and removing the skin. It includes releasing the ligaments that connect the deeper layer of muscles that create your facial expressions to smooth and lift the skin, fat pads, and muscles together.

A deep plane facelift is accomplished by going under the muscle to create longer-lasting, more comprehensive results. This ensures a much more natural look without the tightness so prevalent in many of the more traditional facelift procedures. The middle part of the face is what falls, creating deepening of the nasolabial folds and a more downturned mouth, and the deep plane process corrects this.

Benefits of a Facelift

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As you have grown older, you may have discovered that you are less pleased with the look of your face and neck. You frequently notice sagging skin, even jowls on your lower face, and deep wrinkles. These changes can reduce your self-confidence.

A facelift can improve the signs of aging in your face and neck. It cannot stop the aging process, but it certainly can slow it down. Although non-surgical treatments may postpone the need, a facelift may be a better and more long-lasting solution. A facelift is primarily designed for middle-aged patients who have experienced facial skin sagging, deeper lines and folds between the nose and corner of the mouth, and other loose skin issues but can help slow down the results of aging or an overly heavy face in younger patients as well.

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Am I a Candidate for a Facelift?

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You are a good candidate for a facelift if you are a healthy, non-smoker with no underlying conditions that might make healing difficult. You will need to have realistic expectations and a positive attitude. Most facelift candidates are middle-aged.

In older patients, the results can be dramatic. However, the deep-plane facelift may also be a welcome procedure for people in their 40s to slow down the aging process, providing a refreshed look. One of the most important qualities of a good candidate is the desire to have the procedure done for yourself, not because someone is urging you to do it. It is your face, after all. If you want to reduce the signs of aging and want a facelift in Nashville, Dr. Kate O'Connor has the training and ability to help you achieve the results you want.

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What's the Facelift Consultation Like?

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Dr. O'Connor will first spend time listening to what you hope to achieve with plastic surgery. She will discuss your lifestyle, work and personal needs, and what significant events you have on your schedule. She will analyze your facial structure as well as your skin texture and elasticity. She will evaluate your facial nerves and muscles.

Dr. O'Connor may advise you on dietary changes to make before the facelift surgery as well as medications that need to be stopped until after recovery (primarily any drug that can slow down healing or cause additional bleeding.) She will also discuss anesthesia with you and determine the best option for your level of tolerance of pain and recovery time.

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What Happens During a Facelift Procedure?

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Dr. O'Connor uses the deep plane facelift technique which is considerably more technically challenging, but she has had the specialized training and experience to make sure it is as safe as any simpler technique.

Dr. O'Connor will outline the borders of your muscles as well as the facial nerve and other important landmarks. With a deep-plane facelift, there is limited dissection under the skin. This process reduces swelling. The facial soft tissues beneath the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) are released from the underlying muscles and then reattached at higher anchor points. The SMAS layer is then reconnected at a higher level. After surgery, an ointment will be administered to cover the incisions and a dressing and cotton will be secured with a light wrap.

What Can I Expect During Recovery from a Facelift?

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You can expect a follow up visit the day after surgery with multiple additional visits the first week to ensure proper healing. You will then transition to weekly follow ups, however, you will be advised to call if you experience any unusual problems or simply have any concerns. You will find that Dr. O'Connor is sensitive and dedicated to your recovery and comfort.

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The deep plane facelift technique reduces the time needed for healing. In addition, Dr. O'Connor's approach will significantly improve your recovery. She is a specialist in post-operative recovery care. Dr. O'Connor employs an integrative medical approach using such therapies as acupuncture, massage, and supplements to speed up the healing process. This holistic method results in fewer postoperative complications and reduced swelling and pain. If you are looking for a facelift in Nashville, you will be in expert hands with Dr. O'Connor. The healing process will take several months, but you can return to normal activities in two or three weeks in most cases. You may need to avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks. Dr. O'Connor will give you detailed instructions on post-operative care as well as advice on when you can wear makeup.

What Results Can I Expect from My Facelift?

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You will see the improvements in your face soon after recovery. The shape of your face will return to a more youthful look and your skin will look smoother. Deep folds will be softened, especially those from your nose to the corners of your mouth.

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Your cheeks will be lifted. Many patients report looking decades younger. As a result, their self-confidence is boosted. The deep plane technique is considerably more effective and produces longer-lasting results than traditional facelifts. With traditional methods, you can experience the emotional frustration of going through the recovery and financial hardship to just be right back where you started within three years. The results of the deep plane facelift will keep you looking younger much longer. The changes from a deep-plane facelift are permanent, but of course, you will continue to age. Many Nashville facelift patients report continuing to look ten or more years younger than their actual age. Maintaining a stable weight will help to prolong the results since weight fluctuations can cause your skin to stretch again. It is extremely important to protect your face from the sun. Of course, taking precautions in the sun will also reduce those signs of aging. A high-quality and consistent skincare routine will also help.

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Why Should I Go to Harmony Facial Plastic Surgery for my Facelift?

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For a facelift in Nashville, coming to Dr. Kate O'Connor is an easy choice. She is one of the few female facial plastic surgeons in Nashville and is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, the American of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the Tennessee Medical Society.

Dr. O'Connor underwent her fellowship with a renowned surgeon who pioneered perfecting the technique of deep plane facelifts. She understands firsthand what it feels like to have facial aesthetic surgery since she has had it herself. In addition, her holistic approach results in a more natural process and recovery. Her attention to you and your needs from the initial evaluation to the final follow-up appointment will give you the confidence and the result you had anticipated. Contact Dr. O'Connor for a consultation to determine if a deep-plane facelift is a procedure for you.

When you decide to explore the surgical refinement of a facial feature, our goal at Harmony Facial Plastic Surgery is to begin your journey as a united team. We take our role in your care, happiness, and confidence to heart and strive to make your entire experience smooth and empowering. We will answer all your questions and help you understand your options to make the best decisions for yourself with a clear vision of your aesthetic goal in mind. We’re here to help you achieve your most confident self.

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