Nashville Cosmetic Surgery: Don Griffin, MD
4322 Harding Pike #314
Nashville, TN 37205
Phone: (615) 321-1003
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
Our faces are uniquely linked to our identity and personality. Each person’s face is one-of-a-kind, and beautiful in its own way. Just as we all look different, we age differently, too. The way and the rate at which a person experiences facial aging is personal. When board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Don Griffin evaluates you for a facelift here in Nashville, Tennessee. He keeps your unique beauty in mind, creating a plan that takes years off without sacrificing the character of your face.
How Can a Facelift Help?
A facelift is a wonderfully versatile procedure that’s earned its popularity for good reason. Today’s facelift targets the muscles and deeper tissues of the face, creating a significant, comprehensive improvement in the contours of the lower two-thirds of the face. A facelift is typically indicated to treat the following:
- Moderate to severe jowls
- Loss of definition along the jawline
- Skin laxity or sagginess in the lower face and neck
- Certain types of wrinkles in the lower face, such as marionette lines
- The appearance of a double chin
Don Griffin M.D., FACS
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Don Griffin realizes that no two patients are exactly alike — and neither are his surgical plans. Learn more about his background and his unique approach.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Don Griffin realizes that no two patients are exactly alike — and neither are his surgical plans. Learn more about his background and his unique approach.Meet Dr. Griffin Request a Consultation
What Are the Different Types of Facelifts?
Dr. Griffin offers the following facelift options, each tailored to the unique needs and goals of the patient:
- Full facelift uses incisions placed around the ears and behind the hairline. This more common version of the surgery is used to correct moderate to severe signs of aging. Occasionally, it may also include a small incision beneath the chin.
- Mini facelift uses incisions that are typically limited to the area immediately around the ears. This approach is best for correcting more subtle signs of aging.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Griffin reviews the differences between the facelift techniques and helps you decide which is best for you. You may choose to enhance the results of your facelift with another type of facial rejuvenation, such as brow lift or eyelid surgery. Dr. Griffin can perform these procedures at the same time as your facelift for convenience and improved results.
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What Happens During Facelift Surgery?
Dr. Griffin typically performs facelift surgery while you are under general anesthesia. This ensures your absolute comfort as well as his ability to create a significant improvement. Occasionally, especially for mini facelift patients, Dr. Griffin may opt for only local anesthesia with sedation.
The surgical procedure lasts between 3 and 5 hours, depending on the amount of correction required. After a brief period of observation, you’re safe to return home in the care of a loved one.
What Can I Expect After a Facelift?
Dr. Griffin will provide detailed post-op instructions for you to follow after surgery. In general, you will be advised to sleep with your head elevated and use gel ice packs and prescription pain medication for a few days as needed for comfort.
How Long Is Recovery From a Facelift?
Most patients are able to go out socially within 1 to 2 weeks when swelling and bruising have subsided. Dr. Griffin will advise you as to when you can return to exercise or strenuous activities.
Common Questions About Facelift Surgery
How can I prepare for a facelift?
Once your facelift surgery is booked, we provide you with extensive instructions for caring for yourself both before and after your procedure. We recommend establishing healthy skincare and lifestyle habits before surgery to ensure your procedure is safe and your results last as long as possible. You can learn more about our recommendations in this blog post.
Do I need a facelift or are injectables enough?
It depends on your specific complaints, as well as their severities. While injectable fillers can provide a modest amount of lift, their results cannot match those of a surgical facelift. You may choose to augment or enhance the results of your facelift with injectable products, however.
What will my facelift scars look like?
Dr. Griffin understands that scarring is a major concern for facelift patients, and he makes every effort to ensure your scars are placed discreetly and heal well. He typically makes incisions behind your hairline. When they heal, your hair grows over them.