For patients who want the absolute best possible result, look no further than the Ocean Drive Full Facelift. This technique provides comprehensive rejuvenation to the brow, upper and lower eyelids, cheek, lateral face, jawline, and neck. All patients also receive intraoperative volumization via structural fat grafting or with commercial dermal filler platform. Patients undergo intraoperative laser resurfacing for maximal results as well.
While this technique provides our most transformative results, it also requires more recovery time than our limited incision technique. Like all of our facelift techniques, SMAS tightening is the engine of the face and brow result. This procedure offers a true harmony between all zones of the rejuvenated face, as it addresses each component of aging.
The Ocean Drive Full Facelift undertakes a very wide, comprehensive undermining of the skin and SMAS. This wider area of surgery leads to a greater degree of lift and skin removal, but it also causes swelling. While bruising is uncommon following this procedure, patients can expect swelling for 1-3 weeks following the procedure.
The seminal difference between this approach and the limited incision approach is that this specific procedure will tighten and elevate the lateral brow, and offer enhanced elevation to the malar fat pad (aka the cheek). As with any other facial procedures, tension is placed on the deeper planes rather than the skin to allow for the best overall scar result. This specific procedure is commonly associated with upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasty, as combining periorbital rejuvenation with comprehensive facial rejuvenation produces a very natural, harmonious result that can last decades.
Recovery time for this procedure is 5-7 days longer than our limited incison facelift approach, as the hairline, lateral brow, and lateral periorbital area are rejuvenated in combination with the midface, lower face, and neck. Incisions are extended into the superficial hairline above the ear, stopping at the lateral aspect of the lateral eyelid. Hair loss with this procedure has never been seen with this approach at our institution, but it is a theoretical risk. Drains are not required for this procedure.
This is our second most common procedure in women, but Is not as commonly requested by male patients. The ideal patient for this procedure is a female who has heaviness to her brow, but has an overall good brow position. It is less invasive than a formal brow lift, but provides a significant elevation to the lateral brow. This procedure is also commonly combined with laser resurfacing for maximal improvement of skin quality.