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Facelift in Jupiter & Palm Beach FL with Dr. Jason Cooper
There are few things more rewarding than looking in the mirror and seeing a younger version of yourself. What could be better for your self-esteem than reversing the signs of aging? Restoring facial volume and smoothing skin texture can remove a decade or more from your appearance. And as you meet each day with a boost in self-confidence, your friends, family, and co-workers will notice how great you look.
Like many women and men in Jupiter and Palm Beach, you may be wondering if cosmetic surgery is right for you. A meeting with leading South Florida plastic surgeon, Dr. Jason Cooper, can answer any questions you may have before deciding if a facelift is the best option for your aesthetic concerns.
The Facelift Consultation
Communication between patient and surgeon is the key to attaining outstanding results. Dr. Cooper’s goal is to exceed your expectations, and that starts with your first visit. He will help you understand where he can make significant improvements to reverse the aging process. His goal is for you to experience a return to your youthful beauty once the surgery is complete, with stunning, natural-looking results.
You will experience a stress-free environment at either of our offices in Jupiter or Palm Beach. Our professional staff will treat you with the utmost care and discretion, and you will witness our no-nonsense approach to achieving the most rewarding benefits. See our facelift FAQs
Rhytidectomy, or facelift surgery, reverses the effects of aging by restructuring deep tissues and muscles and tightening facial skin. The procedure helps men and women who want to address signs of aging in their faces.
The best candidates for facelift surgery are non-smokers who are in excellent health. They wish to eliminate or soften facial changes, including:
- Skin laxity
- Loss of facial volume
- Sagging facial skin
- Loss of tone and definition
- The emergence of jowls
- Hollow cheeks
- Wrinkles and fine lines
Your Customized Facelift Procedure
Because cosmetic concerns vary from patient to patient, and no facial anatomy is alike, Dr. Cooper will customize your facelift surgical plan to address your aesthetic issues. He restores descending tissue and fat through a modern technique that addresses the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS), to create youthful cheek contours, and a smoother, more natural mid-face area. Because of precise incision placement, he can redrape the facial skin naturally, avoiding that wind-blown effect common with other, more dated techniques.
He performs all surgery in our state-of-the-art surgical facility in Jupiter, Florida. It is AAAASF certified, the gold standard in accreditation by legislators, health agencies, and physicians. Here, you will enjoy our one-on-one nursing care. All of our instruments and monitoring equipment are developed specifically for plastic surgery. Our practice focuses on cosmetic improvement with excellent health care.
Our meticulous and detail-oriented team will have everything prepared before the surgery begins, and will bring all plans and photography into the surgical room. It is here Dr. Cooper achieves outstanding results in a safe operative environment, with the same, full-time team he uses for every operation.
What to Expect During Facelift Recovery
Just as the surgical procedure will vary, recovery will be different with each patient, as well. You will receive detailed postoperative instruction from Dr. Cooper to ensure your healing will be a success. We each heal at our own pace, but there are some general post-surgical guidelines to keep in mind:
You will need to keep your bandage in place per our instructions and keep your head elevated during relaxation and sleep. Dr. Cooper will prescribe pain medication for your comfort, and you will need to have a responsible adult with you at the surgery center to bring you home. Expect some bruising and swelling, which will gradually fade after several days.
First Week After
We will schedule a follow-up appointment the day after your surgery to remove bandages and drains. We recommend cold compresses to the eyes (not cheeks) to help with discomfort for some patients, and we ask you to move around your house some to promote blood circulation and decrease swelling. Many patients return to work after about ten days to two weeks.
The Next Few Weeks
Expect your incision wounds to appear red, then pink, then fade to where they are mostly indistinguishable. We ask you to avoid direct sunlight to keep the scarring to a minimum, wearing wide-brimmed hats. You should keep any exercise to light activity until instructed otherwise.
One of the most rewarding aspects of cosmetic medicine is to hear how the surgical procedure changes a patient’s quality of life. Not only does the procedure reduce the effects of aging, helping you look younger and feel more confident, but it can also help increase self-esteem.
A facelift addresses the mid-face by filling cheek voids and hollows and producing a more defined jawline. You may choose to add complementarily procedures to perform concurrently, like eyelid surgery, laser resurfacing, fat transfer, or a neck lift to enhance your facelift benefits.
Why Dr. Jason Cooper?
Dr. Jason S. Cooper is a Harvard trained, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon in practice in Jupiter, Fl. Dr. Cooper graduated from medical school at the University of Miami in 2004 with AOA honors and went on to the Harvard six-year combined plastic surgery residency program. After completing his residency at Harvard in 2010, Dr. Cooper held an academic appointment at Harvard Medical School and was on staff as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital for more than 4 years.
In 2014 Dr. Cooper relocated to Jupiter, FL where he established his cosmetic & reconstructive private practice. Dr. Cooper specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, body, and breasts. Dr. Cooper has a state of the art, nationally accredited, AAAASF in-office surgery center where he performs the latest techniques to rejuvenate the face, breast, and body.
Dr. Cooper consistently achieves outstanding patient satisfaction for both his surgical results and the personalized, patient-focused experience that his practice has carefully developed. Dr. Cooper has office locations in Jupiter, FL, and in Palm Beach, Fl. Dr. Cooper is also on staff at Jupiter Medical Center.
Facelift FAQs with Dr. Jason Cooper
Although all surgery involves some form of discomfort and each individual’s pain threshold is different, a facelift typically entails a very tolerable amount of pain. You will easily manage this discomfort with pain medication that should make your recovery as relaxing as possible.
Because facelift incisions heal subtly, the meticulous closing techniques we employ will be hard to detect after healing is complete. Discreet incision placement also helps camouflage scars, mostly placed along the border of the front and behind the ears.
All surgery has risks. Dr. Cooper takes the necessary precautions by providing pre-surgical instructions like foods and medications to avoid. Bleeding is the most common complication of surgery. The risk of bleeding is significantly reduced through the avoidance of certain anti-inflammatory or blood-thinning drugs. Also, Dr. Cooper’s incision techniques and procedural precautions prevent this issue, as well.
Nerve injury is rare, less than one-per-cent. Scarring risk varies from patient to patient, determined by many factors like pigmentation, the patient’s ability to heal, and genetic factors.
There is no such thing as a mini lift. Usually when a prospective patient refers to a mini lift this could mean all sorts of different things. It is very important to clarify the length and specific location of the incisions needed to accomplish a patient’s goals. I spend a significant amount of time with each prospective patient discussing and reviewing where and why I recommend their face lift incisions to be made during surgery. Compromising the incision length in certain patients will compromise their final results. The majority of my recommended face lift incision will be very well concealed. A patient’s hair style, hair density, prior incision (if present), skin pigmentation, ear height, ear width and ear lobule are taken into careful consideration when advising the face lift incision design. If a modified incision to shorten the length of the incisions is appropriate I will make that recommendation to certain patients. I avoid confusing terminology like, “mini” or “traditional” because I find it unhelp in conveying what a patient will need to achieve their goals.
Yes. However, you will need to stop smoking 2 weeks prior to surgery and not smoke for a minimum of 4-6 weeks following surgery. If you smoke, I will adjust your surgical plan and technique. I will limit skin undermining in order to avoid healing issues. If a patient refuses to stop smoking then surgery should be delayed until they can meet the cessation criteria.
The cost of a facelift will vary. Each patient bring a unique face and neck with different bone structure, soft tissue volume, sun damage, etc. I do not have one set fee for a face and neck lift because the techniques and demands for each patient are different. Primary face lift surgery starts are $12,500 including all anesthesia fees and post operative visits. Secondary facelift surgeries start at $13,500. These fee does not include overnight nursing fees. Additional procedures including; eyelid surgery, laser, and brow lift are additional.
It depends on what kind of work you do. Generally speaking you can be in front of people at 1 week. You can fly on an airplane after 1 week. If your work involves strenuous activity I recommend you return after 2 weeks.
You can walk at 6 days post operation. Keep your heart rate below 100 bpm. At two weeks after surgery you can sweat and begin to increase your activity. I recommend avoiding the pool or ocean for 4 weeks after surgery.
There is no typical age. I have operated on patients in their early 40’s to their mid 90’s
A face lift is a surgery. When I perform a face lift I am lifting the undermining facial volume to a more youthful position. I am also lifting and tightening the facial and neck skin. Non-surgical options exist to improve facial appearance. In my practice I offer many different non-surgical options: Radio Frequency, micro-needling, laser resurfacing, IPL (intense pulse light), neuromodulators, Hyaluronic Acid Fillers, Fat transfer, Platelet rich plasma (PRP) with microneedling or fat transfer.
A liquid face lift is used to describe adding volume to the face. Volume is added to the cheeks, the skin folds separating the cheek from the upper lip and the cheek from the lower lip and chin as well the temples. Different types of volume can be added to achieve volume restoration. Hyaluronic acid fillers have been made with different chemical properties such as;elasticity, viscosity, particle size and water solubility. These reologic properties are used to differentiate fillers and provide guidance to the provider for where it should be placed. There are many benefits to hyaluronic acid fillers . They can be dissolved is placement and appearance are not ideal. Unfortunately they typically last 6-12 months. Fat transfer can provide the most natural and least allergenic volume restoration. The patient must have enough fat to donate to their fat. Typically, the medial thigh, lower abdomen and flanks are used as donor site locations for transfer. The fat transfer procedure requires a slightly longer recovery and is used for more extensive volume restoration. Most patients tolerate fat transfer awake or under oral sedation. It will take a 6-12 weeks to determine the take of the fat grafts. Fat transfer is permanent once the fat takes.
A traditional face lift involves incisions placed in-front and behind the ears needed to tighten the skin and lift the underlying soft tissue (facial fat and muscle known as the SMAS).
The benefits of a facelift will last year’s not weeks or months. Prospective patients should avoid direct comparison with their contemporaries regarding the longevity of results. Individual results vary as do the pre-operative appearance and techniques utilized to achieve facial improvement. Genetics, history of sun damage, smoking history, volume depletion, skin elasticity, current sun exposure and activities will have an effect on the longevity of your results. Additionally, maintenance in terms of sun avoidance, sun-screen, Retin-A usage, IPL, and laser treatments should be understood and considering as part facial appearance management.
You can expect smoother skin, improvement of fine lines and wrinkles, improvement of neck wrinkles, improvement of neck muscle bands, improvement of jaw line contour, improvement in jaw line depth and differentiation between the neck and cheek, improvement of neck/chin contour, improvement of differentiation between the chin and neck, elevation of soft tissue volume of the cheeks, improvement of cheek folds, improvement of lines of the chin and lower lip area.
A facelift surgeon should be selected based on many factors. Most important is operative experience and results. Other factors to incorporate are; how many face lifts per year does the surgeon perform? I perform 150 face lift operations per year. Where does the surgeon perform the surgery? I operated in a AAAAsf surgical facility in my office with the latest instruments and state of the art equipment dedicated to plastic surgery. Does the surgeon have a dedicated and consistent team to work with? I operate the same exact team including anesthesia provider. I have the same surgical assist every time which facilitates communication allows me to focus on your results not on communicating my expectations to a traveling assist who a barely know. What type of anesthesia is used during surgery? I generally use TIVA type of anesthesia, patient are not intubated during the operation. However, if a breathing is needed I will not hesitate to use it during your surgery.
There are numerous boards of surgery. There is a board of cosmetic surgery and a board of facial plastic surgery (these are ENT surgeons) Understandably it is difficult for a consumer to differentiate and identify the most qualified face lift surgery. The only board of plastic surgery recognized by the graduate medical education is the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Since its inception in 1937 the American Board of Plastic Surgery has awarded certification to roughly 10,000 surgeons of which 6,900 are currently practicing. To be board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery a plastic surgeon must complete a residency in plastic surgery as well as a written and oral examination. The plastic surgeon must submit his or her operative log during their first few years of plastic surgery practice and the board will examine the candidate on cases selected at random. 20% of plastic surgeon fail their oral boards the first time they take them. The consumer should be familiar with the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
A deep plane facelift usually means the surgeon is using the plane just above the skeleton and under the facial muscles to lift the face. I do not use this technique.
Your face will not look pulled or unnatural. The goal of face lift surgery is to achieve a more youthful facial appearance that looks like a better version of your current appearance. My patients often hear comments like, “did you lose weight” or “your skin looks great”.
The SMAS is the layer of fat and muscle under the facial skin that is lifted during face lift surgery. The SMAS face lift is the most common technique used in the United States. The SMAS is elevated independent from the skin. The movement of the SMAS separate from the skin leads to a natural result and prevents over tightening the skin. There are various modification of the SMAS face lift but the concepts of the SMAS lift are similar.
Many other procedures can be performed during face lift surgery. Its best to consult with me directly. Generally speaking the most common additional procedure is eye lid surgery, laser resurfacing and liposuction.
Yes absolutely. At times the incisions need to be modified to avoid hairline and side burn distortion. However, this is one of the most common procedures I perform.
Age has almost no bearing on timing for a face lift. People age differently and feel differently about their facial appearance. The timing to undergo a face lift is a personal decision that should be made when you feel well informed and realistic about the operation and the recovery.
Yes, I offer consults with patients over the phone. I prefer static photos that are similar to the standard photos we take during in-person consultations.
When I perform a face lift it includes improvement of the neck. I often combine upper and lower eyelid surgery with a face lift but eye lid surgery is not referred to as a face lift and is not included in the cost of a facelift.