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Facelift in Sarasota, FL with Dr. Kristopher Hamwi

When the natural signs of aging begin to manifest, patients often notice sagging skin, jowls, and other concerns around the mid and lower portions of the face. Fortunately, there is a surgical method that can provide enduring and natural-looking anti-aging results for years to come.

A facelift, technically referred to as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck. Harvard trained and board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kristopher Hamwi dedicates his training and expertise towards bettering his patients’ lives through aesthetic plastic surgery. If you are interested, Dr. Hamwi is available to discuss how he can address your concerns through facelift surgery. 

facelift before and after

To learn more about Sarasota facelift surgery with Dr. Hamwi, please continue reading or schedule a complimentary consultation with Florida Plastic Surgery and Medspa today.

What is a Facelift?

A facelift tightens loose skin and repositions underlying facial structures primarily in the mid and lowers portion of the face. Facelifts have improved considerably since their conception and are now frequently referred to as the “gold standard” of facial rejuvenation.

For many patients, facelift surgery restores facial contours and makes them look far younger than they were. Facelifts are not meant to transform the face’s natural structure or features. Rather, they restore existing facial features to look more youthful.

Why Consider a Facelift?

Most commonly, patients seek facelift surgery to correct cosmetic issues stemming from:

  • Thinning skin 
  • Facial fat loss 
  • Gravity
  • Stress
  • Sun damage
  • Smoking
  • Heredity 

As these factors accumulate, they can alter a patient’s facial aesthetic. The most common signs that occur include: 

  • Jowls 
  • Significant mid and lower face wrinkles
  • Poor jawline definition
  • Sagging neck tissues

What are the Benefits of a Facelift?

A facelift provides the most dynamic facial rejuvenation of any cosmetic procedure available. Patients can expect sleeker facial contours, tighter skin, and a more youthful appearance. Enhanced confidence, self-image, and quality of life are also commonly associated with a facelift

Why Choose Dr. Hamwi for My Facelift in Sarasota?

Dr. Hamwi has undergone extensive plastic surgery training and maintains mastery in many procedures of the face, breast, body, and skin. He is expertly trained in facelifts and completed a specialty fellowship in aesthetic facial surgery in Manhattan, New York. He is supremely passionate about bringing joy to his patients’ lives through his craft. 

Dr. Hamwi understands that the decision to undergo aesthetic surgery can be trying for any patient, which is why he wants every patient to know that he will be there for them throughout every step of the journey.

When you choose Florida Plastic Surgery and Medspa, you can expect Dr. Hamwi and his staff to treat you like family. Dr. Hamwi and his team will be personable, attentive to your needs, and exceptionally skilled in everything they do from the time you come in for a complimentary consultation until your last post-operative appointment and beyond.

I am now 1-year post facelift and I can't even express how extremely happy I am. Dr. Hamwi exceeded any expectations I had. I feel young and vibrant inside and now my face (and neck) matches that energy. Dr. Hamwi is the best of the best.

Dr. Kristopher Hamwi

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Dr. Kristopher Hamwi has trained for over ten years at some of the world’s top institutions to become one of Florida’s best aesthetic plastic surgeons. Utilizing his exceptional skill, rigorous training, and genuine, caring approach, Dr. Hamwi strives for total patient satisfaction. Ready to partner with Sarasota’s leading aesthetic plastic surgeon?

What Happens During a Facelift Surgery in Sarasota?

Facelift surgery is an outpatient procedure that will take place at an accredited surgical center under general anesthesia. While each facelift plan is unique to its respective patient, several general steps happen as a part of any surgical facelift procedure:

First, you will receive anesthesia from a certified anesthesia provider. The method of anesthesia will have already been discussed with you, Dr. Hamwi, and the anesthetist before your surgery date. After being safely sedated, our team will take you back to a state-of-the-art operating room. 

Dr. Hamwi will place each incision according to the plan that you and he formulated leading up to surgery. Incisions will often be placed in the hairline, starting at the temples and continuing around the ear to the back of the scalp. Dr. Hamwi makes each incision as inconspicuously as possible to avoid visible scarring. He may also place incisions elsewhere, as needed. 


After making precise incisions, Dr. Hamwi manipulates the skin and underlying facial structures. The process often includes sculpting or reorienting fat, muscles, and tissues to reflect a younger look for the patient. Dr. Hamwi then redrapes the remaining skin over the area and trims away the excess.


After ensuring all of the procedural objectives have been completed to the best of his ability, Dr. Hamwi will carefully close your incisions. Dr. Hamwi pays close attention to each incision to provide the smallest and most unnoticeable scar possible. You will then move to a recovery room in which our team will monitor you until you wake up.   


Who is an Ideal Candidate for a Facelift?

Sarasota area Facelift candidates are generally experiencing any of the conditions above and want to rejuvenate their appearance permanently. While Dr. Hamwi’s primary goal is to improve his patients’ lives, he needs to ensure that the procedure is safe before scheduling any operation.

facelift before and after

Typically, the most suitable facelift candidates: 

  • Are in good health
  • Can reasonably benefit from a facelift
  • Are mentally prepared for surgery
  • Can maintain reasonable expectations
  • Are near their ideal body weight
  • Are aware of the risks of surgery
  • Are bothered by lax skin and tissues on their face

If you are unsure if this procedure is right for you, we encourage you to reach out to us. Dr. Hamwi will gladly evaluate you to see if a facelift is the right method to reach your goals. If it is not, he will recommend other options.

Your Facelift Consultation with Dr. Hamwi

When you visit Florida Plastic Surgery for a consultation, you’ll find an expert who is friendly, attentive, and sincerely interested in helping you reach your goals. Dr. Hamwi will listen to your concerns, allow you to ask questions, and fully educate you on the details of each procedure discussed. You should feel comfortable and prepared to make an informed decision on your own. We believe that your aesthetic journey can be highly fulfilling, and we are happy to be a part of it. If you prefer an initial complimentary virtual consultation, this can also be arranged.

Ready to Learn More?

To learn more about facelifts in Sarasota, FL, please contact Florida Plastic Surgery and Medspa at (941) 800-2000 or fill out our online form to schedule a meeting with Dr. Hamwi today.

Sarasota, FL Facelift FAQs

The cost of your facelift will depend on numerous factors, including the procedure’s duration, complexity, and more. Dr. Hamwi and his team can provide you with a detailed cost breakdown after you are evaluated in your complimentary consultation.

After your procedure, you will have a bandage around your face to minimize swelling and bruising. You will have some discomfort for the first few days, but Dr. Hamwi will prescribe pain medications to alleviate this. Dr. Hamwi will give you a comprehensive list of post-operative instructions to help you along every step of the recovery process. You will also schedule frequent follow-up appointments with Dr. Hamwi and can reach out to him directly if you have any issues.

While most bruising and swelling will dissipate within two weeks, your results will appear gradually over the next 2-3 months. Patients typically see the best results at around the 12-week mark. Each patient is unique, so their recovery and results timelines will vary.

Traditional facelifts are surgical procedures that involve tightening the skin and underlying soft tissues and offer results that last years. Liquid facelifts use neuromodulators, injectable fillers, or a patient’s own fat to temporarily add facial volume. With no downtime, liquid facelift results last 6-12 months.

Liquid facelifts are effective at adding volume and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. However, facelifts remain the gold standard of facial rejuvenation as they not only restore volume but also lift and tighten skin.

With optimal results and continued maintenance, the benefits from a facelift should last years. Maintenance includes proper sun care, using recommended skincare products, and other cosmetic treatments as recommended by Dr. Hamwi.

Skin is unique, and people age differently, so there is no specific age to begin considering a facelift. The decision to undergo a facelift is highly personal. You should only choose a facelift after you feel ready, well-informed about the procedure and recovery, and have a realistic outlook.

Many procedures can be performed in unison with a facelift, including eyelid surgery or a brow lift. Be sure to discuss your facial concerns and options with Dr. Hamwi.

Understanding the variety of facelift techniques is crucial in choosing the right procedure to meet your aesthetic goals. In addition to traditional facelift surgery, Dr. Kristopher Hamwi specializes in several cutting-edge facelift methods, each tailored to address specific concerns and deliver the most natural and rejuvenating results:

Mini Facelift Surgery

Ideal for patients who are beginning to notice mild to moderate signs of aging, the mini facelift targets minor sagging around the cheeks, jawline, and neck. This procedure is less invasive than a traditional facelift, offering a shorter recovery time. It’s best suited for those seeking subtle enhancements and those who wish to address early signs of aging.

SMAS Facelift Surgery

The Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) facelift goes deeper than the mini facelift, targeting the underlying structure of the face that supports facial fat and muscles. This technique allows for more significant lifting and repositioning, making it ideal for correcting moderate to severe sagging and deeper wrinkles. The SMAS facelift can produce more dramatic and lasting results, rejuvenating the lower two-thirds of the face.

Deep Plane Facelift Surgery

The deep plane facelift is the most comprehensive approach, addressing the facial structure at a deeper level than the SMAS facelift. This technique allows for the correction of severe sagging and deep facial folds by repositioning the entire facial musculature. The deep plane facelift is known for its ability to deliver very natural-looking results, with improvements in the midface, jowls, and neck.

Neck Lift Surgery

Often performed in conjunction with a facelift, a neck lift specifically targets excess skin and fat in the neck area, restoring a more youthful and defined jawline and neck contour. This procedure can significantly enhance the overall results of a facelift by addressing aging signs that are prominent in the neck region.

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