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Dr. Ambay’s Radiant Facelift Results Before and After

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Woman's face, before and after Facelift treatment, front view

Dr. Ambay’s Radiant Facelift Results

Please view the Before and After photo gallery to see the results of Dr. Ambay’s patients.

*Results may vary

*Results may vary

Your Face Is Your Trademark

Let’s be honest! Your face is a focal point when someone meets you for the first time. Sagging skin, frown lines, deep creases, turkey neck, thin lips and small eyes can leave you feeling less than confident. At Ambay Plastic Surgery we can restore your youthful glow, minimize the signs of aging and help you look how you feel.

Our triple board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Raj Ambay, has helped many patients throughout Tampa and Wesley Chapel create a more favorable impression with a confidence-boosting facelift. A consultation with Dr. Ambay will be informative, relaxed and most of all, honest. If you want to feel listened to and not just like another number, then Ambay Plastic Surgery and Dr. Ambay should be at the top of your list. Contact Us now!

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Dr. Ambay’s Explanation

Four Keys to Performing the Perfect Facelift

Facelift surgery, also known as a rhytidectomy, can enhance your natural beauty and restore a more youthful appearance. The procedure varies depending on your desired result and can include the redistribution of fat from the face, jowls and neck to help enhance facial contours.

There are four basic tenets to achieving a natural age-appropriate facelift and they start from the inside out:

  • Muscles loosen and fat sags over time. The solution is to resuspend or return the tissue to its original position.  For example, jowls occur because the muscle and fat sags below the jawline from the cheek.
  • Aging results in volume loss. The key is to volumeize diminishing tissue and fat. We love to use any excess fat you may have anywhere on your body to naturally and permanently replace lost volume in the face.
  • Aging causes sagging extra skin. Once the tissues are repositioned underneath and the volume is restored, the skin is then naturally re-draped over the face. We make sure to keep a natural look so that there is no pulling.
  • Skin will lose its elasticity over time. Pre and post-facelift treatments such as lasers, and skincare regimens are key to a successful outcome and longevity of the results. Imagine a quality Rolls Royce that’s unpainted and not maintained. Painting finishes off the beautiful automobile and washing and waxing maintain its beauty. Creating a plan for beautiful skin creates the best results with a facelift.
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The Procedure and Facelift Scars: What to Expect

Great outcomes are all about the fine details. We hide incisions into your hairline so that only you and Dr. Ambay know you had a facelift and you can leave everyone guessing why you look so refreshed. Any sutures that have the potential to be visible are removed early or dissolvable.

Anesthesia is administered to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. Your skin is redraped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away once the natural results are achieved.

Incisions are closed with sutures that either dissolve on their own or need to be removed at a later stage or skin adhesives. The careful placement of the incisions ensures that any fine facelift scars are well concealed once healed.

Types of Facelifts

The type of incision determines the types of facelifts, and can be distinguished as follows:

  • Traditional facelift incisions begin in the hairline at the temples and continue around the ear and end in the lower scalp.
  • Mini-lift requires shorter incisions from the temple and continues around the ear.
  • Neck lift requires a much shorter incision starting in the front of the ear lobe and continuing around the ear.

It is important to work with a plastic surgeon who has the same aesthetic vision as you. At Ambay Plastic Surgery, we believe in patient-centered care to ensure the best surgical outcome.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Your procedure will be conducted in our onsite Ambulatory Surgery Center, which boasts state-of-the-art facilities and full accreditation. Ensuring your procedure is held to the highest safety standards, comparable to those of a major hospital. This means that in the event of any significant issue, you’ll receive care that meets these stringent criteria.

The Ideal Candidate

Facelift surgery is unique to each individual, and good candidates for the procedure include:

  • Healthy individuals with no pre-existing medical conditions that may impede healing
  • Individuals with a positive and realistic outlook
  • Non-smokers

What to Expect From Facelift Recovery

Once your facelift surgery is complete, Dr. Ambay may place bandages around your face to help minimize swelling and bruising. Small tubes may also be placed to assist with draining excess blood or fluids. Pain medication may be prescribed.

Following Dr. Ambay’s recovery guidelines with great care will ensure optimum recovery. These instructions may include how to care for your surgical site, the application of topical or oral medication and post-surgery follow-up appointments.

You can expect to resume your normal activities after two weeks. It will take approximately 2-3 months before your face feels completely healed in terms of texture, tightness and sensitivity.

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*Results may vary

Facelift Benefits

The goal of the Ambay Plastic Surgery rhytidectomy is to make you feel radiant in your own skin. Additional benefits may include:

  • Improved sagginess and inelastic skin in the mid-facial areas
  • Appearance of higher cheekbones
  • Improved appearance of creases under the lower eyelids
  • Improved appearance of creases extending from around the nose to the corners of the mouth
  • Contoured facial fat that has been displaced
  • Firmer skin under the jaw and chin


All surgical procedures present an element of possible risks and side effects. Though rare, these may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Prolonged swelling
  • Poor wound healing
  • Pain and scarring

Why Choose Ambay Plastic Surgery For Your Facelift

  • Raj Ambay is a triple-board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon
  • You will be in the care of a world-renowned surgeon with an Ivy League education and training
  • Our facility meets or exceeds the highest health and safety standards in surgical care
  • We practice patient-centered care from the moment you schedule your appointment right through to achieving your desired result

Contact our Tampa office to schedule your facelift consultation and start your journey to a younger-looking, vibrant and beautiful you!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a facelift?

The cost of a facelift at Dr. Ambay’s practice can vary based on the extent of the procedure, the technique used and other factors such as facility fees and anesthesia. For a detailed estimate, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Ambay.

What is a mini facelift?

A mini facelift is a less invasive version of the traditional facelift that focuses on lifting the lower face and jawline. It involves smaller incisions and a shorter recovery time, making it suitable for patients with mild to moderate signs of aging who seek a more youthful appearance with minimal downtime.

What is a deep plane facelift?

A deep plane facelift is a technique that goes deeper than a traditional facelift, addressing the facial muscles and repositioning them along with the skin. This method is known for providing more natural and longer-lasting results, especially in the midface and neck areas.

How long does the facelift last?

The results of a facelift can last for many years, with most patients enjoying the benefits for 10 to 15 years. The longevity of the results depends on various factors, including the patient’s skin quality, lifestyle and age.

When can I sleep on my side after a facelift?

Patients are advised to sleep with their head elevated and avoid sleeping on their side for at least 4 to 6 weeks after surgery to prevent putting pressure on the healing tissues.

How long does swelling last after a facelift?

Swelling typically peaks within the first week after surgery and then gradually subsides. Most swelling resolves within a month, but some minor swelling can persist for several months.

Where are facelift scars located?

Facelift scars are typically located around the ear, extending from the hairline above the ear, continuing around the earlobe, and ending in the hairline behind the ear. The exact placement can vary based on the specific technique used. Dr. Ambay is skilled in placing incisions strategically to minimize visible scarring.

How to speed up facelift recovery?

To speed up recovery:

  • Follow all post-operative instructions provided by Dr. Ambay.
  • Keep your head elevated, even while sleeping.
  • Avoid strenuous activities and direct sun exposure.
  • Stay hydrated and maintain a healthy diet.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol.

How long is the facelift recovery?

The initial recovery period for a facelift is typically 2 to 3 weeks for most patients. However, it can take several months for all swelling to subside and for the full results to be visible.

Dr. Raj Ambay, MD

Dr. Ambay is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in cosmetic procedures for the face, breasts and body. By offering a wide variety of procedures, he can consistently achieve the aesthetic desires of his patients throughout the Tampa and Wesley Chapel area, and beyond.

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Explore our patients' reviews to discover why Dr. Ambay is consistently rated as the top choice for plastic surgery in the area. With years of experience and a dedication to personalized care, Dr. Ambay has earned a reputation for excellence and trustworthiness in Spring Hill, Wesley Chapel, and throughout Florida's surrounding areas.

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    im so glad i went with dr ambay for my surgery. he does amazing work and his staff is awesome too! i would refer him to anyone considering plastic surgery ...

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    Zuleika Lopez

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    I want to take the time and the pleasure to say thank you. Dr Ambay and his staff is AMAZING. Dr Ambay is not only a great plastic surgeon but also has incredible bedside manners. He takes his time ...

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