Many patients seek the restoration of a more youthful, smooth, and contoured face and neck after aging has resulted in loss of volume, facial descent and reduced elasticity of the skin. Rhytidectomy also known as facelift and necklift has remained an effective option for patients pursuing their desired aesthetic appearance. The face is what we greet the world with, and a rhytidectomy can restore vitality to the facial region, boosting confidence and self-esteem. In addition, the results of the procedure can last for a decade, providing long-lasting results. In consultation with Dr. Aya-ay, patients can determine whether a facelift is the option best suited to their unique needs.

What is a Facelift & Necklift?

The goal of a facelift and necklift is to improve the facial aging of the lower 1/3 of the face and neck. A midface lift can be added to the facelift in order to improve sagging of the upper and mid-cheek region. Facial aging is caused by multiple factors including sun exposure, loss of volume, repetitive muscle action, skin laxity, and tissue descent. Patients who are unhappy with the appearance of the jawline, neck, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines (the lines around the mouth) may be good candidates for a facelift.

Melanie L. Aya-ay, M.D.


Dr. Melanie Aya-ay is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Tampa Bay with over 15 years of plastic surgery experience specializing in cosmetic surgery, reconstructive breast surgery and minimally invasive techniques for facial and body rejuvenation.  She is known for her skill and excellence in revision surgery, specifically for difficult breast surgery revisions.  Dr. Aya-ay is an Allergan Medical Institute (AMI) National Trainer for Facial Aesthetics and AMI National Speaker for Plastic and Regenerative Medicine.  She is honored to be the first female surgeon to hold this dual faculty position with Allergan.

Dr. Aya-ay is the CEO and owner of Melanie L. Aya-ay, MD Plastic Surgery as well as Vivia MedSpa, an elite luxury medical spa in North Tampa.  Her practice and her team have been built on the values of honesty, integrity, education, safety, and providing comprehensive aesthetic care with natural results.  Your consultation with Dr. Aya-ay will be an educational experience so that you can be assured that you are making the choices that are best for you. Our staff will provide all the assistance needed to help you navigate through the process for a successful Plastic Surgery experience.


Facelift Recovery and Aftercare

Following facelift surgery, ointments, dressings, and a mildly compressive neckband may be placed. In some cases, a small drain is placed which is removed in the early postoperative period. The drain serves to prevent the buildup of fluid during the recovery process.

Swelling and bruising are expected postoperatively. Activity restrictions will be in place for a period of time following the surgery to allow for healing, decrease swelling, reduce bleeding, and minimize the risks of postoperative complications. Pain medication, oral antibiotics, and topical antibiotics are often used in the recovery period. Dr. Aya-ay and her staff will review the postoperative instructions with you at your consultation and again at your preoperative visit to ensure that you are comfortable with your postoperative care.

Beautiful, Natural, Results.


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Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about rhytidectomy or other potential options, schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Aya-ay. A consultation is a chance to collaborate to decide what procedure or treatment would be best suited for you and your needs. To schedule your consultation appointment, contact our Tampa office.

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