Dr. Mobley has taught his surgical techniques internationally and has written numerous medical articles and book chapters on his innovations. Dr. Mobley is a national authority on Facial Plastic Surgery and is published in some of the leading teaching texts of our time.
As you age, regardless of how healthy a lifestyle you may maintain, it is common to develop excessive skin around the jaw line and neck. A face lift is a surgical procedure to provide maximum improvement this area. Dr. Mobley’s technique is to tighten the finer muscles below the facial skin. This provides a very natural and rejuvenated result while avoiding a “surgical” or “pulled” appearance. Incisions are hidden around the ears and in the hair-bearing area of the scalp. Pain is minimal but some bruising and swelling is to be expected. Recovery averages 10-14 days for most of Dr. Mobley’s patients.
Procedures that may complement Rhytidectomy:
- Neck Lipostuction & Chin Augmentation
- Forehead & Brow Lift
Last year, Dr. Mobley performed 161 nasal surgeries. Although most Ear, Nose & Throat surgeons perform this operation, it is still an area of surgery where there are nuances to both the diagnosis and surgical treatment of nasal obstruction. He has developed a very large referral base from physicians from several states—including Ear, Nose & Throat surgeons who send him their most challenging cases. Dr. Mobley has seen it all and can tailor each operation based on his many years of experience.
66yo female with very nice facial bone structures but with a good amount of deep wrinkles along with sagging skin and muscle. She underwent a full face lift and neck lift. We injected Radiesse into the laughlines around the mouth. We finished with laser resurfacing around her eyes and mouth. The postoperative photos were taken approximately four weeks after the operation. The patient is wearing mineral makeup to camouflage the normal redness that is a result of laser resurfacing and which fades over a few months. Note the impressive tightness of the neck and smoothness of the jaw line.
64-year-old female who came to see me with concerns about the significant amount of drooping in her cheeks, jowls, and lower neck. During her consultation we discussed the benefits that could be achieved through face and neck lifting procedures. I also pointed out to her that she had a slightly weak chin and would benefit from a chin implant as well. Her surgery included complete face and neck lift and insertion of a small chin implant. Because she also had heavier face and neck skin than the average patient, a key maneuver to achieving a tight neck line is an appropriately aggressive amount of neck liposuction. The result is a rejuvenated appearance with a much tighter neck and jaw line.
In simplest terms, rhytidectomy is an operation that is performed to surgically tighten the facial tissues. I perform what is called a modified deep-plane lift, meaning that an emphasis is placed on muscle tightening, not pulling the skin tight. This creates a natural look, and not a “wind-blown” appearance. I feel strongly about avoiding a surgical, pulled-too-tight look, and I find that conservative tightening is the best way to go. I hide my incisions around the ears and in the back part of the hair. This incision hides very well in both men (click for image) and women (click for image). For many of my patients, getting rid of that “turkey gobbler” look is one of their greatest rewards from this procedure.
For patients requiring a mid-facelift, very small incisions are hidden in the crow’s feet of the eyes and in the hairline. "Mid-lifts" are for patients whose natural cheek fullness has dropped and needs to be repositioned up over the cheek bone where it was in earlier years. Only after a complete physical exam can I determine if a facelift or "mid-lift" is most appropriate for you.
To fully understand the costs of cosmetic surgery, you must understand the guiding principles of Dr. Mobley’s medical practice: Quality, Safety, and a Respect for Cost. Dr, Mobley has not designed the surgical experience to be lowest bid; rather, he wants you to have an exceptionally high-quality medical experience. If this interests you, please read on.
There are three main components that contribute to your final cosmetic surgery fee. The first component is the surgeon's fee. As this is a medical experience, your final surgeon's fee can only be determined after a full consultation with Dr. Mobley where he will perform a complete history and physical exam and together you will formulate a treatment plan that best fits your cosmetic goals. Computerized imaging is often used to help better plan your surgery.
As a reference point, a recent survey of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery showed the average fee of face lift surgery to be $7238. Dr. Mobley's professional fees will vary depending on the surgical technique utilized but tend to average around $6000. Remember that there are "full" face-lifts, "neck-only" lifts, and "mini" face-lifts. Dr. Mobley performs all of these techniques and after a consultation the correct procedure for will be determined.
The second cost component is the facility in which your operation is performed. Dr. Mobley exclusively operates in a state of the art surgical center - not in a in-office surgical room. This surgical center is JCAHO certified, which means it has passed the highest level of federal inspection. Cosmetic surgery is real surgery, and Dr. Mobley strongly believes that having it performed in a JCAHO certified center is in your best medical interest. Learn more about this surgical center here.
The final cost component is the anesthesia fee. The training background of the person ultimately responsible for your sedation should be carefully considered; but many patients do not much emphasis on this. Nurse anesthetists are members of the surgical team; however, in every cosmetic operation Dr. Mobley performs, a Board-Certified M.D. anesthesiologist who has completed medical school, residency, and board certification is responsible for your sedation. This is the level of care I would insist on for my own family members.
There can be some variability in surgical time based on the cosmetic goals you and Dr. Mobley determine from your consultation. The length of surgery will determine your facility and anesthesia fees and will tend to average between $3000 to $4400.
After your consultation you will leave the office with an easy to understand written quote in which we will list the cost of these three components for your individualized surgical plan. Keep in mind that the facility and anesthesia fees are time-based and so may be increased, or decreased, based on the actual final length of your cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Mobley wants to make cosmetic surgery available to as many people as possible. For that reason we have hand picked lending services exclusively for Dr. Mobley's patients. When you come in for your consultation we will be more than happy to go over all your financial options with you.
Rhytidectomy require one to two weeks for a complete recovery. Some of my patients are ready to work after just one week, but most require two weeks for a complete recovery. It is my experience that most people desire some privacy to their recovery, so waiting a full two weeks can be the best approach.
For the first 1-2 days following surgery, the face is wrapped with a compressive bandage. This can cause some pressure discomfort, but most patients find this very tolerable, particularly in combination with the pain medications that all patients receive. Once the compressive head-wrap is removed, most patients feel that the majority of their discomfort has been alleviated. It is normal to feel tightness in the neck muscles under the chin. This is simply a sign of a successful surgical tightening of the neckline. This lasts for about 7 days.
Every type of surgery has risks. It’s my ethical responsibility to educate you on these risks so you can make the best possible decision for yourself while weighing these risks against the benefits of surgery. My training helps me to minimize these risks to the best of my ability, but I cannot eliminate them entirely.
Common risks include loss of hair follicles near incision sites, distortion of the earlobe, asymmetry, facial nerve weakness, numb earlobe, thick scars, residual fat or skin laxity, and blood collection under the skin.
The risks above are the most common ones that I think you should be aware of, but they are not a complete list of all possible risks. When I see you in consultation and we begin to formulate your surgical treatment plan, I’ll review with you not only these common risks but also the less likely complications that may occur.