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Rafael C. Cabrera, MD, FACS -  - Plastic Surgeon

Plastic Surgery Specialist of Boca Raton

Rafael C. Cabrera, MD, FACS

Plastic Surgeon & Aesthetic Specialist located in Boca Raton, FL

Your face is the first thing most people notice about you, and it plays a big part in the impressions they’ll take away. If you’re unhappy with the way the aging process has altered your facial contouring, a face-lift from Rafael C. Cabrera, MD, FACS, of Plastic Surgery Specialist of Boca Raton in Boca Raton, Florida, can help. Schedule a one-on-one consultation online or over the phone to explore how a face-lift can enhance your appearance and your confidence.


What is a face-lift?

A face-lift is a surgical procedure that firms your skin and addresses sagging, folds, and wrinkles. In the hands of a skilled surgeon like Dr. Cabrera, a face-lift is one of the most effective ways to achieve a refreshed and renewed appearance. 

Prior to your procedure, Dr. Cabrera will discuss what to expect from your face-lift. Having realistic expectations is a big part of any successful plastic surgery procedure, and you’ll have time to express concerns and ask questions. 

What happens during a face-lift?

A face-lift is performed under local anesthesia with oral sedation. You won’t feel a thing, yet you also won’t have the same “heaviness” that comes with general anesthesia. 

Once your medications take effect, Dr. Cabrera begins by making incisions along your hairline to access the underlying tissues. He gently lifts your skin before sculpting the fat and other tissues, repositioning fat as needed to add fullness. Once he’s happy with your new facial contouring, he pulls your skin taut, trims away excess skin, and closes the incisions. 

Many men and women choose to include neck-lift or upper and lower blepharoplasty (eyelid lift)  procedures with their face-lift. This ensures your eyes and neck conform to your newly refined facial features and is also a great way to make the most of your investment of time and money. 

What is TheSmarterLift™?

TheSmarterLift is a face-lift technique pioneered by Dr. Cabrera. This approach delivers very natural-looking results for men and women who want improved facial contouring without a dramatic change. 

TheSmarterLift can lift your neck, jawline, and cheeks, and can also address lost facial volume and poorly defined features. It requires less time in recovery yet still gives you a younger, more vibrant facial appearance.   

What happens after my face-lift?

Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton offers in-house overnight recovery suites staffed with highly skilled recovery nurses. You can also elect for a recovery nurse to accompany you home on the night of your procedure. Both of these services are included in the cost of your face-lift procedure. 

Expect to take a couple of weeks to allow your body to heal. As you near the end of that time frame, you can begin incorporating more strenuous activities into your days. It can take several months for all postoperative swelling to subside, at which point you’ll enjoy the full effects of your face-lift. 

To explore these options in greater detail, call or schedule an appointment online. Your personalized consultation will provide everything you need to make an informed decision about your treatment plan.