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Facelift: Check. Now What?

Facelift PottsvilleHave you recently restored youthful beauty to your face with a surgical lift? Is this procedure in your future? In either situation, you have an important task ahead of you. That task is supporting your newly lifted and tightened skin. A facelift can take you back in time, aesthetically speaking, up to 15 years, but aging is not an unstoppable process. What you do after a facelift, though, can lengthen the lifespan of your results. We want to point out just how easy this can be . . .

  1. Practice a little savvy. As it pertains to your skin, that savvy should revolve around the use of sunscreen. We hear so much about sun protection that the brain can get overloaded, and then forget the important details. Here they are: apply 30 SPF broad-spectrum every day. Every. Day. Also, apply 30 minutes before you go into the sun. Waiting until you hit the beach or pool deck means you will sustain UV damage. Finally, apply sunscreen every few hours for optimal protection.
  2. Develop a practice to manage stress. Stress is directly associated with premature aging. The reason is that our very DNA changes under stress. Telomeres, which support the cells throughout the body, including the skin, become short in the stressed-out person, leading to cellular damage and death.
  3. Develop a plan with your esthetician. Like sunscreen, daily cleansers and moisturizers make a big difference in how your skin ages. It isn’t enough to find an affordable product, you need to understand your skin’s unique needs and find products that serve them well.
  4. Develop a plan with your surgeon. The med-spa at Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center offers an extensive menu of services that tighten and brighten the skin. Taking advantage of collagen-inducing treatments like micro needling, laser treatments, or skin peels can enhance the beauty of your skin through the ages.

Reputable cosmetic surgeons are performing more facelifts than in previous years due to the extended life expectancy of the current Baby Boomer population. We love helping our patients obtain and maintain the beauty they deserve. To learn more about facelifts and facial rejuvenation treatments, call us in Pottsville or Hazleton.

Let’s get Up Close and Personal with the Facelift Procedure

Facelift Procedures Hazleton and Pottsville, PAGetting up close and personal is something that most of us want to do. Self-consciousness about appearance can stand in the way of how we relate to others on a day to day basis. If the signs of aging have become a frustration that you notice every time you look in the mirror, we should talk. There are several ways to minimize concerns like fine lines and wrinkles, but the surgical facelift has always been the gold standard, and probably always will be. Here’s why . . .

While we can plump the cheeks with fillers or stem cells, and reduce wrinkles with other injectables, a surgical facelift addresses multiple concerns in a single session. Here, we will look at a few notable concerns that can be corrected during the facelift procedure.


Jowls. Those drooping sacks of tissue at the side of the jaw line. Once the skin starts to sag in this area, it can be hard to ignore. The correction of sagging jowls is actually one of the primary advantages of the surgical facelift. During the procedure, the ligament around which volume has accumulated is temporarily released so that the excess can be lifted, draped appropriately to renew the strong angle of the jaw.


When gravity starts to have more pull on weakened facial muscles and tissue, it all seems to go South. This includes the area beneath the chin. The double-chin is one of the common concerns that men and women express when they visit our office. While there are non-surgical treatments that may reduce the amount of fat in this crease between the chin and the neck, one must remember that fat-reduction is not the end of the story. There is also loose skin to consider, which we do in the surgical facelift.


The volume that is gained in the lower face is that which is lost in the roundness of the cheeks. To restore fullness, we may incorporate fat injections with the redraping of the superficial muscles across the mid-face. In so doing, support and volume are restored.

Refresh your facial aesthetic with help from your Pennsylvania plastic surgeon. Our offices in Hazleton and Pottsville conveniently serve patients from surrounding areas.


Facelift? Neck Lift? How Do They Compare?

Neck LiftThe facelift and the neck lift are two of the most effective, popular and successful cosmetic surgical procedures for changing the appearance of the aging face and neck. They are definitely self-esteem boosting, hands-of-time reversing procedures.

Both the facelift and the neck lift produce long-lasting, stunning results; both share similar degrees of invasiveness and recovery periods. Both result in significant improvements to saggy skin and weak muscles around the face and neck, and immediate reduction of the visible signs of aging. It’s a fact that the procedures are often combined into a single procedure which results in the amazing benefits of both.

  • There are various types of facelift surgeries. However, when plastic surgeons describe a facelift procedure they are generally referring to the technique of pulling up the skin at the cheeks, toward the forehead. Incisions are made primarily in front of the ear. The facelift focuses on improving the cheeks, lower face, jowls, and jawline. It reduces wrinkles and corrects sagging skin in those specific areas.
  • Neck lift surgery uses a technique that pulls excess skin under the chin, jawline, and jowls. Incisions are generally placed behind the ears and below the chin. A neck lift pulls the hanging skin under the chin, the jowls and the jawline. A neck lift corrects the area below the chin – common called the Turkey Neck.

Would you benefit from one or both of these procedures? To find out, try this:

  • To mimic a facelift, place your fingers at the top of your cheekbones and push your skin upward and back.
  • To mimic a neck lift, place your fingers below your jawline, outside your jaw, and push upward and back.

Keystone Cosmetic Surgery caters to the aesthetic and surgical needs of both men and women. We want to help you determine which life-changing, enhancing procedure would be best for you. Call, today, to schedule a consultation, and let Dr. Kimmel tell you more about face and neck lifts: Pottsville – (570) 622-2900; Hazleton – (570) 455-4252.

Thinking About A Facelift?

Face Lift How do you see yourself as you age? Having more candles on your birthday cake does not necessarily equate to feeling or acting older.

With the current awareness of healthy lifestyles, you may find that the best time of your life lies ahead. Statistics from the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery show that facelifts are increasing in number every year – the facelift is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the world. More men and women are considering a facelift as a way to rejuvenate their appearance.

Your face is one of the first areas of your body to become affected by gravity. Your neck and skin around it can also begin to sag. At Keystone Cosmetic Surgery wants to help you discover the key to a more youthful future. A facelift can counter the effects of gravity and the years of UV sun damage. Wrinkles and lines are smoothed, drooping folds are lifted…as you see time taking a step backwards.


  • Dr. Kimmel is a board certified plastic surgeon who consults with Pottsville and Hazleton clients who want results that will make them look younger and more in sync with how they feel on the inside.
  • Depending on each client’s requests, Dr. Kimmel may advise a combination of procedures to achieve the most enhancing results.
  • A facelift can tighten the skin of your cheeks, forehead and around your eyes.
  • A facelift can be done alone or may be paired with other procedures such as a forehead lift, eyelid surgery or nose reshaping. A neck lift paired with a facelift addresses the areas of your neck that may be sagging as well.
  • Dr. Kimmel’s goal is to provide his clients with the correction they desire and with a natural-looking result – as though they have returned from a vacation, not surgery.
  • At Keystone Cosmetic Surgery, facelifts are performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, in our nationally accredited surgical facility.
  • Recovery usually requires about two weeks.

Dr. Kimmel welcomes the opportunity to consult with you and assist you in achieving your surgery goals. Call to book a consultation appointment, today: Pottsville – (570) 622-2900; Hazleton – (570) 455-4252.

Facial Implants for a Beautiful You

shutterstock_6749944The shape of your face can make one of the best first impressions you’ve ever imagined. Certain facial features can also make patients more confident in their appearance which always makes a great first impression.

If you are seeking to improve the shape or overall appearance of your face, contact our office to learn more today. Facial implants can be used to enhance your facial shape and to balance any asymmetries in your face. Symmetry is widely known to be one of the most attractive features of a face. Asymmetry can occur naturally or also as a result of injury or facial trauma. Dr. Kimmel is experience at correcting facial asymmetry and providing your most balanced appearance ever.

Following a careful pre-operative facial assessment including precise measurements and radiologic evaluation, appropriate implants will be selected for your facial enhancement.  Implants can be precisely placed to augment a receding chin, add prominence to cheekbones or reshape a weak jawline.

In addition to cosmetic enhancement of facial features, implants can also be employed to correct certain birth defects or reconstruct facial features following traumatic injury or tumor removal.  Recovery time is generally brief, with patients resuming their usual activities within 3 to 5 days.

Contact our office to learn more today!

What is a Thread Lift?

Have the effects of gravity caused the delicate skin on your face to sag or wrinkle prematurely?  Do you desire cosmetic correction but need a procedure that offers shorter recovery times than traditional plastic surgery? Maybe it is time that you consider treatment with a thread lift.

shutterstock_241060018While many cosmetic surgery patients are not familiar with a thread lift – this type of cosmetic correction lifts the skin with sutures.  The procedure is minimally invasive and can be performed in office.  Thread lifting can be performed on the forehead, face, and neck. Because the procedure is less intense than traditional lifting surgeries, the recovery time is significantly shorter.

Basically, the procedure involves using specialized sutures to re-suspend your face’s skin. The sutures are laced through the tissue below the skin offering dramatic improvement.  By restoring youthful facial contours, thread lifting can improve your overall outlook by enhancing self-confidence.

Contact our office today to learn more about how thread lifting can make you look and feel better than ever.

Plump Your Smile with Lip Augmentation

Do your thin lips have you feeling self-conscious about your smile? Many patients have visited Dr. Robert Kimmel seeking to add volume or definition to their thinned lips. Luckily, if you are feeling dissatisfied with your smile, there are many solutions available for augmenting your lips.

Lip enhancement is often performed by using an injectable filler such as Juvederm, Restylane or Collagen. However, if you’d prefer to avoid synthetic products, Dr. Kimmel can also replace your lost lip volume with fat harvested from your own body. This is known as an autologous fat injection.

Many patients seek cosmetic improvement to the volume of their lips. Some patients are born with thinner lips while others have lost volume in their smile over time. Just like any other area of your face, lost volume can make you appear older and less vibrant than you feel. A simple plumping technique like a lip enhancement can easily bring you greater self-confidence.

Dr. Robert Kimmel welcomes the opportunity to help you achieve your goals for cosmetic enhancement and enjoy a happier, more confident lifestyle. Contact our office for more information regarding lip augmentation today.

What If I Can’t Have a Facelift?

There’s no denying how wonderful your skin can appear naturally refreshed and rejuvenated after a facelift procedure here at our Hazleton plastic surgery practice. However, there are some cases wherein a face lift may not be the best option for some patients such as those with existing chronic medical conditions (the likes of diabetes and high blood pressure).

We have even encountered patients who simply can’t have a major surgical procedure due to history of extreme sensitivity to anesthesia, pain medications, or antibiotics. In some cases, there are patients looking for other options apart from a face lift because either they can’t afford the costs at present or do not have the luxury of longer recovery times. 

If you find yourself in either of the patients’ shoes mentioned above, Dr. Kimmel offers other face lift alternatives at the Keystone Surgery Center that are still geared towards helping you achieve and maintain that naturally youthful look. So what are these alternatives? Read on below!


Botox is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure to date and is effective in reducing the appearance of crow’s feet (wrinkles around the eye area) and the horizontal creases in one’s forehead (also known as frown lines). This popular injectable works by controlling or reducing muscle contractions underneath the skin which in turn results to the appearance of wrinkles.

The procedure itself is quick and can last between 15 to 30 minutes and results will be immediately noticeable within the first few days following the injection. Results can last between 3 to 6 months and repeated injections may be necessary to maintain the effects.

Dermal Fillers

Alongside Botox, dermal fillers are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to improving facial skin that has been ravaged with aging — from adding volume to sunken cheeks and thinning lips to filling in deep lines, wrinkles, and creases. There are wide variety of dermal fillers out there, targeting specific aging problems. Like Botox, fillers are injected into the targeted areas and results may be noticeable within 1 to 2 weeks following the procedure.

You can actually choose to have Botox and a dermal filler at the same time, depending on the outcomes you want to achieve. If you’d like to learn how these non-surgical alternatives can help you look younger and refreshed, an initial consultation with Dr. Kimmel should be in order!

Call us at (570)622-2900 or fill out this contact form to schedule an initial consultation today. We look forward to your visit!

Factors That Could Affect Scarring After Your Face Lift

Any procedure that involves opening the skin will result to scarring. The same is true for surgical cosmetic procedures which often requires cutting through layers of skin. However, here at our Hazleton face lift practice, we consider any type of plastic surgery as a work of art and we aim to make your scars as inconspicuous as possible.

In addition, a thorough understanding of the factors that could increase the likelihood of noticeable scarring following a face lift will help you make the decision to either choose a surgical facial rejuvenation procedure or facial non-rejuvenation options.

By and large, the following factors could influence the way your skin heals and your degree of scarring: 

  • Age – the older you are, the greater chances of scarring. This has to do with the status of your collagen as well as exposure to other elements such as UV rays, smoking, and environmental pollution.
  • Genetics and race – Fair-skinned individuals may find out that their scars are more noticeable while those with darker skin tones are more likely to form keloid scars.
  • Size and depth of the incision
  • Elasticity of your skin before the surgery
  • Lifestyle factors such as smoking, nutrition, sleeping habits, and alcohol intake
  • Sun exposure following surgery
  • Wound care habits

Deciding on Your Hazleton Face Lift

One of the key factors that could significantly affect the success of your face lift is the experience of your surgeon in face lift surgery and other facial rejuvenation procedures. As a board certified plastic surgeon with over 15 years of clinical practice experience and member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (The Mark of Distinction in Cosmetic Plastic Surgery® ASAPS), Dr. Robert Kimmel welcomes the opportunity to help you achieve your face lift goals for cosmetic enhancement and enjoy a happier, more confident lifestyle.

Schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kimmel by filling out this contact form. You can also reach us at (570) 622-2900. We look forward to your visit!

How Ready Are You For a Facelift?

A facelift procedure here at our Hazleton cosmetic surgery practice can be performed in an outpatient setting under either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. If you’ve been thinking of restoring your youthful look through a facelift, it should be understood that not everyone is cut for it.

Generally, you should think about getting a facelift if you suffer from the following:

  • sagging cheeks
  • wrinkles and excess fat tissues in the neck
  • jowls
  • deep lines around the nose and mouth

 By and large, a facelift is ideal for problems in the mid-face, lower face, and jaw areas. You can also choose to combine a facelift with other procedures for remarkable results such as an eyelid surgery, neck lift, facial implants, rhinoplasty and chin augmentation.

Ideally, a facelift candidate should:

  • be in excellent physical and mental health
  • have realistic expectations
  • be a non-smoker or who have quit smoking months before the surgery
  • be able to follow pre-surgery and postoperative instructions

If you are interested in undergoing a facelift procedure at the Keystone Surgery Center, your first step should be to learn everything you can about the surgery and your options. To be able to do this, an initial consultation with Dr. Kimmel should be in order! Call us at (570) 622-2900 or fill out this contact form. We look forward to your visit!


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