Face – Toledo, OH

face, botox, face lift, eyelid lift, brow lift, neck lift, ear shaping, rhinoplasty, lip augmentation

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Face Lift

Wrinkles and loss of skin tone on your face are not something that you have to live with. A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, can be your solution to help you look more like your younger self. In order to get natural looking results, a skilled plastic surgeon is essential. After careful evaluation of your facial anatomy and skin tone, Dr. Zavell can personalize your facelift experience in order to achieve the results you envision. Dr. Zavell’s preference is to give you as natural an appearance as possible. In that regard after excess tissue is removed, he prefers to gently reshape your silhouette taking care to avoid a pulled look.

Typically, IV sedation anesthesia is used during your procedure although general sedation is available if you prefer. The procedure typically lasts 3-4 hours and is performed as an outpatient surgery. Recovery times are minimal so you should be able to return to work and resume normal activity within 1-2 weeks.


Whether you are considering rhinoplasty for aesthetic reasons or to correct breathing difficulty, the choice to have this procedure is extremely personal. Rhinoplasty can have a considerable impact on your appearance as well as your confidence, therefore Dr. Zavell works closely with you in order to customize your outcome. To us it’s more than just a “nose job”, as we know that the procedure can improve many different elements – including facial harmony and proportion - leading to a renewed confidence in yourself.

Each patient’s needs are different. Some incisions are made inside the nose where it is completely hidden, whereas some are made across the skin that separates the nostrils where it is not readily seen. The process of your cosmetic surgery will be discussed in detail with you during your consultations with Dr. Zavell. Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure done under general anesthesia, the procedure can take up to 2-3 hours and most patients are able to go home the same day.

Recovery time varies, however most patients are able to return to work in 1-2 weeks. Care should be taken to not bump the nose for at least 8 weeks. Keep in mind that full results from a rhinoplasty procedure can take up to a year to realize, so please be patient for the final results.

Eyelid Lift

Surgery of the eyelids can correct many problems that come about, whether by the natural aging process or via genetics. Eyelids can have loose or sagging skin that may impair vision, or there may be excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness or bags under or around the eyes. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can also fix excessive skin and fine wrinkles of the lower eyelid and help you to look more rested and alert.

This procedure may be done under local sedation and last 1-2 hours as an outpatient. You may resume reading 2-3 days after surgery and sutures are removed within 4-6 days. It is necessary to refrain from strenuous activity for a short time after surgery. Swelling, bruising and soreness may take 2-3 weeks to dissipate.

Brow and Neck Lift


Brow and Neck Lifts

Sometimes an all over facelift is not necessary, but you still want to focus on one precise problematic area. Our goal is always to achieve results that are a better version of you and not overdone. Rather than a whole lift, Dr. Zavell is also able to perform procedures that center on improving your concerns such as a brow lift or neck lift.


Brow Lift

A brow lift, also known as a forehead lift, minimizes the creases that develop across the forehead, or those that occur high on the bridge of the nose. A brow lift can also improve what are commonly referred to as frown lines; and repositions a low or sagging brow. Advances in browlift surgery make it possible to perform the procedure through a variety of approaches, including endoscopy. Browlift surgery incisions are individualized for each patient and can be placed at the hairline, behind the hairline, or in some cases, above the brow or in the mid-forehead.

Your surgical experience, including aesthetic options and recovery time will be personalized and discussed thoroughly with Dr. Zavell before your procedure takes place. Swelling or bruising is typically gone within 2 – 3 weeks, while strenuous activity can be resumed approximately 6 – 8 weeks after surgery.


Neck Lift

In order to tighten loose, sagging skin around the neck and remove deep wrinkles in the skin of the neck, a neck lift may be the best option. A neck lift, or platysmaplasty, starts with an incision that is well hidden in the natural contours and creases of your neck. Dr. Zavell will remove excess skin and fat and tighten underlying tissues. The result will leave you with a trimmer, more youthful neck that improves your overall profile.

The neck lift procedure may be done under your option of sedation. Surgery lasts 3-4 hours and is done as an outpatient procedure. Sutures will be removed within 4-10 days and most patients return to work within 7-10 days. Swelling, bruising and soreness is typically gone within 2-3 weeks and scars should fade within 3 months of surgery.

Lip Augmentation

Lip augmentation is a cosmetic procedure designed to create fuller, smoother lips, and can also reduce fine lines around the mouth. Lip augmentation can be accomplished with the use of injectable fillers or the patient’s own fat. This is not only an appearance-enhancing procedure, but also an anti-aging procedure, since thinner lips are one of the most noticeable and universal signs of aging.

Lip augmentation procedures are performed on an outpatient basis and can usually be done in less than an hour. Injections using dermal filler require a topical anesthetic, while lip augmentation using the fat transfer method usually requires a local anesthetic or IV anesthesia. Once anesthesia is applied, the filler (or patient’s own fat) is injected directly into the lips through a minimally invasive procedure that takes just a few minutes to perform. Proper placement is important in order to achieve optimal results.

After a lip augmentation procedure, patients may experience mild discomfort and swelling for a few days, although these side effects usually subside on their own. Most patients can return to work and other normal activities within one to two days after the procedure, although exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for a bit longer. Recovery from fat grafting procedures may take longer.

Ear Shaping

Ear surgery – also known as otoplasty – can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. It can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth, or it can treat misshapen ears caused by injury. Ear surgery creates a natural shape, while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face. Correction of even minor deformities can have profound benefits to appearance and self-esteem.

Otoplasty surgery can be done under local sedation, local with oral sedation or general anesthetic. The procedure lasts approximately 1 – 2 hours as determined on a case-by-case basis. This is done as an outpatient procedure. Sutures are typically removed 2 weeks after surgery. Non strenuous work or school can be resumed in 5 – 7 days. Approximately 4 – 8 weeks after surgery, strenuous activity will be allowed.


Plastic surgery of the face requires not just surgical skill, but also the eye of an artist to create and sculpt a pleasing look that is not too obvious. After all, you want someone to compliment you on how you look, not on your plastic surgery. Dr. Zavell provides natural-looking results for the face, whether the procedure is for anti-aging, for enhancement or reshaping in patients of a variety of ages on patients in Toledo, Maumee, Perrysburg, Bowling Green, Findlay, Sylvania, and the surrounding areas like Monroe or Ann Arbor, MI.


“This was my first experience with plastic surgery, and I found Dr. Zavell and his staff to be extremely professional. My neck and lower face lift is subtle enough to not be obvious but still has new acquaintances thinking I'm 10 years younger than I am! Who doesn't love that! My experience was that this procedure was a piece of cake. Dr. Zavell is a magician, Lauralee is a great nurse, and Robin was a great comforter during the surgery. Thank you to everyone in his office and the staff at.”

“After receiving a glowing recommendation from a trusted friend I decided to see Dr. Zavell for rhinoplasty surgery. My lengthy, informative consult as well as my surgery and recovery were completed in an extremely timely fashion. My crooked nose is perfectly straight now! Dr. Zavell is a great doctor and I would recommend him to anyone.”
- William

“Extremely unsure if it was for me, I thoroughly researched cosmetic surgery and asked for recommendations from friends, estheticians and dermatologists. In my venture, I found Dr. Zavell was the most knowledgeable and he did not leave one stone unturned. It was obvious to me that he was a perfectionist! Dr. Zavell and his staff have pride in their work and love what they do and they helped make my experience a positive one. Thank you!!”

John F. Zavell, MD FACS