Facelifts: Involved and Invasive or Fast and Effective?

youthful faceFacelifts: the procedure that has been around for hundreds of years yet still remains a question in the minds of patients. Luckily, that’s what we are here for. At Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. we reassure patients every single day about the facelift procedure itself, its history, and how it has moved from an inpatient procedure to now one that can be performed in-office.

Why Receive a Facelift?

You might first be wondering why a facelift would be needed? What does it address? Well, most commonly it addresses soft tissue areas within the face and neck that have started to sag due to age and gravity. This can manifest in wrinkles, sagging jowls, and even cheeks that aren’t as perky as they once were. These effects of gravity and aging on the tissues of the face don’t have to permanent. A facelift addresses not only the skin but the actual facial muscles and fat pads that change with time.

How The Facelift Procedure is Performed

To lift the cheek area, minimize hanging jowls, distinguish the jaw line, and tighten the neck, a facelift is the most powerful technique.  The incisions are around the ears utilizing natural creases and the hairline to hide the thin line.  Typically, the healing is such that the procedure leaves no tell tale sign – even with the hair worn back.

Downtime and Recovery From a Facelift

To recover from such a surgery isn’t as tedious and burdensome as one might believe. Instead, most patients are able to recover within one to two weeks.  Most of our patients are going back to the movies and dinner out at 10-14 days.  The  recovery is fast, and it often shocks patients who have preconceived notions about facelift surgery recovery.


If you’re considering a facelift, look no further than Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. He takes pride is his attention to detail with facelifts resulting in a youthful, natural result.   Call our team to get your questions answered and reserve your complimentary consultation: (888) 970-5131.

Suneva Medical’s Bella Diamond Certificate: What This Means for Your Aesthetic Care

iStock_000019907862_ExtraSmallThe Fort Myers community recognizes the expertise at Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. There is no question. However, our team here at Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. sometimes wonder if our reach is beyond the area. A recent publication proves that to be true.

Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. has been awarded a rare status: he is one of Suneva Medical’s Bella Diamond’s top providers in the United States and Canada. This speaks volumes toward nationwide recognition for our business and our reputation.

The Suneva Medical’s Bella Diamond Status

Gaining this prestigious position within the Suneva Medical community is no small feat. Instead, it means that Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. has risen to the top 1% of providers providing Bellafill® in the medical aesthetics field. Day in and day out, Dr. Stevens has risen to the top through his dedication to his patients and continued knowledge base of facial fillers.

Suneva Medical aims to recognize practitioners that use these fillers in innovative ways that rejuvenate and renew patients’ looks. Aesthetic and dermatological development is what Suneva aims for, and so, this status recognition from them is a pretty big deal.

Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. – Expertise with Bellafill®

In using Bellafill® within his practice, Dr. Stevens gives patients options. They can now elect for a non-surgical and minimally-invasive approach to regain a youthful look. This filler – the only five year FDA-approved facial filler – gives men and women the freedom to get back to life as normal, ensuring that nothing can hold them back: not age nor recovery from surgery.

Dr. Stevens and the whole team at Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. Facial Plastic and Laser Center aim for excellence. Our expertise shines through in the patient care we provide. Amongst all of the chaos that comes with living in busy Fort Myers, we know that we can help our patients regain their best self. And now, all of the Suneva Medical community knows that too!

Contact our team at (888) 970-5131 for Bellafill®: Suneva Medical’s premier rejuvenation filler. We’ve reached Diamond status, and you can do the same with us.


Skin Rejuvenation Series: Bellafill®

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In continuing our facial rejuvenation series, which aims to inform readers of cosmetic rejuvenation procedures, we revisit a method that finds popularity amongst all of our patients. That cosmetic technique is Bellafill®. This technology, a non-surgical method, works to combat the loss of volume in the face that can contribute to loss of the softness and fullness associated with youth and beauty. Loss of volume contributes to the downward descent of the face in addition to the effects of gravity. Restoring the fullness can lift the structures of the face – this is the non surgical so call “Liquid Lift” of which our readers may have heard.

Common Issues of Aging That Need Rejuvenation

In terms of talking rejuvenation of the face, it’s best to discuss what happens over time. Essentially, knowing what you’re combating and addressing will help you to understand the power and appropriateness of the procedure under consideration. Over time the facial volume – skin, subcutaneous tissue and even the bone – all thin and loose volume allowing for sagging and loss of support to the skin.

The areas commonly addressed with Bellafill are:

  • Sagging cheeks
  • Hollow cheeks
  • Hollowness in the temple region with a harshness to the bony rim of the eye socket
  • Dull, wrinkled unsupported skin
  • Show of the bony lower orbital rim with lengthening of the lower eyelid
  • Jowls and deep lines from the corner of the mouth (prejowl atrophy)

How Bellafill® Addresses These Areas

Bellafill® is unique in its ability to stimulate your own body to produce collagen in response to the injection. It provides a soft, very natural looking volumization that can restore the youthful softness and fullness to the face in the temple, midface (cheeks), under the eyes and in the prejowl region. It is the only filler that is FDA approved for five years duration. Extensive studies verify its safety as well as our own three years of experience.

Dr. Stevens is a top 1% injector of Bellafill in the nation and is a certified Bellafill® instructor.

To restore the youthful softness and volume and get a non surgical lift for your face contact Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. for Bellafill rejuvenation! (888) 970-5131


The Three D’s of Aging

Aging womanIn educating patients and blog readers, we have developed a method of categorizing the processes of facial aging allowing for a more comprehensible way to discuss the many ways to address these issues. We call this, “Three D’s of Aging.”

What Are The Three D’s of Aging?

Put simply, the three D’s of aging are the three ways that your face – skin, underlying fat, muscle and even bone – age over time.

As you age you will experience:

DESCENT – gravity always wins the tug of war between your facial structures and the center of the earth. Procedures such as browlifts and facelifts address this issue.

DEFLATION – Put simply, this is the loss of volume in your face. The loss of volume includes thinning of the skin, subcutaneous tissue and even the bone. Volumization with various fillers can restore the softness and fullness of youthful beauty. The newest filler, Bellafill®, is an FDA approved five year duration filler. Dr. Stevens is a nationwide to 1% injector and instructor in the use of Bellafill®. We have seen wonderful results with its use of the past three years.

DEGRADATION – Finally, the third D of aging is that of degradation of the skin, which is primarily caused by overexposure to sun rays. residents can be extremely susceptible to aging of the skin because of our wonderful outdoor lifestyle here in the sunshine state. We have a variety of lasers, light source therapy, skin care or facials performed by our wonderful aesthetician, Paula, to correct this D.

Why Does This Matter to You?

When considering the three D’s, it is important to recognize that you – like most other residents – are subject to these forms of aging. No human is immune to gravity or sunlight. However, that doesn’t mean you have to accept degradation, deflation, and descent. Instead, you can select a cosmetic procedure – surgical or non-surgical – that addresses your D concerns.

If you’re worried about sagging skin, the drooping of jowls, or even your wrinkled forehead, look no further than Douglas M. Stevens, MD. His team of professionals understand the three D’s of aging and work everyday to help patients get past them. You don’t have to live with a look you’re not happy with. Instead, go with a look you feel embodies your true self. (888) 970-5131

Skin Rejuvenation Series: Light Source Therapy (IPL)

Douglas Stevens Light Source Therapy BlogWhen patients approach us about skin rejuvenation, there is a general curiosity of light source therapy. We often get questions regarding this type of procedure because it has been in the cosmetic therapies industry for quite some time, and many patients have seen it work for their friends and family.

At Douglas M. Stevens, MD we have adopted this technology and found it extremely positive. Because of this popularity, we decided to use this as our focus for this month’s skin rejuvenation series.

What is Light Source Therapy?

The main process of light source therapy involves the use of IPL. This acronym stands for Intense Pulsed Light. That is exactly what is sounds like: light is the source of the rejuvenation. Intense beams of light are directly applied to the skin area that needs the therapy. This process is absolutely non-invasive, and it doesn’t require you take a lot of time off of work to recover.

Additionally, this process is customizable. Depending on your needs as the patient, we can adjust the frequency and volume that is applied during the treatment. This translates directly to you getting a procedure that is tailored to you.

What Does IPL Address?

Consistently, the process of IPL targets sun damage, spider veins, unwanted skin blemishes, and many other unwanted tones or textures on the face. This is key for Fort Myers and surrounding area residents who are frequently subject to harsh sun damage.

Whatever your needs, let light source therapy address them. This proven method of rejuvenation is a long-standing rejuvenation technique on the market, and we stand behind its effects for our patients.

Adopt skin rejuvenation therapies into your routine, and you’ll begin seeing quickly how they can benefit you and your skin. Contact Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. and his team to help you regain the look you want: (888) 970-5131.

What is an Aesthetician?

laser treatmentIn our line of work, it is common for names and titles to get thrown around. Experience and titles definitely matter, but how much good do they do if the patient doesn’t know what they mean? Because of this fact, Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. and his team aim to keep patients and families completely informed. Before any procedure, we perform a consultation and thoroughly explain each person’s role in the process. Knowledge is power, and we firmly believe that.

In discussing various roles and figures in the cosmetic procedure industry, we wanted to spend this blog post discussing the work done by an aesthetician. An aesthetician aids in the non-surgical cosmetic procedures that bring rejuvenation to the patient’s skin and body.

Aestheticians: How They Work

When an aesthetician comes to you at a cosmetic procedure center, she or he brings the knowledge of accreditation and licensure to the process. The aesthetician’s job is to implement therapies that meet your specific needs, while having the technique and training to do so in a medically-acceptable practice. Ideally, the aesthetician has experience in all kinds of therapies and rejuvenation: pulse light therapy, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels to name a few.

The Difference Between an Aesthetician and a Cosmetic Surgeon

The key difference between an aesthetician and a cosmetic surgeon is within their titles. Both work on the aesthetics of the face and body, but a cosmetic surgeon can perform a surgery and an aesthetician cannot. The aesthetician really fills a need when a patient wants to achieve a youthful look, but is not interested in surgery nor downtime during recovery.

Aestheticians can perform:

  • Laser Facials
  • Fillers
  • Light Therapy

They cannot perform:

  • Face lift surgeries
  • Rhinoplasties
  • Blepharoplasties

The Right Person For Your Rejuvenation

Whenever you’re interested in a cosmetic procedure but are not sure which person to enlist for the job, it’s best to go to a facility that offers both professionals. Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. keeps aestheticians on staff for this exact purpose. That way, the client gets the best of both worlds.

Contact the Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. for the cosmetic procedure you envision for yourself; whatever that may be, we can help! (888) 970-5131


The Benefits of a Brow Lift

brow liftIn searching for solutions to a tired look, it is common for our team to go to the patient’s browline as the culprit. It is an all-too-common reality that this area – from the top of the eyes to the scalp line – can sag and lead to a fatigued look. Hence, our team expresses the rejuvenating effects of a brow lift. Not only does this surgery benefit your physical appearance, but in lifting your look, it can create a renewed sense of self-esteem.

What a Brow Lift Can Address

Commonly, a brow lift doesn’t just address one thing. In lifting the forehead area around the eyebrows, the surgery is able to lift and rejuvenate sagging skin. This is the intended physical effect. However, there is an emotional issue it addresses. This rejuvenation, patients and physicians can agree, leads to a renewed sense of self and confidence. In having this surgery completed, a youthful look returns and an insecurity diminishes.

How The Surgery is Performed

With a brow lift, the cosmetic surgeon will make a small incision at the base of the hairline. This means that the scar is extremely minimal and barely visible. Through time, healing will allow this scar to be nearly unrecognizable.

The surgery is completed usually within an hour. The recovery time for this minimally-invasive procedure is often less than a week, and patients report feel back to their normal selves after a few days. All in all, this procedure addresses the wrinkled brow line look quickly with little downtime.

Gain Rejuvenation in a Brow Lift

In a brow lift – technically called an endoscopic browplasty – patients gain rejuvenation, and they gain a renewed look. But they also gain so much more emotionally! Consult Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. for a brow lift that renews all aspects of you: (888) 970-5131.

The Differences Between Upper & Lower Eyelid Lifts

Eyelid liftThe most rewarding thing about what we do everyday here at Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. is the sense of youthfulness we can bring to patients. Day in and day out, the Fort Myers community can take advantage of our procedures and come out of them feeling renewed and rejuvenated.

One of those particular procedures that renews the face and skin is that of an eyelid lift. However, it is common misconception that there is only one type of procedure here. That is not the case. There are two different eyelid lifts that a patient can receive, depending on the area that needs addressing.

Upper Eyelid Lifts

In addressing overhanging eyelids that cover and droop over the eye to a certain degree, an upper eyelid lift is the procedure to take advantage of. This particular surgery may involve some fat removal and will include a lifting of the skin above the eye sockets. It may result in a small crease, but the visibility is minimal. In having this surgery performed, the eye opens up. The face becomes brighter, and the patient reports a rejuvenated look.

Lower Eyelid Lifts

In addition to the upper, a patient may consider a lower eyelid lift. This acts to tighten the skin underneath the eye itself. The skin currently present may bulge or appear wrinkled, and the lower eyelid lift combats those effects. Often, the patient’s specific needs are what determines how this particular blepharoplasty is performed. This surgery is not a one-size-fits-all sort of procedure, but instead, is tailored to that specific patient’s aesthetic needs.

Whichever Blepharoplasty You Choose

No matter which blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) you choose, make sure that the team you choose to perform the surgery is that of Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. We take an immense amount of pride and reward out of performing eyelid lifts. That’s because these surgeries not only rejuvenate a look, but they rejuvenate a life! Contact us today at (888) 970-5131.


Sun Exposure and Your Skin

Protect skin from sunWithin our community, we can enjoy the sun and surf most of the year. This is definitely a perk of living in this climate that is always warm. However, this benefit can also have its negative effects: the sun can damage your skin if you spend too much time in it without proper protection. Throughout the years, skin can wrinkle and sunspots can pop up on the arms, face, and legs.

The Effects of Sunlight

The fact of the matter is, sunlight can cause the skin to age prematurely, and discolorations on the body can appear due to overexposure to sunlight. This can occur on all skin tones, but are significantly more prominent on fairer-skinned individuals.

Knowing this effect, and knowing all the other concerns that overexposure to sunlight can cause, is enlightening to many of our patients who live and work in the area. In knowing this can occur, the next step is to combat it or reverse the damage.

Combating Those Effects

To combat the premature aging that occurs with lots of sunlight exposure, consider getting a cosmetic procedure that can reverse the damage done. Some options include:

  • Light Source Therapy (IPL)
  • Chemical Peels
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Skin Rejuvenation with our unique Simplicity line of skin care
  • Micro Needling (Derma Pen)

Any of these five avenues can reverse the effects of or improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin. For information on any of these procedures, contact the Douglas M. Stevens, M.D. team. Our professional and trained staff are well-versed in these aesthetic therapies.

We work everyday to help patients get the skin they want and deserve in . The weather and sunlight doesn’t have to permanently damage your skin; we can help you get glowing again with the healthiest skin possible! (888) 970-5131

Skin Rejuvenation Series: Bellafill®

bellafillContinuing with our series on Skin Rejuvenation, we’ll discuss one of our favorite non -surgical treatments – volumization with Bellafill®.  To call Bellafill® a filler is really an injustice as this unique injectable capable of so much more than just filling in lines.  Bellafill® re-volumizes the face restoring the shape and softness of facial features associated with youth and vitality.  It is the only filler FDA approved with studies demonstrating both its effectiveness and safety for a full five years.   Let’s discuss what Bellafill® is, how it works and why Bellafill® might be the right choice for you.

What is it?

Bellafill® is a combination of collagen and PMMA microspheres (a well known bio-compatible polymer).  Collagen has been around for a long time and looks good but lasts only 2-6 months.  In this case, the collagen is used to uniformly distribute the PMMA microspheres which stimulate your body to make collagen.  It is this response that gives you results that last five years.  As the injected collagen goes away it is replaced with the collagen that your body makes in response to the PMMA microsphere portion of the Bellafill®.  New collagen results in the healthy glowing appearance of the skin following injection with Bellafill®.

Treatment with Bellafill® gives results that are apparent immediately allowing Dr. Stevens to literally sculpt the face.  Dr. Stevens is a top 1% injector of Bellafill® in the country, the premiere injector of Bellafill® in Southwest Florida and trains other physicians in the use of this unique material for facial volumization.

Having Bellafill Treatment

In the complimentary initial consultation, Dr. Stevens will use digital images and discuss with you the loss of volume in the temple, below the eyes, cheeks and pre jowl regions and how Bellafill® can treat each area of concern.  A skin test is placed and if there is no reaction over 2-4 weeks then the first treatment is performed.  A follow up consultation with photos is performed 4 weeks later to determine if further treatment is required.  Typically, Dr. Stevens likes to see patients once per year after ideal volumization is obtained.

Why Bellafill is The Right Choice

No other injectable can match the longevity and safety of Bellafill® as proven in clinical studies.    As a top injector of Bellafill® in the nation, Dr. Stevens has the experience to give you the best results possible using this exciting new technology.  (888) 970-5131