David B. Reath, MD
Knoxville, TN (865) 450-9253
HKB Knoxville Staff


Gravity is not kind to any of us! One of the areas we see the effect of gravity and the Knoxville sunshine is in the face. This can give us an old or tired look. This is the major concern of people considering facelifts. A well-done facelift restores the normal youthful appearance to the face while avoiding that unnatural “overstretched” look.

Here’s What You Should Know About Facelifts:

An accomplished board-eligible plastic surgeon like Dr. Walker will modify her technique to treat your face, rather than the other way around. Different people have various levels of skin laxity and different degrees of descent of cheek fat into the jowl and/or nasolabial area. You may have skin looseness in both the jawline and the neck, but maybe you only have one or the other. It is the amount of skin laxity and the descent of your underlying fat and tissue that determines how much needs to be done.

The facelift is the most personalized aesthetic surgery procedure Dr. Walker performs for the women and men who visit her from the Knoxville area, Johnson City, Cookeville, Cleveland, and beyond. One size does not fit all, especially in the area of facial rejuvenation.
The bottom line: The way your face ages is as unique to you as your face itself.

A facelift changes the actual shape of your face by manipulating the tissue underneath to restore a more youthful appearance. It is not about pulling on the skin. This area, more than any other, requires true artistry as well as surgical technique. It is very difficult to achieve real and lasting rejuvenation with a procedure that takes less than an hour and promises no recovery time. When you schedule a facelift with Dr. Walker, you can be assured that you will be her first and only facelift patient that day.

Pictures of Some of Our Practice’s Facelift Patients:

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Facelift Pricing

One thing that nearly everyone asks is how much facelifts cost, so we include our surgery prices right here on our website. Amazing, right?

The cost of a facelift with Dr. Walker includes both surgical and anesthesia fees, our exclusive recovery kit, a medical-grade skin care procedure, and all follow-up visits. If you are interested in having more than one facial procedure, you’ll save a little bit of money having them done at the same time. We’ll give you an exact quote for your surgical plan during your consultation with Dr. Walker.

Procedure Cost Discount Price
Facelift $11,320 $10,920
Browlift $5,460 $5,273
Eyelid Surgery Upper and Lower $5,498 $5,316
Eyelid Surgery Upper or Lower $4,081 $3,945

Great news! We offer a discount for our patients who would like to pay with a wire transfer or check instead of using a credit card or financing.


Recently we have had a couple of patients ask us why we don’t offer “mini-facelifts.” A “mini-facelift” can mean different things as there are a lot of variations on how facelifts are performed. Our facelift approach is one that re-positions the tissues that have moved (downward) in time back to where they used to be. This gives the most natural results and makes people look like themselves. But this is a formal facelift that has a recovery period.

The problem with “mini” procedures is that most of the time they give “mini” results, which is not what patients are usually looking for. A mini or small operation will not effectively treat the jowl area along the jawline or loosening of the neck, which are the most common concerns for my patients.

In this Truth-O-Meter Tuesday video, Dr. Reath explains what you need to know to get the best results from a facelift.

About Procedures Advertised on T.V.

With many so many new “trademarked” lifting procedures being advertised on late-night television, it is important not to get sidetracked by slick marketing.

Beware of Trademarks!

I want to share with you an article about “trademarked” surgical procedures, more specifically facelifts.  We have written about this in Your Beauty in the past, and it’s nice to see our views echoed in the media (like the New York Times).  The link to it is attached below.  This move to market a medical … Read more »

Many of you have questions about procedures advertised on television promising results with no downtime. Here are some things to think about before you decide to proceed with any plastic surgery procedure. Before you make any decision, you should read these two articles.

Be a smart consumer by keeping these things in mind when doing your research.

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • If something is that good, all the legitimate board-certified and board-eligible plastic surgeons will offer it.
  • Really scrutinize the before and after photos. Look at the fine print. Are these results just from this one procedure or did it take several different procedures to achieve this result?


A browlift is a surgical procedure that repositions a low or sagging brow and raises the eyebrows to a more alert and youthful position. It minimizes the creases that develop across the forehead, and those that occur high on the bridge of the nose, between the eyes. It also improves what are commonly referred to as frown lines, vertical creases in the glabellar area that develop between the eyebrows. A brow lift is most commonly performed in conjunction with upper eyelid surgery and/or a facelift.

Browlift vs. Blepharoplasty – Which Is Best for Sagging Eyelids?

Many people who are concerned about excess skin in their upper eye area are surprised to find out that a browlift is indicated rather than eyelid surgery, (also known as blepharoplasty.) This is because the skin that is hooding the upper eyelid is raised as the brow is repositioned during a brow lift.

Browlift and blepharoplasty are complementary procedures for eyelid area improvement. Deciding whether to have a browlift, blepharoplasty, or a combination of both is a very individual decision that involves your particular anatomy, your aesthetic sense, and the artistry of your surgeon.

If you have noticed that your eye shadow is becoming harder to see or you have the sensation that your eyelid skin rests on your eyelashes, your excess skin is treated by an eyelid lift. Skin excess and hooding occurring in the crow’s feet area outside the outer corner of the eye (lateral canthus) is often better managed with a brow/forehead lift.

A good idea is to review pictures from decades ago and notice how your brow has moved over the years. In some people, the brow has slowly descended over time.  If so, you are more likely to benefit from a browlift.  On the other hand, you may have always had a lower brow. If that is the case, a browlift might give you an outcome that appears unnatural to you.

Facelift Recovery

Today’s facelifts are done as outpatient procedures and do not involve an overnight stay in the hospital. The operation takes between 3 and 4 hours. Many people like to combine a facelift with other procedures such as eyelid surgery or a forehead lift. Once a patient has recovered from the anesthetic, they go home in the care of their family.

Helping our patients manage a speedy recovery is one of our primary missions. Most people take off between ten days to two weeks of work after their facelift. Expect to be up and about in a day or two, and have the stitches removed in less than a week.

Make the Most of Your Facelift

Many of our facelift patients, both men and women, are now consulting with Nurse Injector Melissa Chambers before or after their surgery to improve the areas not treated by a facelift. Treating lines and wrinkles in the brow area and forehead as well as restoring youthful fullness to the lips compliments the results of a facelift. Combining a facelift with Botox and injectable fillers like Juvederm or Voluma completes your youthful new look.

Great Resources for Your Research

Our staff has just written an amazing free e-book based on suggestions from some of our patients. The Plastic Surgery Planner is 40-pages of best practices with everything you need to know about planning for your plastic surgery and recovery. It’s a must-read for anyone planning to have plastic surgery. It’s a free download.
Plastic Surgery Planner Tips to Manage a Speedy Recovery Download Now

  • So you can be better prepared for your consultation, we have prepared a list of important plastic surgery questions you will want to ask your doctor before you have your surgery. If your consultation is with Dr. Walker, please feel free to print this out and she will be happy to go over everything with you during your visit. Top Ten Questions to Ask your Plastic Surgeon
  • Even though the majority of cosmetic surgery patients are pleased with their results, the decision to have a procedure is a big one. It is normal to have questions, and it’s important to answer them honestly. In the end, you want to be completely comfortable with your decision. So, are you clear about your motivations for surgery? Are your expectations realistic? Test yourself by answering these important questions. How to Know if You Are  Ready for Plastic Surgery.

If you are considering a facelift and have questions, get in touch with us. You can request a consultation online or call us at (865) 450-9253.
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