4 to 5 hours
2 to 4 weeks
WHAT CAN IT DO? Creates a more youthful appearance by lifting facial tissue and removing excess skin
As you age your skin loses elasticity and your facial structures start to descend. Effects of gravity and redistribution of fat change your facial contour. You develop jowls, deep folds around your mouth, your cheeks lose volume and you lose the definition around your chin and neck.
Wrinkles and skin damage add to your aged look. Facelift or rhytidectomy is one of the most popular surgical procedures designed to restore a more youthful look to your face. Several different types of facelift procedures exist and your surgeon will design an individualized approach to your specific needs. Facelift can be combined with other procedures, most commonly neck lift, brow lift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and fat transfer.
A full facelift and neck lift will produce the following benefits:
- Tighten facial skin.
- Lift and add volume to the cheeks.
- Get rid of jowls.
- Improve definition of the chin, neck, and jaw line.
- Remove excess skin and fat from the chin and neck.
- Tighten loose neck muscles.
At Houston Dermatology and Plastic Surgery your surgeons will design a customized surgical plan to address your facial aesthetic concerns and produce long lasting natural looking results you desire.
Facelift Consultation and Planning
Your surgeon will perform a thorough medical history and examine your face during your consultation. He or she will listen to your facial aesthetic concerns and will recommend the type of facelift procedure required to maximize your outcome. No two faces are alike, and thus a unique surgical plan is designed for each patient. Your surgeon may advise on several complimentary procedures along with your surgical plan that will help produce the best aesthetic result. Fat transfer, using your own fat from abdomen or flank, may be used to help correct the distribution of facial fat and add much needed volume that is lost with aging. Some patients elect to have additional facial procedures along with their facelift which most commonly include brow lift, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty or a chemical peel. Your surgeon will discuss the advantages and risks of each procedure and formulate your surgical plan to produce the ultimate aesthetic result.
Facelift Procedure Description
Facelifts are performed in our outpatient certified surgical center under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will design an incision that is best suited for your individual need. The skin flap is raised and the underlying muscles and fat are tightened and lifted. Excess fat may be removed as needed in some locations, such as neck and chin. Then the skin is re-draped and the extra skin is removed. Fat is added to locations that need more volume, such as cheeks, deep facial grooves and temples. The surgery typically takes 4 to 5 hours or longer if additional procedures are performed and you go home on the same day. Your face will be placed in a fluffy dressing after surgery and you will return to the clinic the day after surgery for your first follow up appointment. Draining tubes may be used under the skin and are typically removed on your first follow up visit.
Post face lift discomfort is minimal and will be managed with oral pain medication. Close monitoring of your healing will be performed by your surgeon.
Things to keep in mind after your facelift:
- Do not drive while taking your pain medication.
- Don’t smoke for 1 month after surgery.
- Don’t lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk and don’t bend over as it may increase pressure and cause bleeding to your face.
- Sleep on several pillows to keep your head elevated.
- Use ice on your face for swelling.
- Once incisions are healed, you may start applying skin care products and makeup on your entire face.
- Keep your incisions protected from sunlight.
Sutures will be removed 5 to 7 days after surgery. You will have bruising and swelling for about 2 weeks which can be covered with makeup. You may have numbness over your cheek areas which will improve gradually over time. Patients typically return to work 1 to 2 weeks after their operation and aerobic exercise can be restarted one month after surgery.
Our surgeons strive to produce natural looking results with the goal of you looking as yourself only years younger. Your facelift results will be apparent immediately and will last for 5 to10 years. Procedure, however, does not stop the clock and aging will continue. You may need additional procedures several years later. To maintain your youthful appearance for years to come it is recommended that you continue with good skin care and sun protection. Additionally, minimally invasive procedures such as Botox injections and fillers can refresh your look with minimal down time.
What is a Liquid Facelift?
Liquid facelift is a combination of injectable procedures using Botox and fillers to achieve a more youthful facial appearance. For some patients, these procedures may delay the need for surgical correction. Results may last for several months and can be maintained with regular follow ups. Some patients may need Botox to smooth away fine lines. Fillers are used to augment their cheek volume and improve their deep facial lines or to make their lips fuller.
What is a Mini Facelift?
Mini facelift is performed though a smaller incision than a full facelift, and thus has some limitations. It is ideal for younger patients that may need only a minor lift. Because incision is not carried into the hair line, only minimal amount of skin is removed. Recovery is faster than with the full facelift, and thus this procedure is often called “the weekend facelift”.
What is a Short Scar Facelift?
Short scar facelift, also called Minimal Access Cranial Suspension (MACS) Lift, is designed to address the cheek area and helps to reduce jowls, creating smoother cheeks and reducing appearance of nasolabial folds (the grove between nose and corners of the lips). It is done though a shorter incision than a full facelift and thus has a faster recovery time. This procedure does not address the neck, but is ideal for patients that are looking to refresh their mid-facial area and are desiring a subtle change without a lot of down time.
You can have a natural looking, revitalized, and more youthful face for years to come with a customized facelift done by our highly-trained surgeons at Houston Dermatology and Plastic Surgery.
Call our office to schedule your consultation today!