A facelift is a surgical procedure that can help give you a more youthful, refreshed appearance with long-lasting results. It’s one of the most effective ways to correct sagging, loose skin and deep creases, lines, and wrinkles.
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A facelift reverses some of the most common and noticeable signs of aging, including:
If you’re unhappy with sagging skin, lines, wrinkles, or skin creases, a facelift can help you look and feel younger and rejuvenated.
There are different types of facelifts. Which one is right for you will depend on the amount of aging, sagging, and looseness in each area of your face, and your goals. Dr. Do will counsel you on which procedure he believes will give you the best results.
Facelift surgery only improves the lower two-thirds of the face. If you have concerns in the upper part of the face—drooping eyelids, for example, you may consider an additional procedure, such as:
Healthy, non-smoking women and men of middle age and older who are concerned about sagging skin, jowls, and wrinkles are generally good candidates for facelift surgery. Women and men age 45 and older may be good candidates for a mini facelift to correct early signs of aging in the mid to lower face.
People who have lost a significant amount of weight may also benefit from a facelift to eliminate excess skin from the cheeks, jaws, and neck.
It’s important for patients to have realistic expectations of what surgery can achieve. Dr. Do will walk you through available procedures and let you know what to expect. He may recommend a mini-facelift in Houston, a full facelift, or non-surgical options.
After your facelift procedure you can expect to have swelling and bruising, which will be most severe in the first 24-48 hours. The surgery team may give you a cooling mask to help relieve these symptoms. Depending on the procedure, Dr. Do may also place small tubes beneath your skin for a short time to help drain fluid. Bruising and swelling typically last around two weeks. In most cases, sutures are removed 5-7 days after surgery.
Most people can return to their normal activities within a few days to a week after surgery. You should avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for 4-6 weeks after surgery. Dr. Do and his team will change your dressings, monitor your recovery, and counsel you about any post-surgery medications.
After you recover your skin should appear smoother, tighter, and more refreshed. Dr. Do strives to help patients achieve a natural look—your friends and family members may not be able to tell you’ve had surgery but may comment on your rejuvenated appearance.
It depends on which procedure you choose. The results of a short-scar or mini-facelift typically last 5-10 years with proper skin care (moisturizing skin, using sunscreen, eating a healthy diet, staying hydrated, etc.). The results of a full facelift may last even longer. The quality of your skin and underlying tissues and genetic factors will also partly determine how long your results last.
Facelift scars often fade significantly or disappear over time. Even when scars are visible, they are usually not very noticeable. Dr. Do is skilled at concealing scars around the ear and near the hairline.
We’ve all seen people who have aggressive facelift surgery that leaves them with a tight or “windblown” appearance. Facelift techniques have dramatically improved in recent years, with a greater emphasis on lifting and repositioning the underlying tissues rather than simply pulling the skin taut. Dr. Do is an experienced board-certified surgeon. He has performed hundreds of facelifts in Houston and uses his considerable knowledge and skills to produce natural-looking results.
The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia but can be performed using a local anesthetic with intravenous sedation.
The cost of a facelift in Houston varies but averages around $7,500. Depending on which facelift technique Dr. Do uses and whether you have additional procedures, your cost could be more or less than this. Dr. Do will need to meet with you for an in-person consultation to give you an idea of how much your procedure will cost. Aesthetic Surgery Institute believes all patients who are eligible for surgery and who want to look and feel better should have the procedure they desire. We offer financing to help you make your cosmetic goals a reality.
Facelift surgery produces the most dramatic results, but many patients can also achieve significant facial rejuvenation without surgery. Dermal fillers, BOTOX, facial resurfacing, and other procedures are all possible options. Dr. Do will consult with you about whether non-surgical options are right for you.
No two patients are exactly alike, but on average, patients look 7-10 years younger after a facelift procedure. Injectables, such as Juvéderm or BOTOX, can address forehead lines, plump lips, and improve facial contours, complementing a facelift procedure.
Find out why Dr. Do is one of the most trusted board-certified facelift surgeons in Houston. Schedule your free consultation today.
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