About Facelift Surgery
Houston, TX plastic surgeon, Dr. S. Benjamin Albright, provides a full variety of facial cosmetic surgery. One of the most popular surgeries is a facelift. This procedure concentrates on specific sections of the face to address loose skin features to create a younger, softer appearance. Depending on your unique concerns, a facelift can focus on the eyes, the cheeks and mid-face, the bottom portion including the jowls, mouth, and neck, and more for an all over youthful look. The facelift method used depends on the patient's goals, the condition of the skin, the amount of laxity present, age, lifestyle, and other influences. Some men and women are candidates for a full facelift, while others may only want a mid-face lift, or moderate lifting. Dr. Albright at Albright Plastic Surgery has a complete understanding of the complex anatomy of a facelift surgery. The goal is to create a natural-looking result that's soft and beautiful.
Candidates for a facelift are frustrated by visible lines and facial wrinkles whether it be on the entire face or the upper, mid, or lower sections. Facelift surgery can address many aspects depending on your unique needs. It is important to understand that age does not necessarily define when the appropriate time to have a facelift. There are so many factors and concerns, as well as numerous lift methods depending on what is being corrected. The facelift chosen will vary for patients who are 35 years old versus those in their 60s and 70s. Skin elasticity is one of the most important factors in the planning process. Facelift patients should be in good physical health and sustain from smoking, and also have realistic expectations. Prior to surgery, we will give you all of the nonsurgical treatment options to find out if you can benefit from nonsurgical procedures, such as BOTOX® and fillers.
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what to expect
Depending on your individual needs, there are a number of facelifts available. Some facelifts rejuvenate the upper portion of the face, while others focus on the middle and lower. Furthermore, some procedures are slightly more invasive and intricate than others. It is also common for some men and women to have a brow lift, forehead lift, or fillers/BOTOX® to enhance the results. A few of the more common facelift methods include:
- Mini Facelift
During a mini facelift, a small incision is made around the ears to lift and tighten the skin, which affects the mid to lower face. This method creates subtle improvements that look natural.
Using a similar technique to the mini lift, the mid-facelift (cheeks) focuses on the sagging near the cheekbones and the upper jaw. This lift works nicely for those who seek improvement to the lower two-thirds of the face, including the jowls.
- Full Facelift
Considered the gold standard, the full facelift generally incorporates an incision along the hairline, then extends down to the temples, reaching the base of the ears. The underlying facial tissues and muscles are gently pulled and tightened to produce a lifted look, which reduces excessive lines and wrinkles. The traditional facelift is reserved for men and women who have of advanced aging. With this lift, many treatments may be blended, including upper or lower blepharoplasty to enhance the eyes or a neck lift for the lower region.
- Lower Facelift
This particular facelift addresses the neck and chin, and in many cases, the jowls. Nonsurgical methods, such as laser skin tightening or Kybella®, can also be used for chin reduction and a softer, tighter neck.
Regardless of the facelift method you have, the ultimate goal is to create a gorgeous and visually appealing outcome. The majority of facelift surgeries are performed with general anesthesia. The timeframe of the treatment depends on the level of invasiveness, and if other treatments were combined. After surgery, there will be swelling and puffiness, some moderate soreness, and discomfort, which can be helped by pain prescription medication. Most patients look and feel normal after 2 – 4 weeks. You will see a softer, more youthful appearance. In all, the face will be slightly lifted and rejuvenated.
The Right Facelift for You
Facelift surgery can take years off your face and create you a fresh look. Today, there are many options for surgery, based on your personal needs and goals. This treatment will help gracefully walk you through each passing year looking natural. To learn more, we invite you to call our office to set up your private consultation.