When it's time to halt the signs of aging, a facelift may be an ideal cosmetic procedure to consider. A facelift (rhytidectomy) is a surgical method performed to tighten wrinkles and lift sagging skin on the lower half of the face.
Our double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Schusterman will map out a personalized plan to turn your facial enhancement vision into a reality.
Nothing is more integral than bringing your beauty back to the forefront with natural-looking results.
During your Houston facelift consultation, Dr. Schusterman will evaluate your natural bone structure and features to make his professional assessment on whether it is time for a facelift.
Dr. Schusterman will focus on the following characteristics of your skin
You may want to consider a facelift if you experience the following:
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It's important for you to be in overall good health and have a healthy perspective about your expectations.
Your goal is to have professional, stunning results that give you a refreshed appearance; our goal is that you receive the very best facelift that Houston has to offer.
Therefore, it is strongly advised to stop smoking prior to surgery and remain off smoking while your body is healing. Smoking prohibits blood flow and could cause an infection.
Not ready for a full facelift? A mini facelift may be more appropriate for you.
Facelift surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under local or general anesthesia. There are many variations of the facelift, from a mini-facelift to a traditional facelift. Dr. Schusterman will help you determine the right technique for you during your consultation.
Depending on your needs, small incisions are made within skinfolds or along the hairline. The skin is separated from the muscles (the SMAS layer), and excess skin is removed. The skin and muscles are tightened and sutured.
A loose bandage is then wrapped around the area.
You can learn more about how facelift surgery is performed by exploring the facelift process.
Most patients with moderate to severe aging in the face also have aging in the neck, such as vertical bands, a double chin, or general looseness. Because of this, many patients choose to extend their facelift to address the neck region. This combination helps provide balance and harmony between the two features.
This may require an additional small incision beneath the chin.
While these procedures are often performed together, they are not the same. You can learn more about the differences between these two plastic surgeries here.
You will need to have someone drive you home after your facelift procedure.
It is recommended to allow your face to heal for the next seven to 14 days to enable the swelling and pain to subside. Most bruising and swelling should subside within a couple of weeks.
Facelift recovery varies from patient to patient, and you will be provided with instructions during your consultation detailing the timeline of when you can resume particular activities.
You can learn more about what you can expect by reviewing our facelift recovery guide.
Facelift surgery is performed under local or general anesthesia. Therefore, you will not feel any pain during the surgery itself. It is common to develop some discomfort, bruising, swelling, and tenderness in the hours and days following your facial rejuvenation surgery. This discomfort can be alleviated with prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication.
Scarring is always a concern after a plastic surgery procedure. This can be even more evident after a facelift since any residual facelift scarring will be visible. Fortunately, modern facelift techniques have come a long way. When performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Mark Schusterman, who is knowledgeable about the intricacies of the facial structure, scarring will not be a significant concern.
Dr. Schusterman will place your incisions in inconspicuous locations, such as behind the hairline at the temples and in the natural creases in front and behind the ear. Most patients find that once these incisions are fully healed, they leave little marks.
To help the incisions heal and minimize scarring, patients should avoid sun exposure and any task that places strain or tension on the incisions. Scar fading treatments and silicone strips or gel can be considered once the incisions have closed.
Facelift surgery provides long-lasting results; however, no surgical procedure can stop the natural aging process. Because of this, it is expected that the quality of your results will begin to fade after several years.
You can help maintain your youthful aesthetic by following a healthy lifestyle — including a nutritious diet and exercise regimen — staying out of the sun as much as possible, and using sun protection (broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen). We also suggest following up your facial enhancement surgery with periodic non-surgical and medspa treatments to help maintain and promote skin health. This can include chemical peels and laser treatments, among others.
Deciding on a plastic surgeon to perform your facelift is an important decision. Rest assured, Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Schusterman is an impressive double board-certified plastic surgeon who cares about achieving the results his patients expect. He will work with you to determine the prime areas of your face to tighten and lift.
Call Dr. Schusterman for more information about getting a facelift in Houston.
Facelift surgery is invasive, and as with all surgeries, there is always the possibility of risks. Although complications are rare, they may include redness, swelling, and infection.
After your facelift, your face is very susceptible to infection, which is why you need to remain home for at least two weeks. You will also need to decrease your risk of sun exposure and sun damage.
Every procedure is different and will vary depending on the extent of the procedure, any surgeries being performed in combination, geographical area, anesthesia fees, facility fees, and surgeon’s fees. You will be provided with an accurate cost estimate during your consultation.
No-interest financing is available through CareCredit or United Medical Credit. We also accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
A facelift is considered cosmetic surgery and typically not covered by health insurance. It is always best to call your insurance provider.
A facelift targets the sagging skin and tissues that contribute to a prematurely aged appearance. While this surgery lifts sagging tissues back to their original height and placement, it does not add or restore facial volume that has already been lost. Because of this, facelift surgery is often performed alongside facial fat grafting, where fat is harvested through gentle liposuction techniques and injected into the face, or in combination with dermal fillers, like JUVÉDERM® or Restylane® to increase facial fullness.
This facial rejuvenation surgery can help reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and deep creases, but it cannot address pigmentation concerns, whether from sun damage or a genetic concern. Laser resurfacing or chemical peels are often performed after a facelift to help even out skin tone and texture.
Surgical and non-surgical procedures will be scheduled at different times.
No non-surgical treatment can match the same level or quality of results as a plastic surgery procedure. Some patients with minimal signs of aging can suffice with non-surgical approaches like BOTOX® Cosmetic, dermal fillers, or laser skin resurfacing.
An in-person or virtual consultation is necessary to determine which cosmetic procedure is best suited for your needs.
Dr. Schusterman will work with you to determine if other treatments are needed to achieve your aesthetic goals.
Because a facelift targets the lower two-thirds of the face, some patients choose to combine their treatment with a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) or a brow lift to address the upper part of the face.
Alternatively, patients who would like to reduce fullness in their face can consider laser liposuction.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment with the renowned plastic surgeon and breast & body specialist Dr. Mark Schusterman. Take your first steps to a more beautiful you.
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