About Facelift Surgery
Houston, TX plastic surgeon, Dr. Phi P. Nguyen, performs a full variety of facial surgical treatments. One of the most sought out surgeries is a facelift. This surgery concentrates on distinct sections of the face to tighten loose skin features to create a more taut, yet softer appearance. Depending on your concerns and goals for surgery, a facelift can focus on the lines and wrinkles near the eyes, the cheeks and mid-face, the bottom two-thirds including the jowls, mouth, and neck, and more for an all-encompassing youthful look. The facelift technique used depends on the patient's goals, the condition of the skin, the amount of laxity present, the lifestyle, age, and anatomy of the patient. Some men and women are of age and have skin laxity for a full facelift, while others may only be ready for a mid-face lift, or lower face and moderate lifting. Our highly trained and experienced surgeon has a complete understanding of the complexity and delicate anatomy of a facelift surgery. The overall goal is to create a natural-looking result that's gorgeous, subtle, and still striking.
Men and women who are suitable for a facelift are bothered by drooping skin, lines, and wrinkles on the face whether it be on the entire face or the upper, mid, or lower face. Facelift surgery can address one or more areas depending on your unique goals and desired outcome. It is important to understand that age does not necessarily define the time in life to have facelift treatment. There are so many factors and concerns, as well as numerous lift techniques depending on the cosmetic concerns of the patient. The lifting technique chosen will vary for patients who are between 30 and 40 years old versus those who are over 60. The condition of skin is one of the most important elements in the planning process. Facelift patients should be in good physical health and avoid tobacco use, and also have realistic expectations. Prior to surgery, we will provide nonsurgical treatment options to see if you can benefit from less invasive procedures, such as laser treatments or injectables (BOTOX® and facial fillers).
Plan Your Procedure
No matter the condition you wish to correct, there are various levels of facelifts to think about. Some facelifts address the upper portion of the face, while others focus on the middle and lower. In addition, some methods are slightly more invasive and intricate than others. It is also common for some patients to have an eyelid lift, brow lift, or fillers/BOTOX® to complement and enhance the final results. A few of the more common facelift options include:
- Mini Facelift
During a mini facelift, a thin, small incision is made around the ears to bring the skin to a higher position and tighten it, which enhances the mouth, jawline, and jowls. This process creates subtle improvements that look natural.
With a similar approach to the mini lift, the surgery known as a mid-facelift focuses on the hollow and lax areas close to the cheekbones and the upper jaw. This lift works well for those who hope to attain improvement to the lower two-thirds of the face, which also improves the look of the jowls.
- Full Facelift
Considered the gold standard, the full facelift most often puts an incision close to the hairline, then extends down to the area near the temples, reaching the base of the ears. The underlying facial tissues and muscles are carefully pulled and safely tightened to produce a lifted outcome, which decreases excessive loose skin and droopy features. This facelift is reserved for individuals who have visible signs of advanced aging. With this lift, various procedures may be used, including blepharoplasty to enhance the eyes or a neck lift for the lower region.
- Lower Facelift
This lift addresses the chin area and neck, and in many cases, the jowls. Nonsurgical methods, such as a Kybella® injection, can also be used for chin reduction and a younger, tighter-looking neck.
What to Expect
Regardless of the facelift technique you have, the ultimate goal is to generate a natural and appealing outcome. The majority of facelift surgeries are performed with IV sedation or general anesthesia. The duration of the treatment depends on the invasive nature of the procedure, and if other surgeries were combined. After surgery, there will be bruising and swelling, some moderate soreness, and discomfort, which can be helped by prescription pain medication. Many patients look and feel normal after several weeks. You will see a soft, more youthful look with less lines and sagging. In all, the face will be lifted and younger looking.
The Right Facelift for You
Cosmetic facial surgery can take years off your face and give a glowing look. Today, there are numerous choices for surgery, based on your unique needs and goals. This procedure will help you elegantly and seamlessly walk you through each passing year looking natural. For more information, we invite you to get in touch with our patient coordinators to set up your appointment.