Facelift Surgery Overview

Facelift Surgery Overview

Facelift, clinically called rhytidectomy, is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure designed to reduce lines, wrinkles, and other telltale signs of aging from the face. The procedure can help to restore a more youthful appearance of the face and jaw. The facelift surgeon will remove excess fat and skin from the face, and lift and tighten the underlying facial muscles.

The patient should choose an experienced plastic surgeon who will combine the principles of art and science to produce safe, sustainable and aesthetically desirable results. The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery is a leading practice providing facelift and various other procedures to patients in Houston, TX, and surrounding communities.

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Who is a Suitable Candidate?

Women and men who are unhappy with the loose skin and sagging facial muscles or have a conspicuous appearance of lines and wrinkles that make the face look older or tired may consider facelift plastic surgery.

Optimal results with this procedure can be achieved for candidates who have some amount of elasticity and suppleness still left in the skin. Furthermore, the candidate should have a strong underlying facial bone structure to provide support and contribute to desirable outcomes.

Surgical Techniques

Depending on the patient’s needs and the extent of surgery involved, the cosmetic surgeon may choose an appropriate surgical technique to perform facelift. Patients in Houston, TX, and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive this procedure at the Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery.

Endoscopic Facelift

The endoscopic facelift technique will involve the insertion of a microscopic camera through the incisions. This will allow the surgeon to view the underlying facial structure on a monitor, and perform more precise surgery in a less invasive manner. The procedure typically involves three small incisions, and excess tissue will be removed and muscles will be lifted through the incisions.

Cutaneous Facelift

This is an old technique that confines itself only to the removal of excess facial skin. A long incision can be made discreetly along the hairline, and the surgeon will gently lift the skin and suture it tightly at a higher position. Risks are reduced because the procedure does not involve changes to the muscular structure.

SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System) Facelift

SMAS facelift is more popular today because it produces more comprehensive results. The procedure will involve removal of excess skin as well as lifting and tightening of the underlying muscle structure to enhance facial contours. Results are more permanent and natural looking with SMAS technique.

Average Price Tag

The monetary amount of a facelift surgery will vary depending on the extent of surgery involved, the type of technique used, and several other factors. On average, the dollar number of a facelift procedure in the US at present is about $7,000, without accounting for the costs of anesthesia, surgical room costs, prescriptions, and medical tests.

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Facelift surgery will typically involve a downtime of about one week, but the patient should perform light movements at home to maintain blood flow. Strenuous activities should be avoided for about a month. Most patients can go back to work or resume their everyday routine in about a week to 10 days.

For more information about The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) physicians and the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures they perform please click here or call us at 713.799.9999. We have offices in and around Houston, Texas.

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