About Facelift Surgery
A facelift is a procedure that Houston, TX board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jay Shenaq, performs to rejuvenate aging features of the face, such as sagging of the skin, turkey neck, and jowls. Facelift surgery has come a long way in recent years. Modernized techniques, along with surgeon experience and skill, create subtle, natural results for both men and women seeking facelift surgery to turn back the hands of time. The incisions are made within the hairline above the ear and continuing downward around and behind the earlobe to address the upper, mid, and/or lower face for a more youthful, revitalized appearance. There are many variations to facelift surgery and during your private consultation at Plastic Surgery of Houston, your skin will be thoroughly assessed and a treatment plan customized to meet your aesthetic goals.
"I met Dr Shenaq when my best friend had breast cancer. He took so much time to carefully explain the procedure to her. I was so impressed with this surgeon that when I came down with breast cancer in my left breast I immediately made my appointment with Dr. Shenaq. I had a double skin sparing mastectomy with reconstruction, and yes this plastic surgeon did a phenomenal job! Dr. Shenaq and his staff took such good care of me, they are very understanding, and really care about you. I could not be happier with the outcome of my surgery. Westside surgical center is where my surgery took place. If you want phenomenal patient care, this is the place to be. Dr. Shenaq with his particular care, really made me look and feel good about myself quickly."- L.M. / Yelp / Nov 03, 2015
"Dr. Shenaq and his staff have been a Godsend! Dr. Shenaq is doing my reconstruction surgery after a cancer diagnosis. He has been awesome! On my first visit he consulted with my husband and I until we had no more questions or concerns. He made sure I understood what was being done throughout the entire process. He answered all of my questions. He has been comforting, professional, extremely competent and the reconstruction looks fantastic! It is a work of art! It is more than I ever expected!His staff is so warm, caring and kind as well as professional! These ladies rock!I came here very frightened and insecure and now I am confident and very grateful because of the experience I have had. I am so happy I came here and I would encourage anyone who needs reconstruction to come to Dr. Shenaq! You will not be disappointed."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Dec 13, 2017
"Dr. Shenaq is a great doctor! Have been very pleased with how things turned out after my surgery. He is good at answering questions and making sure you get the care you deserve. His staff is also fantastic and will do as much as possible for your care! Really glad I went to Dr. Shenaq for my surgery."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Nov 28, 2017
"Dr. Shanaq performed breast reconstruction surgery associated with my breast cancer surgery for stage 0 breast cancer (DCIS). The results were amazing; stitches healed well & quickly with care regime prescribed. The follow-through by Dr. Shanaq & nurse Brenda wad most impressive. I would gladly recommend him to anyone I know seeking plastic surgery."- L.A. / Facebook / Nov 22, 2017
"I came highly recommended from Dr. White to Dr. Shenaq. When I called Dr. Shenaq's office, Marcie answered the phone. I asked, "do you have a minute to talk", I spent probably 45 minutes on the phone with her and was never put on hold. I told her I had breast cancer, had a bilateral mastectomy and had gone through TWO reconstruction surgeries and was still not right. That I looked deformed, and I did. Marcie let me cry practically through our whole conversation. I proceeded to tell her that I had consulted 2 other plastic surgeons and they told me "it's not that bad", "you're lucky to be alive" and I was about to give up hope until a friend referred my to Dr. White, and his staff was knowledgeable enough to refer me to Dr. Shenaq and I didn't know what to do and did she think that Dr. Shenaq would see me. Not only did she express her sympathy, she gave me an appointment date within a week! I had no idea I would get in that quickly to a Doctor that had come so highly recommended. I made my 8 hour drive with such hope and happiness in my heart. Only to find that the best was yet to come.Dr. Shenaq is such a calming Doctor! He looked at me and came up with a plan. He stayed with me for an hour, yes AN HOUR, discussing what he thought should be done, but he said, "more importantly, what would you like to see after surgery, I need to know what is in your mind of expectations so I can put them with my expectations"! Since I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I had the best Doctor in my eyes to to my mastectomy, the best Oncologist, and thought I had the best reconstruction Doctor, until now! Before surgery, he asked me again, "let's make sure we both are on the same way of thinking on what you want to see"! Dr. Shenaq kept me in the hospital after surgery to make sure I had the best care, that was October 18th, I started out seeing him every week for my post op visits, none of which were ever rushed. When I go see Dr. Shenaq, I feel I am his only patients, even though I see other patients, none of whom I ever saw wait very long, so that tells me he schedules appointments to allow quality time with each patient. I am now on my second two week post op visits. I feel so whole and complete. Dr. Shenaq and his staff have provided me with so much confidence! He had a lot of work to do one me, I didn't even have any bruising! He is remarkable! I actually look forward to the 8 hour drive to go see Dr. Shenaq and his staff! I am so happy with him and would encourage every woman to seek Dr. Shenaq out if you need reconstruction of any kind, but especially after a mastectomy!Lisa"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Nov 21, 2017
While facelifts are generally reserved for older adults, the common age range for patients is between 50-70. Younger patients may opt for a brow lift or a neck lift, or possibly a mid-facelift before considering a full facelift procedure. In addition, there are numerous nonsurgical procedures that can help delay surgery, such as BOTOX, fillers, laser treatments, and nonsurgical skin tightening. If your skin laxity is in poor condition, if you are older in age, and have droopy features that a nonsurgical approach cannot treat, it is safe to say that a facelift may be a suitable procedure for you. On average, a facelift will allow you to look 5-10 years younger.
What to Expect
Today's facelift surgeries are much different than in the past. There are numerous techniques used, depending on the age of the patient, as well as the condition of the skin, and amount of laxity. Some techniques address the skin's surface only, while other goes deeper into the underlying tissues. In addition, a full facelift will address the entire face, while a forehead lift, cheek lift, or neck lift, addresses the top, middle, and/or bottom sections alone. Some of the more common variations are Skin Only, SMAS Facelift, Deep Plane Lift.
- Skin Only
Also known as a cutaneous facelift, this facelift procedure is less invasive due to the fact that it addresses the skin only. The recovery is much quicker and the results are a bit more subtle than some of the other more invasive facelift procedures. Scarring is minimal as it is placed in the hairline just near the temple. This particular facelift offers the lowest risk to patients.
- SMAS Facelift
This is considered a traditional facelift approach, which in many cases is the gold standard for facelift surgery. It is a process that goes beneath the superficial layer of skin and manipulates a group of muscles known as the superficial musculo-aponeurotic system (SMAS). This surgery does garner more dramatic results with a longer recovery period. The incision is placed along the hairline from behind the earlobe to the temple so that the skin can be separated and lifted. Once the facial structures are in their new position, sutures are used to tighten and secure the skin for a natural appearance.
- Deep Plane Lift
The deep plane lift is appropriate for older patients with severe sagging and drooping. Facial cosmetic surgeons who are experienced in facelift surgery can create natural results even though this is the most invasive of all facelift procedures. This procedure goes deeper than the other approaches and adjusts the tissues and muscles so that deeper wrinkles can be addressed. Loose skin is removed and pulled gently tight for a rejuvenated appearance.
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If you miss seeing the youthful face that reflects your energy and confidence, a facelift can help to make you look natural, but revitalized. Using different surgical methods and advanced techniques based on your needs and goals, a subtle facelift can help you look the way you feel. Contact our office to learn more about facelift surgery and schedule your consultation.