Facelift in Houston, TX

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what is a facelift?

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.

what is the best age to have a facelift?

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.

how is a facelift performed?

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.

what kinds of facelifts are available?

  • 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.

Facelift FAQ

How much does a facelift cost?
The total cost of your facelift will depend on the technique and other factors. During your consultation, Dr. Shenaq will develop your unique treatment plan to match your needs and goals. Once this is established, he can discuss estimates of fees. To avoid unnatural-looking results, it's best to concentrate on finding a skilled surgeon, like Dr. Shenaq, instead of the lowest price. Plastic Surgery of Houston can give you information on low-interest medical financing that will make your facelift affordable.

Which technique is best for me?
The best technique for you will depend on your concerns, goals, degree of skin laxity, what areas are being addressed, and other factors. To produce the results you want, Dr. Shenaq will go over the different surgical techniques in your consultation. He will then help you decide which technique is best for you.

Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
Although there are several great noninvasive skin tightening procedures, these can usually only produce mild improvements. If you have moderate to severe skin sagging, facelift surgery is the best choice to significantly improve your appearance. In your consultation, Dr. Shenaq will discuss your options, including nonsurgical treatments, to help you choose what is best for your goals.

What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like JUVÉDERM® and BOTOX®, have become very popular to refresh the face. Sometimes known as a liquid facelift, nonsurgical wrinkle treatments usually help with early signs of aging, but the results won't last more than 1 – 2 years. A facelift can produce more significant improvements than injectables with long-lasting results. Ask Dr. Shenaq about injectable treatments in your consultation.

Will my results look natural?
Some patients worry that facelift surgery will make their skin look too tight, shiny, or like they live in a wind tunnel. Dr. Shenaq focuses on giving you results that look natural, so you appear refreshed, not fake. He listens to your concerns and goals before creating your custom treatment plan to produce your best results.

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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.

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