About Facelift Surgery
Dallas, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Schwartz provides a full variety of facial cosmetic procedures. One of our most popular surgeries is a facelift. This concentrates on specific sections of the face, addressing loose skin to create a younger and softer appearance. Depending on your unique concerns, a facelift can focus on the eyes, the cheeks and mid-face, the bottom portion including the jowls, mouth, and neck, and more for an all-over youthful look. The specific facelift method will depend on the patient's goals, the condition of the skin, the amount of laxity present, age, lifestyle, and other influences. Some men and women are candidates for a full facelift, while others may only want a mid-face lift with moderate lifting. Our skilled surgeon has a complete understanding of the complex anatomy of a facelift surgery. The goal is to create a natural-looking result that's soft and beautiful. Call Robert Schwartz Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX to schedule your facelift consultation today.
Candidates for a facelift wish to correct visible lines and facial wrinkles whether it be on the entire face or just the upper, mid, or lower sections. Facelift surgery can address many aspects depending on your unique needs. It is important to understand that age does not necessarily dictate the appropriate time to have a facelift. There are so many factors and concerns to warrant this procedure, along with numerous lift methods depending on what is being corrected. The facelift chosen will vary for patients who are 35 years old versus those in their 60s and 70s. Skin elasticity is one of the most important factors in the planning process. Facelift patients should be in good physical health, sustain from smoking, and also have realistic expectations. Prior to surgery, we will blend nonsurgical treatment options to find out if you can benefit from nonsurgical procedures, such as fillers.
Plan Your Procedure
- Procedure Recovery Location
Depending on your individual needs, there are a number of facelifts available. Some facelifts rejuvenate the upper portion of the face, while others focus on the middle and lower. Furthermore, some procedures are slightly more invasive and intricate than others. It is also common for some patients to have a brow lift, forehead lift, or fillers/BOTOX to enhance results. A few of the more common facelift methods include:
- Mini Facelift
During a mini facelift, a small incision is made around the ears to lift and tighten the skin, which affects the mid to lower face. This method creates subtle improvements that look natural.
Using a similar technique to the mini lift, the mid-facelift (cheeks) focuses on the sagging near the cheekbones and the upper jaw. This lift works nicely for those who seek improvement to the lower two-thirds of the face, including the jowls.
- Full Facelift
Considered the gold standard, the full facelift generally uses an incision along the hairline that extends down to the temples, reaching the base of the ears. The underlying facial tissues and muscles are gently pulled and tightened to produce a lifted look, which helps reduce excessive lines and wrinkles. The traditional facelift is reserved for men and women of advanced age. With this lift, many facial rejuvenation methods may be combined, including upper or lower blepharoplasty to enhance the eyes or a neck lift for the lower region.
- Lower Facelift
This particular facelift addresses the neck and chin, and in many cases, the jowls. Nonsurgical methods, such as laser skin tightening or Kybella, can also be used for chin reduction and a softer, tighter neck.
What to Expect
Regardless of the facelift method you have, the ultimate goal is to create a natural and beautiful outcome. The majority of facelift surgeries are performed with general anesthesia. The timeframe of the treatment depends on the level of invasiveness and if other treatments were combined. After surgery, there will be swelling and puffiness, some moderate soreness, and discomfort, which can be quelled with pain prescription medication. Most patients look and feel normal after 2 – 4 weeks. You will see a softer, more youthful appearance. In all, the face will be slightly lifted and rejuvenated.
The Right Facelift for You
Facelift surgery can take years off your face and give you a fresh look. Today, there are many options for surgery based on your personal needs and goals. This treatment will help you walk gracefully through each passing year looking natural. To learn more, we invite you to call our office to set up your private consultation.