Dr. Lapuerta is a triple-board-certified certified plastic surgeon offering facial cosmetic surgery procedures in the greater Houston, Katy, and Pearland areas. One of the best ways to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles on the face is by having a facelift. Patients find that a facelift is much more effective than the majority of noninvasive procedures because it corrects deep-set wrinkles. It also produces much more dramatic results because it involves tightening the facial muscles and skin. Facelifts are among the top 5 most common cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.S. Dr. Lapuerta’s goal during a facelift surgery is to create a natural result.
There are various techniques used today to perform a facelift. Facial anatomy, skin laxity and the overall aesthetic goal of the patient will determine the best approach. Each procedure will be unique to the patient and will vary based on the type and location of the incision, the number of tissue layers affected, the plane of elevation and the level of invasiveness.
Patients often prefer a Minimal Access Cranial Suspension (MACS) facelift because it is less invasive and leaves a shorter scar than other facelift procedures offered. This technique, which uses an incision in front of the ear instead of behind allows for correction of sagging facial features using a minimal incision and requiring less operation and recovery times.
TRADITIONAL FACELIFT (SMAS)
This SMAS facelift is considered the gold standard. This surgery, while more complicated, produces results that are more dramatic and longer lasting. The technique involves manipulating a group of muscles beneath the skin known as the superficial musculo-aponeurotic system (SMAS). This section of muscle controls facial expression. An incision is made along the hairline from the temple to just behind the earlobe. The skin is then separated and lifted. The underlying muscles and tissue are tightened and secured so they maintain their new position.
A mini facelift is geared towards patients who want some of the benefits of a facelift, while at the same time minimizing the cost and invasive nature of the surgery. Some procedures that are considered “mini” include the “Quicklift” or “Lifestyle Lift”. Patients who wish to maximize the outcome of their surgery, resulting in the most dramatic results, will most likely need to turn to having a full facelift in order to meet these aesthetic goals.
All facelift procedures are performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. The length of the surgery will vary, but it generally takes between 3-4 hours. This surgery is considered an outpatient procedure. However, some patients may be required to stay overnight in the hospital. After surgery, patients will be bruised and swollen and the face and neck will feel tight. This will gradually improve within a few days. It is common for patients to feel anxious about how their face will appear. Patients need to understand it can take several full months for the final results to appear.
Each facelift surgery is unique and will be tailored to each patient. Most patients can expect to pay between $8,000-$14,000 for a less invasive/skin only facelift, while more invasive procedures, such as the SMAS facelift and the deep plane facelift, can run between $8,500-$14,000. RealSelf.com lists the average facelift cost at $11,050.