10 Questions Answered About A Facelift

With rising pressure from the media and society to stay looking young longer and longer, it is no surprise that men and women everywhere are now turning to cosmetic surgery earlier and more often than ever before. The facelift is one of the most sought-after procedures year after year by people hoping to turn back the clock on aging. Though we all age at different rates, the first signs of aging typically begin to appear on the face for most people; these can include lines, wrinkles, and other imperfections. Many of the earliest signs of aging can be addressed initially with nonsurgical treatments, including BOTOX and injectable fillers, but patients with more advanced symptoms will undoubtedly achieve better results through a surgical facelift.

Expertly trained plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion and the professional team at Luminary Plastic Surgery have performed countless facelift operations for Houston, TX patients seeking a more refreshed, youthful appearance. While most people are fairly familiar with the basics about a facelift, it is essential that patients considering the surgery are well informed about the procedure itself, how it works, available alternatives, and what results can be expected. Dr. Couvillion is committed to providing the most exceptional level of patient care, service, and education, and all of these points will be addressed during an initial one-on-one consultation. During that appointment, Dr. Couvillion will also take ample time to thoroughly assess your case, discuss your goals and concerns, and answer your questions fully before making a surgical plan tailored specifically to your needs.

While each facelift performed at Luminary Plastic Surgery is meticulously designed for the individual patient, there are some basics about facelift that are relatively consistent across the board. These topics typically come up as a patient begins to research, ask questions, and consider whether or not facelift is right for them. Ten of the most commonly asked questions about facelift are conveniently answered here for you:

1. What is a facelift?

The facelift is a surgical procedure designed to give patients a more youthful facial appearance. This is accomplished by tightening the skin and the underlying supportive tissue. There are several different facelift methods and techniques, including the SMAS plication and deep plane facelifts. Deleted a whole section after this, as it is not correct

2. Does a facelift hurt?

As with any surgical procedure, the pain associated with the postoperative and recovery periods varies from patient to patient. In general, facelift patients can expect a moderate level of discomfort for the first several days or weeks following the procedure. This is usually well tolerated and can be controlled with medications prescribed by your doctor or over the counter medications. While many patients report feeling much better after the first week, it is generally recommended that patients take two weeks off from work and social activities.

3. Will my facelift results make me look plastic and fake?

Undoubtedly one of the biggest concerns for patients considering a facelift is that they will be left looking plastic, windblown, and overly tight. To ensure natural-looking results, it is essential that patients select an exceptionally qualified and knowledgeable surgeon. Dr. Couvillion is highly experienced in the nuances and intricacies of facelifts, and he skillfully performs the procedure with the goal of making patients look like a younger, more beautiful version of themselves rather than looking like they had work done.

4. Is there an alternative to facelift?

For patients who may not be quite ready to undergo an invasive procedure, the cosmetic team at Luminary Plastic Surgery is proud to offer a variety of nonsurgical treatment options to help combat some signs of facial aging, including:

  • BOTOX – an injectable neurotoxin that reduces the appearance of wrinkles.

  • Injectable dermal fillers – synthetic materials that are used to fill in facial lines and folds.

While nonsurgical options, including the liquid facelift, can certainly be beneficial, they are not able to address some of the more significant and advanced signs of aging as effectively as a surgical facelift.

5. What’s the ideal age for a facelift?

There is no perfect age for a facelift, as we all experience the aging process at different rates and times. While a large number of patients begin considering the procedure in their 50s and 60s, many men and women choose to have a facelift performed in their 40s or even in their 70s.

6. How long does a facelift take?

The facelift, which is typically performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation, usually lasts about 4 hours, but this varies based on the complexity of the case, and any associated procedures being performed.

7. How can I enhance the results of my facelift?

Following a facelift, patients can give themselves the best possible chance for beautiful, long-lasting results by eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated, avoiding sun exposure, and living an overall healthy lifestyle. To enhance the results that are achieved at the time of surgery, however, patients and surgeons often decide to perform complementary procedures. Some of the procedures and treatments that are most beneficial for enhancing facelift results include a deep chemical peel, blepharoplasty, brow lift, liposuction, fillers, and BOTOX. During your consultation, Dr. Couvillion can recommend a custom treatment plan to best meet your needs.

8. Is a facelift permanent?

The results of a facelift can last for many years if a patient follows appropriate lifestyle guidelines, including eating a healthy diet and avoiding sun exposure, but it is important to go into the procedure with realistic expectations. Because the aging process will continue, the results of a facelift cannot be considered permanent. Everyone’s skin quality and goals are different, meaning that some people have a single facelift, but others may come back for an additional procedure at the 7 or 10 year mark. However, with routine in-office maintenance treatments, such as fillers and BOTOX, the experienced cosmetic team at Luminary Plastic Surgery can help you keep your gorgeous new look for years to come.

9. Am I a good candidate for a facelift?

The best way to determine if a facelift may be beneficial for you is to be evaluated by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. In general, facelift candidates should be in relatively good health, be non-smokers, and have no contraindications to surgery or anesthesia. Dr. Couvillion will be able to determine how a facelift and/or another surgical or cosmetic treatment may benefit you.

10. How do I find the best facelift surgeon in Houston, TX?

When it comes to something as dynamic and impactful as the face, choosing a highly experienced and skillful surgeon is imperative. During your consultation, don’t hesitate to ask the surgeon about his or her experience, training, methodologies, and available technologies. It is also valuable to read reviews about the surgeon and browse before and after galleries of his work to determine if their style and results match what you are looking for.

If you are interested in turning back the hands of time and restoring a more youthful, fresh, beautiful look, a facelift may be right for you. Call our convenient Houston, TX location to schedule your consultation with Dr. Ryan Couvillion today, and learn more about how a facelift can enhance your look, boost your confidence, and change your life!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.