A facelift is arguably one of the most popular – and most beneficial – cosmetic surgeries available today. Men and women of almost every age pursue facelifts with increasing frequency each year, and with the dramatic and long-lasting results that are possible, it is easy to see why. In fact, a facelift can help patients look up to ten years younger after a single surgery! Experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion and the exceptional team at Luminary Plastic Surgery take great pride in helping Houston, TX men and women look and feel like the best version of themselves with the gorgeous outcomes of facelift surgery. If you are considering having a facelift, make sure you know what to expect from the procedure, what results are possible, and how long your recovery may take.
How can a facelift help me?
As we age, most of us will begin to notice the earliest signs and symptoms of aging on our faces. Many nonsurgical treatments, such as BOTOX® and injectable fillers, are highly effective in addressing mild signs of aging and delaying the need for a more extensive procedure. However, there is no comparison in the level of results that are achievable with a surgical facelift versus noninvasive therapies. Patients with more severe or advanced signs of aging can realize a much more dramatic and long-lasting improvement in their appearance by undergoing a surgical facelift in Houston, TX. Some of the most common complaints that can be addressed and corrected with a facelift include:
- Deep lines and wrinkles
- Facial folds
- Sagging jowls
- Drooping brow
- Tired or angry appearance
- Downturned mouth
- Excess skin
When combined with additional treatments or procedures, such as a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), injectable dermal fillers, and others, the results of a facelift can be even further enhanced.
How does a facelift work?
A facelift is a multifaceted and complex procedure that requires a skillful, experienced, and qualified plastic surgeon. During the procedure, the surgeon will make precise incisions to expose the layers of the face that are underneath the skin. These incisions are usually placed along the hairline and in other areas where the resulting scars can be easily concealed or disguised. Using a combination of techniques, the surgeon will then tighten and manipulate the various layers of tissue, muscle, and skin to produce a more lifted and youthful facial contour. Excess skin will be removed, and the remaining skin will be draped over the face. Finally, the incisions will be closed, and the face will be bandaged.
While this is a general summary of the facelift procedure, there are actually several different surgical methods, as well as types of facelifts, at the surgeon’s disposal. These include the deep plane and SMAS facelift, as well as the mini facelift, S-lift, and others. The type of facelift and the surgical method used is, ultimately, up to the surgeon and will depend on a variety of factors, including the severity of the patient’s complaint, the patient’s skin laxity, and even the patient’s gender.
What kind of scars will I have after a facelift?
The position, appearance, and visibility of your facelift scars can depend heavily on many factors, one of which is the experience and skill of your surgeon. Dr. Couvillion fully understands the importance of minimizing the appearance of any scars, particularly on a patient’s face, and takes great care to place his incisions accordingly at the time of surgery. In the majority of cases, facelift incisions are placed along the hairline, starting at the temples and going around the front of the ear, making them fairly unnoticeable once healed. At your preoperative appointment, Dr. Couvillion can give you a more specific idea of what incisions he plans to use based on the type of facelift being performed.
When will my facelift scars fade?
When incisions are made, closed, and cared for properly, they typically heal very well and fade to a point where they are almost invisible. Dr. Couvillion and the knowledgeable team at Luminary Plastic Surgery will provide you with instructions on caring for your incisions and recommend topical agents to promote appropriate and even healing. In general, it usually takes about six months for incisions to fully heal and begin to fade from pink to more of a white hue, but it may take between 1 – 2 years for the scars to fully fade. For most patients, there will not be much of a change in the appearance of facelift scars after two years. If you have undergone a previous facelift elsewhere and are unhappy with the scars, don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Couvillion about options for improving their appearance.
The first and most important step in your facelift journey is to select a qualified, experienced, and highly skilled plastic surgeon in Houston, TX. Call Luminary Plastic Surgery today to schedule your one-on-one consultation with sought-after plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion, and find out more about how a facelift can turn back the clock and help you look – and feel – up to ten years younger!