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Facelift in Houston, Texas

While everyone ages slightly differently, everyone experiences wrinkling of the skin and deflation of the soft tissues of the face with age. Different facelift techniques can be used to turn back the clock on aging and restore youthfulness to your face.

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What is a Facelift?

Facelift refers to a variety of surgical techniques that the plastic surgeons at The Oaks Plastic Surgery, Dr. Danielle Andry, Dr. Courtney El-Zokm and Dr. Nandi Wijay use to lift and re-drape the skin and soft tissues of the face. This often involves well concealed incisions along or into the hairline by the temples, down and around the ear lobule, behind the ear, and sometimes, into the back hairline. The facial skin and underlying support system called the SMAS are then lifted and tightened to rejuvenate the face. Excess skin is then removed. Often, skin and tissues of the neck are also elevated and re-draped to restore a youthful neckline which is also called a neck lift. Depending on your anatomy, the plastic surgeons at The Oaks Plastic Surgery may use liposuction or other techniques to enhance your neckline. Fat transfer may also be used to restore volume to the face that is commonly lost with age. At The Oaks Plastic Surgery, facelift is most commonly performed under general anesthesia. Patients typically go home the same day or stay one night in the hospital or surgery center and go home the following morning.

What do you want from a Facelift in Houston, Texas?

The plastic surgeons at The Oaks Plastic Surgery, Dr. Danielle Andry, Dr. Courtney El-Zokm and Dr. Nandi Wijay believe in performing natural-looking facial rejuvenation techniques that gracefully restore your natural beauty, staying away from techniques that give patients a wind-blown or “frozen face” look. The plastic surgeons at The Oaks Plastic Surgery use techniques that conceal scars without dramatically changing or creating step-offs in the hairline that are tell-tale signs of having a facelift. The goal of The Oaks Plastic Surgery is to make your face and neckline look rejuvenated and refreshed without looking like you’ve been to see a plastic surgeon.

Additionally, the plastic surgeons at The Oaks Plastic Surgery want to achieve the best result possible with each of their patients. Dr. Danielle Andry, Dr. Courtney El-Zokm and Dr. Nandi Wijay believe in treating each patient individually and tailoring your facelift to fit your needs. If you have excess skin or sagging of your neck, this will be included along with your facelift procedure to provide the best result possible. Additionally, if you and your plastic surgeon feel that you could benefit from using your own fat to help restore volume to your cheeks or other areas of your face, this will also be included along with your facelift procedure.

Why do you want a Facelift in Houston, Texas?

If you find yourself using your index finger and thumb to pull up on your face in the mirror, wishing you could just keep your face in that position, you may be a candidate for a facelift. Patients commonly complain of wrinkles in the face, descent of the cheek tissues, and fullness along the chin and jawline called jowls. Additionally, patients complain of neck banding, double chin, or “turkey neck”. A facelift can help turn back the clock and reverse the effects of gravity over the years.

What procedures are often performed along with a Facelift in Houston, Texas?

As discussed, your facelift may be performed along with neck lift and/or fat transfer to help restore volume and youthfulness to the face. Additionally, facelift is often performed with upper eyelid surgery or lower eyelid surgery (upper blepharoplasty or lower blepharoplasty), brow lift, and/or botox, fillers, or chemical peel. Prior to and following your facelift procedure, it is important to develop a good skin care regimen that helps to fight signs of aging everyday. The plastic surgeons and staff at The Oaks Plastic Surgery can help you find products that will help keep your skin looking young and fresh and reverse some of the harmful effects of the environment on your skin.

What can you expect during your initial consultation for a Facelift in Houston, Texas?

If you are considering a facelift in Houston, Texas, an appointment can be made with one of the plastic surgeons at The Oaks Plastic Surgery, Dr. Danielle Andry, Dr. Courtney El-Zok and Dr. Nandi Wijay. You can expect the initial consultation to last an hour or more. In your consultation, your plastic surgeon will:

  • Listen to your specific complaints and goals
  • Perform a thorough examination, focusing on your individual anatomy
  • Discuss recommendations regarding cosmetic surgical or nonsurgical techniques that may help you achieve your goals
  • If a facelift is the right plastic surgery procedure for you, your plastic surgeon will discuss details of the the plastic surgery procedures that are offered and which plastic surgery approach is right for you
  • Preoperative photographs will be taken
  • The risks and benefits of a facelift and any additional plastic surgery procedures will be thoroughly outlined for you
  • You will be given ample opportunity to ask questions from both our plastic surgeons and plastic surgery staff regarding a facelift and any other cosmetic surgical or nonsurgical procedures you may be interested in
  • You will be sent home with a packet of information regarding the cosmetic procedure including a detailed consent form and instructions for before and after facelift surgery

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What can you expect on the day of surgery for your Facelift in Houston, Texas?

The day of surgery, your plastic surgeon will meet you in the preoperative area to go over any last minute questions or concerns you may have. Your plastic surgeon may make some preoperative markings and will perform extensive checks with careful attention to detail, ensuring high quality care and safety. You will meet the anesthesiologist and their team, as well as the members of our plastic surgery operative team. During the plastic surgery procedure, our plastic surgeons pay meticulous attention to detail and work as a team to ensure a great result.

Your family will be updated of your status periodically and will be able to talk with the plastic surgeon one-on-one after the procedure is completed. A facelift typically takes 3-4 hours for the plastic surgeons at The Oaks Plastic Surgery with an additional hour for you to fully wake up from anesthesia in the recovery unit after your facelift procedure. The plastic surgery operating room nurses will wash your hair after the procedure and place you in a post-surgical dressing. You will likely have a drain after the procedure, which is usually removed on the first day after your facelift surgery. Our plastic surgery patients undergoing facelift typically stay one night in the hospital or surgery center.

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What can you expect during recovery?

On the first postoperative day, the plastic surgery staff or your plastic surgeon at The Oaks Plastic Surgery will remove any post operative dressings and/or drains, and you may shower and wash your hair after these dressings are removed. Pain after facelift procedure is modest and is usually well tolerated by patients.

The plastic surgeons at The Oaks Plastic Surgery employ a multi-modal pain medication regimen to decrease or eliminate the need for narcotic pain medications. Swelling and bruising are expected for the first 2-4 weeks after a facelift procedure. Over the first few weeks, bruising may settle into the lower portion of the face and neck. The plastic surgeons at The Oaks Plastic Surgery recommend that you refrain from heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 2-4 weeks after surgery. You may start wearing mineral makeup after stitches are removed, which is typically 5-10 days after surgery. Many patients are able to return to work 1-2 weeks after a facelift procedure. Everyone heals a little differently, and swelling is typically present for up to 2-6 weeks after a facelift procedure.

The Oaks Plastic Surgery is your home for high-end, high-quality, luxury plastic surgery care in Houston, Texas

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