Time can have a significant effect on one’s appearance. With age and sun exposure comes sagging skin, fine lines, wrinkles and deep folds that cause individuals to look tired and can lead to a feeling of insecurity. Fortunately, patients located in Houston or Lake Jackson can “turn back the clock” and regain a more youthful appearance with facelift surgery with our doctors.
Here at Town and Country Plastic Surgeons, we offer a wide range of anti-aging programs with a holistic approach. At our Houston and Lake Jackson offices, patients can access the type of service that meets their needs, including surgical procedures such as facelift surgery. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Facelift surgery is known as a rhytidectomy in the world of medicine. It is a plastic surgery procedure that is used to improve the visible signs of aging on the face of men and women by lifting and tightening the facial tissues that have started to sag. Our patients from Houston and Lake Jackson experience results that are natural-looking and provide a younger appearing result.
Many people believe that a facelift addresses the entire face. Actually, this cosmetic procedure is used to address the lower half of the face – from the cheeks down. By carefully removing excess skin and gently lifting and tightening the underlying soft tissue, our doctors are able to smooth deep folds, lines, and wrinkles around the cheeks and mouth, as well as restore lost volume in the cheeks. This type of cosmetic surgery improves the overall look of Houston and Lake Jackson patients and helps them to feel better about their appearance.
Dr. Yarish and Dr. Bartlett make significant cosmetic changes for their patients every day – changes that look natural, not surgical. They have a deep understanding of the fundamental nature of beauty – how it’s perceived and how it personally affects us – and by combining the art and science of plastic surgery with this personal and gentle touch, they are able to give Houston and Lake Jackson patients long-lasting, natural results.
Before & After
Patient: Facelift, Necklift, Browlift (Hairline), Blepharoplasty (Upper), Fat Injections, TCA Peel (Post-Op/ 5 Months)
Reasons to Consider A Facelift
Skin loses firmness and elasticity over time, along with volume. Gradually, the effects of this process result in the loose skin, deep wrinkles, jowls and facial folds that are the tell-tale signs of age. Facelift surgery can provide patients with the more youthful and rejuvenated face they once had. There are a number of particular reasons patients consider a facelift. Some of the most common are:
- Long term results that other treatments cannot provide
- Correcting flaws that once needed makeup or accessories to cover
- Gaining confidence that was once affected by sagging skin and facial folds
- Restoring youthfulness on the outside as well as the inside
Candidates for Facelift
Adult men and women of all ages can undergo a facelift, provided they are in good overall health. It all depends on each individual’s degree of aging and personal aesthetic goals. Generally, most Houston and Lake Jackson patients seek a facelift as they begin to see signs of aging, including poor skin elasticity, sagging skin and volume loss, in their early 40’s (sometimes earlier), while others don’t experience significant signs of aging until their 50s or 60s. We see patients up to the 70’s or even 80’s.
If you are bothered by your facial appearance, call our office to schedule an initial consultation so we can carefully examine your face and make the best recommendation based on your unique needs.
How A Facelift Works
There are different types of facelift surgery, including the mini-facelift and the standard facelift. The condition of the patient’s skin, volume loss and the type of results desired will determine the technique that is used. Typically, general anesthesia is given for this type of surgery, though it is possible for less invasive procedures to be performed using local anesthesia with sedation.
At Town and Country Plastic Surgeons, we believe that skin and body rejuvenation is an evolutionary process that does not begin and end solely with the surgery itself.
While we do know that surgery is the most dramatic and gratifying part of the rejuvenation process, our doctors can enhance and even maximize your surgery results with our “comprehensive rejuvenation concept.” This concept is essentially a treatment plan specifically designed for each procedure in order to prepare the skin and body for surgery and to aid the healing process following your surgery.
For facelift surgery, the comprehensive rejuvenation process begins with an aesthetician skin evaluation and a microdermabrasion. You will be placed on a skin care regimen that will start 2 weeks before your procedure and will continue 4-6 weeks after. After your procedure, you will have weekly visits with our aestheticians for lymphatic massage and ultrasound treatments. These painless treatments help improve bruising, swelling, inflammation after surgery and maximize results after facelift surgery.
We do recognize that many people do not have the time or inclination to take advantage of the complete program, and we want to assure you that your surgical results will be the best attainable anywhere. However, if you are in a position to take advantage of the “comprehensive rejuvenation concept,” you will find the entire experience to be more relaxing, and you will know that you have treated yourself to the most unique and gratifying experience that plastic surgery has to offer. And you will know that you have availed yourself of the ultimate in skin and body rejuvenation.
The Facelift Recovery Process
Dr. Yarish and Dr. Bartlett take great care in preparing each facelift surgery patient for their recovery before they even enter the operating room. Facelift recovery is typically simple, but by following some of these important steps, the recovery process can be very smooth. When preparing for your procedure, be sure to:
- Arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you for a few days to help take care of you
- Stock up on healthy, well-balanced, high protein food options you can enjoy during your recovery
- Fill your prescription medications our doctors provide at your pre-op appointment before your surgery date
- If you’re a smoker, stop smoking at least 4 weeks prior to your facelift surgery
- Give yourself 7-14 days off work in order to recover
Following your facelift procedure, our doctors will send you home with facial dressings that should remain in place. You will be seen the morning following your surgery where you will have your hair washed, incisions cleaned, and you will be given a small elastic dressing that minimizes swelling. You will be allowed to shower daily but will have to wear the elastic bandage around the clock for 7 days.
The first day after your procedure, you will still feel sleepy and groggy. You will have swelling and mild discomfort in the first few days following your surgery. To mitigate your discomfort, be sure to take the medication prescribed on the recommended schedule. To reduce your facial swelling, keep your head elevated as outlined in the postoperative instructions provided, although we encourage walking gently as much as possible during early recovery to facilitate healing and to avoid complications.
Most people are able to return to sedentary jobs within two weeks. More demanding occupations may require more time. You might still notice some minor swelling and bruising, but this will continue to improve and can be covered with makeup.
Our doctors’ medical spa will use ultrasound and lymphatic massage treatments (this is included with your surgery package) to facilitate the healing process. As long as you follow your aftercare instructions, your recovery should go smoothly.
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What To Know About Getting A Facelift
Houston and Lake Jackson patients thinking about getting a facelift can find answers below to some of our most frequently asked questions. Our doctors invest significant personal, quality time with their patients to make sure they get the individual care required for the results they hope to achieve.
Are Facelift Results Permanent?
Houston and Lake Jackson patients who get a facelift from Dr. Yarish and Dr. Bartlett typically see their results last for several years. With that said, even a facelift is not a safeguard against aging. As you continue to age, your face will age with you. But you will have a new “set point” whereby you will continuously look younger and more “fresh” than your age would otherwise indicate. Factors that can accelerate the aging process include sun exposure, smoking, and drug or alcohol abuse. Genetics is the one aspect that you can’t control, so work with what you can!
Does A Facelift Leave Behind Scars?
Because Dr. Yarish and Dr. Bartlett must make incisions, a facelift does leave behind subtle scars. However, they are able to make incisions in very inconspicuous areas, hidden in natural creases and in the hair. While you might notice these scars at first, as they heal, they become practically invisible and fade into the natural creases of your face.
What Are The Risks Involved with Facelift?
Like any surgery, a facelift does come with some risks, including injury to your nerves that could lead to a loss of sensation or movement in the face, extreme scarring or bleeding. The worst of these is extremely rare and nearly always limited in duration. Again following the instructions given will facilitate more rapid healing.
What Other Cosmetic Procedures Can I Combine with my Facelift to Accomplish A Total Face Makeover?
Our doctors hear this question often. It’s common for patients to combine other plastic surgery procedures to further enhance their overall look. If you want a total face rejuvenation, ask them about having a brow lift, eyelid surgery, fat grafting to restore lost volume, chin implants or even a TCA peel.
How Much Younger Will I Look After My Facelift?
Many people are curious about how much younger they will appear after their facelift procedure. While facelift surgery will dramatically turn back the hands of time, you will not look like you did when you were 25. Dr. Yarish and Dr. Bartlett are careful to provide natural-looking results for each patient, and most Houston and Lake Jackson men and women can expect to look about 10 years younger after their facelift.