Is a facelift right for you?
If the face you see in the mirror no longer reflects the youthful and vibrant way you feel inside, it may be time to consider a facelift.
In general, it’s a terrific procedure for patients who possess:
- Loose facial skin
- Sagging and wrinkled neck skin
- Heavy jowls
- Sunken cheeks
- A poorly defined jawline
- Fine lines and wrinkles
To be considered an ideal candidate for a facelift, you need to possess good skin elasticity and a strong bone structure, as these two characteristics will ensure that Dr. Sukkar, a top provider of the facelift Houston has to offer, is able to produce the results you want. You should also be in good overall health and possess realistic expectations for what a facelift can accomplish.
An Overview of the
Your Houston facelift will be performed under general anesthesia, which means you’ll be asleep and unable to feel a thing during surgery. To begin, Dr. Sukkar will create well-hidden incisions, usually above your hairline, wrapping around your ear and extending down to your lower scalp. He will place them carefully to ensure that they are virtually impossible to detect once you’ve fully healed.
Once he’s created the incisions, Dr. Sukkar will lift your skin to gain access to the underlying tissue. He will then remove excess fat, tighten lax muscles and create beautiful, youthful and subtly elevated facial contours. Throughout this process, he will be completely focused on rejuvenating your expression without dramatically altering your face, so you look years younger in a very natural way.
Once your youthful new face has been achieved, Dr. Sukkar will carefully close the incisions, apply bandages to control bleeding and place drains to prevent blood and fluid from building up in the area. He will then send you home to begin the healing process.
As you age your skin loses the ability to produce collagen and elastin – the proteins that give it a vibrant, fresh, firm, quality. As we age, the reduced quantity of these proteins leads to unsightly sagging skin, deep lines and wrinkles, and the loss of a youthful, defined jawline. No matter how “young at heart” you feel, a saggy, aging face often has a very negative impact on your self-esteem.
A facelift, medically-termed a rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure in which the skin of the face and neck is lifted and restored to a youthful position. Our skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon employs the most advanced facelift procedures to create a look that appears fresh and natural – but years younger.
When skin begins to sag, it often affects the jawline and jowls begin to form. This can make your face appear tired and worn, aging your appearance, or making you look tired or even angry. A mini-facelift is a less invasive procedure than a full facelift. It addresses the signs of aging on the lower third of the face, with smaller incisions that are virtually invisible once healed, and involves less downtime than a full facelift. In a mini-facelift, small incisions are made around the ears and the skin repositioned to restore a smooth, fresh, unlined appearance.
A non-surgical facelift, or Stem Cell Lift, is a non-surgical procedure used to rejuvenate the appearance of the face with natural fat transfer. In this multi-step procedure, fat is harvested from the thighs, abdomen, or buttocks with a gentle liposuction technique. The harvested fat cells are then separated and purified. These fat cells, with a high concentration of stem cells, are then strategically injected into to restore sunken cheeks, fill in deep tear troughs, plump lips, restore lost volume at the temples, and other areas that appear gaunt or sunken.
When the reflection you see in the mirror no longer reflects the youthful face you remember, it may be time to consider a full facelift. In a full facelift, incisions are made at the hairline allowing the skin, muscles, and tissue of the face to be repositioned to a natural, youthful position. A full-facelift involves far more than just removing excess skin and tightening it. That approach will produce a strange, pulled, unnatural look. You want to look fresh and rejuvenated – but like yourself. The underlying facial muscles will be tightened, and the skin artfully and subtly lifted to smooth deep wrinkles.
Which facelift procedure is right for you? A consultation with Dr. Sukkar is the first step. As the leading facial plastic surgeon practicing in Houston, known for his artistry in facelift procedures, you can be confident that your facelift will be performed with artistry and skill – with results that take years off your appearance. A facelift can be a transformational procedure, and we invite you to visit us and find out more.
A mid-facelift or cheek lift focuses on the signs of aging skin in the middle third of your face. As the years pass, creases begin to appear from the nose to the corners of the mouth. The cheeks have a natural fat pad that slowly begins to sink lower. A mid-facelift rejuvenates the mid-facial zone, restoring a firm, youthful look to the cheeks, and smoothing deep laugh lines. The procedure is performed endoscopically to lift sagging skin and tissue.
Your facelift recovery
As a significant surgical procedure, you can expect a fairly substantial recovery period to be associated with your Houston facelift. Throughout the first two weeks, you’ll need to stay home from work, rest in bed and avoid strenuous activities. During this time, it’s normal to experience some swelling and bruising, however it will subside naturally as you progress through the recovery period. Within two weeks, you’ll feel well enough to leave the house and resume your normal daily routine. However, you should continue to avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, hot tubs, saunas and pools until you are fully recovered.
In terms of results, they will be apparent immediately after surgery and will continue to improve as your swelling and bruising subsides. Once the full results emerge, you can expect to look years younger, with a refreshed and rejuvenated facial appearance. However, it’s important to note that a facelift will not prevent you from continuing to age, so in several years you may require a touch-up surgery to maintain your flawless new look.
If you’re ready to rejuvenate your facial appearance, we invite you to schedule a consultation at The Clinic for Plastic Surgery today. During your private meeting in our Houston office, we will carefully assess the cosmetic imperfections you’d most like to address, before creating a custom treatment plan designed to sculpt the exquisite appearance you deserve.