Facelift in Dallas, TX
Facelifts can produce a dramatic improvement in facial appearance due to changes caused by gravity. Saman ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery offers facelifts to patients in Dallas, Plano and surrounding areas.
Dr. Saman currently serves as the Medical Director of Head and Neck Oncological and Reconstructive Surgery at the Medical Center of Plano
Who is the Ideal Candidate for Facelifts?
The best candidates for a rhytidectomy are those who:
- Wish to improve signs of aging
- Have faces that have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity
- Are generally healthy
- Do not smoke
- Have realistic expectations
- Are considering a facelift for personal reasons, not because someone else is pressuring them to do so
During your consultation, your doctor will discuss whether a facelift is right for you.
What are the Different Kinds of Facelift Techniques?
Facelifts are typically outpatient procedures and may be performed in an office-based facility, surgery center or hospital. Patients may have a choice of IV sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure takes about two hours.
The way a facelift is performed varies depending on the surgeon, the patient’s facial structure, and the extent of correction desired. The three most common incision techniques are:
- Traditional Facelift: The “full” facelift for rejuvenating the face, jowls and neck, including fat sculpting, lifting and repositioning of muscle and deeper tissues, and skin trimming and redraping. The incision begins at the temples and travels down to the front of the ear, around the earlobe, and behind the ear to the lower scalp at the hairline. Sometimes, another incision is made under the chin.
- Limited-incision Facelift: For limited rejuvenation around the eyes and mouth, including nasolabial folds and other deep creases. Short incisions are made at the temples and around the ear, and possibly in the lower eyelids and/or under the upper lip as well.
- Neck Lift: A neck lift concentrates on jowls, loose skin on the neck, and fat under the chin. The incision is made around the ear lobe and behind the ear to the lower scalp.
In all three methods, incisions are closed with stitches or tissue glue. Scars are hidden in the hairline and natural contours of the face.
What is the Recovery Time Associated with a Facelift?
After your rhytidectomy, your doctor will wrap the incisions in bandages and may place drainage tubes in the area. The tubes will be taken out the next day, when your hair will be carefully washed. If surgical clips are used to hold the incisions closed, they will be removed one week after the facelift along with your stitches.
At first, you may experience swelling, numbness, bruising, and a feeling of tightness or tension in the face and neck. Your face may look uneven or distorted, and your facial muscles may feel stiff. Most of these usually resolve within three to six weeks, and sensation typically returns to normal within a few months. Scars become less red, raised, lumpy or itchy in time.
Many patients return to work by the third week. Camouflage cosmetics can be used to minimize the appearance of bruising.
You should be gentle with your skin and hair as you recover. Men may need to shave behind the neck and ears where areas of beard-growing skin have moved.
What Results Can I Expect After a Facelift?
Results of a facelift do not last forever. You may want to have another procedure in five or 10 years. But in another sense, the effects are long lasting; years later, your face will continue to look better than if you had never had a facelift.
What are the Associated Risks with a Facelift?
Possible complications of facelift include: bleeding, infection, bruising, uneven swelling or discoloration, allergic reaction to the anesthesia, skin blistering (usually only seen in smokers), and temporary or permanent loss of sensation in the face. Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of a facelift with you before your surgery.
Different Kinds of Facelifts
A full facelift is not always needed. In some cases, a lower, upper or mini facelift may be a better solution. During your consultation Dr. Saman will share with you his recommendation for the appropriate procedure, which may include:
- Mini Facelift (Mid Face lift) – A mid-face lift restores youthful vitality to the mid-face, lifting the cheeks and smoothing smile lines to achieve a natural rejuvenated look without the need to undergo a full facelift. Mid-face lifts are ideal for reducing puffiness under the eyes, improving the contour of the upper cheeks, and correcting nasolabial folds. Incisions are small and hidden in the eyelids or in the mouth. Mid-face lifts are often performed in conjunction with lower-lid blepharoplasty to rejuvenate the area around the eyes or with implants to accentuate the cheeks.
- Revision Facelift – A revision facelift is a secondary facelift. They are also often called corrective facelifts. If you’ve already had a facelift a revision facelift is necessary since doctors approach your skin differently than skin that has not already been electively altered.
- Lower Facelift – A lower facelift targets the jowls, loose skin in the neck area and jawline. A lower facelift can also help with deep wrinkles. The procedure is often recommended to lift frown lines.
- Upper Facelift – An upper facelift targets the eye, eyebrow and eyelid region. Often, sagging eyelids are the most obvious sign of aging. An upper facelift seeks to reintroduce tightness to this area of the face.
To learn more about facelifts and to determine if the surgery is right for you, contact our office today to learn about important financing information and get answers to your questions. Saman ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery serves the communities of Dallas, Plano and other nearby areas.
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