Your face is the first thing a person often sees. Facelift surgery can reduce the aged appearance by years. The goal is to look youthful without looking like you had a surgical procedure. Dr. Carpin will discretely place incisions and uses the most modern techniques in facial plastic surgery designed to give you a refreshed, restored look without looking unnatural.
Who is a candidate for a facelift?
Facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is used to restore a youthful appearance by removing excess skin and lifting sagging facial tissues, thereby eliminating jowls and deep creases along the cheeks and mouth. Results show a younger, renewed look. Dr. Carpin’s approach is to restore your appearance to a more youthful look, without looking overdone. Scars are hidden along the hairline and near the ear.
Types of Face Lift Surgery
Facelift surgery will be modified based on the individual patient’s needs. Dr. Carpin will evaluate your skin and facial folds and determine the length of the incision needed and the type of internal lift you will require. Dr. Carpin will lift the skin as well as the strength layer below the skin known as the SMAS layer. The SMAS layer below the skin will be tightened and lifted using internal sutures.
Mini Face Lift
Some younger patients may only need a skin lift or “mini lift”, which also involves a smaller incision.
Patients who have moderate skin laxity may require a smaller incision and moderate cheek lifting know as a mid-face lift. This incision typically will be limited to in front of the ear, starting at the temple and ending at the earlobe.
Full Face Lift
Older patients or patients with greater skin laxity may require a full facelift, which involves using a longer incision along the hairline and in front of the ear, extending behind the ear. The SMAS layer may be redundant as well and may require partial removal as well as lifting and tightening.
Face Lift Procedure Details
The facelift surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia or heavy sedation. The procedure lasts about 4 to 5 hours. Once you are asleep, Dr. Carpin will place incisions carefully along your hairline and in front of your ear to lift and remove excess skin and tighten the underlying tissues. A small drain will be placed under the skin and will be removed the next day. Sutures will also be placed. You will be then wrapped in gauze and awoken in the recovery room. Cool packs will be placed to decrease swelling and later a garment will be applied to decrease swelling.
Face Lift Recovery
Swelling and bruising are most common after surgery, and a small drain is placed behind the ear during surgery and removed the next morning. Patients stay the evening in the hospital for close observation. Sutures placed during surgery will be removed in about 5 days. Patients typically require 2 weeks of limited activity before they can return to work, often requiring makeup application to cover bruising. Swelling will in most cases completely resolve after approximately 2 months. Postoperative recovery can vary among individuals.
The fee for facelift surgery varies depending on how much skin and work that needs to go into the surgery. On average the price ranges from $8,000-$13,000.00. Fees typically include surgeon, hospital, and anesthesia fees.
Bruising, swelling, pain, scar, and numbness are the most common.
Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Carpin to discuss if you are a surgical candidate, and to review the risks, benefits, alternatives, and expected outcomes of the procedure. Dr. Carpin offers facelift surgery in the Houston, League City and Pearland Texas areas.