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Facelift in Houston, TX

The natural aging process, continued sun exposure, and varying lifestyles can eventually take a toll on our skin including at the face and neck area. Sagging jowls, creases around the mouth and neck, deflated cheeks, and the overall loss of skin elasticity can make us look older than we’d like. By elevating facial soft tissue, redistributing existing fat, redraping skin, and tightening lax facial muscles, your face will be rejuvenated, and you’ll be left feeling more confident.

What is a Facelift?

Facelift surgery, also known as rhytidectomy, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the United States. Facelift surgery lifts and tightens the skin and deeper tissues to rejuvenate the lower two-thirds of the face.

Facelift surgery tightens loose skin folds, erases wrinkles, and provides an overall younger and more rejuvenated appearance. Our team may also perform a Facial Fat Transfer as an additional procedure at the time of the Facelift to add fat to the necessary areas of the face, raise up the cheeks, add facial contours, lift the eyebrows, or erase crow’s feet from the edges of the eyes.

A multimodality approach is taken to fully optimize and rejuvenate the face. Microneedling with PRP, Morpheus8, and medical grade chemical peels may also be indicated to resurface the skin and improve texture to create a beautiful glow and erase the signs of aged skin. This can be done before or after surgery, depending on your individual needs. The addition of Botox and Fillers will also compliment this procedure and help maintain results for years to come.

Benefits

As we age, visible lines appear on the face and the jawline begins to sag. The facial fat pads lose volume and deflate, and gravity pulls the skin and fat pads downwards. These signs are minimal at first, but become more prominent as the years pass. Signs of aging can affect a person’s overall self-esteem and appearance.

Our team may recommend a Facelift for patients who are interested in gaining the following benefits:

  • Address multiple signs of aging for a total makeover
  • Tighten sagging facial skin
  • Smooth smile lines (deep creases between the nose and lower lip)
  • Re-contour the jaw and neck
  • Well hidden surgical scars
  • More youthful and energetic appearance
  • Lift jowls
  • Smooth deep creases
  • Excellent, natural-looking results

Patient Testimonial

“Dr Ravi is not only extremely competent, he’s also compassionate, communicative, and has a very outgoing personality. I connected with him immediately and am so thankful for his guidance and expertise. I have had zero pain after my surgery due to his skill – only slightly sore. It was an amazing experience and one I would absolutely do again with him. Thank you Dr Ravi!”



Ideal Candidates

Ideal Facelift candidates are healthy adult men and women who are experiencing significant signs of aging, including smile lines, double chin, loose jowls, fine lines, and wrinkles. First-time Facelift patients have no minimum or maximum age requirement. Patients, even in their 20s, are seen for a consultation and if found to be a good candidate for a Facelift then they would be offered this surgery. A second Facelift may be performed in 10-15 years to maintain healthy, youthful skin.

Our team evaluates potential facelift candidates during a private consultation. Our team also performs a full skin analysis and creates a treatment plan for skin texture and tone optimization and rejuvenation, plus the addition of injectables.
Infographic: What Can a Facelift Correct?

The Facelift Procedure

Our team specializes in the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS Facelift), which provides long-lasting, outstanding results. They perform SMAS Facelift surgery using general or local anesthetic during an outpatient procedure at the accredited Houston Plastic Surgery Center, connected to the Body By Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics office in Houston, Texas. During the SMAS Facelift procedure, our team creates inconspicuous incisions that are hidden inside and along the earlobe fold, behind the ear, and extending into the hairline.

During the procedure, our team separates the skin from the thin layer of fibers covering the anterior face and neck, known as the SMAS system. After lifting the skin, our team trims the tissue and fibers below the face and attaches the muscles at an elevated level for tighter, lifted facial muscles. Our team uses the SMAS technique to lift sagging cheeks, remove jowls and heavy skin from along the jawline, tighten the underlying tissue and muscle, correct mid-face sagging, sculpt a double chin, and smooth marionette lines, folds, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Our team may also remove unwanted pockets of fat from the face for contouring or add harvested fat for definition. She uses fat that is harvested from the abdomen using liposuction, which is then purified and injected into the face using a microdroplet technique to achieve a more youthful appearance. The fat transfer is typically very successful, and 75% to 80% of the injected fat will permanently remain.

The surgeon may also create an additional incision under the chin if the patient wants to improve a double chin, remove excess, saggy skin from the lower face, or enhance the appearance of their neck. Necklift procedures are usually combined with Facelift procedures in order to achieve harmony between the face and neck for a cohesive and comprehensive rejuvenated appearance. The Facelift procedure usually takes two to three hours, depending on the complexity of the surgery. Our team places sutures within the SMAS layers to hold the transformation in place and adds temporary drains.

Recovery Process

Our patients typically return home the same day shortly after their Facelift procedure to rest and recover. We advise patients to set up their recovery area before surgery with all the items that they will need. The patient must keep their head elevated and apply ice at appropriate intervals to reduce swelling and encourage healing.

The patient typically returns the following day to have the drains removed. The extent of the surgery determines the length and nature of the recovery. Most patients have a close family member or friend stay with them for a few days to assist them during their early recovery.

Our team wraps a surgical dressing around the face after the surgery, and a compression garment is typically worn by the patient for 7 to 10 days after the surgery. Stitches are usually removed in one week, and the patient may experience some swelling and unusual skin sensations for up to one year after the surgery. Swelling typically improves after 1-2 weeks.

Our team prescribes medication to reduce the risk of side effects, which can include pain medication, antibiotics, and anti-nausea medicine. The bruising begins to fade within the first few days and disappears in approximately two to three weeks. Patients may resume their regular activities within a week if approved by our team, minus strenuous physical exercise.

Facelift patients are encouraged to contact the staff at Body by Ravi at any time during their recovery to ask questions or discuss concerns. Most patients are comfortable returning to public events approximately two weeks after the surgery.

Risks

There are risks associated with any surgery, but when facelift surgery is performed by an experienced plastic surgeon, the side effects and dangers associated with SMAS facelift surgery are significantly reduced. Although SMAS complications and adverse events are rare, facelift risks may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Unfavorable scars
  • Wound breakdown
  • Possible allergic reaction to an anesthetic
  • Numbness
  • Mild asymmetry

Our team thoroughly reviews each patient’s medical history and explains all possible risks during the consultation.

The Consultation

Our team evaluates patients who are interested in cosmetic surgery during a private consultation. Our patient-centered approach and warm personality create an inviting atmosphere. Our team reviews the patient’s medical history, performs an examination, and discusses their goals and expectations at length.

If our team determines that Facelift surgery is the best option, we create a step-by-step treatment plan, which we customizes to match the patient’s goals. Our team creates harmony and balance by combining procedures that complement one another, such as a Facelift, Necklift left, Brow lift, Lip Augmentation, skin resurfacing, and Facial Fat Grafting. Each patient experiences outstanding results, emphasizing their natural beauty while reducing the appearance of lines, wrinkles, excess skin, and other signs of aging.

FAQ

  • Who is an ideal candidate for a Facelift?
    The SMAS facelift is ideal for men and women with sagging cheeks, lines and wrinkles, and a loose jawline. The SMAS facelift is not recommended for smokers, patients with a history of keloid scar formation, blood clots, bleeding disorders, or other conditions that create poor wound healing.
  • What are the most common side effects after Facelift surgery?

    Common post-surgery side-effects may include temporary bruising, numbness, swelling, and minor hair loss near the incision. Infrequent side effects may include marginal mandibular nerve injury and hematoma formation.

    Our team explains the benefits and risks associated with Facelift surgery during the consultation. Following all of the doctor’s pre-and post-surgical instructions dramatically reduces the risk of complications.

  • Am I the right age for a Facelift?

    Age truly does not matter when it comes to having a Facelift. We all age differently and require different interventions for our goals regarding facial optimization. Many non-surgical procedures are helpful to maintain a youthful appearance and healthy skin in combination with surgical procedures, or as stand-alone treatments.

    Our team examines each patient’s medical history and concerns during a consultation to determine the best options.

Contact Us For A Facelift In Houston, TX!

Call 281–603–0493 to request a Facelift consultation in Houston, TX, or schedule your appointment online by clicking here.

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Body By Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics

Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, are Board-Certified Physicians, while using a patient-centered approach and spend as much time as needed to make each patient feel special and respected—not just another person walking through the door. As a team, a one-of-a-kind treatment plan is created to address concerns from head to toe with the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques, including: Breast Augmentation (Implants), Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, Mommy Makeovers, miraDry®, Botox®, Dermal Fillers, and AVÉLI ® Cellulite treatment. Working side-by-side, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi strive to create a long-lasting relationship with each patient, meeting any new aesthetic needs as they arise. Together, the staff at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics take each patient step-by-step through their cosmetic journey to achieve the desired aesthetic results.

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