About Facelift Surgery
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Gordon offers a full variety of facial cosmetic surgeries in The Woodlands, TX. One of the most sought-out surgeries at Gordon Plastic Surgery is a facelift. This procedure concentrates on specific areas of the face to address loose skin features to create a more taut, yet softer appearance. Depending on your unique concerns, a facelift can focus on the lines and wrinkles near the eyes, the cheeks and mid-face, the bottom section including the jowls, mouth, neck, and more for an all-around younger look. The facelift method used depends on your goals, the condition of your skin, the degree of skin laxity, age, lifestyle, and other influences. Some men and women want a full facelift while others may only need a mid-face lift. Dr. Gordon is an experienced surgeon who understands the complexity and delicate anatomy of a facelift procedure. The goal is to create a natural look that is smooth and appealing.
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Men and women who are suitable for facelift surgery have noticeable facial wrinkles and lines, whether it be on the entire face or on the upper, mid, or lower face. A facelift can target various sections, depending on your unique needs. It is important to understand that age does not necessarily define the time in life to have a facelift. There are so many aspects and factors, and also numerous lift types, depending on the cosmetic concerns of the patient. The facelift chosen will vary for patients who are between 30 and 40 years old vs. those in their 60s and 70s. The condition of the skin is one of the most important components in the planning process. Facelift patients should be in good physical health and be a nonsmoker, and also have realistic expectations.
No matter the issue you wish to correct, there are various levels of facelifts to think about. Some facelifts rejuvenate the upper area of the face, and others focus on the middle and lower. In addition, some techniques are a bit more invasive and intricate than others. It is very common for some patients to have a brow lift, forehead lift, or fillers and BOTOX to complement and enhance their final results. A few of the more common facelift techniques include:
- Full Facelift
Considered the gold standard, the full or "traditional" facelift generally puts an incision near the hairline, then extends down to the area near the temples, stopping near the base of the ears. The underlying facial muscles are gently stretched and securely tightened to create a lifted outcome, which reduces excessive lines and wrinkles. This facelift is reserved for men and women who have visible signs of advanced aging. With this lift, various procedures may be combined, including an eyelid lift to address the eyes or a neck lift for the lower region.
Using a similar approach to the mini facelift, the cheek lift (known as a mid-facelift) addresses the sagging around the cheekbones, as well as the upper jaw. This lift works nicely for those who seek improvement in the middle to lower region of the face, which also improves the look of the jowls.
- Lower Facelift
This lift addresses the chin area and neck, and in many cases, the jowls. Nonsurgical methods can also be used to attain a younger-looking neck.
- Mini Facelift
During a mini facelift, a tiny incision is placed around the ears to elevate the skin, which enhances the mouth, jawline, and jowls. This method creates subtle improvements that look beautiful and natural.
What to Expect
Following your procedure, you will be monitored until you can be safely released to be taken home by a friend or family member. Before your procedure, Dr. Gordon or a member of his staff will schedule your follow-up appointments and discuss suggestions to help you recover comfortably. You should expect to have bruising and swelling, some moderate soreness, and discomfort, which can be helped with pain medication. You should feel and physically look normal after several weeks, and you can expect a more glowing look with fewer lines and sag. Overall, your face will be slightly lifted and rejuvenated.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which technique is best for me?
The best technique for you will depend on your concerns, goals, level of skin laxity, which areas are being addressed, and more. To produce the results you want, Dr. Gordon will discuss the different techniques in your consultation. He will then help you choose which technique is best.
Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
Although there are several great noninvasive skin tightening procedures, these can only give you mild improvements. For moderate to severe skin sagging, facelift surgery is the best choice to improve your appearance. In your consultation, Dr. Gordon will discuss your choices, including nonsurgical treatments, to help you choose what is best for your goals.
What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like BOTOX, have become more popular to improve fine lines and wrinkles. Sometimes known as a liquid facelift, nonsurgical wrinkle treatments usually help with early signs of aging, but the results will not last more than 1 – 2 years. A facelift will produce more significant improvements than injectables with long-lasting results. Ask Dr. Gordon about nonsurgical wrinkle treatments in your consultation.
Will my results look natural?
Some patients worry that a facelift will make their skin look shiny, overly tight, or like they are in a wind tunnel. Dr. Gordon focuses on giving you results that look natural so you look refreshed, not fake. He listens to your concerns and goals before creating your personal treatment plan to produce your best results.
The Right Facelift for You
Cosmetic facial surgery can turn back the hands of time for your face and help create a fresh look. Today, there are many options for surgery, depending on your individual concerns and goals. This treatment is meant to help you look younger but natural. For more information, we welcome you to contact Gordon Plastic Surgery in The Woodlands, TX to schedule your consultation with Dr. Gordon.