About Facelift Surgery
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Derek Lou provides a full spectrum of facial cosmetic surgeries in Houston, TX. One of the most popular surgeries at Lou Plastic Surgery is a facelift. This procedure focuses on specific areas of the face to address loose skin and wrinkles to create a younger, softer appearance. Based upon your unique concerns, a facelift can focus on the eyes, the mid-face area and cheeks, the bottom portion, including the mouth, jowls, neck, and more for an all-over younger look. The facelift method used depends on your desired outcome, the health and condition of your skin, the degree of skin laxity, age, lifestyle, and other influences. Some individuals may be candidates for a full facelift while some may only want a mid-face lift. Dr. Lou is a skilled surgeon who understands the complex anatomy of a facelift procedure. The goal is to produce a natural appearance that's soft and beautiful.
"After Dr. Lou spent time with me discussing my options, I ended up making a decision to get a mini-facelift and Dr. Lou did the surgery. Everything went very well with the surgery and the hospital center where I had it done. After I healed from the surgery, I did get a few injections of Restylane. This does cause some bruising, but that is side-affect for a few days and it goes away. In every respect, Dr. Lou did a fantastic job and was always very professional and took time to talk to me about the different options I had. His staff was amazing, too. They would always get back to me quickly with any questions and treated me in a very professional manner. I would highly recommend Dr. Derek Lou to others with no hesitation. I went in to see Dr. Lou based on the $180 for 20 units of Botox treatments. However, I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do to deal with the aging in my face.In every respect, Dr. Lou did a fantastic job and was always very professional and took time to talk to me about the different options I had. His staff was amazing, too. They would always get back to me quickly with any questions and treated me in a very professional manner"- M.K. / Office Visit / Jun 18, 2015
Facelift Ideal Candidates
Candidates for facelift surgery are frustrated by visible lines and facial wrinkles, whether it be the face as a whole or on the upper, mid, or lower sections. A facelift can target many aspects, depending on your unique needs. It's also important to note that age doesn't always define the appropriate time to have cosmetic facial surgery. There are countless factors and concerns, and also numerous lift methods, depending on what is being corrected. The facelift chosen will be different for patients who are 35 years old vs. those in their 60s and 70s. Skin elasticity is one of the key factors in the decision-making process. Patients should be physically healthy and be a nonsmoker, and also have expectations that are realistic.
Facelift Surgical Technique
Depending on your individual needs, there are a number of facelifts available. Some facelifts rejuvenate the upper area of the face and others focus on the lower two-thirds. Furthermore, some procedures are a bit more invasive than others. It's very common for some men and women to have a brow lift, forehead lift, or BOTOX and fillers to enhance their results. Some of the more known facelift methods include:
- Full Facelift
A common surgery for older adults, the full or "traditional" facelift generally incorporates an incision along the hairline, extending down to the temples, stopping near the base of the ears. The deeper layer of facial muscles is gently stretched and tightened to create a lifted look, which softens excessive lines and wrinkles. The traditional facelift is used for men and women who have signs of aggressive aging. During a full facelift, many treatments may be used, including upper or lower blepharoplasty to address the eyes or neck reduction for the lower region.
Using a similar technique to the mini facelift, the mid-facelift (cheeks) addresses the sagging near the cheekbones, as well as the upper jaw. The mid-facelift works nicely for those who seek improvement in the middle to the lower region of the face, including the jowls.
- Lower Facelift
This particular facelift corrects the neck and chin, and sometimes the jowls. Methods of a nonsurgical nature, such as laser skin tightening or Kybella, can also be applied for chin augmentation to attain a softer, tighter neck.
- Mini Facelift
When undergoing a mini facelift, a small incision is placed near the ears to lift the skin, which affects the mid to lower face. This method creates nice and subtle enhancements that look beautiful and natural.
Facelift What to Expect
Following your procedure, we will monitor your health until you can be safely released to be taken home by a friend or family member. Prior to your facelift, Dr. Lou or someone on his staff will schedule your follow-up visits and discuss suggestions to help keep you more comfortable while you recover. It's normal to have swelling and puffiness, slight to moderate pain, and soreness, which may be reduced by pain medication. You should feel and physically look better after 2 – 4 weeks. You can expect a softer, more youthful appearance. Overall, your face will appear slightly lifted and rejuvenated.
How much does a facelift cost?
The total cost of your facelift will depend on the technique used and other factors. At your consultation, Dr. Lou will create your unique treatment plan to match your needs and goals. When this is complete, he can go over estimates of fees. To avoid unnatural-looking results, it's better to concentrate on finding a skilled surgeon, like Dr. Lou, instead of the lowest price. Lou Plastic Surgery can give you information on low-interest medical financing that will make your facelift more affordable.
Which technique is best for me?
The best surgical facelift technique for you will vary based on your concerns, goals, level of skin laxity, what areas of your face are being addressed, and other factors. To produce your best results, Dr. Lou will discuss the different surgical techniques during your consultation. He can then help you choose which technique is best.
Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
Although there are several great noninvasive skin tightening treatments, these can usually only give you small improvements. For moderate to severe skin sagging, facelift surgery is the best choice to significantly improve your appearance. In your consultation, Dr. Lou will discuss your choices, including nonsurgical procedures, to help you decide which is best for your needs and goals.
What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like BOTOX and Juvéderm, have become more popular in recent years to improve fine lines and wrinkles. Also known as a liquid facelift, nonsurgical wrinkle treatments can treat early signs of aging; however, the results won't last more than 1 – 2 years. A facelift will produce more significant improvements than injectables with long-lasting results. Ask Dr. Lou about nonsurgical wrinkle treatments at 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. Lou focuses on giving you results that look natural so you appear refreshed, not fake. He listens to your concerns and goals before creating your custom treatment plan to produce your best results.
The Right Facelift for You
Facelift surgery can turn back the hands of time for your face and help create a rejuvenated appearance. Thankfully, there are a wide variety of choices for surgery, depending on your personal needs and goals. This treatment is meant to make you appear younger and rejuvenated while still natural. To learn more, we welcome you to call Lou Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Lou.