What is a facelift?
A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a procedure to rejuvenate the lower face and neck. Although the procedure is often referred to as a “facelift” it creates the most change in the neck and lower face. For this reason, this procedure is also referred to as a neck lift. As we age, the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS), a layer of tissue deep under the facial skin helps maintain our facial structure, weakens and loses its flexibility. This can result in jowling and excess skin under the chin and on the neck. A facelift helps tighten the SMAS of the lower face and neck and removes excess skin. The result is smoother, tighter skin and a more youthful appearance.
What sets Dr. Rodman apart?
Dr Rodman is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon. This means she only operates on the face, making her a specialist in facial cosmetic procedures. Further, her office at Face Forward Houston is one of the few offices that offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBO has been shown to help wound healing and speed recovery. HBO treatments before and after the surgery are complimentary for all facelift patients.
Can a facelift be combined with other procedures?
A facelift can be combined with a brow lift and eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) to rejuvenate the upper face or any other facial rejuvenation procedures. Many patients opt to have fat grafting and skin resurfacing done at the same time as a facelift. This restores lost volume with fat, tightens the skin with the lift, and resurfaces all fine lines.
What are the alternatives?
An alternative to the facelift is skin tightening through Renuvion. Similar to a facelift, Renuvion also tightens the skin of the lower face and neck to reduce jowling. However, the main difference is that Renuvion does not remove any excess skin. It only tightens the existing skin, basically “shrink wrapping” it to the lower face and neck.
Are there scars with a facelift?
In facelift surgery, an incision is made in front of the ear. This loops around behind the ear and hides in the hair. Sagging skin is adjusted, extra fat, tissue, and skin is removed, and the underlying musculature is re-suspended with long-lasting sutures to prolong the lift. The objective is to achieve a natural-looking result rather than a tight “wind-blown” appearance. That’s why the skin is re-draped upward to create a more natural appearance. Any scars generally lie in a skin crease and are very well hidden.
How long to the results last?
The results of a facelift may last up to 10- 15 years. The procedure itself takes around 5-7 hours and is usually done under general anesthesia. We also take pride in our attention to detail and post-operative care. The following day after surgery, you will return to our clinic for a follow-up appointment, and the original dressing will be replaced. During the first two weeks and over the year, we will see you back for several follow-up appointments.
What should I expect?
Patients should expect bruising and swelling for about 7-10 days after surgery. Swelling in the face will continue to fade for several months after surgery. Patients should plan for two weeks of downtime. The third week after surgery patients may begin to resume daily activities again, but should be prepared to be less energetic. Patients should not perform strenuous exercise for 3-4 weeks after surgery.
Your Face/Neck Lift will be performed in Dr. Regina Rodman‘s surgery center located in Houston, TX
A facelift is a great procedure for patients who have signs aging in the lower face and neck and what they see in the mirror doesn’t match how they feel inside. A facelift can take years off one’s appearance and give a fresh, rejuvenated appearance.