Facelift surgery can achieve dramatic facial rejuvenation with lasting results. In addition to deep wrinkles and jowls, facelift surgery also involves tightening the underlying support structures of the face and removing excess, sagging skin.
Many Houston facelift patients feel they look at least 10 years younger after the procedure and may also choose to combine a facelift with a neck lift, eyelid surgery, and fat grafting or facial fillers to further reduce the signs of facial aging.
The Facelift in Houston TX
It is important for patients who seek invasive facial rejuvenation with a facelift to follow all instructions provided to help you prepare for surgery, such as discontinuing medications that thin the blood and quitting smoking for at least several weeks prior to the procedure.
During your facelift in Houston, you will be placed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia, and Dr. Norris will place incisions discreetly hidden in the lower hairline and behind the ears. Facial tissues are lifted and tightened, and excess skin is trimmed and removed.
Incisions are stitched or sutured closed, and a dressing is placed on the wounds that must be kept in place until it is removed during your follow-up appointment with Dr. Norris the next day. You may also be fitted with a chin strap and drains to help reduce swelling and fluid build up.
Recovering From a Facelift in Houston
Get good rest the first 24 hours after your facelift and take prescribed medications to manage discomfort and prevent infection. You may shower and gently wash and dry your hair about two days after your facelift.
If Dr. Norris recommends a chin strap for you, this must be worn continuously for the first three days after surgery, and then only at night for several weeks. Keep your head elevated as you rest to further reduce swelling and don’t be alarmed if in addition to swelling you experience bruising, numbness and tingling for days and in some cases for weeks following surgery.
Most facelift patients return to work after about two weeks and may resume all normal activities, including exercise, within 4-6 weeks. Scars will fade over time as incisions heal, and you will begin to see your refreshed, uplifted look within a few months.
Am I a good candidate for a facelift?
Ideal candidates for facelift surgery will be in good overall health and possess loose skin around the face and neck regions. Ideal candidates will also have realistic post-surgical expectations and goals. There are no age restrictions for facelift surgery; however, most candidates are between 40 and 70 years of age.
Do you have questions or concerns about a facelift in Houston? Contact Dr. Norris in Houston to schedule a consultation, during which you can discuss the risks, benefits and cost of a facelift.