As your most visible asset, your face is center stage and the focus of your day-to-day interactions with others. Unfortunately, because our face is always exposed, it is also more susceptible to environmental elements that can cause premature aging, like the sun and air pollution. These factors combined with the effects of gravity, genetic makeup, natural aging and other lifestyle choices, all begin to take a toll on facial appearance as the years pass.
Some of the noticeable changes that occur in the face over time can include:
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Loss of facial volume
- Drooping jowls
- Excess fat beneath the chin
- Laxity of neck skin
- Uneven Pigmentation and sunspots
- Thinning and drying of the skin
- Appearance of under-eye bags and crow’s feet
While non-invasive procedures like Botox and injectable fillers can stall the effects of aging in the short-term, the most effective, long-term solution for facial aging is still an Austin facelift procedure. While nonsurgical methods like Botox, peels and lasers can address issues that relate to volume loss, textural changes and hyperpigmentation, these options are not suitable for treating the advanced signs of aging.
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How is a Facelift Performed?
There are several different techniques widely used to perform facelift surgery. Common practice is to make an incision behind or in front of the ear. In some cases, the incision is extended to the scalp. The surgeon may also make an additional incision beneath the chin if necessary. These incisions are made as inconspicuously as possible within the hairline so that they are easily be camouflaged later on.
Next, the skin is gently separated from the underlying fat and muscle. Excess fat may then be excised or removed via liposuction in order to give the face a sleeker look. Your surgeon will then reshape and tighten the underlying muscles in order to restore a more youthful facial contour. Tightening this underlying structure lifts the cheeks, restores definition to the jawline and firms the neck area.
Once this phase is complete, your surgeon will pull the skin back up over the area, removing the excess and reshaping the skin around the face as needed. Finally, the incisions are closed up and stitches are placed within the hairline so as to be hidden by the hair. (As you undergo surgery, staples are put in place. Upon completion, a protective dressing is applied.)
Other facial rejuvenation procedures available at Personique® in Austin include:
- Eyelid lift (Blepharoplasty)
- Chin Implant
- Cheek Implant
- Brow Lift
- Neck Lift
Facelift Recovery - What to Expect After Surgery
Knowing what to expect after your procedure can help you get through the facelift recovery period a lot easier. Most of our Austin facelift patients are able to return home the same day as their procedure. You will need to arrange to have a trusted friend or family member pick you up from the surgery center after your procedure.
During the initial days of your facelift recovery period, you can expect to experience some bruising, swelling and tenderness. Puffiness and discomfort during this time is also normal. Any pain or discomfort that you feel can be controlled with the pain medications prescribed to you for post-op recuperation. Some other common facelift recovery symptoms may include tightness and temporary numbness as the tissues begin to heal into their new position. During this time, patients are advised to wear button-down shirts to avoid disturbing the incisions or facial tissue. Sleeping with the head elevated will help to reduce the amount of swelling.
Most patients will see their plastic surgeon for their first follow-up appointment a few days after their surgery. At this time, your doctor will remove your drainage tubes (if used) and check under your bandages to ensure the healing process is going smoothly.
Facelift recovery time typically lasts anywhere from one to three weeks. Most facelift patients are able to return to work within a week or two. Patients are advised to wait a few weeks before resuming exercise or other physical activity. Although the initial recovery phase takes only a few weeks, the final results of your facelift surgery will not be completely visible until a few months after surgery.
The majority of patients find the facelift recovery time to be well worth the dramatic improvements that this procedure delivers. Facelift surgery is the most effective approach when it comes to comprehensive facial rejuvenation.
Cost of a Facelift Procedure in Austin
The overall price of your procedure will vary based on your individual needs and if additional treatments are needed. Your Austin facelift surgery cost will be determined after your complimentary consultation with one of our board certified plastic surgeons.
At Personique® in Austin, fees start at $174.00/month. (Estimated fees are based on 60 monthly payments with approved credit.)
- Operating room
- Surgeon fee
- All follow-up visits
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When choosing an Austin plastic surgeon for your procedure, cost of facelift surgery should not be the most important factor. When it comes to complex procedures like a facelift, it is imperative that you select a surgeon who has extensive experience in performing this sophisticated procedure, and a track record for superior results. Nothing will make a bigger impact on the quality of your results and your surgical experience than the facelift surgeon you choose.
Facelift costs vary depending on the locale, the extent and type of surgery, as well as the experience of the plastic surgeon. The surgeon’s fee for established doctors who have an excellent reputation will tend to be a bit more. Inexperienced surgeons and those with negative reputations will typically lower their rates to try to build their practices.
The type of facility in which your procedure is performed can also affect the cost of facelift surgery. Some plastic surgeons maintain their own plastic surgery suites, while others perform surgery at a hospital. The latter can bump up facelift prices.
Personique® is an AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities) accredited surgical facility. All of our Austin plastic surgeons are Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a gold standard in the field.
Your surgery plan will also have a significant effect on the cost of facelift surgery. A mini facelift, for instance, will obviously cost less than a full facelift. In general, the longer and more complicated a procedure, the higher the cost will be. However, a full facelift will achieve more dramatic results than a mini facelift. On the other hand, some patients opt to combine their facelift surgery with other cosmetic procedures, such as blepharoplasty, brow lift, neck lift, etc… Performing other cosmetic treatments at the same time as your facelift surgery will also increase the overall price.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Facelift Procedure
There is no optimal age for having a facelift. Patient health, skin condition and texture are more important factors in determining an individual’s candidacy. Many of our Austin facelift patients are between their 40’s and 50’s, however, some are in their 70’s and 80’s as well. An ideal candidate for a facelift is someone whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still retains some flexibility. Good overall health and medical history are essential for any surgery. These and other factors will be discussed during your complimentary consultation to determine if a facelift procedure is right for you.