Facelift Surgery: Rhytidectomy in Dallas
When visible indicators of age interfere with comfort and confidence, facelift surgery in Dallas can provide a restoration level that nonsurgical injectables and skincare only address temporarily and with moderate efficacy.
While genetics play a significant role in the skin’s appearance, daily stress and environmental factors progressively contribute to skin damage and the loss of youthful contours. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Azouz helps patients correct the first sign of aging in the face by performing facelift surgery in Dallas, improving the face and neck area, and achieving a fresher and younger appearance. Request your facelift consultation with Dr. Azouz and take the first step to enhance your face’s natural beauty.
Am I a Candidate for a Facelift Surgery?
Patients with a healthy lifestyle seeking to match inner vitality with outward appearance can consider a facelift procedure. When non-surgical alternatives fail to provide the comfort and quality of life you deserve, it may be time to consider further options. Patients typically present for a facelift in their 50s and 60s; however, older patients in their 70s and 80s also benefit and have excellent results with a facelift. Patients in their 40s and even 30s can also be good candidates for a facelift. The face has an excellent blood supply for wound healing in almost all cases, regardless of age. This makes a face one of the best healing structures in the body. Smoking hinders this and can cause constriction of small blood vessels, which can hinder wound healing with a facelift. During an initial consultation, Dr. Azouz will determine the ideal plan for you based on your facial structure, skin tissue, and desired changes.
Facelift Surgery Benefits
Why get a Facelift? Rhytidectomy provides great benefits to facial appearances, such as:
- Removal of wrinkles and frown lines
- Lift and tighten saggy skin
- Create a more youthful facial look
A facelift requires an in-depth understanding of facial anatomy. It is recommended to consult a trusted and highly skilled facial plastic surgeon to obtain a natural-looking facelift.
Types of Facelifts
Patients may choose from a variety of specialized options, including:
- Full facelift/necklift – rejuvenates the skin, deep tissues, and soft tissues of the face and neck.
- Double layer facelift- Dr. Azouz performs the modern double layer facelift, which not only removes skin but also repositions the underlying SMAS layer. This allows for a more natural look that is rejuvenated and not “pulled”.
- Mid-face lift – focuses on the cheek and eye region.
- Lower facelift/necklift – concentrates on the jowl and neck (also known as a mini-facelift or short-incision facelift)
- Revision facelift – refreshes or corrects dissatisfactory results from a previous surgery done elsewhere.
Dr. Azouz uses discreet incisions to tighten sagging muscles and connective tissues for long-lasting results. This technique avoids the “stretched-out” look that occurs when a surgeon only addresses the face’s surface level. These incisions are closed using special sutures that greatly reduce the chances of visible scarring. After a brief monitoring period, you will be able to return home the same day of surgery.
What Can I Expect from a No Drain Facelift Surgery?
Because every patient is different, Dr. Azouz will work with you to create a surgical plan designed to reach your cosmetic goals. During an initial consultation, you will discuss your ideal results with Dr. Azouz so he can recommend the facelift technique best suited for you. He will then take you through each step of the surgical process and recovery period to give you a clear picture of your plan. Dr. Azouz can also demonstrate a projected result on the patient’s face before surgery.
- Eliminates unnecessary scarring
- Allows for a more comfortable recovery
- Involves less postoperative maintenance
- Eliminates added foreign material
How Is Facelift Surgery Performed in Dallas?
A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, involves removing excess or sagging skin around the face and neck. The procedure smooths out wrinkles and deep creases while replacing lost volume in key areas of the face. Because facelift can be easily combined with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), a neck lift (platysmaplasty), or a brow lift, some patients may ask their surgeon to focus more on specific facial regions during their procedure.
Dr. Azouz believes in a minimally invasive approach, using incisions small enough to eliminate the need for surgical drains and allowing for a much faster recovery time. Surgical drains can be painful, require frequent maintenance, and can cause extra unneeded scarring. Laser resurfacing and skincare can also improve skin quality. Dr. Azouz recommends staging laser resurfacing with a facelift in most cases to allow the most maximal results from each procedure. Dr. Azouz relies on years of expertise in the surgical field to personalize the experience of each patient, working every step of the way to reach the most natural and rejuvenating results.
Anesthesia for Facelift Surgery
A facelift is generally performed under local anesthesia with sedation, allowing the patient to be completely comfortable during surgery. The sedation can be made deep or light, depending on the patient’s desire.
Facelift Surgery Recovery
Recovery time varies for everyone, but most patients will be able to return to vigorous work within less than one or two weeks. Deskwork can be returned within 48 hours after surgery in most cases. The healing process is gradual, with final results emerging in approximately three to six weeks and refining as time goes on. As with all surgical procedures, Dr. Azouz will closely follow up to ensure a healthy recovery. He will provide specific aftercare instructions to maintain facelift results with professional skincare treatments and at-home skincare products.
Do Bromelain and Arnica reduce bruising and swelling?
Bromelain and Arnica have mixed results in the literature regarding improving bruising and swelling after a facelift. Some patients do report improvements with these supplements. Dr. Azouz recommends patients who wish to take Arnica/Bromelain, take the supplement both before and after surgery. With all supplements, Dr. Azouz recommends checking with him first before adding them to their recovery routine.
Combination of a Facelift with Other Plastic Surgeries in Dallas
Many patients create unique combinations that enhance the effects of the procedure. Dr. Azouz can work with you to design a customized, comprehensive approach to achieving your goals.
Facelift Combination Surgery:
- Neck lift
- Brow lift
- Neck Liposuction
- Eyelid surgery
- Ear lobe correction: Repair of split ear/Ear lobe reduction
- Fat Grafting
Most facelift patients find that their results last for ten years or longer and can take as much as a decade off their appearance. A facelift generally results in a more sculpted jawline, improves jowls, and creates a better angle to the neck.
Facelift surgery cost
The cost of a facelift varies between patients depending on their unique needs. Dr. Azouz will determine the cost of surgery after examination, providing each patient with an individual cost estimate. Dr. Azouz offers a variety of financing options to make facelift affordable for his patients. Combination of a Facelift with blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), rhinoplasty (nasal surgery), brow lift, neck lift, neck liposuction, ear lobe reduction, or reconstruction, otoplasty, and other aesthetic (cosmetic) surgeries can lower the overall cost of the procedure.
Schedule your consultation with Dr. Azouz
The aging process is entirely natural, but it doesn’t have to interfere with your daily life. When you no longer recognize the wrinkles, deep lines, excess fat, or sagging skin, consider a cosmetic procedure with long-lasting results. Rather than altering your appearance, Dr. Azouz will work with you to rejuvenate your reflection. An initial consultation will help determine your candidacy for a facelift and clarify which technique is best for your unique aesthetic goals. Contact Azouz Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery today at (972) 702-8888 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, a facelift can give you a younger appearance. A facelift can improve fine lines and wrinkles, “turkey neck,” jowls, sagging and lax skin, jawline fat, fat under the neck, prominent nasolabial folds, sad or tired-looking appearance, and Marionette lines.
The most effective way to tighten the skin on the face is to undergo a double-layer facelift.
Double chin treatment can be achieved with a facelift and neck liposuction. Some patients can improve a double chin with liposuction of the submandibular jaw and neck without a facelift.
After a facelift, Dr. Azouz will instruct you to sleep with your head slightly elevated and to use cold packs when desired to reduce the appearance of swelling.
A surgical facelift or liposuction of the submandibular jaw and neck can create a more defined and tight jawline.
Dr. Azouz will instruct you on the specific things you need to do or avoid prior to a facelift, including certain medications, substances, and supplements. Dr. Azouz suggests avoiding all nicotine products preoperatively and postoperatively with all of his surgical procedures.
During each postoperative appointment Dr. Azouz will advise you on which activities you can incorporate back into your daily routine. In most cases, Dr. Azouz advised his facelift patients to avoid strenuous activities like heavy exercising for up to six weeks.
A facelift technically is permanent meaning if one identical twin was to have a facelift and the other didn’t, the face lifted twin would always have a more youthful appearance as compared to his or her twin. That being said it is typical that facelift results can last approximately ten to fifteen years before the normal signs of aging reoccur.
Dr. Azouz has many techniques to decreasing bruising after a facelift. Dr. Azouz uses special medications intraoperatively to reduce bruising and swelling and recommends Arnica and Bromelain before and after a facelift. The majority of the minimal bruising dissipates within a week of the procedure.
Dr. Azouz’s Facelift patients in Dallas are typically back to light work or desk duties within a few days following their procedure. For more strenuous activities such as contact sports or skiing it usually takes approximately six weeks.
After a facelift, Dr. Azouz instructs his patients to sleep with your head slightly elevated. He may also suggest using cold packs to reduce the appearance of swelling.
While most patients consider having a facelift in their 50s or 60s there is no specific age that a patient should be before having a facelift or eyelid surgery. Dr. Azouz has performed facelifts on patients in their 30s to patients in their 80s. Even some young patients may have excess skin, volume (fat) and bone loss, which causes their appearance to no longer reflect their chronologic age. Some patients may look older than other patients of the same age or feel much younger than their chronologic age, meaning the right time for a facelift in Dallas will be unique to their goals. It’s important to note that facelift surgery can make the face and neck look as much as ten to twenty years younger in the hands of a board certified plastic surgeon.
There are a number of ways to enhance and maintain your facelift results in Dallas, and many patients benefit from a combination approach. This may mean using physician-grade skincare products like skinbetter science® at home to prevent further signs of aging, as well as regular professional skincare treatments. Some non-surgical treatments can also be beneficial in preventing signs of aging. To see Dr. Azouz’s facelift results, check out our facelift before and after gallery.
Some scarring is inevitable with any surgical procedure, but there are some factors that can reduce its visibility. The first is careful incision placement by Dr. Azouz, who can make sure your incisions are not directly visible and are concealed within the hairline or behind the ears. Secondly, silicone scar treatments can be very effective at reducing scarring though in most patients is not necessary. Dr. Azouz can discuss your best options during your consultation in Dallas.
During your consultation, you’ll receive aftercare instructions on how to care for your facelift results. Generally, it’s best to halt your regular skincare regimen following your surgery until otherwise cleared during a follow-up appointment with Dr. Azouz in Dallas. You should be sure to use a light, unscented moisturizer and avoid makeup for at least the first week. It’s extremely important to wear sunscreen when you go outside in the weeks following facelift surgery.
Your facelift cost in Dallas can depend on many different factors like surgeon’s fees, facilities, anesthesia, appointments, and recovery materials. During your consultation with Dr. Azouz, you’ll receive a full estimate of your facelift cost so you know what to expect. Since a facelift is an elective procedure, it is generally not covered by major insurance companies. Dr. Azouz performs a comprehensive physical exam to determine if you are a candidate for liposuction of the neck, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, a chin implant or for laser skin resurfacing. Some patients elect to perform breast and body surgery (breast lift, breast augmentation, gynecomastia or liposuction) at the same time as a facelift. In general, Dr. Azouz recommends performing tummy tucks or body lifts at a different time from a facelift.
Facelift results are permanent. Some patients elect to repeat a facelift after 15 to 20 years.
A facelift is usually not painful. Most patients will take very few opioid pain pills after a facelift.
Facelift Surgery Patient Review for Dr. Azouz
“My experience with Dr. Azouz has been nothing less than amazing! I am so happy with his care. I look like myself again and love the compliments! I cant tell you how often people ask me if I just got back from vacation or if I changed “something”. I love just keeping them guessing.”