The facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is plastic surgery procedure designed to turn back the clock on visual aging and uncover the lost youthfulness of the face. The procedure can improve the appearance of sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening the underlying muscles, and redraping the skin. Good candidates for a facelift include men and women who are in good health and wish to look more youthful.
The facelift is a procedure which not only requires meticulous technique but also a true artistic ability if the best and most beautiful results are to be achieved. It must be performed with regard to producing the most pleasing, long-term aesthetic outcome. This is not the procedure to shop around for based on cost. You only have one face and it is the first thing that people see when they look at you.
Dr. Vitenas has extensive experience and training in the latest facelift techniques. He is always careful to spend the time and produce the craftsmanship that will ensure a beautiful, natural and long-lasting result without the tell-tale look of surgery. Dr. Vitenas performs facelift surgery at the Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital or at its affiliated outpatient facility, the Day Surgery Center, usually with an overnight stay for the patient’s comfort. General anesthesia is used and the procedure takes four to six hours to complete.
The incision for the facelift begins above the hairline at the temples, extends inside the front of the ear, and ends behind the ear in the hairline. To achieve a very natural, relaxed, and youthful look, Dr. Vitenas uses a dual-plane technique which addresses both the skin and the deeper tissues (SMAS) with multiple vector lifting and reshaping.
The recovery after a facelift takes about two weeks. Patients can expect some swelling and bruising, and it may take two to three weeks for the bruising to fade. There usually isn’t any significant pain after the facelift, though patients can take medication to manage any discomfort they do experience. Patients may experience some numbness of the skin. The stitches are usually removed on the fifth and tenth days after surgery. Work can typically be resumed after two weeks, though more strenuous activities may need to be postponed for four to six weeks.
Q – What is a facelift?
The facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a plastic surgery procedure able to improve the appearance of sagging facial skin, jowls and loose neck skin. The procedure can effectively turn back the clock on visual aging, uncovering the lost youthfulness of the face.
Q – Who is a candidate for a facelift?
Men and women who are in good health and want to look more youthful may be good candidates for a facelift.
Q – What should I expect during a consultation for a facelift?
During the consultation for a facelift, Dr. Vitenas will go over your complete medical history, take the time to understand your goals, and answer all of your questions. You will see pre-op and post-op photos of previous facelift patients, and computer imaging will be used to help you visualize your own personal results. Dr. Vitenas will discuss reasonable and expected outcomes, and explain the details of the procedure including the technique, the recovery, the risks, the costs, and financing options.
Q – Where is the surgery for a facelift performed?
Dr. Vitenas performs the facelift at the Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital or its affiliated outpatient facility, the Day Surgery Center. There is usually with an overnight stay for the patient’s comfort.
Q – What is the price of a Facelift?
In general, the cost of facelift includes the anesthesia fee, the facility fee and the surgeon’s fee. Facelifts vary in cost depending on the level of correction needed. There are different types of facelifts including short scar, macs lift, mid facelift, neck lift, etc. Depending on your age and the amount of laxity present the correction may run from $7,500.00 to $15,000.00.