Fine lines, wrinkles, deflation leading to drooping, and sagging are among the most common signs of facial aging…but they don’t have to be a permanent fact of life. A facelift with Dr. Paul Vitenas can help you restore your youthful glow.

Say Goodbye
to Facial Aging

The rhytidectomy, more commonly known as a facelift, is a surgical procedure created to turn back the clock on the visual signs of aging, restoring your youthful appearance. A facelift will tighten sagging facial tissues, jowls, and loose neck skin. By ensuring the underlying muscles are smooth and tight, the remaining tissues can be re-draped to create a refreshed appearance.

If you’re ready to learn more about how a facelift with Dr. Vitenas can help you, reach out and set up your consultation at our Houston location today.


Facelift Before & Afters

Each Patient is Unique and Individual Results May Vary

Each Patient is Unique and Individual Results May Vary

Is the Facelift Right for Me?

The ideal facelift candidate will be in generally good health, looking to reverse the early signs of aging. Both men and women can benefit from a facelift. Dr. Vitenas can customize the rhytidectomy technique to take years off the appearance of any ethnicity or skin type. The facelift requires many years of experience meticulous technique and a true artistic eye in order to achieve the best possible results. 

When performing a facelift, Dr. Vitenas focuses on producing the most pleasing, long-term aesthetic outcome, relying on his extensive experience and well-developed aesthetic sensibility. During your consultation, Dr. Vitenas will learn about your cosmetic goals and walk you through the various surgical and non-surgical solutions we offer, working with you to craft a customized treatment plan that is tailored directly to your goals.

The Experience and Expertise You Deserve

Dr. Vitenas has extensive experience and training in the latest facelift techniques. He is always careful to spend the time necessary to ensure a beautiful, natural, and long-lasting result without the telltale look of surgery.

The Facelift Experience

Dr. Vitenas performs his facelift procedures at the Houston Surgery Center. This accredited day surgery facility is in the same building as Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery, ensuring their procedure is both safe and convenient. He will use general anesthesia during the procedure. 

Taking between four and six hours to complete, the surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. The facelift procedure will begin with a thin incision placed above the hairline at the temples, extends inside the front of the ear, and ends behind the ear in the hairline. 

To achieve a natural, relaxed, and youthful look, Dr. Vitenas uses a dual-plane technique; this will address both the skin and the deeper tissues (SMAS) with multiple vector lifting and reshaping. During your consultation, Dr. Vitenas will thoroughly explain his surgical technique.

Dr. Vitenas was voted the Best Facial Plastic Surgeon in Houston for 2022 by Modern Luxury Magazine!

“Dr. Vitenas is an artist.”

“Had facelift 4 years ago & am still delighted with the results. Dr. Vitenas is an artist. Took 20 years off my face and left me with a totally natural look. Everyone is stunned when they hear my age (71).”

Your Recovery Period

The recovery after a facelift will take from two to three weeks. Swelling and bruising are common and may take three weeks or longer to fully resolve. There is normally no significant pain after the facelift, though patients can take medication to manage any discomfort they do experience.

You may experience some temporary numbness of the skin, and your stitches will be removed between five to ten days after your surgery. Most people are feeling good enough, and are comfortable with their appearance to return to work in two weeks or less. Strenuous activities will need to be put off for four to six weeks, allowing the face time to fully heal.


A rhytidectomy, also known as a facelift, is a surgical technique designed to restore a younger, more refreshed appearance by improving sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose tissue on the neck. The procedure can effectively turn back the clock on visual aging, uncovering the lost youthfulness of the face.

Both men and women can make good candidates for the facelift procedure. The ideal patient will want to look more youthful, be in overall good health, and understand the procedure.

The consultation appointment provides time for Dr. Vitenas to go over your medical history and current medications, and discuss any questions that you may have. He will also perform a quick exam of the facial tissues and go over your aesthetic goals. Dr. Vitenas will then explain the facelift procedure and show before/after photos of recent rhytidectomy patients. At this time, he will determine the exact price of your surgical procedure, as well.

All facelift procedures are performed at the Houston Surgery Center. This private surgical center is located on the second floor of the Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery building.

The cost of a facelift will depend on the extent of correction involved, but will normally fall between $17,000 and $35,000. The price covers the anesthesiologist, surgical suite, doctor’s fees, and all follow-up care. There are different types of facelifts including short scar, macs lift, mid-facelift, and neck lift; each will have a different price range. Some patients also elect to have their brows lifted, excess skin removed for their upper or lower eyelids, and/or a combination of facial fat grafting to achieve a more youthful appearance. During your consultation appointment, Dr. Vitenas will determine the cost of your individual procedure.

Yes, Dr. Vitenas always utilizes a general anesthetic for the facelift procedure.

The facelift begins with an incision starting inside of the hairline at the temples, extending to the front of the ear, and ending in the hairline behind the ear. For the most natural and relaxed look, Dr. Vitenas uses a dual-plane technique, which addresses both the skin and the deeper tissues (SMAS) with multiple vector lifting and reshaping.

A facelift will take between four and six hours to complete.

Dr. Vitenas will create small incisions starting at the temples in the hairline, extending inside the front of the ear, and ending in the hairline behind the ear.

While the facelift incisions do result in scarring, these tend to be easily concealed within the hairline and natural creases of the face and ears.

While the facelift recovery is not considered painful, Dr. Vitenas will prescribe pain medication to control discomfort during the healing process.

Most patients find the recovery period after a facelift will take about two weeks.

In general, patients will see swelling and bruising following their facelift procedure. Temporary numbness may be seen along the incisions, although this should dissipate as the area heals. Mild to moderate discomfort can be easily controlled with medication or Tylenol. The recovery takes six weeks as with other surgery, however, the full effect of a face lift is seen at about the one year mark.

Patients are normally feeling comfortable enough to return to work in two weeks or less, following their facelift procedure.

Lifting, vigorous activities, and strenuous exercise should be put off for at least four to six weeks following your facelift procedure.

Somewhere between the fifth and tenth post-op day, Dr. Vitenas will remove stitches during a follow-up visit.

While Dr. Vitenas’ facelift is a safe procedure, there is always a small chance of complications following invasive surgery. Bleeding, infection, hematoma, nerve damage, and delayed wound healing may occur following surgery.

Yes, Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery accepts medical financing through CareCredit or Alpheon Credit. The office also takes cash and all major credit cards. Contact a patient coordinator for more information on payment options.