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Facelift Surgery in Houston

Sagging skin under the chin, jowls, folds, and wrinkles can add years to your appearance, making you look tired or unhappy even when you feel youthful on the inside. Talent only from a true artist with a natural gifts, and years of experience, like Dr. Vitenas, can provide you with a younger but natural looking appearance. If you’re looking for a more youthful appearance, a facelift by Dr. Vitenas, may be a good choice for you.

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Uncover the reasons why individuals from all corners of the U.S. and globally select Dr. Vitenas as their top-choice surgeon in Houston.

“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).”

Facelift Before & After Photos

Each Patient is Unique and Individual Results May Vary

Each client is unique, so results vary, but facelift before and after photos can help give you an idea of the dramatic yet natural rejuvenation possible. Some common improvements include:

Of course, your unique “after” will depend on your specific concerns, anatomy, skin quality, degree of aging, lifestyle factors, and the surgical technique used. Dr. Vitenas spends ample time understanding your cosmetic goals during a personalized consultation. He will explain the procedure in depth and show you facelift before and after pictures so you’ll have a clear understanding of your potential results.

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    Dramatically Reduce Signs of Aging

    Facelift procedures are designed to reduce visible signs of facial aging. During a facelift, excess skin is removed, and underlying tissues are tightened and repositioned to smooth away deep creases, minimize jowls, tighten loose neck skin, and restore a more youthful facial contour.

    While non-surgical treatments like dermal fillers and neurotoxins can provide a temporary lift, surgery is required for dramatic, longer-lasting facial rejuvenation. A facelift can turn back the clock 5-10 years, revealing the more youthful appearance that you miss.

    Dr. Paul Vitenas will evaluate your facial concerns and anatomy during a consultation, then recommend a customized treatment plan using the technique that will give you youthful, natural-looking results.

    Ideal Facelift Candidates in Houston

    The best candidates for a facelift are men and women whose face and neck have begun to sag but whose skin still has good tone and elasticity.
    Common signs that a facelift could rejuvenate your appearance include:
    Patients who are in overall good health and have realistic expectations make the best candidates.

    The Houston Facelift Procedure

    Dr. Vitenas employs a dual-plane technique that targets both the skin and the deeper tissues (SMAS), an approach that addresses both surface and underlying structures for a comprehensive and effective facelift procedure. Dr. Vitenas takes the time necessary in the operating room to ensure precise results that you will love.

    Most procedures are performed on an outpatient basis at Houston Surgical Center, a state-of-the-art AAAASF-accredited facility conveniently located within the Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery building.

    The facelift experience generally involves:

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

    The Facelift Recovery Process

    Dr. Vitenas and his attentive staff will provide detailed instructions for incision care, medications, activity restrictions, and follow-up appointments to support optimal healing after your facial surgery.

    You can expect:

    It’s important to keep your head elevated, use cold compresses, get plenty of rest, and avoid strenuous activities during the first weeks after surgery. Follow-up appointments will allow Dr. Vitenas to monitor your progress and make sure you are healing well.

    While most visible swelling resolves within a couple of weeks, it can take a full year for your facelift result to settle completely. Most find the majority of recovery is behind them after the first 1-2 weeks, and they can resume normal activities with minimal restrictions. However, it’s beneficial to avoid direct sun exposure or vigorous exercise for about 6 weeks.

    Facelift Houston Cost

    The cost of facelift surgery depends on various factors, including the complexity of the procedure, if it’s paired with additional treatments such as neck liposuction or eyelid surgery, and the expertise of the surgeon. For patients in Houston, Dr. Vitenas is committed to delivering outstanding care and results at fair prices.

    In a one-on-one consultation, he will understand your objectives and assess your face to give you a personalized cost estimate. It’s important to note that the starting price for a facelift is $26,000, but this can vary based on your specific requirements and any extra services you might choose to include.

    Dr. Vitenas’ Surgical Approach

    Why Choose Dr. Vitenas for Your Facelift Procedure?

    Choosing an experienced, trusted surgeon is key to both safety and aesthetically pleasing results. Dr. Paul Vitenas is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has practiced cosmetic surgery for over 30 years and has a truly artistic eye for creating exceptional natural results.

    Dr. Vitenas has received a multitude of awards and recognition for his exceptional surgical skills and natural-looking outcomes, having performed hundreds of facelifts and neck lifts. He stays up to date on the latest and most innovative techniques so he can provide his Houston patients with exceptional care.

    Dr. Vitenas approaches each facelift patient as an individual. He spends ample time understanding your goals and anatomy during a personalized consultation. This allows him to choose just the right technique to help you achieve a natural-looking facelift result.


    A facelift, also called a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:

    • Loose skin and sagging jowls along the jawline and neck
    • Deep creases extending from the nose to the mouth
    • Loss of a well-defined jawline

    During a facelift, incisions are made to allow repositioning of the deeper facial tissues. Excess skin is then removed, and the incisions closed to achieve a smoother, more youthful facial contour.

    An experienced, board-certified facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Vitenas will recommend a customized approach based on your anatomy, goals, and level of facial aging.

    The overall cost of a facelift varies depending on the level of correction needed but typically begins at $26,000. This amount includes fees for the anesthesiologist, use of the surgical suite, the doctor's charges, and all subsequent care after the procedure. There are various facelift techniques, such as the short scar facelift, macs lift, mid-facelift, and neck lift, each with its own price point. Additionally, some patients opt for additional procedures like brow lifts, eyelid surgery for upper or lower eyelids, and facial fat grafting to achieve a younger-looking appearance. Dr. Vitenas will provide an accurate cost for your specific facelift during your consultation.

    Typically facial swelling starts resolving after day 3, and bruising fades in 10-14 days. Most facelift patients feel ready to return to work and their normal routines in 1-2 weeks. However, you’ll want to avoid strenuous exercise and activity for 4-6 weeks to allow proper healing.

    Sleeping upright with your head elevated above your heart and without a pillow is recommended for the first 7-10 days after surgery to minimize swelling. Once the swelling subsides, you may sleep on your side. 

    Dr. Vitenas might provide you with a chin strap to be worn around the clock for the first week of facelift recovery to minimize swelling and support proper healing. The light compression helps prevent fluid buildup and allows the facial skin to re-drape smoothly. After that, he'll advise you to continue wearing it at night for up to an additional 2-4 weeks.

    You’ll get an initial glimpse of results after surgery once dressings and compression garments are removed. As swelling resolves over the first 3 months, you’ll get a better idea of your rejuvenated appearance. However, full facelift results become apparent in about 6 months when all swelling has resolved. The tissues will continue to heal and settle over the next year, further refining your improved contour and enhanced facial aesthetics.
    To perform a surgical facelift, Dr. Vitenas makes small incisions that allow him to reposition and tighten underlying tissues. Facelift incisions usually start inside the hairline and above the temples, continuing within the natural crease in front of the ear and ending within the hairline behind the earlobe. As the incisions heal, they are very difficult to detect.
    While a facelift does involve incisions, any resulting surgical scars are extremely minimal. Facelift scars are strategically placed within the hairline and natural contours of your face and ears. This allows them to be easily camouflaged as they fade over time.
    While everyone has a different pain tolerance, most facelift patients report only mild discomfort during their recovery. Swelling and tightness along the incision sites may cause temporary numbness or tingling. Any soreness is generally minor and easily controlled with prescription medication or Tylenol.

    The small stitches used to meticulously close the incisions will need to be removed somewhere between 5-10 days after your procedure. Dr. Vitenas or a member of his skilled team will gently remove them during a follow-up appointment.

    It is important to follow Dr. Vitenas' incision care instructions closely to allow for optimal healing. Avoiding any trauma or strain on the incisions helps prevent the widening or thickening of scars.