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Our facial appearance tends to deteriorate with time, usually due to factors such as natural aging, exposure to the sun, and gravity. This leads to a flattened cheek, slacking jawline, creases around the mouth, and skin laxity that may spread to the neck. A facelift – also referred to as rhytidectomy – is a plastic surgery procedure that is designed to alleviate the signs of facial aging. Plastic surgeons work to reduce the sagging on the cheeks and jawline in order to achieve a refreshed, rejuvenated, and more youthful facial appearance. Many patients who undergo this transformative cosmetic treatment experience increased self-confidence and a higher quality of social life.

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christian Arroyo offers facelift surgery to patients in his Houston and West Houston backyard, as well as surrounding Texas cities of River Oaks, Bellaire, Katy, Memorial, Briarforest, Sugarland, Pearland, Kingwood, Jacinto City, Galena Park, Pasadena, Cloverleaf, Aldine, Spring, the Woodlands, and more. The surgeon’s goal with facial plastic surgery is to give men and women an invigorated, energetic, and youthful facial appearance. On average, Dr. Arroyo’s patients report looking natural and like themselves after surgery, only 20-30 years younger. Dr. Arroyo understands that the needs of different people are unique and goes out of his way to create an individualized treatment plan for each patient, taking every care to give his patients a beautiful, natural looking result, while avoiding that stretched out look. More so, the surgeon utilizes the most advanced surgical techniques to achieve the desired facelift outcome while minimizing the risk of facelift scarring and other side effects.

Who is a candidate for a facelift?

A facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to improve visible signs of aging on the face and neck, usually by removing folds of skin in the cheek, jaw, and neck areas. You may be a good candidate for facelift surgery if:

  • You are in good physical and emotional health
  • You have unpleasant drooping or sagging in the middle of the face
  • You have wrinkles or deep creases along the nose that extend to the corners of your mouth
  • You have a ‘hollow’ or sunken appearance due to loss of facial tissue
  • You have jowls in the lower face
  • You have a double chin appearance or excess loose skin and fat deposits under the jaws and chin
  • You have realistic expectations about the outcome of this treatment

During your first facial rejuvenation consultation at Dr. Arroyo’s Houston cosmetic surgery center, the surgeon will listen to your wishes and concerns, examine your problem areas, and let you know whether this procedure is for you. He will do this by using a state of the art virtual consultation tool in which he will be able to show you in real-time what the procedure would entail, where the scars would be located and what you can expect using your own pictorial anatomy. In case you have excess loose skin or other unpleasant characteristics on your neck, Dr. Arroyo may ask that you combine this procedure with a neck lift for the best possible outcome. If you are a smoker, the surgeon will ask that you quit at least 4 weeks before the procedure. More so, Dr. Arroyo emphasizes that all patients ensure that they are doing this procedure strictly for themselves, not because someone else asked this of them.

Dr. Arroyo’s Unique Sedation Method

During a facelift procedure, Dr. Christian Arroyo utilizes a unique sedation method that is referred to as Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA) Sedation. This technique is considered to be generally safer and allows the patient to breathe on their own without any intubation during surgery. Furthermore, patients do not suffer from side effects such as nausea, vomiting, or pain associated with general anesthesia. Once you have been prepped for surgery, the surgeon’s team will administer a specific type of oral medication to ease the nerves and assist with pain control. Instead of the typical intravenous medication, this is an oral version that many of his facelift patients find to be very comfortable and preferable. It helps to utilize fewer intravenous medications during surgery and has lower chances of resulting in anesthesia side effects such as respiratory depression. After this, the patient is brought into the operating room where a painless IV is started and intravenous medications are administered to give the patient a nice comfortable sedation, completely unaware of anything and without intubation. The patient is very closely monitored by Dr. Arroyo’s surgical staff with patient safety being the #1 priority. After the surgery is done, you wake up relaxed without pain, nausea or vomiting, and ready to go home and recover.

Different Facelift Options

Dr. Arroyo can perform several different types of facelift procedure to suit the requirements of the patients and the goals of the surgery:

Mini facelift

In a mini facelift procedure, the surgeon will create a short incision in the front of the ear. He will then lift and re-drape the skin while repositioning the underlying tissue in order to achieve a natural-looking result. A mini facelift is the best procedure choice for individuals who are looking for mild to moderate improvements in the appearance of their central and lower face. Dr. Arroyo may integrate a neck-liposuction or eyelid surgery to this treatment if needed to achieve the goals of the surgery.

Standard facelift

In a standard/traditional facelift, Dr. Arroyo will make a long incision running above the ear, right along the hairline. The length and precise positioning of the incision will be influenced by the patient’s problem areas. Dr. Arroyo will then lift and redrape the skin towards the center of the face while pulling the underlying muscle layers in order to achieve a natural, rejuvenated outcome. Traditional facelift procedures are common with individuals who are above the age of 45, or those who are seeking for a dramatic improvement in the appearance of their face.

Dr. Christian Arroyo is a skilled Houston facelift surgeon with years of experience performing this and other plastic surgery procedures. Following your pre-op assessment, the surgeon will be in a position to recommend the best type of facelift for your goals. The surgeon also takes a keen interest in each patient and is committed to results and the safety of each patient. Get in touch with Dr. Arroyo’s office for a mini or full facelift that is tailored to achieve your desired results.

Dr. Arroyo’s Procedure Approach

During a full facelift or mini facelift in Houston procedure, Dr. Arroyo employs proven techniques that minimize the risk of complications to skin and muscle. The surgeon will start by administering IV sedation in order to keep the patient comfortable throughout the surgery. The next step is to create an appropriate incision based on the goals of the treatment. Dr. Arroyo makes sure to keep incisions to a minimum as well as conceal them along the natural folds of the skin. Once the incisions are made, the surgeon will trim excess skin and tighten the underlying muscle. Incisions are then closed and bandages placed on the treatment area. Because facelift is considered to be an outpatient procedure, most of Dr. Arroyo’s patients are allowed to go home the same day as the surgery.

Recovery after your Facelift in Houston

Recovery after a facelift in West Houston TX varies from one patient to the other, usually depending on the extensiveness of treatment and the patient’s overall healing ability. Dr. Arroyo encourages his facelift patients to get up and move around as soon as they are able to after surgery in order to promote proper blood flow. You can expect to experience swelling, bruising, and pain over the first week. The surgeon will provide appropriate medication to keep you comfortable. Most facial rejuvenation patients are able to resume light work within 2 weeks. However, you will need to wait until after 4-6 weeks before you can get back to vigorous activity. It is important that you strictly adhere to Dr. Arroyo’s precise post-op instructions in order to ensure a speedy, uninterrupted recovery. If you have any questions or are worried about anything during this healing process, Dr. Arroyo’s office will always be available to provide the support you need.

How much is a facelift in Texas

Dr. Christian Arroyo performs a facelift in Houston, TX at his in-office operating room, supported by highly qualified nursing staff. The cost of a facelift in Houston, Texas is determined by the extensiveness of the treatment and the unique needs of each patient. Many of Dr. Arroyo’s patients can expect to pay between $9,000 and $12,000 for this cosmetic treatment. Health insurance companies typically do not cover rhytidectomy because it is considered to be an elective cosmetic procedure (and not a medical necessity). During your initial Houston facelift consultation with Dr. Arroyo, the plastic surgeon’s team will provide a cost estimate so you can arrange for financing.

Facelift FAQ

Surgical vs non-surgical facelift?

Many facelift plastic surgery candidates weigh the idea of non-surgical, non-invasive procedures. Thanks to advances in plastic surgery technology, there are several procedures that are available in this criteria, including BOTOX, Ultherapy, and facial fillers. These non-surgical alternatives are beneficial because they do not come with downtime and patients can get back to their daily routine almost immediately after the treatment. Dr. Arroyo will be sure to take you through all the available surgical and nonsurgical options and help you pick the best treatment method. Keep in mind though that nonsurgical facelifts can only address mild aesthetic concerns. If you need a dramatic reversal of signs of aging, and removal of excess sagging skin, surgery is the only solution.

Is facelift permanent?

A facelift is designed to deliver long-lasting improvements. However, as time goes by, the facelifted face will still show signs of aging such as loosening skin and jowls. But the extent of these changes will always be less compared to someone who did not have facial plastic surgery in the first place. Many of Dr. Arroyo’s patients find that the benefits of their facial plastic procedure last for as long as 10-15 years.

Which areas will be targeted?

A facelift can mean many things, usually depending on the patient’s concerns. The surgeon may focus on removing excess skin, jowls, or stubborn fat deposits around areas of the face or neck. Dr. Arroyo will also tighten the soft tissue that lies beneath the skin in order to reverse the impact of gravity and restore a youthful face. During your initial consultation at Dr. Arroyo’s Houston plastic surgery center, the surgeon will listen to your worries and examine your problem areas to create a comprehensive facelift treatment.

Will I have scars?

Scarring is inevitable after this procedure because incisions are made on the facial skin. Working with a skilled surgeon is important in order to reduce your scarring from the procedure. Dr. Arroyo makes sure to minimize incisions and position them within natural holds of the skin (e.g. along the hairline) where they are hardly visible. Furthermore, the surgeon will provide each facelift patient with a detailed post-operative care guide to make sure that scars fade over time. You may be asked to apply silicone sheets or gel along your treatment areas after full recovery. Make sure to point out any concerns you have about scarring to Dr. Arroyo well before the facelift procedure.

How do I prepare for a facelift procedure?

Dr. Arroyo requires his facelift and neck lift patients to stop smoking at least a few weeks before the day of surgery. The surgeon will ask to stop taking certain types of herbal supplements, and blood-thinning medication such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and NSAIDs at least 14 days before and after facial surgery. Since rhytidectomy is an outpatient procedure, make sure to arrange for a family member, friend, or trusted associate to drive you home immediately after the surgery. It is also important to purchase supplies you will need during recovery in advance, as well as set time aside from work so you can put your full attention on healing.

Can I combine rhytidectomy with other procedures?

It is possible to combine your surgical facelift with other cosmetic procedures such as neck lift and blepharoplasty so you can receive maximum benefits in one sitting. Following your consultation with Dr. Arroyo, the surgeon will create a comprehensive treatment plan that adequately addresses all your problem areas.