Facelift

In social interactions, your face is one of the first things people notice. Since first impressions can be lasting, it is unfortunate that the face is also one of the first areas to show signs of aging. Women and men are often concerned that deep facial creases and sagging skin make them appear unhappy or tired, which is not the image they want to convey and not how they feel inside.

At 2301 Plastic Surgery, our fellowship-trained plastic surgeons specialize in modern facelift techniques. Facelift patients from Plano, Fort Worth, Frisco, and other cities near Grapevine, Texas, trust them to restore a more youthful, rested appearance to the face.

Face Lift Before & After Photos

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Choosing a Highly Credentialed Facelift Specialist

As fellowship-trained plastic surgeons, Dr. Michael A. Bogdan and Dr. Roger Cason bring extensive training and experience in the area of facelift surgery to DFW patients. They are both among the select few plastic surgeons in the country who have undergone formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery. Dr. Bogdan completed a highly sought-after fellowship at the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, and Dr. Cason completed the prestigious aesthetic surgery fellowship at the Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute. During their respective fellowships, they trained with leaders in the field of aesthetic plastic surgery and acquired advanced techniques that they use for every facial plastic surgery procedure they perform.

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Get to know Dallas-Fort Worth plastic surgeons Dr. Michael A. Bogdan and Dr. Roger W. Cason of 2301 Plastic Surgery. They are highly credentialed surgeons who share a passion for their craft and a genuine concern for each patient's personalized care.

Are You a Good Candidate for Facelift?

A facelift primarily affects the lower half of the face, tightening loose skin in the jowls, jawline, and neck. A midface lift can also lift the cheeks and lower eyelids. If you are in generally good health and unhappy with flattened cheeks, sagging, and lines or folds in the mid to lower face, a facelift may be a good option for you.

Combining Facelift Surgery With Other Procedures

Facelift procedures do nothing to correct signs of aging in the upper face, such as crow’s feet or forehead wrinkles. This is why our Dallas-Fort Worth facelift patients often combine facelift surgery with other procedures, such as:

Understanding Facelift

Depending on genetic factors, facial aging can begin in our 30s, though it is typically first noted in our 40s or 50s. Due to sun exposure, gravity, and everyday facial expressions, the youthful elastic properties of the skin begin to break down and become slack, causing the face to lose form and definition. Deep creases appear between the nose and mouth, the jawline becomes ill-defined as the jowl develops, and folds with fat deposits appear around the neck.

Dr. Bogdan and Dr. Cason perform facelifts, or rhytidectomy, to correct age-related changes in the face. As a result of their premier training, they are familiar will all modern facelift techniques and will tailor your operation to specifically address the anatomy of your facial aging, as well as your desired changes. During the consultation, our surgeons will often utilize 3D imaging to discuss your areas of concern and plan your surgical rejuvenation.

Traditional Facelift

The Traditional Face Lift utilizes incisions that begin within the hair at the temples, extend downward in front of the ears, then around the earlobes, and into the hairline behind the ears. These incisions are well-concealed within the hair and the natural folds of the skin. Through these incisions, the underlying facial tissues are sculpted, repositioned, and the muscles may be tightened. Sometimes facial implants are used to re-create the youthful contours of the face if bone atrophy has caused a weakening of the facial foundation. The skin is re-draped, and excess skin is removed, resulting in a more toned appearance. As part of a traditional facelift, a neck lift is incorporated to address sagging and laxity of the neck.

Short Scar Facelift

Our surgeons also perform a Short Scar Facelift, also called a mini-facelift, for DFW patients in whom facial aging manifests with the early appearance of a jowl, but where neck aging is not so drastic. The procedure repositions the skin and soft tissues of the face that have been affected by the aging process. The principal difference between a short-scar lift and the traditional facelift is that the short-scar lift utilizes a significantly smaller incision. The incision is similar to the one used in the traditional facelift but ends at the earlobe. The scarring behind the ear is largely or completely eliminated. This is only appropriate for patients who have no issues with their neck skin or bands.

Midface Lift

The Midface Lift rejuvenates that portion of the face extending from the lower eyelid to the upper lip when aging or imbalance in this area is not readily corrected by other cosmetic procedures. The midface lift is a newer procedure designed to lift the cheeks and thereby restore their natural fullness as well as correct imbalances of the lower eyelids. This procedure produces a subtle effect due to the more vertical nature of the lift, affecting the malar (cheek bone) region. The midface lift is not for patients who want to eliminate sagging in the jowls or neck. A popular combination procedure is blepharoplasty, or cosmetic eyelid surgery.

Are There Any Nonsurgical Alternatives to Facelift Surgery?

For people with early signs of facial aging or those who want to avoid surgery, we can perform a personalized combination of nonsurgical procedures instead of a facelift. Options include:

Facelift Recovery

After surgery, the face is bandaged to minimize swelling, and small surgical drains are placed to help prevent fluid accumulation. Patients typically return home on the day of surgery; in some cases, patients stay overnight in the hospital. You will need an adult family member or friend to drive you home and help you out for the first week or so. While experiences vary, most go through the following milestones during recovery:

  • Pain: Most patients control pain with either prescribed or over-the-counter medications for the first 3 to 4 days. It is most effective to keep “ahead of the pain” by taking the medication before you get significantly uncomfortable.
  • Swelling & bruising: You will be instructed to keep your head elevated (including while sleeping) and use cool compresses for several days to ease swelling and bruising, which peak around day 3 or 4. In most cases, it is fully resolved within 6 to 12 months.
  • Ready to go in public: Many patients feel ready to go out in public within 10 to 14 days.
  • Return to work and regular activities: Patients are typically ready to return to regular non-strenuous activities in 7 to 10 days.
  • Incisions: Our surgeons will give patients specific instructions on how to care for their incisions and when to come in for post-op checkups.
  • Unusual sensations: It is normal to experience itchiness, tingling, and tightness for the first few weeks as nerves heal and swelling dissipates.
  • Final results: It will take roughly 2 to 3 months for the face to look and feel completely recovered.

Facelift FAQ

What’s the best age to get a facelift?

The best age for a facelift varies between patients. In general, it’s time for a facelift when nonsurgical procedures are not effective or when you’re ready for a noticeable, long-lasting solution to facial aging.

Does a facelift get rid of jowls?

Yes. A facelift, often along with a neck lift, is an excellent way to restore a firm, defined jawline.

Will my face look tight or pulled after a facelift?

This is a common concern, and it is based on the results produced by older surgical techniques. In the past, the procedure focused on the skin, which was pulled in a lateral direction. This produced the tight, “windblown” look that contemporary techniques are designed to avoid. Today, we reshape and reposition the underlying tissues to restore more youthful facial contours. Then the skin is lifted and re-draped, producing a much more natural appearing result.

Is the technique for a male facelift different than a female facelift?

The direction and extent of a male facelift will likely be altered to avoid unwanted facial feminization. The biggest difference between men and women is the placement of the incisions. The male incisions are often made in front of the ear along the beard line, so the beard hair does not get pulled into the ear. There are also differences in how most surgeons will shape the face. Commonly, women look to achieve a softer, rounder, or oval look, while men want more angularity in the jawline and cheeks.

How long does a facelift last?

A facelift doesn’t halt the aging process, but, in a sense, facelift results last indefinitely. That’s because patients typically continue to look years younger than their chronological age for the rest of their lives. That said, most patients are happy with their facelift results for around 10 to 12 years, at which point additional aging prompts many women and men to seek additional procedures. The longevity of facelift results is greatly dependent on the quality of skin before facial rejuvenation. Smoking, tanning, and weight fluctuations can impact your facelift results because all of these factors affect skin laxity. The better a patient’s skin is to start with, the longer their results will last. Often, patients will use injectable dermal fillers to prolong their facial rejuvenation results.

Your Next Step

If you would like further information about facelift surgery, please click here to request a consultation with Dr. Bogdan or Dr. Cason, fellowship-trained plastic surgeons in Grapevine, Texas. Our surgeons look forward to meeting with you to discuss your personal goals and establish a treatment plan to achieve them. If you prefer, you can call us at  (817) 442-1236 to schedule your appointment.


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