Facelift Surgery in Dallas, TX
No one likes the idea of getting up in the morning only to realize they are getting older. Facial aging can cause many patients to feel like the clock is ticking and that their once-youthful skin can never be restored. Facelift surgery not only provides you with aesthetically pleasing results, but it can also leave you feeling beautiful and more confident than ever before.
What Can Facelift (Rytidectomy) Surgery Address?
Sagging skin on the face can occur when gravity meets weakened skin and muscles. As the elasticity in the tissues breaks down, it then begins to droop under its own weight, which results in the formation of jowls developing in the cheeks and jawline. Facelift surgery can restore definition to your cheeks and jaw.
Wrinkles and Fine Lines
Wrinkles and fine lines that have developed as a result of aging, smoking, stress, or sun damage can cause a person to appear older than they really are. Facelift surgery addresses these facial imperfections on the mid and lower face to provide you with youthful contours that will take years off of your face.
Many patients who have developed loose skin and excess fat on their neck can seem as though they have a double chin or “turkey neck.” Facelift combined with neck lift surgery can trim and tighten the skin on the neckline to produce a slim and balanced look to complement the rest of your facial features.
What Will My Facelift Procedure Entail?
During your consult, Dr. Carpenter will listen to your aesthetic goals and carefully examine the condition of your face, neck and hairline to determine the best approach for your facelift procedure.
Neck Lift Surgery
To fully restore the anatomy of the face to a younger position, Dr. Carpenter will begin with correction of the neck. During your neck lift surgery, an incision is made underneath the chin to eliminate excess skin and fat that can lead to vertical neck banding and laxity. This will produce a softer and more toned appearance on the neckline.
During your facelift procedure, incisions are made from within the hairline, around the earlobe and natural creases of the skin. Resulting scars are discreet and easily concealed. Dr. Carpenter performs a modern, dual-plane technique repositioning deep facial tissues and muscles along with tightening the skin. This approach results in a highly natural appearance and never a wind-blown look where only the skin has been tightened. Once the underlying tissues are tightened, the skin is trimmed and gently re-draped over the musculature. Incisions are closed with tiny sutures. Facelift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and typically takes three to five hours.
During your surgical consult and based on your aesthetic goals and Dr. Carpenter’s examination, there may be additional procedures to further enhance your outcome. These procedures can include blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) to refresh tired and sagging eyelids, brow lift surgery to rejuvenate the upper face, rhinoplasty to reshape the nose, chin and cheek augmentation and fat transfers to the face to restore facial volume.
Following your facelift surgery, a surgical garment will be placed on the treated area to support your new contours and promote healing. Swelling and bruising will occur but should resolve after a few weeks. Make sure to avoid all strenuous activities for at least two weeks. You will be able to return to work a few weeks after your surgery unless otherwise instructed by Dr. Carpenter.
Scars following facelift and neck lift surgery are usually very minimal, well-hidden along folds around the ear, and frequently very difficult to see when the healing process is complete.
The cost of your facelift surgery will vary based on certain factors like surgical techniques, anesthesia fees, and the amount of correction needed. Dr. Carpenter will provide you with a customized surgical plan and cost estimate during your consultation.
Although facelift surgery is not a particularly painful procedure, Dr. Carpenter will prescribe medications for comfort and swelling. Many patients find they only need pain medications for the first few days after surgery. Some patients find over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin) to be effective prescription alternatives for managing pain after surgery.
Before & After
Frequently Asked Questions
Patients interested in undergoing facelift surgery should be in good health and have realistic expectations. You will also be asked to stop smoking for a few weeks before and after your procedure.
Following your facelift surgery, you can expect long-lasting results that will improve the overall appearance of your face and provide you with a more rested and youthful look.
Facelift surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your facelift surgery, Dr. Carpenter will discuss any potential complications associated with your procedure in person during your consultation.