What is A Face Lift?
A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a procedure performed that improves the visible signs of aging in the face and around the neck. Due to the excessive amount of relaxation in the face, the skin begins to fall. Usually, some factors that are involved with the loosening of skin in and around the face are thinning of the skin, loss of facial fat due to age, sun damage, etc.
Many women get a multiple procedure surgery done along with their facelift, including but not limited to, brow lifts and eyelid surgery. This can prevent multiple anesthesia injections and multiple recovery sessions. Rhytidectomy is described as a restorative surgery- it does not stop aging and will not change your fundamental appearance. Many plastic surgeons fail to truly deliver beautiful results as they ignore the fundamental measurements and surgical techniques that drive the success of the procedure. Dr. Roth has excelled in both areas and thus helps patients who come from all over the world to seek his expertise in his downtown Houston surgical center.
New to Plastic Surgery? What to Expect During Your First Facelift Consultation.
Arrival to our Houston Office
We know first impressions matter and have created a warm, welcoming environment for our patients right in our downtown Houston office. When you check in at the reception desk, you can fill out forms if you haven’t submitted them electronically.
Meeting the Plastic Surgeon’s Assistant
When you are called to begin your appointment, you will first meet with Amber Fichtner, Physician Assistant, who will review your medical history with you.
Meeting the Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Roth is a personable, compassionate professional. He cares deeply about giving his patients having a wonderful experience from their first consultation through long-term follow-up. His friendly, easy-going, and relaxed attitude puts even the most anxious patients at ease.
Dr. Roth’s exemplary cosmetic surgery techniques have had a very powerful, confidence-building impact on his patients’ self-esteem. Dr. Roth knows that every patient is unique. Together with his staff, he makes all the time necessary to individualize your care based on your personal needs. He carefully explains your options in easy-to-understand language before making his recommendations so that you can then determine the best plastic surgery choice.
Common Facelift Questions to Discuss with Dr. Roth:
- How does facelift surgery change your facial appearance–what might be some of the reasons why you would like this surgery performed?
- How do you feel about your facial region now? What specific changes do you want to see after the plastic surgery?
- What are the best procedure(s) to help you realize your goals? What are the results that can be expected from each procedure, including the benefits and risks of each? (In this scenario, you may ask about a brow lift and eyelid surgery alongside your facelift)
- What’s involved during the facelift surgery (e.g., kinds of incisions, anesthesia type, and recovery timeframe)?
- Is the doctor board certified in plastic surgery? (Dr. Roth is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is also a member of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
- How many times has the plastic surgeon performed the procedure(s) you are considering?
- How regularly has the surgeon performed that procedure?
- Where does rhytidectomy surgery take place? Is it certified for patient safety? What are the credentials of their surgical staff?
- Who is the anesthesiologist? What kind of certification do they have?
- How would an emergency be handled during the cosmetic procedure?
- How has the doctor helped patients with similar physical issues and concerns? (Dr. Roth is going to show you before and after photos of their results).
Why is Dr. Roth the Ideal Choice for Your Facelift Surgery in Houston
Facelift surgery can be performed using a number of variations to meet your goals. A facelift can be performed to subtly treat certain areas of the face, or to create a more comprehensive, overall improvement.
For younger patients in their 30s and 40s who are just beginning to show signs of aging, a mini face lift can be a great surgical option. The mini facelift relies on smaller incisions to address the lower portion of the face, while still creating an overall improved look.
A mid-facelift can effectively treat the middle portion of the face, including the cheek and nasolabial area.
A full facelift is generally best for patients who are slightly older and want to refresh their entire face from chin to brow. Your plastic surgeon, Dr. Roth will go over all of the options with you in detail to help you make a decision on the proper steps to take.
Medications are typically given to help administer comfort in getting ready for your facelift. Based on the degree of change that you’d like to see, your rhytidectomy plastic surgeon will often begin to make an incision along your hairline at the temples. The incision will continue to the ear and end in the lower scalp. Skin is then redraped and the excess skin is trimmed away. The incision will then be closed with sutures. Once the sutures heal- the scars will blend into the hairline and contours of face and ear. There are some patients that choose to go with the mini-facelift only. A mini-facelift addresses the wrinkles and extra skin, but requires less and smaller incisions.
Dr. Roth works to tighten and contour your face to give it a natural look and helping you achieve your goals with beautiful results.
Recovery From A Facelift Procedure:
A bandage may be placed around your face by your plastic surgeon to reduce and minimize the swelling and bruising that you may experience after surgery. Dr. Roth will go over all the detailed and specific instructions on how to care for the surgical site. You may need to apply medications/take medications orally. That is why it is very important to go over your health history chart with your plastic surgeon.
As you recover from your facelift, it is very important to keep your face protected from the sun. Bruising and swelling are normal after a rhytidectomy and you will reach the peak about two days after the facelift. You will see the difference about 10-14 days after your plastic surgery.
Common Facelift Surgery Questions
Can I have other procedures done at the same time as a facelift?
The answer to this is yes. In Dr. Roth’s Houston office, he performs eyelid surgery for patients that mainly say they want to improve their “tired” eyes; they also get brow lifts to improve the skin around the eyelid. This allows for a one-time recovery and prevents from multiple anaesthesia injections.
Am I a good candidate for a mini-facelift?
Once you talk with Dr. Roth at your initial consultation, he will go over all of the impressive aesthetic improvements that are right for you. In general, mini-facelifts give a limited improvement do to the limited incisions.
Where does the surgery take place?
Procedures are done at Dr. Roth’s surgery center in Houston offers the latest amenities and is AAAA certified—the ultimate in surgical accreditation for patient safety.
How much time off should I take from work and exercising?
Usually, Dr. Roth will advises you to stay away from work and exercise for two to three weeks. That is the amount of time needed for bruising and swelling to go down.
How much does a facelift cost in Houston, TX?
A surgeon’s fee in Houston, TX may vary based on the type of cosmetic procedure chosen during consultation and your envisioned outcome from the plastic surgery.
What are included in facelift costs?
Some of the items included in the total cost of cosmetic surgery include anesthesia fees, medical tests, prescriptions for medications, and surgeon’s fee. Dr. Roth and his Houston staff will consult with you affordable cosmetic surgery and customize a facelift package just for you.
Will I ever need another Facelift?
Once you receive your facelift, you will look more refreshed and youthful again. Depending on patients, a rhytidectomy may be performed ten plus years from your original procedure day. Most women just get one facelift and are happy with it.