Can Facelift Surgery Get Rid of Wrinkles?
Age, hormones, lifestyle choices, and environmental exposure can wreak havoc on the skin and facial features, causing firm and plump tissues to sag, crease, and wrinkle. At Alford Facial Plastic Surgery, we offer innovative facelift surgical techniques to skillfully sculpt tissues and underlying muscles to elevate the face and neck for a natural, youthful appearance. Double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eugene Alford works with patients throughout Houston, TX to help them achieve smoother, gorgeous results that match their unique facial structure and can last for many years.
What is facelift surgery?
Facelift surgery, or a rhytidectomy, is an invasive cosmetic procedure designed to elevate or lift multiple facial features for a smooth, refreshed look. Depending on the patient’s personal goals and Dr. Gene’s professional recommendations, there are multiple customized facelift surgeries to choose from, ranging from a mini- to a traditional facelift. At Alford Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Gene can address aging and sagging skin by creating incisions and lifts around the eyes, jowls, cheeks, jaw, neck, and more.
What conditions does facelift surgery treat?
Men and women can have numerous conditions treated in one facelift surgery, including:
- Sagging jowls
- Deep facial creases, including nasolabial folds
- Reduced muscle tone of the face
- Sagging or loose skin
- Etched or marionette lines
- Double chin
- Facial asymmetry
- Displaced facial fat
- Dynamic wrinkles
Can facelift surgery get rid of wrinkles?
Facelift surgery is a popular cosmetic option for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, especially when topical treatments or alternative cosmetic techniques have yielded little to no results. Dr. Gene creates highly tailored facelift surgical plans based on your initial consultation that can potentially reduce moderate to severe wrinkles on the face, including:
- Nasolabial folds
- Crow’s feet
- Frown lines
- Marionette or etch lines
- Smile lines
Am I an ideal candidate for facelift surgery?
Both men and women may be ideal candidates for facelift surgery at Alford Facial Plastic Surgery if they:
- Are near their 30s and wish to get a headstart on preventing signs of aging
- Are older individuals who want to attain a younger complexion
- Are in good general health and respond well to general anesthesia
Dr. Gene will review your personal and medical history to determine if you can safely undergo facelift surgery. Individuals with specific medical conditions may not qualify or may be better suited for alternative cosmetic options.
How the surgical process works
Patients attend their scheduled facelift at Alford Facial Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX, which will take approximately 4 – 6 hours to complete, depending on the facelift surgery selected. Once the patient is placed under general anesthesia, Dr. Gene will start making small incisions in relatively concealed areas, such as near the hairline and under the chin. For traditional facelifts, Dr. Gene will spend time carefully lifting and tightening underlying muscle tissue, removing excess fat, and then re-drape the skin. Once the incisions are closed, the patient is discharged to recovery, where they are monitored prior to leaving our clinic.
What does recovery look like after facelift surgery?
Facelift surgery typically requires an overnight stay for the patient to wear a pressure wrap and to lie still. Once the patient is permitted to discharge home, they’ll be sent out with a responsible driver and an at-home recovery and scar management protocol. A light facial wrap is to be worn at all times, except for bathing, which can take place approximately one week after surgery. Recovery takes roughly 2 – 4 weeks. Temporary swelling, tenderness, and pain are expected but should resolve as the incisions heal.
How long will results last?
Facelift surgery results can last for many years. To get more out of your facelift outcomes, consider applying the following tips after your customized facelift surgery:
- Adhere to all recovery and scar management protocols
- Minimize smoking and alcohol use
- Reduce daily stress
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Stay well hydrated
- Get an adequate amount of sleep
- Protect your skin from excessive sun exposure
Learn more about diminishing wrinkles with facelift surgery
If you reside in or near Houston, TX, and would like to learn more about getting rid of wrinkles with customized facelift surgery, contact us at Alford Facial Plastic Surgery and schedule a consultation today. Dr. Eugene Alford and his team of professionals look forward to working with you to help you achieve a younger, beautiful complexion.