Some of us show our age disproportionately on our face and neck. As we age, the muscles relax or permanently tense up, and this creates wrinkles and loose skin. Some patients elect to rejuvenate their faces using temporary techniques, such as liquid filler, Botox to decrease wrinkles, and chemical peels to help smooth out sundamaged skin. Other patients seek a more permanent solution. For these patients, a facelift is the primary procedure for achieving a tighter, smoother, more youthful appearance that will have a long term impact. Dr. Polsen’s facelift patients remark that they look and feel both rejuvenated and energized, and that they look younger but still look like the same person (a natural looking result).
Your face is how most people identify you. If you look older than you feel, that’s how many people will treat you. If you look as young as you feel, you can also count on people to treat you as though you’re younger than your years.
The first step in achieving a more radiant, youthful looking face is discussing your options with Dr. Polsen, and to do that you’ll need to contact our Clear Lake / South Houston office, either online or by calling (281) 538-6600.
- Facelifts achieve a tighter, smoother, more youthful appearance
- Eliminates jowls, sagging skin, and crease lines
- Recovery: Generally around two weeks
Who is a Good Candidate?
If you are experiencing the following, and are healthy enough for major surgery, there is a good chance you are a prime candidate for a facelift:
- Too relaxed of a jaw line and/or the appearance of jowls
- Sagging skin, muscles, and fat in the face and neck due to aging or genetics
- Crease lines along the nose, mouth, and chin which make you appear older than you feel
You will discuss your desired end result with Dr. Polsen, and he will determine which areas of your face need more support and which areas of excess tissue need to be eliminated. Facelifts are performed under general anesthesia, although in some less invasive instances local anesthetic may be used instead.
Incisions are designed to be hidden by the natural terrain of your face: the nooks and crannies around the brow, chin, and ears, and sometimes even hidden by the hair. It’s not uncommon for facelift incisions to be made an inch or two above the hairline, for example. Generally, other incisions are made next to the ear, and a very small incision is made under the chin to excise fatty and excess tissue around the jawline. The idea is to get as much pull on the skin as possible, but to have that pull be in natural-looking directions. This helps avoid skin that looks unnaturally plastic-like after surgery is completed.
Restructuring of your facial framework is then performed by attaching deep tissue to the temporal and mastoid fascia using non-dissolving suture. Dr. Polsen will essentially re-drape the facial and neck skin in order to produce tighter tissue in the final result. Fat may be removed or sculpted during this time. Dr. Polsen will inform you if he believes that liposuction should also be involved in your facial rejuvenation procedure. Depending on the complexity of your Houston Clear Lake Area facelift, general anesthesia may be used during surgery.
Any post-operative pain experienced should subside after a day or two. Post-operative pain can be managed with prescription medication if necessary. Any normal bruising and swelling will improve gradually as your final results begin to show. Your most visible signs of surgery will fade within the first two weeks. This is typically when Dr. Polsen’s patients begin returning to feeling “normal.”
Dr. Polsen will work with you to develop a personalized recovery plan—one that you can follow, because it will be designed to minimize your discomfort while maximizing the longevity of your results. In fact, due to the surgical nature of a facelift, it is only once your recovery is over that you will see your complete results. A prolonged recovery means putting those results in jeopardy, so it’s essential that you follow Dr. Polsen’s instructions.