About Facelift Surgery
Houston, TX plastic surgeon, Dr. Edward E. Lee, offers a full spectrum of facial cosmetic procedures. One of his most popular surgical treatments is a facelift. This procedure generally focuses on the bottom two-thirds of the face to tighten and lift the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, nose, and mouth. The type of facelift needed will depend on your skin laxity, age, lifestyle, and other influences. Some men and women are candidates for a full facelift, while others only need moderate lifting. Dr. Lee is an experienced surgeon and understands the complex anatomy and intricacies of a facelift procedure. The goal with each facelift is to produce natural, becoming results that look soft and beautiful.
Facelift Ideal Candidates
Ideal candidates for facelift surgery will have noticeable facial lines, wrinkles, sagging, and drooping of the jowls. Age doesn’t necessarily define when the appropriate time is to have a facelift because there are various types of lifts depending on the cosmetic concerns you have. If you are over the age of 35 and desire a more youthful appearance, a facelift might be chosen that is different for our 65 and over patients. Skin elasticity is the key factor. Ideal candidates will be in good physical health, be a nonsmoker, and have realistic expectations. Before a surgery is recommended, nonsurgical options will also be discussed to see if you will benefit from certain procedures such as fillers, BOTOX, or laser treatment.
"Dr. Lee is very personable! He is always very thoughtful and kind. If you are looking to get a procedure done, he will be able to kindly guide you through the process. Very seldom do you meet a doctor who is as considerate and relational as Dr. Lee!"- J.B. / Facebook / Mar 12, 2017
"I just happen to run across Dr. Lee on the internet searching for a Dr. to do a breast augmentation and possible tummy tuck. Had never even considered having this before and was very nervous. Went to one other consultation with another Dr. in the Houston area and found out he was actually only a dermatologist and wasn’t board certified in plastic surgery. I decided to get another quote and I am so glad that I did. Even though I lost $500 dollars that I had put down with t...he first Dr.. i let Dr. Lee know what it was that I was looking for and he let me know right away what I needed. He could have charged me more and even could have said that I needed more than what I did but he did not. He did not have to do a lift on me for my breast and he did not have to do lipo in me either and in both cases he could have told me I needed this and I would not have known the difference - but he didn’t. I was impressed with the fact that he has been doing this for only 7 years would be up to date on the procedures and possible new ways of doing these procedures rather than a dr that had been doing this for 20 plus years. Dr. Lee was worried due to the fact that I was a smoker. He almost seemed as if he may not even be interested in doing my surgery due to this fact. That was even impressive. He could have cared less and just seen dollar signs but he didn’t. I let him know I was super serious about this and would stop immediately if he would get me right in to do surgery so that I wouldn’t change my mind like I had in the past due to other obligations. He told me I would have to wait 6 weeks and the. He could do the surgery if I stopped smoking then. I promised. He kept his part of the bargain and so did I. I am proud to say that I have now had surgery almost 2 weeks ago and still haven’t smoked. Won’t go back. Thanks to Dr. Lee and Mrs. Eva I won’t go back to smoking. My surgery went flawlessly and the results are amazing. The Dr. knew exactly what I needed and did a perfect job. He eased all of my fears and it went way better than what I expected. Would recommend Dr. Lee to anyone wanting to enhance their looks. They offer a lot of different services and I would let them do any of them on me if I needed. Now Mrs Eva if the Drs right hand in my opinion. She was amazing and could have ignored me because god knows I ask her every question under the sun regarding my procedures and she handled me with nothing but respect. When she didn’t have too. I love her to pieces and she makes you feel so comfortable during the entire process."- M.S. / Facebook / Mar 22, 2020
"10 days post “mommy makeover” and have to write a review because of how smooth the process was and how wonderful Dr. Lee is. Great bedside manner and superb skill level. You can tell he takes pride in his work and strives to get his patients the best possible outcome. Recovery process has been smooth thankfully. I was back to work 1 week post surgery. Also, Dr. Lee really listens to your concerns and works with you as a team. He even called me over Christmas to review a post op concern I had emailed him about. Eva in the office is also wonderful. Highest recommendations!"- D. / Google / Dec 28, 2019
"Dr.Lee is highly skilled and takes very good care of his patients during and post operation. I highly recommend Dr. Lee!"- C.K. / Google / Nov 04, 2019
"Very welcoming place."- J.S. / Google / Sep 04, 2019
Plan Your Procedure
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Facelift Surgical Techniques
There are various types of facelifts that address different concerns. Some rejuvenate the lower face, while some target the mid-face. In addition, some methods are more invasive than others. It is very common for patients to also incorporate a brow lift or a nonsurgical treatment, such as fillers to increase facial volume, and/or BOTOX to soften the overlook of the upper face. Some of the more common facelift options include:
- Mini Facelift
A small incision is made around the ears to elevate and tighten the skin around the mouth and jawline. It gently lifts the lower face for just the right subtle result.
- Mid Facelift
Using similar techniques as the mini facelift, this procedure focuses on the skin around the cheekbones and jaw. The lift goes higher up on the face and addresses the bottom two-thirds of the face.
- Full Facelift
A full facelift generally places the incision along the hairline, extending down to the temples, stopping at the base of the ears. The underlying facial tissues and muscles are pulled and tightened to create a lifted appearance, which reduces excessive wrinkles and sagging. It is used for patients who have signs of advanced aging. During a full facelift, several techniques may be combined, including an eyelid lift, and a neck lift to address the entire face.
- Lower Facelift
This particular facelift addresses the neck and chin and in many cases the lower jowls. It may use a combination of surgical tightening, neck liposuction, and nonsurgical methods such as Kybella, which is used for nonsurgical neck and chin reduction.
What to Expect with Facelift
Regardless of which facelift procedure is performed to meet your specific cosmetic concerns, the goal is to create subtle, yet amazing results. Most facelift surgeries are performed under general anesthesia and can take between 2 – 4 hours, depending on how invasive the procedure is, as well as if any other procedures are being combined. You should expect to experience swelling, bruising, and soreness after surgery. Recovery time varies depending on the type of facelift you receive, but generally, 2 – 4 weeks is common. After the healing process is complete, you can expect to have a more defined, youthful appearance. The face will appear softer, slightly lifted, and rejuvenated. Seniors should not expect to look decades younger, but the number of wrinkles and sagging skin will be significantly improved.
The Right Facelift for You
Facelift surgery has come very far in recent years, allowing men and women in various decades to look and feel younger. Some treatments are less invasive and allow just enough enhancement to carry you through a number of years. Even the more advanced treatments result in natural, beautiful outcomes for many of our older patients. If you are considering facelift surgery and would like to understand what your options are, we invite you to call our office and schedule your consultation today.