A facelift, when performed with advanced surgical techniques, leaves you looking refreshed and youthful in the surgical approach. Our double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Marcelo Antunes, has years of additional education and experience specializing in face and neck surgeries in Austin, TX.
Will I have noticeable scars after facelift surgery?
Anytime an incision is created, there will be resultant scarring. However, your surgeon can apply best practices to minimize the degree to which scarring is visible after treatment. Facelift scars generally begin in front of the ears and then extend beneath the earlobes and behind the ears, disappearing into the hairline. An additional incision may be made beneath the chin if neck contouring is required in tandem with a facelift.
Scarring outcomes can be improved through the use of medical grade skincare products that maximize wound healing. Gentle massaging of the scar tissue at around 2 or 3 weeks post op is also effective for reducing their appearance. This practice can help to trigger collagen regeneration, which firms and tightens the skin.
Can a facelift be combined with other procedures?
Most definitely! Facelift surgery can be performed in tandem with a variety of other rejuvenation procedures, both surgical and non-surgical. A brow lift, blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, a neck lift, chin augmentation, buccal fat removal, or otoplasty can all be undergone at the same time as a facelift to provide a complete and rewarding anti-aging makeover.
Injectables and dermal fillers can accompany a facelift as well, used to modify facial contours and bring the features into greater harmony and balance. BOTOX can be used to smooth away dynamic wrinkles and lines, improving the facial expression and making the client appear more well rested and relaxed overall.
Are there any risks or complications associated with facelift surgery?
With any surgical procedure, there are always risks. It is a personal matter to weigh out the benefits of cosmetic enhancement and determine if moving forward with a facelift is in your best interest. A skilled and experienced plastic surgeon will do everything possible to minimize these risks, but they cannot be eliminated completely.
Facelift risks may include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Poor wound healing
- Hair loss at the incision sites
- Nerve injuries
- Numbness at the incision sites
- Prolonged swelling
- Unfavorable scarring
- Results that you are unhappy with
Your doctor will discuss these risks and possible complications with you in detail during your confidential Austin consultation. You will be asked to sign consent forms stating you understand the risks but want to move forward anyway.
Can a liquid facelift achieve results equal to a surgical facelift?
A non-surgical facelift performed with dermal fillers, skin resurfacing, natural fat transfer, or other treatments can significantly restore your appearance, but does not achieve the comprehensive results of a custom surgical facelift. When the underlying anatomical structure of the facial tissues, skin, muscles, and fat is repositioned and restored, the result is a far younger, fully refreshed look. Some non-surgical treatments can be combined with a surgical facelift to enhance the overall result.
Will my face look unnatural or pulled after a facelift?
A facelift performed with advanced surgical techniques avoids the unnatural, pulled appearance that is obviously the result of surgery.
Will facelift treat my sagging eyelids?
A facelift addresses the mid to lower face and upper neck regions. To rejuvenate the eyes, eyelid surgery can be performed in the same surgery.