Over time, the skin on the face tends to loosen with age, which gradually forms wrinkles around the eyelids, forehead and mouth. In some cases, pouches and jowls develop along the jawline, and extra folds form over the front part of the neck, forming a double chin. Plastic surgeon, Dr. Rolando Morales, works with patients in Katy and Houston areas to tighten and lift drooping skin with a surgical facelift. Men and women with excess skin and a loss of volume in the mid-face seeking a younger and smoother facial appearance are good candidates for facelift surgery.
"Highly recommend Dr. Morales - After many years of thinking on getting a liposuction, I started doing my research about who the best surgeons in Houston are. To my surprise I found Dr. Morales through a friend and I decided to see him as one of my many options. When I had my consultation with Linda and Dr. Morales both listened to my needs and answered all my questions. Impressive. After it, I went ahead and scheduled my..."- A. / RealSelf / Feb 01, 2019
"Dr. Morales far exceeded my expectations - I had the mommy makeover two months ago and I’m happy to say Dr. Morales far exceeded my expectations in skill and professionalism. Within a few weeks I was able to be active in the gym again and felt great, the pain was much less than I anticipated and the scars will be barely visible. I couldn’t have asked for a better surgeon."- M. / RealSelf / Jan 27, 2019
"Mi experiencia fue maravillosa estoy feliz con el resultado La atención es súper buena Dese la coordinadora quien te recibe cuando vas a tu primera cita asta el doctor quien está dando seguimiento a toda tu recuperación"- J.E. / Facebook / Jan 25, 2019
"2 weeks post op! - After having 4 babies and going from 100 lbs to 170 I decided to get a tummy tuck. I researched for over a year and went to one consult. He did a great job. Pain was minimal for maybe 2 days. Nothing like I expected. It’s been 2 weeks and so far it’s been great. I went back to work 12 days after surgery."- P. / RealSelf / Dec 01, 2018
"BBL and butt implants at the same time - I wasn’t sure which procedure I wanted to do. I really didn’t want a fake butt but I also wanted to make sure it was permanent. Dr. Morales did both procedures on me , he did the implants and used my fat to make It look more natural. I have an hour glass shape now! I’m still healing just got my procedure on 10/04/18. Will keep updating"- V. / RealSelf / Oct 06, 2018
During the Surgery
In order to create the most natural-looking results possible, Dr. Morales makes incisions within the hairline and above the ear, extending around the lobe and ending below the hairline behind the ear. During the surgery, the tissue layers are tightened, the facial skin is re-draped and lifted, and the excess skin is removed. In some cases, fat grafting is recommended to restore volume fullness, contour and definition. The standard facelift procedure takes 3 to 4 hours, and is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.
Dr. Morales performs a standard facelift as well as a modified version called the short-scar facelift. The short-scar facelift has the advantage of avoiding a scar behind the ear. However, not all patients are candidates for the short-scar facelift. A comprehensive evaluation done by Dr. Morales will determine the most suitable facelift technique for each patient.
This SMAS facelift is considered the gold standard. This surgery, while more complicated, produces results that are more dramatic and longer lasting. The technique involves manipulating a group of muscles beneath the skin known as the superficial musculo-aponeurotic system (SMAS). This section of muscle controls facial expression. An incision is made along the hairline from the temple to just behind the earlobe. The skin is then separated and lifted. The underlying muscles and tissue are tightened and secured so they maintain their new position.
The price of a facelift surgery will vary, depending on the technique used, and whether it is combined with other procedures. Patients can expect to pay between $7,000 and $10,000.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $7,000 - $10,000
- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3-4 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Do I Need Anesthesia?
No, the procedure can be performed under “twilight” sedation. However, it is more common and safer to use general anesthesia. The best anesthesia best for each patient will be discussed with Dr. Morales and the anesthesiologist.
The results of the surgery will begin to appear several months after the procedure. Typically, the swelling is gone after 2 months. Dr. Morales recommends the AqueCool masques to help reduce the post-operative swelling and bruising. With the mask, results will appear faster after surgery.
Can I Wear Makeup?
Dr. Morales recommends his patients should wait 2 weeks after surgery before light makeup can be applied.
Can I Combine Surgeries?
Yes. The most common procedures combined with a facelift are other face procedures such as eyelid surgery, brow lift and facial fat grafting. Combining facial procedures is typical because it is ideal to perform total facial rejuvenation at one time to obtain the optimal aesthetic result.
Will It Hurt?
The discomfort of facelift is usually very well tolerated. Most patients require pain medication for the first 3-5 days. Along with the discomfort of surgery, patients tire easily from keeping their heads elevated. Dr. Morales also prescribes an anxiety and sleep aid to relieve this discomfort.