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.
"Chest and tummy skin removal and lift turned out better than i ever could have ever imagined. I cannot recommend Dr. Morales enough. Professional, knowledgeable, and skilled beyond belief. If you're debating surgery, do yourself a favor and get a consultation."- C.B. / Facebook / Jun 14, 2018
"I'm Couldn't Be More Happier with my Results - I had done my research for months, went to two other doctors before I decided to go Dr Morales. His staff was so friendly and made me feel very welcomed on my first visit. I am a 29 years old mother of two. I wasn't able to loose my belly and started putting on some weight all over after my second child. Dr Morales made me feel very comfortable and was able to answer all my questions and..."- J. / RealSelf / Jun 10, 2018
"Extended tummy tuck/body lift with medial thigh lift - Dr. Morales is the best! I highly recommend him. His bedside manner is very caring and attentive. He is very thorough in answering all questions and taking his time with you. He is also very talented and my results far exceeded my expectations. My pain was minimal and my recovery has been a lot better than I could have hoped for. I am 8 days post op and my results are unbelievable and I know..."- B. / RealSelf / May 30, 2018
"Tummy Tuck/lipo - Dr.Morales is the best. I have no regrets on choosing him as a doctor. I went to 2 other plastic surgeons but neither one of them made me feel as comfortable as he and his staff did. His assistant Linda is just as amazing as he is. If I had to do it all over again I definitely would. Thank you so much Dr.Morales for making me feel good about myself again! If any of you are in the Houston area and are looking for a plastic surgeon Dr.Morales is the 1!"- M. / RealSelf / May 24, 2018
"Tuve una aumento de busto hacen 5 días. Me siento super bien, su personal son extremadamente amables muy serviciales en especial mrs. Linda, la mejor tremendo trabajo y Dr. Morales muy amable que Dios bendiga tus manos. Te veo soon!"- H.R. / Facebook / May 19, 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.