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.
"So Far, So Good, Worth It! - I was a little skeptical and very nervous about doing this. On a recent vacation I noticed how flabby I was in stomach area despite me being a regular in the gym. Yes I have ate clean did crunches and cardio and nothing. I also had scars on my stomach that needed to be taken care of. I am very happy with results and honestly didn't think it would come out this great. So far I'm in my 6th week..."- R. / RealSelf / May 16, 2017
"Mommy Makeover - I'm a mother of 3 and after having my first child I knew when I was done having kids I would want (and need) a tummy tuck and something done with my breast. When I started looking around for a doctor I quickly realized that getting it all done together would be my best option. When I went in for the initial consultation with Dr. Morales in January I was very impressed with not only him, but..."- P. / RealSelf / May 13, 2017
"30yr Old, 3 Csections and over Weight - Houston, TX - I don't know where to start! From the moment I called for information to the most recent check up,it has been nothing but the most incredible care. I love Dr. Morales! He gave me back all the confidence I seem to have lost with every pregnancy and weight gain. Everything is top professional care. Dr. Morales makes you feel comfortable and takes the time to answer any question or concern. He..."- D. / RealSelf / May 12, 2017
"34 Year Old, 126lbs, No Kids, BBL with Breast Augmentation - Houston, TX - I ALWAYS knew I wanted a Breast Augmentation but decided I would wait until I turned 35 years old. As I began looking into surgeons I decided to consider having a fat transfer procedure as well. I began looking into realself and going through videos but there was not a lot of US procedures...everyone was going to the D.R. for their experience so of course I freaked out at the thought of doing..."- R. / RealSelf / May 06, 2017
"I had a lower body lift with tummy tuck, breast augmentation, lipo of flanks and BBL! I feel like he took it to a personal level! He did everything I asked and he went above and beyond what I ever expected my body to turn out like! It has only been 3 weeks and I'm already in love with my body and it just keeps getting better as the swelling goes down! From the moment I stepped in the office the day of my surgery April 4th, I was treated with nothing but kindness! The woman wh...o walked me to my private room, wish I could remember her name, had me laughing and feeling at ease! The anesthesiologist had me laughing and feeling right at home! Walking into the OR still felt so comfortable! This man has changed my life for the better! I never thought I could look like this and am extremely pleased i was referred to him! Thank you for being an artist and making me your canvas!"- S.P. / Facebook / Apr 28, 2017
During the Surgery@headingTag>
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?@headingTag>
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?@headingTag>
Dr. Morales recommends his patients should wait 2 weeks after surgery before light makeup can be applied.
Can I Combine Surgeries?@headingTag>
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?@headingTag>
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.