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.
"57 Years Old and Had a Tummy Tuck and Lipo of Flanks, Bra Line, and Back - Houston, TX - Dr. Morales is AWESOME! He truly cares about his patients. He looks you in the eye when talking to you and is very honest about the expected outcome. When he is with you for an appointment or on the day of surgery, he makes you feel that he has all the time in the world to answer any questions you may have. I sent an email with a couple post op questions and Dr. Morales personally answered me back very quickly. Phone calls are also returned in a timely manner. Dr. Morales even gave me roses after the surgery! I would definitely recommend him to anyone considering cosmetic surgery. Well worth me having to drive 4 hours for appointments to have a wonderful doctor like this. - - I decided to have a TT and lipo of the flanks, bra line, and back due to the fact that with age my body was getting fat deposits and losing tone. Walking and diet had not been able to take care of my torso area. I was getting “my mom’s body shape” and I knew that I didn’t look as good in my clothes as I would like.After I went for my consultation and paid for the surgery, I kept questioning myself on my decision. “Am I too old to go through this?” “Is this going to be worth it?” “Is this a waste of money?” I’m sure many of you have thought the same thing. I am so glad that I did go through with the surgery. Even though I still have minor swelling at a little over three weeks out, I am amazed at the difference in my body. I feel great and have had no major issues.My surgery was on a Tuesday. From the time I walked into the hospital, everyone was kind and caring and made sure that any questions I had were addressed. I stayed in the hospital the first night and I had a compression garment on that wrapped around me and Velcroed in place. Wednesday I went to a hotel since I lived four hours away and my doctor wanted me to stay close for a few days. Thursday my doctor sent a home health nurse to check my incision and answer any questions I might have. Took my first shower this day also. I had read that pinning the drains to an “exercise band” draped around your neck would help during shower time and it definitely worked great. Friday I came home after an appointment with the doctor to check on how things were going for me.10 days after surgery, I went back to the doctor to have my drains removed. I had heard stories about the pain associated with having the drains removed, but thankfully I had no pain at all. At this appointment, they also changed me from the wrap around compression garment to body suit type of garment. This new garment is like a body suit that goes from a bra at the top to my knees. It is like a girdle for the entire area and is a lot more comfortable than the wrap around garment.17 days after surgery they took the surgical tape off my incision. The stitches will dissolve. I now wear steri-strips over the incision. Day 30 I will go back and they will start doing scar therapy. My scar is already a VERY thin line and looks good.The pros for me have been many. I love my new shape. Even with a little of swelling still, I look a lot better in my clothes. I know my confidence will be helped also since I feel that I look better.The only cons I can even think of are the expense and being restricted on activities for now."- C. / RealSelf / Jan 27, 2017
"Awesome Doctor!! - Awesome doctor! Dr. Morales is a very kind and caring person. I felt comfortable from the day of my consultation all the way through the procedure and post-op appointments. He takes the time to answer any questions you have without making you feel rushed. His staff are wonderful to deal with also. He even gave me roses after my surgery! Due to his excellent care, I have had no issues... - - Awesome doctor! Dr. Morales is a very kind and caring person. I felt comfortable from the day of my consultation all the way through the procedure and post-op appointments. He takes the time to answer any questions you have without making you feel rushed. His staff are wonderful to deal with also. He even gave me roses after my surgery! Due to his excellent care, I have had no issues with healing and I look great! (I am 57 years old and had TT with lipo of flanks, bra line, and back)"- C. / RealSelf / Jan 25, 2017
"51 Years Old, Weight Loss Loose Skin, Very Unhappy with my Appearance. - Dr. Morales is fabulous. You can tell he really cares about his patients. I felt very comfortable and assured about my procedure. He explained all of my options and answered all questions. I'm so glad I chose him as my plastic surgeon. His bedside manner is very comforting. I've already recommended him to others that are amazed with his work. - - I had had weight loss surgery and lost a lot of weight. This left saggy skin all over my body. A friend that had used Dr. Morales for some procedures recommended him. I was a little nervous at first but was put completely at ease by Dr. Morales and his staff. He did a complete evaluation and recommended procedures. He did a great job of answering my questions and his educated office staff.The results are much better than I imagined they would be. I can't tell you how happy I am. I wish I had done this sooner."- K. / RealSelf / Jan 10, 2017
"36 Years Old, 3 Boys and in the Best Shape Ever!!! - Best Doctor ever!!! I did research for months before I found Dr. Morales. He has been so good to me and I feel great!!! I went from a size 14 in dress to a size 4-6, from a size 34 in jeans to a size 27 and am still loosing inches!!! - - I had 2 c-sections in one year and was very depressed with the body I was left with. I did my research and found a great doctor. I feel great! I had a mommy makeover and some lipo here and there. It was a great experience. Dr. Morales did an excellent job in making sure I was satisfied with all of his work!!!"- E. / RealSelf / Nov 30, 2016
"55 Y/o Female - Houston, TX - He is fantastic. - - Dr. Rolando Morales Jr. is fantastic. I am so thankful I chose him as my surgeon; I had consulted with six others before making a decision. He is very skilled and the best at his craft. He cares about his patients. He far exceeded my expectations. I had several procedures at one time; upper and lower eyelid surgery, bilateral brow lift and under eye fat grafting. He is the BEST..."- H. / RealSelf / Nov 15, 2016
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.