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.
"Couldn't Have Chosen A Better Surgeon! - With all the health issues I have, I’ve seen many doctors throughout my life span… But none like Dr. Morales! Words cannot begin to express my thanks and gratitude to Dr. Morales, for helping me rebuild the confidence I once lost. From Day 1 – Consultation, to this day - 2 month post op, Dr. Morales has been so kind and empathetic to my needs and wants. If I had to do this all over again..."- F. / RealSelf / Apr 17, 2019
"Great Experience - Dr. Morales and his staff were amazing. He answered all of my questions that I had regarding the procedure I was interested in. After Consulting with Doctor Morales and Linda I felt very confident in choosing Dr Morales to be my surgeon. I had my surgery and he did an amazing job."- P. / RealSelf / Apr 12, 2019
"My Amazing Experience!! - Omg!!! I Absolutely Love Dr.Morales he has definitely giving me that extra self confidence with these Amazing results. Upon meeting him and his amazing staff i felt so comfortable, They answered all my question and concerns. I'm so in love with my results everything from start to finish was pain free, i even went back to work 2 weeks after my surgery which was awesome!!!! I followed all of..."- Y. / RealSelf / Mar 28, 2019
"My results were exactly what I was hoping for - I just recently had my 2 month post op for breast augmentation and my results were exactly what I was hoping for. Very nice staff and doctor.. my experience with them was super nice and friendly and will recommend to friends and family"- L. / RealSelf / Feb 24, 2019
"Met doctor and scheduled surgery 5 wks from now!!! - I’ve always been super small and unable to gain any fat or muscle (I get it from my mom). Because of this, I’ve wanted butt implants and have been saving for a long time! I decided to schedule an appointment with Doctor Morales today and he was absolutely amazing. His work looks very natural which is important to me, but I also hope I can get significant volume to really have a good dif..."- H. / RealSelf / Feb 14, 2019
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.