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.
"Great Experience with Dr Morales - Dr. Morales was very kind, professional and provided me with great results!! He was readily available to address any of my concerns throughout the entire process. Another doctor previously preformed a butt augumentation with implants; I was disappointed and left with improperly placed implants along with very deap and unsightly scars. Dr. Morales had since removed the implants and revised my..."- C. / RealSelf / Sep 08, 2017
"Dr. Morales was very kind, professional and provided me with great results!! He was readily available to address any of my concerns throughout the entire process. Another doctor previously preformed a butt augumentation with implants; I was disappointed and left with improperly placed implants along with very deap and unsightly scars. Dr. Morales had since removed the implants and revised my..."- C. / RealSelf / Sep 08, 2017
"33 Years Old, Two Boys and I Needed 'ME" Back! - Houston, TX - When i first got in the doctor's office (after doing deep deep research on his practice and him, i mean hours of research, do your homework!! ) I was NERVOUS! Dr. Morales made me feel so comfortable , reminding me that he does this for a living!! He made me feel so good... so i decided right there on the spot that i was going to have a surgery with him, i visited 4 doctors before him, but none of them had the perfectionist eye that he did, HEY ! my body right, we better get it right the first time.... My experience has being amazing, we had a few bumps on the way, my skin did not reacted well so i had an infection my second week, my amazing Dr. was super responsive, he was busy with his family and i would shoot him an e-mail an within minutes he would respond, called medicine in for me to the pharmacy and comforted me that everything was going to be ok. His assistant Linda went above and beyond with me, when i had made a last minute decision on the size of my implants, she asked all around to get what i wanted ( DO NOT DO THAT BY THE WAY), but she made it happened, she was there thru the whole process , I remember coming in frustrated and her comforting me and telling me that everything was going to work out just great!! OVERALL! my experience with all the staff was amazing, I do not regret it, i feel amazing and I'm looking pretty awesome as well!! all i can say is that this Doctor's hands were a calling from God, he does not only makes you feel special but he gives your life back by giving you confidence... Thanks Dr. Morales!"- T. / RealSelf / Sep 05, 2017
"Arm Lift and Bra Line Lift After 170 Lb Weight Loss - Houston, TX - I finally decided to pull the trigger on this surgery after dealing with the excess skin and rashes for 4 years. I found Dr. Morales via extensive internet research and after a couple of other consultations I decided that he was my man. He was unique in his vision for my body and gave me different options for my incision placement. I haven't worn sort sleeves or sleeveless shirts without a..."- R. / RealSelf / Aug 31, 2017
"36 Yrs, 4 Kids, Athlete and a Professional Career Woman - I decided to do a butt implant with fat transfer about a year ago after I worked so hard for many years to "grow" my backside with diet and exercise. After my 4th child, everything seem to disappear or go to shit. Lol!! In the past year, I've had revised breast implants, a full tummy fuck and topped it off with the butt implants. I'm on 11 days post op and feeling amazing!!! My dr is Dr..."- F. / RealSelf / Jul 23, 2017
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.