WHat is a facelift?
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. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales works with patients in the Houston, TX area 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.
"Two months ago I had a tummy tuck, lip and a breast augmentation with Dr. Morales. He is a phenomenal surgeon and his staff is amazing! I highly recommend him and there is no one else I would let do any future surgeries on me other than Dr. Morales!"- K.D. / Google / Aug 14, 2020
"I recently had a breast augmentation with Dr. Morales. I'm currently one month post op and I couldn't be happier with the results. Dr Morales is an amazing skilled surgeon! I personally appreciate that not only is his knowledge in the industry top notch to include his staff are most helpful the entire practice but that they really puts their patients first and go out of their way to make you comfortable. Dr. Morales takes his time with his patients, he is kind and soft spoken, and allows you the patient to be the ones to ask the questions you need answers too. I did a lot of research in the Houston, TX area for a plastic surgeon that I felt I could trust. I am very pleased to have him as a doctor. I would really recommend him to anyone seeking to have a procedure. Dr. Morales and his staff also conduct a you tube video blog on some of the procedures he does. Check them out. You'd be surprised at what you learn prior to having a procedure done. Thanks for the ultimate 43thd birthday gift! Dr. Morales and Staff! You all are amazing!"- B.C. / Google / Aug 13, 2020
"I recently had a tummy tuck with Dr. Morales and he is an outstanding surgeon, you can tell he loves what he does. He really puts every ounce into each procedure to ensure that all of your wants in the outcome are what you are looking for. He was extremely informative as well as understanding, and reassuring from my consultation all the way up to my 8 week post op visit. Not to mention that his bedside manner is impeccable. Linda is also extremely informative, patient, and is amazing about getting answers to your questions in a very timely manner. All of his assistants are super sweet, and listen to your concerns. I could not have chosen a better surgeon and team!!"- M.M. / Google / Jul 07, 2020
"If I could give Dr.Morales more stars, I would. He really cares about his patients which was something I was looking for in a doctor besides amazing results of course. I didn’t want to just feel like a “number”. He answered all my questions at each visit without making me feel rushed(which I had many questions each time). His coordinators, staff at the office and staff at the surgery center were beyond helpful and super sweet. I’m extremely happy with my results and recovery and I’m so grateful for him and his work! Would recommend 200%!!"- G.M. / Google / Aug 31, 2020
"I recently visited Dr Morales for a mommy makeover. I was able to handle my consultation completely virtually, received immediate recommendations, and scheduled my procedure seamlessly. I was very impressed with not only Dr Morales's professionalism but that of his entire staff. From beginning to end, I felt very informed. I love my new body. I am two months post surgery with a completely new look and body feel. If you are considering plastic surgery, Dr Morales is the only option."- J.D. / Google / Aug 22, 2020
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. Morales Plastic Surgery also prescribes an anxiety and sleep aid to relieve this discomfort.