Facelift Dallas Texas
People know us by our faces, and naturally we relate the face to our identity. Our facial features are among the most delicate and are particularly susceptible to changes due to aging, stress and sun exposure. As men and women age, many grow unhappy with their facial appearance due to the formation of fine lines, wrinkles and folds, as well as a loss of skin elasticity. While prescription-strength creams and cosmetic treatments such as injectable fillers can go a long way to minimize these signs of aging, many individuals desire a more comprehensive and long-lasting solution.
Top Face Lift Surgery Services in Dallas – DFW
Facelift surgery, performed at Dr. George Toledo’s Dallas plastic surgery office, is an advanced surgical procedure that can turn back the clock, helping men and women look and feel younger. George Toledo MD has more than 30 years of experience performing facelifts, and is able to achieve natural-looking results that make you look as good as you feel. Dr. Toledo also specializes in revisions and “botched” facelifts. Learn more about facelift surgery below and email the office today for a consultation.
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How Much Does a Face Lift Cost?
|Face Lift Procedures||Fee Range|
|Face Lift – Standard||$9,000 – $11,000|
|Face Lift – Standard with Neck Lift||$11,000 – $13,500|
Exact pricing requires a face lift personal consultation. These are fee range estimates only and are subject to change. Actual plastic surgery prices depend on your specific anatomy, operating time involved, cosmetic surgical technique used, and type of anesthesia.
The Best Candidates for Face Surgery
Ideal candidates for a facelift Dallas – DFW Texas are men and women who are in good health and are dissatisfied with signs of aging on the face and neck. Because everyone ages differently, there is no particular age when surgery is appropriate, though most Dallas facelift patients are in their mid-40s or older. Patients who achieve the best results from facelift surgery are nonsmokers who have good bone structure with some skin elasticity. It is important for facelift candidates to understand the risks, benefits and limitations of the procedure. While a facelift can help you look younger, it cannot stop the aging process.
The Risks and Benefits of Surgery
Like all cosmetic surgical procedures, a facelift does carry some risk. Complications, though rare, that can occur include nerve damage, infection, poor reaction to anesthesia and poor healing of the skin. It is important to disclose all health conditions and medications prior to the procedure so that he can assess your candidacy for surgery and ensure your safety. Dr. Toledo uses only the latest and safest surgical tools and technologies to minimize the risk of the procedure and ensure a speedy recovery.
For patients who do undergo facelift surgery, the benefits are many, and include:
- Reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Firmer, more voluminous skin
- Improved self-confidence
- Results can last up to 10 years
As an experienced board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. George Toledo understands that each patient has unique needs and motivations for treatment. He takes a personalized approach to patient care so that he can understand your cosmetic goals and provide the results you deserve. During a facelift consultation, George Toledo MD performs a full examination of the facial features, assessing the signs of aging that are present and making recommendations for treatment. He also takes the time to thoroughly explain the procedure and address any questions or concerns. This open communication and unhurried approach allows patients to feel comfortable about pursuing treatment.
What to Expect
A facelift is one of the most sought after and satisfying aesthetic surgical procedures. It can remove many, but usually not all, wrinkles. It can remove much of the sagging skin of the face and neck. Excess fat can be removed or sculpted as needed. The facelift will give you a more youthful appearance, but your expectations must be realistic. There are limitations to what surgery can accomplish. Magazines and non- medical articles may lead you to believe a facelift is a simple procedure; in fact, it is major surgery. It requires complex incisions and extensive dissection of the skin, fat and muscle. It should be performed only by a qualified, capable, and experienced plastic surgeon. A facelift can turn back the clock, but will not stop the process of aging. The length of time, usually five to ten years, before considering another facelift, if at all, varies with each person. Heredity is important; if your parents aged slowly, you probably will too. Your diet, general health, time spent in the sun, smoking, weight gains and losses, emotional traumas, and type of skin will all play a role in determining how long the improvement will last. For many men and women, other procedures such as rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, forehead lift, dermabrasion, or lip augmentation can enhance the results achieved by the facelift and are frequently performed together.
The Preoperative Visit
This visit will be scheduled approximately two weeks before surgery. It will give you an opportunity to ask questions you might not have asked previously. We will review your medical history, give you a preoperative examination, arrange lab tests, and discuss what to expect during surgery. If you are over forty years of age or have a history of heart abnormalities, we will arrange for an electrocardiogram. We will also take preoperative photographs, which become a permanent part of your medical record and remain strictly confidential. Your operative consent will be read and signed, preoperative instructions reviewed, and prescriptions given for the medications you will need. Payment of your fee will be due at this time. Facility and anesthesia charges are separate from the surgeon’s fee. Arrangements to facilitate overnight or postoperative care will be made to suit your individual needs. Most face lift patients stay overnight at the Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center.
What to Expect During Surgery
Facelifts are usually performed at the Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center under general or twilight sleep anesthesia. A board certified anesthesiologist or anesthetist will be present to make you comfortable and unaware throughout the procedure. Before surgery begins, you will be asked to change into a surgical gown and then will be taken into a private operating room. An intravenous line will be inserted into a vein in your arm. This will make it possible to administer fluids and to deliver the necessary medications to make you comfortable. Monitoring devices will be connected to you to assure your safety.
Dr. Toledo will talk with you and use a surgical marking pen to draw several lines on your face. These will guide him during the operation. Your hair, face, ears, and neck will be cleansed with an antiseptic solution. The incisions extend from within the temple hair above the ear, downward, inside the ear canal under the earlobes, and up behind the ear into the hair. Usually a small incision is made under the chin. The incisions are well hidden and made as inconspicuous as possible.
After the incisions are made the skin will be lifted from the underlying tissue and will be drawn upward and backward. Excess skin and fat will then be removed, and loose deep muscle and supporting tissues under the skin will be tightened with deeper stitches to retard the sagging process of aging.
After the incisions are closed with sutures (surgical clips in the hair), bandages will be applied to form a soft helmet around your head and face. A small drain attached to a drain tube will be inserted behind your ear and will be left in place for one day, or longer if the drainage is excessive. Neither your mouth nor your eyes will be covered with the bandages. Your face lift will take about three hours. If done in conjunction with eyelid surgery or any other procedures, surgery will naturally take longer. If additional procedures are performed, we will tell you approximately how long you can expect to be in surgery.
What Happens After Facial Surgery
When the bandages are in place, you will be transferred to a recovery room adjacent to the surgical suite, where you will be continuously monitored as you recuperate from the effects of the surgery and anesthesia. After the recovery period you will then be transferred to our overnight suite adjacent to the ambulatory surgery center. A private duty nurse will stay with you throughout the night. She will be getting you out of bed at night to ambulate around the room. This circulates the blood in your legs and helps prevent blood clots. The next morning, before you leave, we may remove your drain and change the dressing on your head. You must arrange for a responsible person to be with you 24/7 for the next 2-3 days. We will give them instructions for your care before you leave. Have them read this paper prior to your surgery. You will not be able to care for yourself immediately following rhytidectomy surgery, so it is absolutely necessary that we help you with these arrangements. Ideally you will want to stay in the Dallas DFW area for 5 to 7 days so we can remove your sutures and make sure there are no complications.
Because everyone is different, it is impossible to write post op instructions that apply equally to everyone. For example, some patients can have sedation vs. general anesthesia or outpatient vs. inpatient surgery. Some patients have only a single procedure and others may have multiple surgeries in a single setting. Occasionally we leave the drains in place for several days, if you have bruising or bleeding tendencies. Use these instructions as a general guideline, but don’t panic if we vary on some issues.
Bathe your entire body with CLn body wash the 2 nights prior to surgery and again the morning of surgery. CLn body wash is an anti-bacterial, antiseptic liquid soap. Sleep on clean sheets the night before surgery and wear clean clothes to your surgery. Learn more about Preoperative Guidelines
You should expect:
- Moderate swelling, bruising, and bloodshot eyes, which may last for one to three weeks. Don’t be concerned if blood appears on your bandages, especially behind the ears the first few days.
- Sensation of tightness, which subside slowly over several weeks to months.
- Intermittent sensations of tingling, burning, itching, and numbness of the face, ears and neck, which gradually improve over several months.
REMEMBER THE BRUISING, SWELLING, AND NUMBNESS will RARELY LOOK SYMMETRICAL.
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Dr. Toledo has more than 30 years of experience in facial plastic surgery and is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. His extensive training in cosmetic and plastic surgery of the face allows Dr. Toledo to produce results that improve your appearance without sacrificing your unique features. If you have been considering plastic surgery, learn more about your options at the Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center by calling 214-363-4444. In addition to performing facelift surgery, Dr. Toledo is also a leading provider of nose reshaping, brow lift and eyelid lift in Dallas.