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The Austin Plastic Surgery Institute physicians provides facelifts for Austin patients who would like to reverse the signs of facial aging. As we age, we begin to lose skin elasticity. As a result, our skin sags, leading to wrinkles and fine lines on our face, which can make us look years older than we actually are. The facelift procedure can eliminate wrinkles and sagging skin.

Depending on the technique used at the Austin Plastic Surgery Institute, the facelift procedure, also called rhytidectomy, will remove excess skin and reposition the mid-face and jowls to give a more youthful appearance. The neck and jaw line can also be restored. Men and women, alike, seek the expertise of the board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin Plastic Surgery Institute to provide a more youthful, refreshed appearance they desire with facelift surgery.


The best candidates for facelift surgery can relate to the following:

  • Sagging facial skin
  • Facial wrinkles
  • Loose skin and fat under the chin
  • Deep nasolabial lines

A suitable candidate for a facelift procedure is:

  • A healthy person without any underlying medical condition that would interfere with post-operative healing and recovery
  • A non-smoker, since smoking can negatively affect the health of the skin
  • Somebody with realistic expectations from their facelift surgery

When patients lack youthful volume in certain areas of face, the facelift can be combined with fat grafting to fill in facial hollows and further improve wrinkles. During the procedure, the patient’s own fat is liposuctioned from one area of the body (such as the hips, thighs, or abdomen) and is injected into the face. These two procedures combined often provide the best facelift results.

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All facelifts performed at the Austin Plastic Surgery Institute are done after careful consultation with our patients. We use our consultation sessions to educate patients about the facelift procedure and all it entails, including price, preparation, and the recovery process.

We review their candidature for a rhytidectomy and only perform the surgery if they are a suitable candidate. This involves a discussion of their complete medical history (including allergies, medications, and past surgeries) and a physical exam.

We encourage patients to share their aesthetic needs and goals for the procedure during this consultation. This allows the surgeon to choose the best facelift technique for each patient and helps in creating a surgical plan.

Surgical Technique

There are various techniques used today to perform a facelift. Facial anatomy, skin laxity and the overall aesthetic goal of the patient will determine the best approach. Each procedure will be unique to the patient and will vary based on the type and location of the incision, the number of tissue layers affected, the plane of elevation and the level of invasiveness.

Generally, a facelift is performed on the lower half of the face and the neck. It involves creating incisions, lifting the skin, tightening underlying tissues and repositioning fat, removing excess skin, redraping and tightening the remaining skin, and then suturing the incisions closed with stitches.

Skin Only Facelift

The skin only facelift has been in practice since the early 1900s. Known as a cutaneous facelift, this technique is less invasive because it addresses the skin only. The result of this surgery is a bit subtler than some of the newer muscle tightening procedures. However, it also offers a lower risk and recovery period for the patient.

Traditional Facelift (SMAS)

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.

Deep Plane Lift

The deep plane lift goes a step further than the traditional approach. It is better suited for those with severe sagging and drooping — usually reserved for older patients. In addition to the SMAS layer being adjusted, a deeper section, known as the deep plane, is also treated. While this procedure offers certain advantages over a traditional facelift, surgeons must be skilled and act with caution so facial nerves are not damaged during the surgical process.

Mini Facelift

A mini facelift is geared towards patients who want some of the benefits of a facelift, while at the same time minimizing the cost and invasive nature of the surgery. Some procedures that are considered “mini” include the “Quicklift” or “Lifestyle Lift”. Patients who wish to maximize the outcome of their surgery, resulting in the most dramatic results, will most likely need to turn to having a full facelift in order to meet these aesthetic goals.

During/After Surgery

All facelift procedures are performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. The length of the surgery will vary, but it generally takes between 3-4 hours. This surgery is considered an outpatient procedure. However, some patients may be required to stay overnight in the hospital. After surgery, patients will be bruised and swollen and the face and neck will feel tight. This will gradually improve within a few days. It is common for patients to feel anxious about how their face will appear. Patients need to understand it can take several full months for the final results to appear.

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Recovery Time  
2-3 weeks
Average Procedure Time  
2-4 hours
Post-op Follow-up  
3-4 weeks
Procedure Recovery Location  
In & Out-Patient

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Facelift FAQs

  • Nonsurgical Alternative?

    BOTOX®, injectable fillers, microdermabrasion and chemical peels are examples of some non-surgical procedures that can assist in smoothing out wrinkles, improving fine lines and adding facial volume. These procedures also help to even out skin tone. However, these are treatments that will only affect the skin’s surface. Patients with loose skin, drooping jowls or a sagging neck will need to consider surgery if they want these features improved.

  • Will I Look Fake?

    In the days immediately following facelift surgery, patients will feel tight and pulled. These are some short-term effects, but they will subside. It’s important to find a reputable surgeon skilled in facial surgery. Surgeons who know what they are doing will make every effort to work within the confines of the patient’s bone, skin and muscle structures so a younger, more natural look can result.

  • Visible Scars?

    Facelift surgery does require a long incision. However, in almost all cases, these scars are well hidden as they fall just along the hairline and around the ears in the natural folds of the scalp. In most cases, the scars should be barely visible to the naked eye.

  • Best Age?

    The common age range for patients who undergo a facelift is between 50 – 70. It is safe to say most patients will look 5 – 10 years younger following a facelift procedure. Younger patients (40 – 50 years old) generally have stronger skin elasticity so their results may last longer than those of someone older. However, older patients may have results that appear more dramatic and, for them, this can be very worthwhile. Patients should think of a facelift as a process to turn back the aging clock. You will still age, but you will appear a few years younger.

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The best way to get started with your facelift in Austin is by contacting us and setting up an appointment. Our skilled and experienced medical professionals will be available to answer any questions you may have.

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