About Facelift Surgery
Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Andre Y. Levesque offers a full variety of facial cosmetic procedures at his practice in Austin, TX. One of the most common surgeries at Levesque Plastic Surgery is a facelift. This treatment concentrates on precise sections of the face to correct loose skin and enhance your features. It accomplishes this by creating a smoother, youthful appearance. Depending on your aesthetic goals, a facelift can focus on the areas around the eyes, the cheeks and mid-face, or the bottom section including the jowls, mouth, neck, and more for an all-around youthful look. The type of facelift performed depends on your goals, the condition of your skin, the amount of laxity present, lifestyle, age, and other factors. Some men and women may desire a full facelift, while others may only require a mid-face lift. Dr. Levesque is an experienced surgeon who has a complete understanding of the anatomy and complex intricacies of a facelift surgery. The objective is to create a natural look that's smooth and appealing.
"I went to Dr. Levesque for some liposuction on the hard to lose areas of my thighs and flanks. He made sure my expectations were realistic and exactly what he could and couldn't do. He was very detailed in describing the procedure and very patient with questions. It is very obvious he truly cares about his patients and won't just do any procedure a patient wants, but will do what he can to ensure the patient will be happy with the results. For example, I wanted lipo on my rear end. Alot of it. He told me that if he did too much, I would get saggy and explained clearly why what I wanted wasn't a good idea. Other plastic surgeons might have just done it anyway. I felt extremely comfortable with him and trusted him completely. I'm very glad I did! I am extremely happy with my results and would never hesitate to do another procedure with him."- J.H. / Google / May 10, 2019
"After being diagnosed with the BRCA2 mutation I was given a recommendation for Dr. Levesque while he was at Kirklin Clinic in Birmingham, Al. I arrived at his office to discuss bilateral mastectomies and frankly I was scared to death. He immediately calmed my fears with his awesome bedside manner. Throughout the process of the mastectomies and the reconstruction he was the most kind, considerate, accommodating surgeon I had ever met. As an RN of 26 years, I’ve had the opportunity to see many patient-physician interactions and his is by far above the typical personality and behaviors of many surgeons. In this day we have many choices out there, why not choose the best! I would highly recommend this physician to anyone! You will not be disappointed!"- T.N. / Facebook / Apr 03, 2019
"After being diagnosed with the BRCA2 mutation I was given a recommendation for Dr. Levesque while he was at Kirklin Clinic in Birmingham, Al. I arrived at his office to discuss bilateral mastectomies and frankly I was scared to death. He immediately calmed my fears with his awesome bedside manner. Throughout the process of the mastectomies and the reconstruction he was the most kind, considerate, accommodating surgeon I had ever met. I would highly recommend this physician to anyone! You will not be disappointed!"- T.N. / Facebook / Apr 03, 2019
"I Have Cheeks Again! - Though I was somewhat apprehensive about taking this step, Dr. Levesque's friendly and professional manner put me at ease immediately. He met with me ahead of time to patiently explain what to expect at every step in the process and kept me engaged and relaxed throughout the procedure. I am pleased with my results and highly recommend Dr. Levesque and his staff at Devenir."- S. / RealSelf / Aug 15, 2018
"I highly recommend Dr. Levesque! - I cannot express enough how impressed I am with Dr. Levesque. I first met with him in August to discuss a surgery and he answered all of my questions plus gave me additional information I hadn't thought of. I did go see two other surgeons to do my due diligence. After seeing all three, hands down Dr. Levesque was my favorite. He was very honest, didn't try to "up sell me", personable and..."- J. / RealSelf / Feb 01, 2019
Ideal candidates for a facelift have noticeable facial wrinkles and lines, whether it be on the entire face or a specific section (such as the mid-face and lower face). Facelift surgery can address various sections depending on your unique signs of aging. It is important to understand that age does not necessarily define the timing to have a facelift. There are so many unique concerns and reasons to have a facelift, as well as numerous lift types depending on what needs to be addressed. The treatment chosen will vary for patients who are in their 30s versus those who are over 60. Skin laxity is one of the most important components in the planning process. Facelift patients should be in good physical health and refrain from smoking. It is also important that potential candidates have realistic expectations.
Regardless of your aesthetic concerns, there are numerous facelifts to consider. Some facelifts treat the upper portion of the face, while others focus on the middle and lower. Moreover, some techniques are slightly more invasive and intricate than others. It is also common for some individuals to have a brow lift, fillers, or BOTOX to complement their outcomes. A few of the more common facelift techniques include:
- Full Facelift
Considered the gold standard, the full facelift usually places an incision near the hairline, then extends down to the temple region, reaching the base of the ears. The underlying facial tissues and muscles are delicately pulled and securely tightened to produce a lifted appearance, which diminishes excessive wrinkles and sagging. A full facelift is reserved for patients who show signs of advanced aging. With this lift, several techniques may be combined, including an eyelid lift to enhance the eyes or a neck lift for the lower region.
Incorporating a similar method to the mini lift, the cheek lift (known as a mid-facelift) focuses on the droopy features around the cheekbones and the upper jaw. This lift works great for those who desire improvement in the lower two-thirds of the face, which also includes the jowls.
- Lower Facelift
A lower facelift addresses the neck region, chin, and, in many cases, the jowls. Nonsurgical methods could also be used for chin reduction to attain a younger-looking neck.
- Mini Facelift
During a mini facelift, a tiny incision is made around the ears to elevate the skin, which helps the mouth and jawline. This technique creates subtle improvements that look natural.
In almost all cases, Dr. Levesque combines a fat grafting procedure with facelift surgery to restore lost volume in the cheeks, around the eyes, lips, nasolabial folds, and chin.
What to Expect
After surgery, you will be monitored before you are released to go home for recovery. Before your surgery, Dr. Levesque or a member of his team will plan your follow-up appointments and give you tips that will allow you to heal faster. You should expect to have bruising, swelling, possible drainage, some moderate soreness, and discomfort, which can be helped by pain prescription medication. You should start to look and feel normal after about a month, after which you will begin to see a smoother and younger-looking facial appearance. In all, your face will look rejuvenated and fresh.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a facelift cost?
The cost of your facelift will vary based on the technique used. During your consultation, Dr. Levesque will develop your custom treatment plan based on your needs and goals. Once this is established, he can discuss cost estimates. To avoid results that look unnatural, it's best to focus on finding an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Levesque, instead of the cheapest price. Levesque Plastic Surgery can help you find low-interest financing that will make your surgery easier to afford.
Which technique is best for me?
The best technique for you will depend on your needs, goals, degree of skin laxity, which areas are being addressed, and more. To produce the results you want, Dr. Levesque will explain the different techniques during your consultation. He will then help you decide which technique is best for you.
Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
While there are many great nonsurgical skin tightening procedures, these can only produce mild improvements. If you have moderate to severe skin sagging, a surgical facelift is the best choice to improve your appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Levesque will discuss your options, including nonsurgical treatments, to help you choose what is best for your goals.
What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Injectable wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like Juvéderm and BOTOX, have become very popular to refresh the face. Sometimes known as a liquid facelift, injectable wrinkle treatments usually help with early signs of aging, but the results are temporary. A facelift can produce more dramatic improvements than injectables with results that can last for a long time. Ask Dr. Levesque about injectable treatments during your consultation.
Will my results look natural?
Dr. Levesque uses techniques customized to your bone structure, muscle support, fat distribution, and skin quality to restore the tissues to their correct anatomic location. He then closes all incisions without any additional tension. This avoids the operated-on appearance unfortunately popularized by older techniques involving tight skin redraping that relied on the skin giving the lifted appearance.
How long will my facelift results last?
It's often observed that having a facelift can take 7 – 10 years off of someone's appearance. However, having a facelift does not prevent the aging process, and volume loss in the bone, fat, skin and sagging continue to occur as you age even after a face lift.
The Right Facelift for You
A facelift treatment can take years off your appearance and provide you a fresh look. Today, there are many options for surgery based on your individual concerns and goals. This procedure is designed to help you look younger but still natural. To hear more about this treatment, we invite you to contact Levesque Plastic Surgery in Austin, TX to set up your consultation with board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Levesque.