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 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
"Awesome surgeon! - Dr. Levesque is an awesome surgeon! He has performed both cosmetic procedures (neck and face lift, fat transfer) as well as reconstruction/wound closure following excision of cancer on my nose by another provider. I could not be more pleased with the results! A clinician with finely honed surgical skills, Dr. Levesque has an artist's eye and sense of symmetry and proportion that is..."- S. / RealSelf / Apr 12, 2017
Facelift Ideal Candidates
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.
Facelift Surgical Technique
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 with Facelift
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.
Facelift 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.