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About the Facelift

Facelift surgery is designed to correct skin and muscle laxity in the upper, mid, lower face, and/or neck by repositioning tissues that have begun to sag with age. This works to address the presence of lines and wrinkles while also restoring a more supple and youthful look by repositioning tissues and musculature.

A facelift in The Woodlands & Spring, TX area at Integrated Aesthetics can address jowls and deep wrinkles in addition to creases and excess skin. After a facelift, you will enjoy long-lasting results that have you looking refreshed and youthful for years.

  • Average Cost: $8,500 to $30,000
  • Typical Recovery Period: 10 to 14 Days
  • Discomfort Level: Relatively mild
  • Anesthesia Options: Local, General, IV Sedation

What are the Various Types of Facelift Procedures?

Facelift types vary based on the areas of the face that are addressed. This includes:

  • Full facelift that addresses the entire face
  • Deep plane facelift involves lifting and repositioning the deeper layers of facial tissues, including the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system), a fibrous layer beneath the skin.
  • Extended facelift that addresses ligaments and muscles beyond the traditional boundaries
  • Lower face and neck lift that defines the lower face, jawline, and neck
  • Traditional facelift that sculpts and defines the lower face and jaw
  • Mini facelift that gives a youthful boost and contour to resolve earlier signs of aging.

Rediscovering Your Youthful Glow With Facelift Surgery

The facial aging process eventually comes for us all. You may have noticed that you are developing deep wrinkles, jowls, or excess skin on your face, all of which are common indicators that the aging process has begun. If this has started to impact your sense of self-esteem, you’ll be glad to know that these issues do not have to be a permanent fact of life, thanks to the talented team here at Integrated Aesthetics.

A facelift can improve your facial contours for a more refreshed and youthful look that lasts for years to come. You can count on Dr. Cho at Integrated Aesthetics to correct your sagging facial skin and muscles by repositioning loose tissues for long-lasting results.

If you wish to customize your facelift, you can choose targeted options to address specific areas of your face. To learn more, reach out to us at The Woodlands and Spring, TX locations and speak with a helpful member of our team to set up your initial consultation.

The Ideal Facelift Candidate

Candidates for facelift surgery are normally in their 40s to their 80s. You’re a great candidate for this procedure if you are frustrated by the presence of the visible signs of aging, such as jowls, “marionette lines,” banding in the neck, face, and neck laxity, and sagging or drooping cheeks.

What would make you a poor candidate for a face lift surgery?

What are the Benefits of a Facelift?

  • A facelift is an outpatient procedure, so you will go home following the surgery.
  • Your scars will generally be undetectable when healed.
  • The results will be natural looking.
  • A facelift has a high patient satisfaction level, with patients feeling that they look younger.
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Before Your Facelift Surgery

Dr. Cho will perform a thorough assessment of your health and medical history before your facelift. He will answer your questions and give you pre- and post-operative care instructions. You will also receive a prescription for pain medication and antibiotics so that you may have your medications handy prior to surgery.

Before your facelift, you will be instructed to avoid tobacco products and certain blood-thinning medications and supplements. You will also be instructed to avoid alcohol in the weeks and days prior to your facelift. You will be asked to report any new health concerns or illnesses to Dr. Cho immediately before your procedure so he can be sure you are healthy enough for surgery.

Your consultation gives you a valuable opportunity to get to know Dr. Cho, learn about his surgical technique, and develop an understanding of the techniques he’ll use to create your results. This will be your chance to ask any questions you might have, as it’s our goal to ensure that you experience total peace of mind while you get ready to enjoy your exciting results.

Recognizing Signs of Aging in the Face and Neck: A Comprehensive Assessment with Dr. Cho

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Your Bespoke Facelift Treatment Plan

  • We focus on working closely with each and every patient, and Dr. Cho will collaborate with you on the development of a bespoke treatment plan that is tailored directly to you and your personal cosmetic goals.
  • Dr. Cho will help you explore the various other treatment options we offer, as we pride ourselves on our ability to offer a truly integrated approach. Complementary procedures can further enhance your results, enabling you to target your personal cosmetic goals with what can only be described as an exciting level of precision.
  • During the development of your treatment plan, Dr. Cho will help you understand every aspect of your upcoming procedure: He’ll explain everything from incision placement to the post-surgical scarring you can expect once your procedure is complete.
  • You’ll be given a very detailed recovery timeline along with thorough aftercare instructions, to ensure a rapid recovery process. Our team will also remain available to you throughout your journey with us, to ensure that you have everything you need as you get ready to show the world a rejuvenated look.
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Our Facelift Approach

Facelift surgery is typically performed while patients are under general anesthesia, so you will be asleep during your operation and will not feel anything. The procedure typically takes between two and five hours to complete. In addition to lifting and repositioning your underlying facial muscles and eliminating excess skin, Dr. Cho will also perform additional techniques to create the results that you envisioned during your preoperative consultation. His approach always aims to create the smallest incisions possible and is designed to minimize your overall recovery time.

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The Five Rs of Facial Rejuvenation

Our signature approach to full facial rejuvenation, coined the “The Five Rs to Facial Rejuvenation,” is designed to globally address the signs of aging and achieve long-lasting results. Each R works together to restore different layers of the face using a combination of surgical and non-surgical procedures. This advanced method includes relaxing muscles, replenishing lost volume, restoring the skin, repositioning the tissues, and reducing facial volume.

R1 – Relax Muscles

We help to relax the muscles and smooth out the appearance of wrinkles by addressing the forehead, crow’s feet, frown lines, masseter lines, chin, and lip lines with muscle relaxer treatments like Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Daxxi. Muscle relaxers also help to reduce migraines, excessive sweating and gummy smiles.

R2 – Replenish Lost Volume

Whether you have volume loss from weight loss or due to the aging process, we can help replenish the volume and contour the face with fillers like Juvéderm, Restylane, RHA, Sculptra, or Radiesse. When combining relaxation of the muscles (R1) with replenishing lost volume (R2) it can make a tremendous difference. We can enhance your results when using R2 in combination with volume reduction techniques (R5), repositioning of the tissue (R4), and restoring the skin (R3).

R3 – Restore the Skin

At Integrated Aesthetics, we offer a robust portfolio of skin resurfacing and tightening devices to help improve the texture, health, and appearance of your skin. Depending on whether the focus is improving discoloration, pore size, fine lines, or mild skin laxity, we offer different options that target different skin concerns.

R4 – Reposition the Tissue

As we get older, our tissues start to sag down. Anything we can do to reposition the tissue can help give you a more lifted appearance. Surgically, we can do a facelift (mini, full, or extended) or neck lift. On the minimally invasive side, we can use threads like Silhouette InstaLift, PDO threads, or MyEllevate to internally lift and reposition the tissues.

R5 – Reduce Facial Volume

Sometimes, instead of having volume lost as we age, we develop excess fullness. It can be fullness under our chin (double chin) or in the jowl area. If we reduce the fullness in the double chin region, it’s also going to help define the transition from the lower face to the neck. This can be done with procedures that either dissolve the fat (Kybella), tighten or melt the fatty tissue (AccuTite), remove the fat (Liposuction), or even freeze the fat (CoolSculpting).

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Complementary Facelift Procedures

  • Wrinkle Relaxers such as BOTOX and Dysport can enhance results by relaxing the muscles in areas of concern, addressing the presence of crow’s feet, bunny lines, frown lines, and forehead lines.
  • Dermal Fillers and Sculptra can also help to enhance results by non-surgically replacing volume where it has diminished due to the aging process.
  • Fat Grafting is a surgical technique that involves removing excess fat from a “donor area” where there is plenty to spare (typically the flanks, hips, or abdomen). It is then purified and injected into the treatment area for safe and effective volume restoration with your body’s own tissues.
  • Jawline contouring can be achieved with non-surgical treatment modalities like Kybella, AccuTite, and FaceTite, all of which help to tighten tissues and reduce the presence of excess facial volume.
  • Tissue Repositioning can be non-surgically enhanced with MyEllevate. Additionally, a neck lift or brow lift can be performed alongside your facelift for a truly comprehensive outcome.
  • Facial resurfacing with chemical peels, microneedling, CO2 laser resurfacing, or radiofrequency microneedling can help to bring your results home by creating a glowing and youthful look that complements your newly enhanced facial structure.
  • Additional Procedures like lip lift, eyelid surgery, or rhinoplasty can further help you target areas of concern and enjoy comprehensive results that enhance your overall sense of facial harmony.

Are There any Alternatives to Facelifts?

Alternatives to a full facelift include a mini-lift, a lower facelift, or a neck lift. These procedures target the lower part of the face and the neck. A thread lift, the “one-hour facelift” or “lunchtime lift,” is a non-surgical option that boosts collagen levels through threads passed under your skin. There are no incisions with the thread lift. 

Other non-surgical options include ultrasound therapy, radiofrequency therapy, and injectable fillers such as Restylane or Juvéderm. Platelet-rich plasma therapy is called the Vampire Facelift and uses growth factors derived from your blood combined with hyaluronic acid fillers. During your consultation, Dr. Cho will discuss your best options with you and guide you to the procedural choices that are right for you. At Integrated Aesthetics, we proudly offer over 60 surgical and non-surgical methods by which you can address your cosmetic concerns.

How will my Post Op Recovery After my Facelift be?

After your facelift in The Woodlands or Spring, Tx expect the following to occur during your recovery:

Immediate Post-Operative Period (First 24 hours):

  • Expect a bulky dressing covering incisions, typically along the hairline, border of the ear, behind the ear, and sometimes under the chin.
  • Drains, if placed, will help reduce fluid collection and are usually removed during the first post-operative visit, scheduled the day after surgery.

First Two Weeks:

  • Plan for about two weeks of social downtime.
  • Discomfort management is provided, with techniques aimed at minimizing pain and discomfort during the healing process.
  • Bruising and swelling typically subside within this timeframe.

First One to Two Weeks Post-Operative:

  • Periodic visits to the surgeon to remove sutures and monitor healing progress.
  • Hair treatments with chemicals are advised against for three to four weeks following surgery.

Four to Eight Weeks:

  • Healing mostly complete, with temporary swelling, bruising, and numbness resolved.
  • Final results may take several months to fully manifest, but the wait is worthwhile.

Three Months and Beyond:

  • Final results begin to set in, with changes in appearance noticeable daily and weekly.
  • Follow-up appointments scheduled at various intervals to ensure comfort, monitor healing, and address any concerns.
  • Detailed recovery timeline provided before the procedure to manage expectations effectively.
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Are there any Potential Risks to Facelifts?

The risks of undergoing a facelift procedure include complications like:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Skin loss with scarring
  • Hematoma
  • Visible surgical scars.

You may also risk facial nerve injury with muscle weakness or paralysis.

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Extensive Facelift Experience

When you visit Integrated Aesthetics, you’re visiting a practice that takes pride in its ability to excel above and beyond the expectations of its patients. Dr. Cho combines surgical and non-surgical modalities to ensure that he’s addressing each one of your personal cosmetic concerns, as he realizes that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to aesthetic rejuvenation.

Our team works closely with each and every patient, offering you over 60 unique treatment modalities that enable you to address your cosmetic concerns with an unparalleled level of precision and agility.

Here at Integrated Aesthetics, we believe that you deserve to live your most aesthetic life, and are excited to be your new gold standard when it comes to aesthetic excellence. Husband and wife team Dr. Cho and Dr. Chiang offer over 40 years of combined experience, with comprehensive treatment plans, step-by-step guidance, and any resource you need to feel confident and comfortable as you complete your aesthetic journey with us. Interested in learning more about how we can help you? Reach out to The Woodlands or Spring, TX locations and speak with a member of our team to set up your initial consultation today.

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Facelift FAQ

Are there ways to prolong your facelift results?

How much swelling should I expect after facelift surgery?

What would be the best age to get a facelift?

Are there facelift procedure variations suitable for individuals with specific facial structures, such as those with prominent cheekbones or a pronounced jawline?

Are there facelift techniques that minimize scarring for individuals prone to keloid or hypertrophic scar formation?

I do not want scars at my ear or temple area from a facelift. Any suggestions?

Can you use Botox to do a facelift?

Can men get facelifts?

Can Dr. Cho repair a botched facelift?

What is the cost of a consultation at Integrated Aesthetics?

Will insurance covery my facelift?

Are there ways to prolong your facelift results?

Yes, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, practicing good skincare, avoiding smoking and sun exposure, and considering periodic non-surgical treatments can help prolong the results of your facelift.

How much swelling should I expect after facelift surgery?

Swelling and firmness will reduce gradually, with significant improvement by the second week. We suggest continuous compression for the first week and about 12 hours per day in the second. Full resolution may take a month or more, and lymphatic massage can aid in faster recovery. Regular follow-up with Dr. Cho is important during this time.

What would be the best age to get a facelift?

The best age for a facelift varies, typically falling between the 40s and 60s. It depends on individual factors like aging signs and personal preferences. Consulting with Dr. Cho can help determine the most suitable timing for your facelift.

Are there facelift procedure variations suitable for individuals with specific facial structures, such as those with prominent cheekbones or a pronounced jawline?

Yes, there are facelift procedure variations tailored to accommodate specific facial structures, including those with prominent cheekbones or a pronounced jawline. Techniques such as deep-plane facelifts or SMAS facelifts can be customized to address individual facial features effectively.

Are there facelift techniques that minimize scarring for individuals prone to keloid or hypertrophic scar formation?

Yes, certain facelift techniques aim to minimize scarring for individuals prone to keloid or hypertrophic scars. These methods include strategic incision placement and advanced closure techniques. Consulting with Dr. Cho can help determine the best approach for your specific needs.

I do not want scars at my ear or temple area from a facelift. Any suggestions?

A surgical facelift effectively contours moderate to severe skin laxity by tightening underlying musculature and removing excess skin. Post-surgical steps, such as laser resurfacing and microneedling, can help reduce scarring, while non-surgical options like Ultherapy and Profound offer alternatives with minimal downtime and visible aftereffects.

Can you use Botox to do a facelift?

A liquid facelift, also known as a non-surgical facelift, involves using injectable fillers and neuromodulators (such as Botox) to rejuvenate the face without surgery. This approach aims to restore volume, soften wrinkles, and improve facial contours. While it can provide noticeable results, a liquid facelift typically offers temporary improvements compared to a surgical facelift.

Can men get facelifts?

Yes, men can undergo male facelift surgery to address signs of aging and achieve a rejuvenated appearance. The procedure is tailored to accommodate male facial anatomy and aesthetic goals, helping to tighten sagging skin, reduce wrinkles, and restore a more youthful look.

Can Dr. Cho repair a botched facelift?

Yes, Dr. Cho may be able to address concerns related to a botched facelift through revision surgery. It's essential to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cho to discuss your specific situation and determine the best course of action for repair.

What is the cost of a consultation at Integrated Aesthetics?

Your initial consultation with Dr. Cho will cost $175, which will be applied to the cost of your procedure should you decide to move forward with Integrated Aesthetics.

Will insurance covery my facelift?

In cases where a facelift is required to address deformities or functional impairments resulting from trauma or injury, insurance may cover the procedure. For example, if facial trauma leads to significant disfigurement or affects normal facial function, such as breathing or speaking, a facelift may be considered medically necessary for reconstructive purposes. It's important to consult with both Dr. Cho and your insurance provider to determine coverage eligibility based on your specific situation.

Why Choose Integrated Aesthetics for a Facelift?

Are you ready to learn more about how we set ourselves apart here at Integrated Aesthetics? Our focus on patient-centric care has earned us a stellar reputation, and we’re excited to offer you the expertise and experience for which we’ve come to be known. We’re proudly serving patients in the Woodlands and Spring, TX areas and from around the world, and are excited to learn more about how we can unite you with your deepest cosmetic aspirations. To learn more, reach out to our offices and speak with a helpful member of our team to set up your initial consultation.

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