faceliftFacelift Surgery

As the number of cosmetic procedures performed every year increases exponentially, more and more people now see Cosmetic Surgeries as a solution to many skin problems. From a breast augmentation to a liposuction, cosmetic surgery has advanced considerably from the once risky and unpredictable field it used to be.

The famous saying, ‘you feel as good as you look’ is often quoted by the proponents of Facial Cosmetic Surgeries. Facelift is one of the most popular procedures chosen by thousands of women all across America. Because of its simplicity and effectiveness, facelifts comprise more than 50% of all cosmetic procedures.

What is a Face Lift Surgery?

Heard of it, but don’t really know how a Facelift works? This is a common query among people, even those who plan to opt for it to bring some life to their facial skin. Also known as Rhytidectomy, a Facelift surgery helps diminish signs of aging among women. While a facelift does not stop aging, it removes excessive skin, tightens tissue, muscles and ‘re-drapes’ the facial skin on the bones for a well-defined structure.

It is a known fact that the better you look, the better your self-esteem and confidence will be. Therefore, a facelift does more than work on wrinkles; it works to help you feel good about yourself. Think of a facelift surgery as the designing of a custom dress. The techniques used to decrease wrinkles and sagging on the face give it a fresh look and a youthful feel.

The Southwest Plastic Surgery Practice is one of the most reliable places in all of El Paso to get a facelift that can bring a very positive change in your life. The Surgeons at Southwest, Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino have been trained at the world famous Mayo Clinic and are Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. With such credentials, thousands of satisfied patients trust them with their cosmetic facial needs.

Is a Facelift Right For You?

Are you the right candidate for facial rejuvenation? While just about anyone can opt for a facelift, it is necessary to identify one of the following symptoms on your face before you make up your mind.

  • Is your face sagging?
  • Is the appearance of wrinkles too obvious?
  • Do you have neck rolls or a double chin?
  • Are your facial expressions awkward or misaligned?
  • Are you unhappy about finer details on your face like the placement of eyebrows, baggy under eye area?
  • Do you feel your youthful personality is not reflected in your face?

Because the face is the most visible part of the body and its expressions are a window of your inner self to the outside world, it is highly important that you look your best at all times. Undesirable wrinkles and sagging can be like a cold blanket over motivation levels and the overall zeal one feels towards life.

Such an emotional connection to a face lift surgery is what makes it stand out from other cosmetic procedures. Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino have years of experience in performing these surgeries, tending to patients and giving lectures about the developments in the field of cosmetics. Hence, they give highly professional yet friendly advice to all patients coming in for a consultation.

Combination Facelift Surgeries

A facelift is a restorative surgery, i.e. it will not change how you look, instead it will restore elasticity and youthfulness to your facial skin, making it fresher and more vibrant. If you go to Southwest Plastic Surgery Practice for a facelift only, the surgeon will target the procedure to the midface, lower face and the forehead.

However, if you want specific areas to be lifted, a facelift will be combined with a number of other specialized procedures. When Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino call you for a consultation, make sure you discuss the parts of your face that you feel need changes. The surgeon will keep the changes you want in mind and also suggest which procedure to combine with a facelift. Don’t hesitate or shy away to point out the flaws you want to correct because Southwest Practice prides itself for creating a very friendly and comfortable environment for patients.

Combination procedures used along with a facelift include:

  • Eyelid surgery
  • Brow lift surgery
  • Neck lift surgery
  • Chin augmentation
  • Ear surgery (Otoplasty)
  • Nose Job (Rhinoplasty)
  • Lip Augmentation
  • Fat injections or facial implants

Facelift Techniques

There are a number of techniques used for a facelift. Depending on the kind of lift you desire, from a basic to a comprehensive one, Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino will decide which technique to use for the best results.

However, before we discuss the various facelift techniques used at Southwest, a disclaimer is called for. As mentioned previously, a facelift does not stop the process of aging nor does it change your looks completely. Such a procedure is only used as an enhancement technique to give facial features a fresh and rejuvenated look.

Therefore, when opting for this surgery, have realistic expectations and ideally, only aim to please yourself with the results, instead of trying to conform to social norms. Depending on what part of the face you want to target and the extent of lift desired, you will be given one of the following facelifts.

  • Mini Facelift: A mini facelift is also called a Weekend Facelift or a Lifestyle Facelift. This surgery is one of the most basic facelift procedures that takes just a few days to heal. The areas targeted in a mini facelift are the cheeks and the jaw line. After the first few days, the face feels fresh and lively.
  • Mid Facelift: The mid facelift surgery is slightly more extensive and costly compared to a mini facelift. It targets the cheeks, lower eye area, nasal area and jaw line by tightening skin and taking out excess fat. This way, the face is uplifted and wrinkles are smoothened out.
  • Forehead or Temporal Facelift: Wrinkles and expression lines are most pronounced on the forehead. A temporal lift smoothes skin on the forehead, lifts the eyebrows, reduces bags under the eyes and enhances the eyelids. Any deep horizontal lines on the forehead caused by aging, loss of elasticity or simply repeated facial expressions will disappear after the recovery period.
  • Neck Lift: A neck lift is the perfect solution to sagging skin and rolls on the neck. A neck lift also does away with a double chin if the patient opts to get it corrected.
  • Full Facelift: A full facelift is the most comprehensive cosmetic procedure for facial skin. It combines some or all of the techniques given above to give a woman’s face a youthful and fresh look.

Preparing For A Facelift Surgery

Just like ample preparation is needed before any medical procedure, a number of things need to be done before you show up for a facelift surgery. Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino will explain every stage of the surgery you have chosen so that you know what to expect. They will also equip you with detailed information about what all to do before the procedure is performed.

Ideally, a patient should quit smoking at least 2 weeks before the facelift is scheduled. Together with this, pick a day and time for the surgery during which you will have no social obligations. A facelift surgery requires you to abstain from basic medications like aspirin before and after the procedure. Moreover, because a facelift is more visible compared to other cosmetic surgeries, you will have to avoid direct UV exposure for some time.

On the day of the surgery, stay on an empty stomach from 12 am the previous night and do not apply any lotions or creams on the face. A particular precaution that needs to be exercised with facelifts is the occurrence of flu symptoms. If these are experienced, you will have to reschedule your surgery with Southwest.

Making Recovery Easy After a Facelift

The recovery time for a facelift surgery varies from a few hours to a few days, depending on the type of lift you want and whether you choose to go under complete anesthesia or conscious sedation. Either way, the high tech medical facilities at Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino’s practice ensure a comfortable experience for every patient. Some important precautions to exercise right after the surgery are:

  • Keeping the face in an elevated position
  • Using ice packs to reduce swelling and soreness
  • Avoid putting on lotions and creams.
  • Avoid stepping out in the sun even for simple errands and definitely stay clear of tanning beds.

Risks Associated With Facelift Surgery

Any and every medical procedure has a few risks and side effects in tow of it. To minimize these, we strongly urge you to visit plastic surgeons who are board certified and have years of experience in this field. Nonetheless, no one has control over unforeseen circumstances, which is why understanding the risks and side effects of a Rhytidectomy is always advisable.

If you have any reservations regarding these risks, feel free to consult and discuss with Dr. Agullo and Dr. Palladino. Rest assured, all your queries would be answered in the best manner.

What can you expect as a result of a facelift? Following are some risks:

  • Adverse reactions from the anesthesia
  • Facial nerve injuries
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Skin sensation loss
  • Fat necrosis
  • Visible and poking sutures
  • Skin infection
  • Persistent pain and soreness
  • Scarring
  • Incomplete healing
  • Revisions or touch up surgeries needed for the corrections

How Much Does A Facelift Cost?

Because a facelift surgery is based completely on your preference and desire to look and feel good, its cost is seldom covered by insurance. Unless your medical history shows facial scarring, injuries or deformation caused by an accident, if you opt for a facelift and related surgeries, you will have to bear the cost of the procedure on your own. Therefore, make sure you check with your insurer beforehand.

Depending on what procedures you want to combine with a basic facelift, the cost of the surgeries will vary from $5,800 – $15,000. This cost includes the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia and medication costs, costs for using medical facilities and any other expenses related to the procedure.