What Is a Facelift?
Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Reo Pugao provides a full spectrum of facial plastic surgery consultations in El Paso, TX. One of the most popular procedures for consultation at SkinSational MedSpa is a facelift. This treatment concentrates on specific sections of the face to reduce drooping skin and lines to produce a refreshed, supple appearance. Based upon your concerns and goals for surgery, a facelift can focus on the lines and wrinkles near the eyes, the cheeks and mid-face, the bottom section including the mouth, jowls, neck, and more for an all-around younger look. The facelift technique used depends on your desired outcome, the condition of your skin, the degree of skin laxity, lifestyle, age, and anatomy. Some men and women want a full facelift while some may only want a mid-facelift. Dr. Pugao is a highly trained and experienced surgeon who understands the complexity and delicate anatomy of facelift surgery. The goal is to produce a natural appearance that's soft and beautiful.
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How is a facelift performed?
During your free consultation, Dr. Reo Pugao will help you understand the different facelift techniques and which might help you best achieve your aesthetic goals. Some facelifts rejuvenate the upper portion of the face while others focus on the middle and lower. In addition, some techniques are slightly more invasive and intricate than others. Some of the more known facelift techniques include:
- Full Facelift
Considered the gold standard, the full facelift most often makes an incision close to the hairline, extending down to the area near the temples, reaching the base of the ears. The underlying facial muscles are gently pulled and securely tightened to create a lifted appearance, which reduces excessive wrinkles and sagging. The traditional facelift is reserved for men and women who have visible signs of aggressive aging. With this lift, many methods may be used, including an eyelid lift to enhance the eyes or a neck lift for the lower region.
With a similar technique to the mini facelift, the mid-facelift (cheeks) addresses the hollow and lax areas near the cheekbones, as well as the upper jaw. This lift works great for those who hope to attain improvement in the lower two-thirds of the face, which also includes the jowls.
- Lower Facelift
This particular facelift corrects the chin area and neck, and in many cases, the jowls. Methods of a nonsurgical nature, such as laser skin tightening or KYBELLA, can also be used for chin augmentation to attain a softer, tighter neck.
- Mini Facelift
During a mini facelift, a small incision is made near the ears to lift the skin to a higher position, which affects the mouth and jawline. This process creates nice and subtle enhancements that look natural.
Dr. Pugao will go over the cost and recovery timeframe for the procedure you select during your consultation. Following a facelift procedure, you should expect to have bruising and swelling, some moderate pain, and soreness, which may be helped by pain medication. You should look and feel normal after 2 – 4 weeks.
Facelift Consultation FAQ
How much does a facelift cost?
The total cost of your facelift will depend on the technique used. In your consultation, Dr. Pugao will develop your custom treatment plan to match your needs and goals. When this is complete, he can go over cost estimates. To avoid results that look unnatural, it's better to concentrate on finding a skilled surgeon, like Dr. Pugao, instead of the lowest price. SkinSational MedSpa can help you find low-interest medical financing that will make your facelift easier to afford.
Which technique is best for me?
The best technique for you will vary based on your needs, goals, level of skin laxity, what areas of your face are being addressed, and other factors. To produce the results you want, Dr. Pugao will go over the different techniques in your consultation. He will then help you decide which technique is best for you.
Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
Although there are many great nonsurgical skin tightening procedures, these can usually only give you small improvements. If you have moderate to severe skin sagging, a surgical facelift is the best choice to improve your appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Pugao will discuss your options, including nonsurgical procedures, to help you decide which is best for your needs and goals.
What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM®, have become more popular to refresh the face. Sometimes known as a liquid facelift, injectable wrinkle treatments can give early signs of aging, but the results are temporary. A facelift can produce more significant improvements than injectables, with results that can last for a long time. Ask Dr. Pugao about injectable treatments during your consultation.
Will my results look natural?
Many patients worry that a facelift will make their skin look too tight, shiny, or like they are in a wind tunnel. Dr. Pugao focuses on giving you results that look natural, so you look refreshed, not fake. He listens to your needs and goals before creating your personal treatment plan to produce your best results.
The Right Facelift for You
A facelift treatment can turn back the hands of time for your face and give you a rejuvenated appearance. Thankfully, there are a wide variety of choices for surgery, depending on your personal goals. This treatment is meant to make you younger-looking but still natural. For more information, we invite you to call SkinSational MedSpa in El Paso, TX to schedule your consultation with Dr. Pugao.