FaceLift Overview

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, facelift surgery is the fifth most common cosmetic surgical procedure in the country. This comes as no surprise to Dr. Michel Siegel, who specializes in Houston Facelift Surgery. In fact, he has done over 1,500 facelifts, making him one of the top facelift doctors in Houston. The goal of a facelift is to re-establish a smooth, continuous jawline, creating a clear demarcation between the face and neck. This is done by reducing the sagging and wrinkling of muscle and skin from the effects of aging in this area. Especially with his innovative Vertical Facelift™ procedure, this surgery offers outstanding results, rejuvenating the entire face by making a few key modifications. If you’re suffering from drooping facial features, Dr. Siegel can give you a more youthful appearance with this state-of-the-art surgery.

Your Best Choice for Cosmetic Facelift Surgery in Houston

Are you considering having a facelift but are concerned about looking fake, plastic, or too ‘tight’ after your cosmetic surgery? A well-done facelift shouldn’t give you a new face, it should enhance your face by restoring a youthful appearance to your natural features. You should still look like you, only better. Dr. Michel Siegel specializes in cosmetic facelift surgery that results in a natural, youthful look.

Facial aging is an inevitable part of growing older – heredity, personal habits, the pull of gravity, and sun exposure all contribute to the signs of aging on your face. Dr. Siegel’s extensive knowledge of and experience with modern aesthetic surgical techniques can help correct a spectrum of facial flaws and natural signs of aging. Don’t just settle for ‘growing old gracefully’. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Siegel today to get professional advice on achieving an improved, natural look for your face.

Before & After Gallery

The Facelift Process


The first step in the Houston facelift surgery process is a consultation with Dr. Siegel. During this visit, he will listen to your concerns, discuss your desired outcomes with you, and examine your face. Based on the information he gathers, he will put together a personalized surgical plan just for you. Once he has determined which surgical techniques will be used, Dr. Siegel will generate a three-dimensional facelift “before and after” so you can see what to expect with your results. With your input on this image, he will even further individualize your procedure and make any necessary tweaks to ensure you are pleased with the plan. There is no time limit on this consultation appointment – Dr. Siegel will converse and collaborate with you until you are happy.


Since each Houston facelift surgery is different, the guidelines Dr. Siegel and his team give you to help you get ready for your procedure will also vary. For example, the preparatory measures taken for a lower facelift may be different than those for a forehead lift or a more traditional facelift. Some pre-operative safety precautions – such as staying properly hydrated and not taking medications that could interfere with anesthesia – will likely remain the same regardless, but Dr. Siegel will provide you with a precise list of everything you need to do. Following these guidelines for the week before and your recovery after your facelift will help ensure that you remain healthy throughout and enjoy beautiful results.


Since he customizes each procedure, the specific techniques Dr. Siegel uses for your facelift will depend on a variety of factors. The length of this procedure also differs, but it is typically about 90 minutes. Most often, Dr. Siegel uses just local anesthesia or light sedation rather than general anesthesia. Most facelift surgeons “pull” sagging tissues in a posterior direction, resulting in an over-stretched or “windswept” appearance that is not desirable. Dr. Siegel evolved the vertical facelift™ method after years of performing the procedure. Since gravity causes facial tissues to descend, Dr. Siegel “re-suspends” them in a vertical, superior direction. Repositioning muscle in this direction re-establishes the youthful contours of the face, creating a natural, refreshed look. For his vertical mini facelift, Dr. Siegel makes seamless incisions to better suspend the tissue and remove excess skin for visible, long-lasting results.


Dr. Siegel’s expertly placed incisions, minimal use of anesthesia, and high level of skill with facelifts means that most patients recover much more quickly and easily than they had expected. There are plenty of natural ways to speed up Facelift recovery, but you can typically expect to return to work after just five days with little to no sign of surgery.


When should I get a facelift versus a neck lift? Or should I start with injectables?

The aim of a facelift is to create a youthful contour for the jawline and smooth your facial skin. If this is your area of primary concern, this procedure may be right for you. In contrast, a neck lift helps tighten sagging skin, reducing the appearance of a double chin, “turkey waddle,” visible muscle bands in the neck, or jowls. If you’d like to refresh the overall appearance of your face and neck, Dr. Siegel can perform both a facelift and a neck lift for you. While facelifts and neck lifts are surgical procedures, typically involving incisions, tissue modification, and anesthesia, injectable treatments are much more minimally invasive. As their name suggests, injectables are simply injected into the area of the face you wish to treat. While BOTOX® injections reduce wrinkles by preventing your facial muscles from contracting, fillers like collagen, Restylane®, Radiesse®, and Juvederm® smooth sagging and wrinkles by adding volume to your facial tissue. Injectables are an excellent option for patients who have more minor cosmetic concerns to address and would rather not undergo surgery. However, injectable treatments typically last between six and twelve months, so they will need to be repeated at regular intervals to maintain ideal results. Injectables can also be combined with facelifts or neck lifts to further amplify and help maintain the results of these procedures. When you come in for an initial consultation, Dr. Siegel will help you decide if a facelift, neck lift, injectables, or some complementary combination thereof is right for you.

What is the most common age at which people get a facelift in Houston?

Facelifts can typically be performed on any patient over 30 years old who suffers from facial drooping and wants to achieve a more youthful appearance. The most common age for a facelift appears to be around age 60. By getting a facelift at a younger age, you can help slow down the aging process, but you may experience more dramatic results if you undergo this procedure when your skin is further into the aging process. The right age for you to have a facelift will depend on your particular skin, health, and preferences. Dr. Siegel will help you determine this at your initial consultation.

How long do the results of a facelift surgery last?

Since each person and each facelift procedure is different, there is no single answer to this question. When performed properly with advanced techniques, like those Dr. Siegel uses, facelift results can last up to 15 years or longer. You can help preserve your facelift results by taking excellent care of your skin, coming to see Dr. Siegel for follow-up appointments as necessary, and using injectable treatments to boost the rejuvenating effect of your procedure.