What You’re Afraid of – and What You Want
If you are like many others considering a facelift, we assume you have one big concern: you do not want to look fake, “plastic,” or pulled. You want a youthful look, but don’t want to risk looking like you had “work done.” We understand completely. A correctly-performed facelift shouldn’t give you a new face: It should enhance your look by restoring a natural, youthful appearance to your existing features, without all the pulling. You should still look like you – just more to your liking. Dr. Siegel is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon in Houston who understands the balance you want to strike, and knows how to achieve the look you want, mainly through an approach called deep plane facelift. You can contact our office to book a consultation with Dr. Siegel, or read on to find out more.
A Great Facelift Makes Your Features Easier to Tell Apart
Beauty requires differentiation. That’s why a majestic house isn’t a giant box, a delicious-looking plate of food isn’t a pile of brown mush, and a breathtaking sunset requires the sun to touch the land or water.
The main goal of a facelift is to re-establish proper volume, contour and definition: to restore a smooth but distinguished jawline, and to restore certain muscles and fat compartments to their original positions on your face. Time and gravity have a way of shifting things – and in the case of one’s face, shifting them down. How the surgeon remedies that sagging is what determines whether you will love or hate the results – and whether you’ll look and feel refreshed and youthful or look and feel like you had plastic surgery.
A typical, traditional, disappointing facelift relies mostly on pulling skin and superficial muscle (usually back), resulting in the wind-swept, or too tight look Dr. Siegel’s application of deep plane facelift approach an his innovative Vertical Facelift™ does not involve pulling, and the results look natural and last longer. (More on that in a moment.)
Your Face Is Your Masterpiece – Not Your Surgeon’s
Many surgeons will tell you they’re an “artist.” Dr. Siegel thinks YOU are the artist, because you have both the vision and the materials. Dr. Siegel is simply here to make sure that you see exactly what you want to see on the canvas. You get to enjoy your masterpiece and feel proud to show it to others.
“Dr. Siegel has truly magical hands. I cannot ask for better results. I had a complete face makeover and look 10 years younger feel rejuvenated extremely happy. I don’t have that tired look all the time. I have no scars and I look super natural do not look like i had surgery. The recovery time was super fast. Got back to work after 10 days today is 6 weeks and love showing off my face, love to take selfies which I didn’t not do before.” – Luisa Portugal (see review on Google Maps)
“It’s been just over three weeks since I had a lower facelift and I’m already super thrilled with the results! It made me so happy that I was able to go back to work after a week and I love the fact that it looks so natural already! Dr. Siegel is absolutely fantastic with his artistry in creating very natural but amazing results and he’s also very realistic and open about his vision and the process. I also enjoy going the the office since every single person there is super friendly, professional and helpful – creating a very inviting and comfortable environment. All in all I highly and most definitely recommend Dr. Siegel especially if you’re looking for a perfectionist and pragmatic face specialist! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for sure!!” – Sudy Samandari (see review on Google Maps)
Signs a Facelift May Be Right for You
- Your outward appearance does not match how your internal perception.
- Non-surgical options have failed you- Botox, injectable fillers, lasers, and skin tightening devices have not given you the results you hoped for.
- You are looking for a low-maintenance, long lasting treatment.
- You want to look 10 years younger.
- You are concerned with a loose, and “heavy neck”
- When placing your fingers in the middle of your face, and pulling your tissues up and back, you think to yourself: “I only need that, and I would look so much younger.”
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The Facelift Process
A Personal, In-Depth Consultation
The first step for undergoing a facelift is a consultation with Dr. Siegel. The amount of information available online regarding various types of facelifts can be confusing, inaccurate, and overwhelming for most patients. During your visit, Dr. Siegel will discuss with you which options are best, which are just fads, and (most importantly) what is best suited for you. During this time, he will listen to your concerns, discuss your desired outcomes, and examine the unique contours and features of your face. He will then craft a personalized option to restore your appearance to the fresh, natural, youthful, look you once had or always wanted. Dr. Siegel can generate a three-dimensional facelift “before-and-after” image so you can know what results to expect. With your input on that imaging, Dr. Siegel will work with you to make any modifications you’d like to ensure the final look is what you expect and want.
Preparing for a Facelift
Since each facelift surgery is different, the guidelines Dr. Siegel gives you to prepare for your procedure may vary. Other pre-operative safety precautions – like staying properly hydrated and not taking medications that could interfere with anesthesia or thin the blood – are standard for all surgeries. We will provide you with a clear and comprehensive list of everything you need to do (and not do) prior to surgery.
The Facelift Procedure
Because your procedure is customized to you and your needs, the specific techniques Dr. Siegel uses for your facelift will depend on the current condition of your facial skin, the degree of sagging, drooping, jowls, creases, lines, wrinkles, excess fat, or loss of facial volume. The duration of a facelift can differ, but it typically lasts about 2 to 4 hours. Most often, Dr. Siegel will recommend the safest anesthesia options for each particular patient. Options include a combination of local anesthesia with intravenous sedation, and/ general anesthesia.
The Facelift Procedure
As each procedure is customized, the specific techniques Dr. Siegel uses for your facelift will depend on the current condition of your facial skin, the degree of sagging, drooping, jowls, creases, lines, wrinkles, excess fat, or loss of facial volume. The length of a facelift can differ, but it is typically about two to four hours. Most often, Dr. Siegel uses just twilights sedation- a combination of local anesthesia with intravenous sedation, rather than general anesthesia.
Older facelift techniques involved pulling the sagging skin, removing the excess, and repositioning it over the existing muscle structure, often resulting in an odd, over-stretched or “windswept” appearance. Dr. Siegel evolved the Vertical Facelift™ method after years of performing facelift surgeries. As gravity causes the facial tissues to descend, Dr. Siegel “re-suspends” them in a vertical, or “antigravity” direction.
Why a Deep Plane Facelift Is Probably Best for You
Facelift Aftercare and Recovery: What’s Involved?
Dr. Siegel’s expertly-placed incisions – resulting in imperceptible scars, minimal use of anesthesia, and exceptional surgical skills, help you to recover far more quickly and easily than you might expect. There are many natural ways to speed facelift recovery, but typically you can expect to return to work after just a week with little to no sign of having undergone facial surgery.
The cost: Only about 5% of facial plastic surgeons have the technical expertise and medical experience to perform a successful deep plane facelift, and that is reflected in the price tag. A deep-plane facelift can cost almost double of a traditional facelift, depending on where you go. But in the right hands, it yields uniquely natural-looking results with minimal downtime, and results that lost about twice as long as those of a traditional facelift.
Yes. Every patient is different. Despite all the advantages of a deep plane facelift, sometimes one simply is not necessary to achieve a patient’s best look. Dr. Siegel will look at your unique face and discuss your unique needs and goals with you.
Usually 40+, though everyone’s situation is different. Most facelifts are performed on patients over 40 years old who notice facial drooping and who want a refreshed look. The most common age for a facelift is between the ages of 50 and 60. The right age for you to have a facelift will depend on your skin quality, health, and your personal aesthetic vision.
Each person is different, so is no one answer to this question. When performed properly with advanced techniques, like those Dr. Siegel uses, facelift results can last up to 15 years or even 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 perhaps using injectable treatments to boost the rejuvenating effects of your procedure.
Because the suspension is deep in relation to the muscle, and no tension is placed on the skin, the ears will not look pulled forward.
The tragus, or cartilage in front in front of the ear, is always preserved, regardless of the type of facelift, which yields results that look natural and show no signs of surgery.
Dr. Siegel technique, experience, and expertise in facelift surgery assure tension-free skin incisions, allowing you to heal quicker and without any visible signs of surgery. This will allow you to wear your hair in a ponytail, without any tell-tale signs of surgery.
Dr. Siegel’s experience and deep plane facelift approach, requiring less injury to tissues, which obviates the need for drains, or tubes, after surgery.
Dr. Siegel’s experience and deep plane facelift approach result in a 7 – 10 day recovery, allowing patients to be seen in public at that time with minimal bruising and swelling.
Dr. Siegel’s approaches each aspect of the facelift procedure in meticulous fashion, including how incisions are designed. Dr. Siegel uses hair-sparing incisions in front and behind the ear. Your hairline will not change, so you will be able to wear your hairstyle normally.