Restore Youthful Definition to Your Face and Neck with a Custom Facelift

The goal of a facelift is to re-establish a smooth, continuous jawline, restoring a beautiful, more youthful definition. This is achieved by smoothing and tightening sagging, wrinkled tissue and skin. Especially with Dr. Siegel’s innovative Vertical Facelift™ procedure, a custom facelift can bring about a remarkable degree of facial rejuvenation with a few key modifications. If you’re suffering from drooping, aging facial features, Dr. Siegel can give you a more youthful appearance with his state-of-the-art surgical techniques.

How much does a facelift cost?

The cost of a facelift with Dr. Siegel varies, but typically falls between $10,000 to $12,000.

Signs a Facelift May Be Right for You

A facelift may help you counteract some of the following signs of facial aging:

Bags under eyes. Fat around the eyes is normal. It provides the eyes with protection against bumping against the bone. This fat is positioned behind ligaments and is not visible. But as we age and ligaments loosen, the fat herniates, or “pooches out,” creating “bags” or a tired appearance. Trimming or repositioning this fat can reverse the signs of aging and the tired eye appearance associated with “bags.”

Chubby cheeks. Each face is unique. Some patients tend to have a large fat deposit, called “buccal fat pad” This may contribute to a round face appearance. Reducing this fat pocket will slim down your face by creating a more contoured appearance.

Crow’s feet.  These wrinkles form on the corners of your eyes, near your temples, and are sometimes called smile lines. Crow’s feet are the result of muscles contracting and creating permanent wrinkles – wrinkles produced by smiling, typically. Depending on the type they can be softened with a laser treatment, a chemical peel, or injectable treatments.

Double chin. Excess fat deposits under the chin may be a result of weight changes, but they also have to do with genetics (which dieting will not affect, of course). While traditionally people think of neck liposuction as a solution, most patients have a “deeper” fat pocket in the neck that liposuction will not address. Dr. Siegel can perform a neck-contouring procedure, with or without liposuction, depending on your condition, to remove your double chin, and improve your neck contour.

Forehead wrinkles. Repeated facial expressions will create forehead wrinkles, or lines. Since this is a skin problem, a chemical peel, laser, and or injectable treatments can be performed to minimize wrinkles’ appearance.

Under-eye wrinkles. These wrinkles are the result of sun exposure, genetics, repeated facial expressions, or some combination. A chemical peel, or laser treatments, can be performed to minimize their appearance. When “bags” are also present, those treatments can be combined with surgery to create a more youthful and rested look.

Hooded eyes. As we age, skin loses elasticity, and gravity takes its toll on our appearance, The skin on top of our eyes begins to sag or droop. The crisp, “awake” appearance that our eyes had is overtaken by a tired one. A simple procedure in which excess skin is removed and structures are tightened can return your youthful look, or make you look even more youthful than before.

Sleepy eyes. Similar to hooded eyes, in cause and effect. Sleepy eyes can be combination of upper eyelid skin sagging, and/or lower eye bags.

Unwanted smile lines. As our skin loses collagen and elasticity, and repeat facial expressions for years and years, our skin develops permanent creases or smile lines. A laser or chemical peel can be customized to minimize this.

Nasolabial folds (NLF). A sagging of our facial structures is part of the aging process, and causes our cheeks to drop.  That results in “heavy” folds around the nose and mouth. Traditionally NLFs have been treated by using fillers. That does not provide a natural-looking long-term solution, though. Targeting the problem requires lifting the cheeks to reduce the NLF appearance, rather than filling the fold, will produce a more youthful and more permanent solution.

Smokers’ wrinkles. These vertical lines around the mouth are common. The term “smokers’ wrinkles” is a misnomer, though, because plenty of NON-SMOKERS get them. A chemical peel can be used to minimize their appearance.

Turkey neck. As we age, or neck muscles sag, we develop vertical bands, fat becomes prominent, and skin loses its elastic properties. The youthful crisp definition between the jaw line and neck disappears over time. A neck lift or neck-contouring procedure can re-establish the neck’s youthful appearance.

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The Facelift Process

A Personal, In-Depth Consultation

The first step for a facelift is a consultation with Dr. Siegel. During this visit, he will listen to your concerns, discuss your desired outcomes with you, and examine the current condition of your facial skin and tissue. Based on the examination he will craft a personalized surgical plan to restore your face to a fresh, natural, youthful look. Dr. Siegel will generate a three-dimensional facelift ‘before-and-after” image so you can know what results to expect. With your input on this image, the facelift will be individualized further as you and Dr. Siegel work together to make any necessary tweaks to ensure the final look is exactly what you want. There is no time limit on your consultation. Dr. Siegel will work closely with you to plan the alterations until you have found the perfect look.

How Do You Prepare for a Facelift?

Since each facelift surgery is different, the guidelines Dr. Siegel gives you to prepare for your procedure may vary. For example, the preparatory measures taken for a lower facelift may be different from those for a forehead lift or a traditional full facelift. Some 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. You will be provided with a precise list of everything you need to do prior to surgery. Following these guidelines for the week before and your recovery after your facelift will help ensure that you remain healthy and enjoy beautiful results.

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.

Types of Facelifts

Mini Facelift. Every person will age differently based on genetics, lifestyle, and sun exposure. Still, some general aging patterns apply to pretty much everyone. As we reach our mid-to-late 40’s the early signs of aging, due to gravity and volume loss, will become visible: Apparent are the beginning of jowls, the droopiness of the cheeks with formation of deep nasolabial folds and marionette lines, or the loss of a crisp jaw line. Any number of those features can contribute to a tired or aging appearance.

For these early signs of aging, early intervention with a mini facelift, and performed with Dr. Siegel’s natural approach, will re-establish your youthful look without your looking “plastic”.

Dr Siegel’s mini-facelift achieves long-term results, as the deep facial structures including muscle are re-suspended, and excess skin is removed. The traditional “pulled” appearance is avoided, as the facial tissues are re-suspended in an anti-gravity direction, or vertical way, hence the term Vertical Facelift.

A mini-facelift requires less tissue manipulation than a traditional facelift does, and so the recovery time is shorter than that of a traditional facelift. A mini facelift is also called a Weekend Facelift. The incisions used in this procedure are also shorter than in a traditional facelift. This is why the terms short scar facelift or short incision facelift are sometimes used interchangeably.

Proper camouflage of facelift incisions, regardless of the facelift performed, allows patients to wear their hair up, or in a in a ponytail, without concerns of any visible incisions.  Thus the term ponytail facelift.

Another common name for a mini of short facelift, is an S lift, named because the incision used is “S” shaped: it begins in the hairline and continues in front and behind the ear.


Lifestyle Lift™ is the brand name of a short facelift performed under local anesthetic only, which became popular in the early 2000’s.

Regardless of the facelift type, a Neck Lift, performed in combination with a facelift may be recommended to address the aging structures of the neck, namely excess fat and vertical bands. This procedure will re-establish the crisp jaw line associated with a youthful appearance.


Male Facelift. More and more men are seeking plastic surgery. One should know certain factors about a male facelift to maintain not only a natural appearance, but also to avoid obvious signs of a facelift. The incisions are different from those in a female facelift. Because of the facial hair associated with men, incisions need to be designed differently, so as to camouflage the final appearance of the incisions. Dr. Siegel will modify the incision on each patient to account the unique facial hair pattern of each patient, and thus achieve incisions that blend in and are not visible to the naked eye.


A note on fillers. Though fillers may provide an option for volume loss as we age, fillers fill: they DO NOT LIFT saggy structures. Many of Dr Siegel’s patients first came to him with filler fatigue – a term used when patients have grown frustrated from repeated filler treatment, only to appear over-injected but not rejuvenated. Repeated filler treatment costs also add up, often exceeding the price of a mini-facelift type procedure.  Many of Dr Siegel’s patients undergoing a mini-facelift had also experienced less-than-ideal visible results with many of the tightening technology devices available.

Aftercare and Recovery from a Facelift: 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.

Facelift FAQ's

A facelift should create a youthful definition at the jawline and smooth your facial skin. If that is your area of primary concern, this procedure may be right for you. In contrast, a neck lift helps tighten muscle and sagging skin, reducing the appearance of a double chin, “turkey wattle,” or smooth visible muscle bands on the neck.

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 in one surgical procedure. While facelifts and neck lifts are surgical procedures, typically involving incisions, tissue modification, and anesthesia, injectable treatments can work wonders – up to a point.

As the name suggests, an injectable works to restore volume loss and fill in an area of the face with wrinkles, creases, and lines. Whereas injectable treatments reduce wrinkles by preventing your facial muscles from contracting, dermal fillers can smooth wrinkles by adding volume. Injectables are an excellent option for patients who have minor cosmetic concerns would like to avoid surgical correction for as long as possible.

Injectable treatments typically last between six and twelve months, so they will need to be repeated at regular intervals to maintain the smoothing effect. Injectables can also be combined with a face lift or neck lift to enhance your look further or to maintain results. When you come in for an initial consultation, Dr. Siegel will help you decide if a facelift, neck lift, injectables, or a combination is right for you.

A facelift typically be performed on any patient over 40 years old who suffers from facial drooping and who wants to achieve a more youthful, refreshed appearance. 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.

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.

Some patients can achieve remarkable improvements in skin quality with Ultherapy and can enhance and prolong the results of a facelift with this advanced treatment. Ultherapy is the single FDA-cleared, non-invasive treatment to lift and firm neck, chin and brow, and to smooth lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. If you are seeking a truly effective skin smoothing and tightening procedure, talk to Dr. Siegel about Ultherapy – it is the gold standard, non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment.

People travel from across the US and the world for an improved look by Dr. Siegel, but many are right here in the Houston area. We often see patients from Cypress, Spring, Bellaire, Sugar Land, Fulshear, Humble, Katy, and other nearby communities. We also see many patients from other areas in Texas, including Austin, San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth, Midland, Odessa, to name a few. Wherever you are, we look forward to helping you achieve your best look.

July 1, 2021 Update:

Our office is open and we are following the recommended guidelines for maximum safety.

  • To make this transition as safe as possible, and to comply with physical distancing, we will be limiting the number of people in the waiting room to only one person.
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