Customizing Your Facelift
Dr. Basu will discuss your concerns with you and explain the details of facelift surgery. He will take the time to understand the outcome that you want. There are a number of options to consider, including whether or not another facial procedure should be performed at the same time. Facelift surgery improves the lower two thirds of the face, and many people opt to combine procedures for a full-face rejuvenation.
Some procedures that may be combined with a facelift to maximize results include:
- Neck lift: For those with excess fat or skin in the neck area, a neck lift may be combined with a facelift for an overall improvement of the facial profile.
- Eyelid surgery: If sagging, excess, or puffy skin around the eyes is a concern, eyelid surgery can complement a facelift to create a more energized and alert look.
- Double chin treatment: There are a variety of double chin treatment options that can be combined with face surgery to further reduce jowls and improve the chin and jawline contours.
- Fat grafting: This is commonly incorporated into facelift procedures to restore the natural, youthful shape of the cheeks.
Dr. Basu will work with you to determine a surgical plan that best suits your needs to create the results that you hope for.
Your Facelift Surgery
During your facelift surgery, Dr. Basu makes well-concealed incisions in front of and behind the ear in natural folds and creases. The extent of these incisions will depend on the extent of correction.
Most people with significant signs of aging in the lower face are best served with a traditional facelift. This involves an incision that starts in front of the ear (sideburn area) then curves along the junction of the earlobe and face, behind the ear and into the hairline.
Through these incisions, he makes adjustments to strengthen and tighten the underlying foundation structures of the face, called the SMAS. This is an important part of creating a natural looking, long-lasting facelift result. The procedure also lifts and re-drapes the overlying skin and removes any excess. This is done carefully and subtly to avoid a tight or pulled appearance.
Short Scar or "Mini" Facelift
For individuals who want to correct mild to moderate sagging of the cheeks and jaw line, incisions can be shorter. In many cases, the tradeoff for a slightly shorter scar is a more limited, shorter-lasting result. Individuals with wrinkles, jowls, and excess, sagging skin are better suited to a traditional facelift. Dr. Basu will work with you to determine whether a limited incision facelift is right for you.
Dr. Basu takes great care to create the most natural-appearing results possible from every facelift. Patients look like younger, refreshed versions of themselves, not someone who has "had work done."
About Facelift Scars
Concerns about scarring should not dictate the facelift approach you choose. Dr. Basu is very meticulous about the placement and closure of the incisions, resulting in minimized scars that will fade over time. He will work with you to ensure that your facelift achieves the results that you want, and that scars are undetectable once healed. You will be able to wear your hair up or very short without anyone knowing that you’ve had surgery.
Your Recovery & Results
Following your facelift procedure, Dr. Basu will provide detailed recovery instructions. You may be sent home with bandages to help to reduce swelling and bruising, but these symptoms typically diminish within the first week after surgery. Most people can expect to return to their normal activity level within the next few days, although it's recommended that they refrain from very strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for 2 to 3 weeks post-op.
After recovery, your results should appear smooth, natural, and refreshed. Many men and women often say that those in their social circles are unable to tell that they've even had facial plastic surgery.
Find out why so many people in the Houston area choose Dr. Basu for their facelift procedures. Request a consultation using the online form, or call our office at
(713) 799-2278 to schedule your appointment.