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A primary facelift is a surgical procedure that takes years off your face, making you look like your younger self. The specific details of the procedure may vary from one individual to the next, but most facelifts include three primary components — removing excess skin tissues, removing unwanted pockets of fat, and tightening the deeper muscles. A facelift in Dallas reduces fine lines and wrinkles, removes sagging skin tissues, and helps you achieve a sculpted jawline.

How Primary Facelift Works

As you grow older, your body’s ability to produce and maintain collagen and elastin is gradually compromised. Collagen is a fibrous protein that strengthens your skin, binds your skin tissues, and prevents facial sagging. The gradual loss of collagen leads to increased facial sagging as gravity pulls your skin tissues downwards, leading to dropping skin and facial wrinkles. The accumulation of excess fat may also lead to jowls and a double chin.

A primary facelift works by reversing the effects of age on your skin. Dr. Chiodo carefully measures and records the degree of sagging on your skin, following which he curates a personalized facelift treatment plan. The procedure involves making strategic incisions to remove excess skin tissues, reduce unwanted fat pockets, and tighten the underlying muscles, following which the skin is redraped and sutured. It makes your skin look smooth and firm and takes a decade or more off your face.

Goals of Primary Facelift Include:

  • Removing fine lines and wrinkles
  • Removing unwanted facial folds and creases
  • Reducing nasolabial folds and marionette lines
  • Reduces excess/ sagging skin
  • Making the face look firm and contoured
  • Restoring a smooth, chiseled jawline
  • Making your skin look firm and uniform
  • Rejuvenating the region under the eyes

To learn more if you’re a candidate for facelift in Dallas, contact our office for a consultation.

Candidates for Primary Facelift:

  • Are pursuing a facelift for the first time
  • Have minimal to moderate skin laxity in the neck, jawline, and jowls
  • Have deep facial creases and folds around the nose and mouth
  • Have excess fat deposits under the chin (double chin)
  • Have sufficient skin elasticity
  • Want to take several years off the face
  • Are in good physical and mental health
  • Have realistic expectations from the procedure
  • Are nonsmokers or willing to stop smoking before and after the procedure
  • Can take around two weeks off work and other responsibilities to recover

Dr. Chiodo’s Personalized Primary Facelift Technique

Dr. Chiodo performs a highly personalized facelift surgery after a thorough consultation and evaluation. Your facelift journey starts with an evaluation, wherein Dr. Chiodo examines your facial skin, determines the degree of skin laxity, asks about your goals, and reviews your health history. Depending on your goals and condition, he marks the treatment areas on your face, discusses your treatment options, and recommends the ideal type of facelift surgery — lower facelift, SMAS facelift, or facial fat grafting.

Your facelift in Dallas is performed under general anesthesia at our accredited surgical facility in Dallas. Dr. Chiodo makes strategic incisions on your skin, usually along the hairline, behind the ears, and the natural contours of your chin and face. After making incisions, the surgeon separates the skin from the underlying fat layers and muscles. He trims away excess skin tissues and tightens the underlying muscles using sutures. Sometimes, he may perform liposuction to remove excess fat cells from the double chin.

After making all necessary adjustments, Dr. Chiodo re-drapes your skin, smoothens the contours, and sutures the incisions closed. The location of the incisions and the degree of facial manipulation will depend on your specific condition. But Dr. Chiodo ensures that all incisions are placed along your natural facial contours and hairline, so you don’t have to worry about visible scarring. The procedure concludes within 1 to 3 hours.

Recovery After Primary Facelift

Dr. Chiodo will place a specialized cooling mask on your skin after your facelift in Dallas to reduce swelling and bruising. You may also have small tubes inserted underneath the skin to facilitate fluid drainage. You can have someone drive you back home the same day, but you’ll need to take at least two weeks off work to recover. The sutures will be removed after 5 to 7 days, and you can expect moderate swelling to persist for several weeks.

Most side effects, such as bruising, swelling, and discomfort, will gradually subside after 2 weeks. You can resume light activities and work after 1 or 2 weeks, but you must avoid strenuous workouts and physical exertion for 6 weeks. You may notice tightness and mild numbness for up to 4 months, and the final results will gradually become evident after 5 to 6 months. We also offer in-office treatments to reduce scars and speed up recovery.

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Facelift FAQs

Are there non-surgical alternatives to a facelift?

While non-surgical options like Botox and dermal fillers can provide temporary improvements, they can’t match the results of a facelift. A facelift can take a decade off your face and provide lasting results, and it’s particularly suitable for moderate to severe signs of aging.

What are the risks and potential complications associated with a facelift?

Facelifts, like any surgery, carry some risks, such as infection, scarring, and anesthesia-related issues. Dr. Chiodo will discuss these risks during your consultation for a facelift in Dallas and ensure your safety throughout the procedure.

How much does a facelift typically cost?

Facelift costs vary based on individual factors, such as the degree of skin laxity, the type of facelift performed, and more. To get an accurate estimate tailored to your needs, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Chiodo.

Will a facelift leave noticeable scars?

Modern facelift techniques minimize scarring. The incisions are strategically placed within the natural folds of your skin, along the hairline, and behind the ears, so they’re inconspicuous. Dr. Chiodo’s expertise ensures scars fade over time, leaving you with natural-looking results.

What is the difference between a full facelift and a mini facelift?

A full facelift addresses more extensive signs of aging, including the neck and lower face, while a mini facelift is less invasive, focusing on specific areas like jowls and mid-face. Dr. Chiodo will recommend the most suitable option for your goals during your consultation for a facelift in Dallas.

How long do the results of a facelift last?

Facelift results last for 10 years or more. The exact duration depends on various factors, including age, skin quality, and lifestyle.

Can a facelift be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

Yes, facelifts can be combined with procedures like eyelid surgery, brow lifts, or liposuction for comprehensive rejuvenation. Dr. Chiodo will create a customized treatment plan tailored to your aesthetic goals.

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Dr. Michael Chiodo is a plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic surgery of the face in Dallas. He believes in curating highly personalized and comprehensive treatments that ensure safe and natural results that conform to your anatomy and overall expectations. If you’re keen on reversing the signs of aging and reclaiming your youthful looks, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Chiodo to learn your options for a facelift in Dallas.

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