About Facelift Surgery
One of the most sought out surgeries at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery is a facelift. This surgery focuses on the lower face and neck to address wrinkles, loose skin, and volume loss to create a youthful, rejuvenated appearance. A facelift primarily addresses the aging features in the lower face such as the nasolabial fold, jowl, and marionette lines. The facelift technique depends on your anatomy, more specifically, the health and condition of your skin, the degree of skin laxity, volume loss, and skeletal structure. Dr. Dauwe is a highly trained and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon who understands the complexity and delicate anatomy of a facelift procedure. He has trained with some of the most respected surgeons in the world, which is reflected in his stunning results. The overall goal is to produce a refreshed appearance that is natural and still you.
"Dr. Dauwe and his staff are like a dream team! I legit leave wanting to be friends with his staff they are all so adorable. Seriously though, any type of surgery is so scary and they make the experience so comfortable. I felt like he listened to what I wanted and was honest with what was going to be realistic with my body type. I was referred by Dr.Dauwe by a few of my clients and am so thankful I chose him to do my procedure. If you’re in the Dallas area I wouldn’t recommend anyone else. Truly grateful to have had such an amazing experience! Thank you Dr. Dauwe for everything!"- T.C. / Google / Apr 30, 2019
"The BEST plastic surgeon in Dallas with wonderful bed side manners!! Very welcoming, kind, caring and brilliant. He offers Botox, Fillers, PRP and of course Cosmetic procedures. You won’t find another plastic surgeon like him or his awesome staff!!"- S.V. / Facebook / Dec 19, 2019
"As I walked off the elevator I was greeted immediately. The staff made the process so enjoyable with a professionalism I rarely see. Dr Dauwe could not have been more friendly and truly interested in answering any questions I had about the procedure. My surgery required a local anesthesia so I was able to enjoy Dr Dauwe selecting my favorite music and great conversation.. His work was incredible and truly can say I feel so great about my new look. Thank you Dr Dauwe, Scott"- S.B. / Google / Dec 17, 2019
"Absolutely amazing! I’ve never had a procedure done before so I was very nervous. The entire staff made you feel welcomed. Julie the nurse was amazing and very caring! I was even able to text her after hours during my post op time about questions and concerns. Dr. Dauwe was the best physician I’ve ever encountered. Very knowledgeable and compassionate about my needs and wants. The best part was receiving a call from him the night of my surgery from him just checking on me. I would recommend anyone to have their services done there!"- V.B. / Google / Dec 04, 2019
"I went to Dr. Dauwe for a breast implant removal and a liposuction. I had under the muscle implants for about 7 years, and even though I didn’t have any issues, I was ready to remove them and get a more natural look. From my first contact with the staff, to the surgery, to every follow up appointment, Dr. Dauwe and his staff have been amazing. I visited several doctors before making my decision, and I’m really happy I used him. Dr. Dauwe didn’t use drains for the surgery, and that was great. They even accommodated the surgery date I requested, so I had surgery on Friday and I was back at work on Monday. I had lots of questions before surgery, and Dr. Dauwe and his staff listen to all my questions and put me at ease. My results are amazing, and I would definitely go back to Dr. Dauwe if I ever decide to get another procedure. I know their practice offers several different services. I’m currently using them for Coolsculpting. I really cannot say enough great things about Dr. Dauwe and his staff, and I highly recommend them."- A.H. / Google / Nov 30, 2019
Facial aging manifests with thinning skin, wrinkles, facial descent, volume loss, and changes in facial bone structure. Natural results are achieved with a facelift when each of these features are addressed. The age at which one pursues facelift surgery can impact how much change is needed in all of these variable. Dr. Dauwe performs facelifts on patient as young as early 40's up to 70's and 80's. Dr. Dauwe requires that patients are physically healthy, stable in weight, and nonsmokers,
No matter the issue you wish to correct, there are various aspects of a facelift that are critical to consider. Unnatural results are a product of improper facial analysis and applying a technique improperly. Often Dr. Dauwe will recommend a combination of facial aesthetic procedures at the same time as the facelift in an effort to maintain facial harmony. For instance, it is very common for some patients to have an eyelid lift, brow lift, facial fat grafting, or laser to complement their final results. The components of this surgery that Dr. Dauwe feels are important to consider are:
The facelift places an incision along the contour of your ear, around your earlobe and down your hairline behind your ear. The tissues of your face are then carefully dissected, repositioned, and suspended with strong internal sutures. The skin is then trimmed and stitched back in place around your ear.
- Facial Fat Grafting
Replacing lost volume is often an important component of this surgery. Dr. Dauwe will perform liposuction of any area chosen by you, and he will transfer a small amount of that fat tissue to the deep parts of your face to restore the youthful volume.
A small incision is created below your chin to allow Dr. Dauwe to remove fat and tighten the muscles of your neck (plastysma). The neck lift can be the most important part of the facelift because it produces such dramatic improvements in the overall result.
- Skin Conditioning
Dr. Dauwe always recommends addressing the inherent qualities of the skin too. Pigment variation, poor skin texture, and fine wrinkles will limit the overall result, so Dr. Dauwe employs a variety of lasers, chemical peels, and topical products to restore youth back to the skin before and after a facelift.
- Other Procedures
- If one area of the face is rejuvenated, but others are not, it can bring the face out of harmony and ultimately lead to dissatisfaction. This is why Dr. Dauwe may thoughtfully recommend other procedures to be done at the same time such as an upper or lower eyelid lift, brow lift, laser, fillers, or facial fat grafting. When multiple areas of the face are enhanced the results are simply phenomenal.
What to Expect
Following your procedure, we will monitor you overnight, after which you will be released to home. Prior to your procedure, Dr. Dauwe or someone on his staff will make your follow-up visits and go over suggestions to help you heal faster. It's normal to have bruising and swelling, slight to moderate pain, and soreness, which may be reduced by pain medication. Dr. Dauwe asks that you avoid any activities that may raise your blood pressure for the first few weeks after surgery, and limit your dietary sodium intake, as this can lead to worsening of your swelling. Swelling and bruising are temporary and will improve in the weeks that follow. At 3 to 6 months, you can expect to see the long term results after the swelling goes away.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a facelift cost?
The cost of your facelift will depend on the technique used and other factors. In your consultation, Dr. Dauwe will create your unique treatment plan to match your needs and goals. When this is complete, he can go over estimates of fees. Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery can give you information on no-interest financing that will make your facelift affordable.
Which technique is best for me?
The best technique for you will vary based on your concerns, goals, anatomy, and what areas are being addressed. To produce your best results, Dr. Dauwe will go over the different techniques in your consultation. He will then choose which technique suits you the best.
Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
Although there are great nonsurgical facial treatment, these methods are limited in the improvements they can provide. However, when applied appropriately, nonsurgical facial methods can provide excellent results and happy patients. In your consultation, Dr. Dauwe will discuss your choices including nonsurgical procedures to help you select which is best for your goals.
What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Wrinkle relaxers and fillers, like BOTOX and Juvéderm, have become more popular to improve dynamic lines and wrinkles. Also known as a liquid facelift, nonsurgical wrinkle treatments are good for early signs of aging; however, the indications and results from these treatments are limited. A facelift will produce more significant improvements than injectables with long-lasting results, but still ask Dr. Dauwe about nonsurgical treatments in your consultation.
Will my results look natural?
Some patients worry that a facelift will make their skin look shiny, overly tight, or like they are in a wind tunnel. Dr. Dauwe focuses on giving you results that look natural, so you appear refreshed, not fake or altered. He listens to your concerns and goals before creating your custom treatment plan to produce your best results. Dr. Dauwe is often complemented on the natural appearance of his facelift results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 3 – 6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 – 4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Week 2 & 6, Month 3, 6, & 12
- Procedure Recovery Location
- Overnight Stay
The Right Facelift for You
Cosmetic facial surgery can turn back the hands of time for your face and give you a rejuvenated appearance. Facelift surgery is meant to make you look and feel younger but natural. For more information, we welcome you to get in touch with Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX to schedule your appointment with Dr. Dauwe.
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