Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

What Everyone Should Know About a Facelift

For many people, the thought of having a “facelift” usually is interpreted to mean that a facial plastic surgeon will go in and completely change your appearance to where you are unrecognizable. Fortunately, this is NOT the case when it comes to this form of reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Bradford Patt and the staff of the Houston Center for Facial Plastic Surgery are proud to offer professional facial reconstructive surgery for patients who are considering a facelift or rhytidectomy procedure.

Rhytidectomy is the medical term used to describe what is more commonly known as a facelift. Rhytidectomy stems from the Ancient Greek words ῥυτίς (rhytis, or “wrinkle”) and ἐκτομή (ektome, or “excision”), which mean the surgical removal of wrinkles.  It is a type of cosmetic surgery procedure that many people elect to have done in order to gain a smoother, lifted, and more youthful facial appearance.

A facelift is not designed to completely change one’s facial appearance, but rather to enhance, refresh, and rejuvenate the naturally unique and beautiful features that already exist. Moreover, having a facelift or rhytidectomy does not halt the natural and progressive signs of aging that each of us will experience over time, it may only turn back the clock on our true age. In other words, having a facelift can help us “age gracefully”.

One of Dr. Patt’s missions at the Houston Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, is to educate people, whether they’re patients or not, regarding the surgical procedures and multiple techniques of rhytidectomy. Since facelifts have been reported by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery as the sixth most popular facial plastic surgery, staying in tune with the latest trends, and keeping people well-informed is of the utmost importance.

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Dr. Patt Explains What a Facelift May Do for You

Facelifts are procedures that can help to lessen noticeable signs of the aging process in the face and neck. If you are stressed by deep creases below the lower eyelids, by creases along the nose extending to the corners of the mouth, or by facial fat that has fallen and has become displaced, by the loss of muscle tone in the lower face creating “jowls” or midface sagging, then a rhytidectomy procedure may be a worthwhile consideration.

Different facelift techniques are designed to eliminate or significantly diminish wrinkles, sagging, excess fatty deposits around the face and neck, or the appearance of a double chin. Each of these issues can be improved by having a facelift. Houston rhytidectomy surgeon Dr. Brad Patt is an expert in facial reconstruction surgery, and his mission is to ensure that patients are well-informed about what a facelift can do to provide the results they are looking for.

The procedure is very delicate and involves facial soft tissues being lifted and the excess skin being removed. The skin is then carefully draped back over the newly repositioned contours of a person’s face. Ultimately, wrinkles and lines are diminished and smoothed out, and any sagging is significantly decreased. As a result, you still look like you, just in a younger version.

Making Your Decision

If you are seriously considering a facelift/rhytidectomy, the Houston Center for Facial Plastic Surgery is a viable resource; because, board certified Houston facial plastic surgeon and specialist, Dr. Patt, will attentively and patiently listen to your perspective, examine your facial area, offer the best options most suitable for you, and provide his expert medical opinion on how to move forward.

Since Dr. Patt has a full scope practice in Houston, Texas with expertise in all areas facial reconstructive surgery, he can perform additional procedures in conjunction with a facelift. Examples of such procedures include a brow lifteyelid surgery, and fractional laser resurfacing. These are considerations for patients who especially have wrinkles or sun damaged skin.

Also, please be aware that if you’re not quite ready to have a facelift, there is only one FDA-approved non-invasive procedure for lifting skin on the brow, on the chin, and on the neck. Moreover, there is only one doctor of authority regarding this increasingly popular treatment… The procedure is called Ultherapy, and the doctor is Dr. Patt! Call us at 281-552-8111 today for more information or to schedule an appointment below!

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