Facelift Austin

Many patients, both men and women, express a variety of reasons why they consider a Facelift:

  • Perhaps you just don’t look as young as you feel
  • Time, gravity, sun damage, smoking or genetics can combine to prematurely age the face.
  • You wish you could just “turn back the clock a few years” in your facial appearance.

Nothing symbolizes cosmetic surgery like a facelift. As opposed to some Hollywood celebrity examples, the results of a facelift should help to refresh and reinvigorate, to turn back the years without making too dramatic of a statement.

The best results from a facelift are those that gently refresh your appearance. The goal should be to look younger and better than before, without making too drastic a change. Dr. Dellinger believes your new look should be noticeable without glaring, significant but still subtle.

There so many surgeries that end in ‘lift’. What are the differences?

Because the term facelift seems intimidating to some people, they look to get the results they want from a less aggressive treatment. Maybe you’ve heard of “Lifestyle Lift”, “Quicklift” or “S-Lift” or perhaps a “Limited Incision Facelift” or “Mini-facelift” sounds more appealing. It’s understandable for patients to want “more-for-less”. Most, if not all these other procedures involve the same techniques as a facelift, just with a trademark attached.

Why do I need a facelift? I’ve always tried to take care of my skin.

Good skin care is the foundation for a healthy look. Using other products such as Botox and Juvederm as well as minimally invasive treatments such as Fotofacial, is great for helping to maintain and prolong the need for a facelift. However, time, gravity and genetics as well as environmental factors such as smoking and sun exposure eventually lead to the deeper structures of the face starting to sag, with stretching of the skin and formation of deeper lines and wrinkles.

What is a facelift and what does it do?

A facelift corrects the area from below the lower eyelid, past the mandible and down onto the bottom of the neck. The skin is elevated and the structures underneath lifted, tightened and repaired. Then the excess skin is removed and tightened.

Can I have other procedures done at the same time?

Yes! Most patients can have additional procedures such as eyelid lifts, browlifts or laser resurfacing during the same procedure. Non-facial plastic surgeries such as breast surgery or liposuction can also be performed during the same procedure.

Who is a good candidate?

  • Patients with excess skin in the neck and face
  • Deeper lines around the mouth known as naso-labial folds and Marionette lines.
  • Sunken cheeks and loss of fullness to the face.
  • Patients who have realistic expectations.

Who is a poor candidate?

  • Patients in otherwise poor health – poorly controlled diabetes or uncontrolled high blood pressure for example.
  • Patients who are severely overweight
  • Patients who smoke and are unwilling to quit.

How do I prepare for the surgery?

  • Plan on having someone stay with you full-time after the procedure for the first few days.
  • You’ll feel most comfortable in a “recliner” position – back reclined and knees bent.
  • Have extra dressings, baby wipes, and loose clothing available.

What happens the day of surgery?

  • You’ll meet with Dr Dellinger, our anesthesia staff and nurses to answer any remaining questions and help prepare you for the procedure.
  • You can choose to have a regular anesthetic or a lighter, “Twilight” sedation.
  • The surgery itself can take an hour and a half to two hours depending on the patient.
  • When you wake up you’ll be in the recovery area and will have some light dressings in place.

What is the recovery like?

  • We want you to rest at home for the first few days, getting up regularly to move about.
  • Have someone help you clean your incision daily and apply new dressings.
  • You’ll only need to wear bandages for a few days.
  • After 5-6 days you’ll feel well enough to increase your activity, maybe go to dinner.
  • At two weeks you can resume some light exercise such as walking, gradually increasing over the next few weeks.

What are potential complications?

  • The rate of complications for this procedure is very low, but your surgery and recovery will be very closely monitored to prevent any possible problems.
  • A detailed list of potential complications will be provided for your review well before surgery.
  • We want you or your caregiver to contact us with any concerns you may have.

How do I get started?

  • Schedule a consultation where you’ll meet with out Patient Coordinator and Dr. Dellinger to determine how best to meet your goals and expectations. You’ll be able to discuss scheduling and pricing options.


At Elysian Plastic Surgery, Dr. Dellinger, our nurses and staff are committed to the highest levels of care, state-of-the-art technology, and unrivaled patient care.

Facelift Highlights

  • Takes away years, but won’t make you 25 again
  • Frequently combined with breast, body or other facial surgery
  • Lasts 8-12 years on average.
  • Recovery: Light duty in one full week increasing to full activity by 4-6 weeks
  • Good Candidates:
    • Patients with excess skin in the neck and face
    • Deeper lines around the mouth known as naso-labial folds and Marionette lines.
    • Sunken cheeks and loss of fullness to the face.
  • Poor Candidates: Smokers or patients in poor health