Facelift

Facelift Quick Facts
Length:
4-5 hours (depending on extent of procedure)
Anesthesia:
IV Sedation / General Anesthesia
In/Outpatient:
Overnight stay in Medallion Guest Suites
Side Effects:
Swelling, mild bruising, numbness at surgical site, tightness of neck
Risks:
Healing difficulties, unsatisfactory scarring, recurrent laxity of skin
Recovery:
Isolated facelift — presentable with make up in 2-3 weeks; when combined with eyelid surgery 3–4 weeks presentable
Duration of Results:
About 10 years

Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel is one of the best facelift surgeons in Dallas and Frisco. He approaches facelift surgery as a custom procedure, performed differently for each patient. The men and women who consult with him about facelift surgery, who travel from Fort Worth, Frisco, and other nearby cities, are a very diverse group but share a desire to look great for their age. Instead of wanting to look like they did in their 20s or 30s, these patients want to look refreshed and energized.

Extraordinary is the best word to describe (Dr. Kenkel) and all of his team. From the moment I checked in, met everyone on his team, and checked out, my patient care was superb. Dr. Jayne Coleman, the anesthesiologist who works with Dr. Kenkel in surgery, is the best anesthesiologist I have ever had. Dr. Kenkel himself is the most accommodating doctor I have ever dealt with. Being able to get in touch with him is extremely easy, and he does everything possible to help the patient heal from any procedure.

– Healthgrades 5-Star review from laser skin rejuvenation and neck lift patient

Facelift Before & After Photos

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Before & After Facelift Case 52 View #1 View in Dallas, TX
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Case 52

This 58 year old female lost over 150lbs following weight loss surgery.  She is shown here 2 years following upper and lower blepharoplasty and facelift.   Read More
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Case 47

This 59 year old female who desired facial rejuvenation, is shown here 3 years after her facelift procedure.  
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Facelift Case #16

Pictured here is a healthy 60 year old woman who desired facial rejuvenation.  She decided to have the procedures at Dr. Kenkel's Dallas location. She is shown here 2 years and 8 months after a facelift and upper blepharoplasty, looking refreshed and energized. Read More
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Facelift Case #314

This 56 year old healthy female consulted with Dr. Kenkel in Dallas and decided she was a good candidate for facelift surgery.  She underwent a midface lift targeting the central and lower face and jawline through a more limited incision.  She is shown 4 months post op with natural looking results! Read More
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Case 51

This 64 year old female underwent upper and lower lid blepharoplasty and facelift with erbium resurfacing.  She is shown here 10 months following her procedure.  Read More
Before & After Facial Rejuvenation Case 53 View #1 View in Dallas, TX
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Case 53

This 72 year old female underwent a facelift, upper blepharoplasty, chemical peel and erbium resurfacing to the perioral area.  She is shown here 1 year following her procedure.  Read More
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Facial Rejuvenation Case #49

This 57 year old female was a good candidate for surgery and decided to have the procedures done at Dr. Kenkel's Dallas location.  The patient is shown here 18 months following a facelift and endobrow lift with pleasing results, looking energized and refreshed.  Read More
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Facelift Case #202

This 64 yo female with a history of a facelift in the past desires further improvement in her jawline and perioral lines.  She underwent a secondary facelift ( neck not opened) and perioral laser resurfacing ( erbium) and is shown here over one year out from her procedure.  She has improvement in her jawline and lines around her mou... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Who is a good candidate for a facelift?

Although many prospective patients have concerns about being “too young” or “too old” for facelift surgery, it’s important to remember that we’re all individuals who age at different rates and in different ways. For example, lifestyle habits and genetics may make one person a good candidate for facelift surgery in their 40s, while another person can postpone surgery until their 50s or later. Good candidates should be healthy enough to undergo anesthesia and be free of any existing medical conditions that could affect their surgeries.

Facelift surgery at our Dallas and Frisco facility rejuvenates the lower two-thirds of the face, addressing a variety of concerns including:

  • Loss of definition along the jawline
  • Sagging cheeks and jowls
  • Double chin or a “turkey neck”
  • Marionette lines, nasolabial folds, and other wrinkles around the mouth

Can you get a neck lift without a facelift?

While Dr. Kenkel combines most facelift procedures with neck lift surgery, patients whose concerns are limited to the appearance of their necks may be good candidates for a standalone neck lift or lower facelift. Nonsurgical skin tightening options such as Syneron Profound® RF microneedling are available for the neck as well.

Will a facelift rejuvenate my whole face?

Keep in mind also that other complementary procedures can further enhance your facelift results. If you’re more concerned by the aging of your upper face, you may be a better candidate for eyelid surgery or brow lift. In other cases, Dr. Kenkel can combine a facelift with eyelid surgery, injectables, or other treatment options for a full-face rejuvenation.

What should I expect from my facelift consultation?

Your consultation is a comprehensive appointment during which you and Dr. Kenkel talk extensively about your lifestyle, your health history, and your goals for surgery. Dr. Kenkel also performs a physical examination of your face and neck to fully understand your concerns and to help him develop an appropriate surgical plan.

After your meeting with Dr. Kenkel, we’ll take a few photos of your face to save in your file. You’ll chat with Debbie, our coordinator, to discuss pricing and other logistical factors related to surgery. We understand that plastic surgery is a big decision, and we strive to make this appointment as low-pressure as possible. It is very helpful to bring photos of yourself from 10-15 years prior as that often helps serve as a template for what your goals are. You can expect to be in our office for about an hour.

How is facelift surgery performed?

Facelift surgery can be customized to meet each patient’s specific needs, but most procedures begin with incisions around the ears and into the hairline. In some cases, Dr. Kenkel often uses an incision under the chin.

Once he has made the incisions, Dr. Kenkel performs a High SMAS procedure, depending on the patient’s specifications, he may reshape, add, or remove fat. He adjusts and repositions the tissue overlying the muscles before redraping skin and trimming away any excess, ensuring that it doesn’t appear overly tight. He closes the incisions with sutures and adds a small drainage tube to prevent excessive fluid buildup. By keeping tension on the underlying muscles instead of the skin, he creates long-lasting surgical results without excessive scarring. Dr. Kenkel may choose to add fat to certain areas of your face to help restore fat loss that you may have experienced while aging.

A Passion for Facial Plastic Surgery

Jeffrey Kenkel, MD, FACS

At the apex of an accomplished career, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel is enthusiastic about turning his focus exclusively to facial plastic surgery and nonsurgical facial rejuvenation. Known for creating understated yet remarkable results, Dr. Kenkel ranks among the best plastic surgeons in the greater Dallas area.

  • Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery, UT Southwestern
  • D Magazine, Best Doctors in Dallas 10+ years
  • Past president, The Aesthetic Society
  • Past president of Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons
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What happens the day of surgery?

You will be required to spend the night with us in our extended care unit for plastic surgery patinets. This is a hotel-like environment that offers 24-hour nursing care for our patients. Dr. Kenkel advises you in advance so that you may plan accordingly. Facelift often requires general anesthesia, which is carefully administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. Our pre-op facelift document details how you can adequately prepare your home and your body for surgery.

What can I expect after a facelift?

Dr. Kenkel recognizes that every patient handles discomfort differently. He prescribes pain medication to help manage symptoms after surgery, but many patients find that they don’t need to use them for more than a few days. Numbness in your cheeks and near your incisions is common and takes some time to fully resolve.

Although it’s important to stay mobile after surgery, don’t strain yourself. Light walks around the house are a good way to promote circulation and help facilitate the healing process. It’s important to have supportive friends or family members who can help you around the house with errands until you’re able to do them yourself. It’s also helpful to avoid eating foods high in salt, as they can exacerbate swelling.

Swelling and bruising are typical, and you may look worse than you feel for a couple of weeks. These symptoms may be more prominent on one side of your face than the other and may vary in severity from day to day. These are normal variables in the healing process. Dr. Kenkel encourages patients to reach out to his office during recuperation because it can be an emotional time for many patients.

How long will I need to wear the chin strap after facelift surgery?

For the first week after surgery, it’s important to wear the chin compression strap as much as possible to minimize swelling. During the second week, wear it when you are sleeping for extra support.

How long is recovery from facelift surgery?

After facelift surgery, patients are typically ready to resume normal daily activities, return to work, and go out in public within about 2 weeks. Camouflage makeup may be applied at this point to cover any remaining bruising. It’s important to postpone strenuous activities for 6 to 8 weeks or as directed.

Can you see facelift scars?

Dr. Kenkel takes care to make facelift incisions as discreetly as possible, leading to scars that aren’t noticeable to most people. However, they can take several months to fade completely. It’s important to follow your post-op guidelines and avoid unprotected sun exposure. Your skin may feel dry or rough throughout the healing process. This can be minimized with good skincare habits.

How long do facelift results last?

In general, the results of facelift surgery can last for a decade especially with proper follow-up care and healthy lifestyle habits. When you notice the signs of aging gradually beginning to return, you may choose to maintain your results with non-surgical treatments, such as injectable fillers or even a revisionary procedure.

How many visits do I have after facelift surgery?

You’ll return to our office within 4 days after surgery for drain removal, if applicable. In 7 to 10 days, you’ll return for scheduled suture removal. During these visits, you’ll discuss your results and concerns with Dr. Kenkel. He often sees you weekly for ultrasound treatments to help with the resolution of your swelling.

How much does a facelift cost?

Because each procedure is completely customized to your specifications, it’s not possible to offer a quote without an in-person visit. During your consultation, you’ll receive a written quote that includes all fees associated with surgery. If you decide to move forward with your procedure, we require a $500 deposit to reserve a time and date just for you.

Request a Consultation

If you’d like to look like yourself, only younger, Dr. Kenkel and his caring staff can help you realize your aesthetic goals. Request a consultation online or call us at (214) 645-3112.

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