General anesthesia is most commonly used for this procedure.
After surgery, your face will be wrapped in bandages, and a drainage tube will likely be placed under the skin to drain excess fluid. Swelling and bruising will be present the first few days. Although the bruising will subside sooner, some degree of swelling can last for several weeks. Most patients are comfortable appearing in public after two weeks. Any discomfort can be managed with pain medication.
As with any surgery, there are some risks associated with a facelift, which typically decrease in individuals who do not smoke and are in good health. Although rare, risks include, but are not limited to, the following: facial nerve injuries, facial asymmetry, skin sensation loss, fat necrosis, visible sutures, anesthesia risks, infection, persistent pain, poor healing, scarring, and revision surgery. Dr. Agullo will discuss these risks with you during your consultation.
Injectables offer temporary correction by filling out facial wrinkles, whereas a facelift removes the wrinkles by tightening the skin. Only a facelift can improve sagging skin for a permanent result, while facial fillers must be re-administered every six to 12 months.
Some who are interested in the facelift procedure are concerned that their results will look unnatural, tight, or “pulled.” Dr. Agullo avoids this look by tightening not only the facial skin but also the muscles and tissue beneath to provide natural-looking results.
Most El Paso facelift procedures will range from $2,000 to $15,000. The cost varies greatly depending on the extent of the procedure and the type of facelift you choose. The cost will include the surgeon’s fee, operating facility fee, the cost of prescriptions and anesthesia, and any other fees involved with the procedure. You will receive a more precise estimate of what your particular facelift will cost during your consultation with Dr. Agullo.