Facelift (Rhytidectomy)


Dr. Guy is a facial plastic surgeon practicing in Shenandoah, located right in the heart of The Woodlands, Texas.  As a board certified surgeon, fellowship trained in facial plastic surgery, practicing only facial plastic & reconstructive surgery, it puts him in a unique position to offer high quality, specialized care for the all of the faces of The Woodlands.  When it comes to something as precious as your face, why would you trust it to anyone other than a facial plastic surgeon.  Once of our most common procedures performed is the facelift, a procedure designed to help turn back time and restore you to a more rejuvenated appearance.  Read below to learn more about what you can expect with a facelift

The Greek word for wrinkle is “rhytid.” The suffix -ectomy means “to remove.” Thus rhytidectomy is the medical term for the operation designed to remove or lift wrinkles and sagging tissues from the forehead, face, and neck. The term “face lift” is often used incorrectly in the media. This may be to help market some new fad or it can be used to describe a total facial rejuvenation, which, in reality, consists of an eyelid surgery, a face lift, and possibly skin resurfacing. While a true face lift provides the foundation for the rejuvenation process, other procedures may add the finishing touches. By no means, however, does this mean that every patient who requests a face lift should have any additional procedures. These are only recommended if they would provide further benefit, and if the patient is interested in these procedures.

Face lifting may be done for one or two reasons: to help prevent the advancement of aging, i.e., to help relatively young individuals (about 40 or less) to appear to stay young. The second reason is to assist one who is already showing more advanced signs of aging or whose skin sags to appear younger and more rested.

The goal of the face lift operation is to reduce the signs of aging. In the face these manifest as alternating ridges/bulges and hollows with each bulge having previously filled in the hollow above it. With time, the once full and youthful face begins to sag and the skin loosens. A face lift is designed to counteract these forces by lifting the tissues and restoring them to their more youthful position. This includes not only lifting the skin but more importantly the underlying muscles and fatty tissues. It is important to realize that a face lift does not correct problems in the upper or lower eyelids, or the wrinkles or creases in the lips—other procedures (blepharoplasty, skin resurfacing, and/or lip enhancement) are required for these conditions. The folds extending from the nose to the lateral corners of the lips may be improved but not eliminated with a facelift. They can be further improved by using your own collagen as a filler in this area.

However, not all face lifts are the same – nor should they be! The reason is that not all faces are the same. And, at different ages, the same person has different conditions of aging that develop. The facts are plastic surgery is very much an art form and can be tailored by an experienced surgeon/artist to meet the needs of each individual who presents for treatment.

The face lift has become one of the most popular cosmetic operations performed in the head and neck because as medical advances and new technology increase the average life span, many women, and men, find that they look older than they feel. The antiquated stigma previously associated with having plastic surgery is disappearing. Men and women from all walks of life are seeking ways to look as good as they feel. The techniques I use produce results which result in “natural” and “un-operated” looks as can be seen in the before and after photos.

The operation itself may be divided into three parts: the forehead or eyebrow lift (the upper one-third), the cheek lift (the middle one-third), and the neck lift (the lower one-third). Most people require all three components but occasionally only one or two portions are needed or recommended. The most common isolated request is a “neck lift.” Most people seeking “neck lifts” require some lifting of the cheeks in order to avoid “puckering” of the skin around the ears. In select patients, it is possible that a neck lift is all that is required. I will recommend what would be of benefit during your consultation.

Dr. Guy has been trained extensively in the various surgical approaches for rejuvenating the face to give you the best aesthetic outcome which can be discussed with Dr. Guy in consultation. 

Before and After Facelift
Before and after facelift
actual patients

actual patients