Facelift in Houston

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Over time, the aging process—gravity, lifestyle factors, and even genetic components—can often cause drooping or sagging skin for even the healthiest of people!

For those who cannot achieve the skin-tightening results they’re looking for through non-surgical treatments alone, a Facelift might be a great option.

Thousands of patients have trusted the dependable, skilled surgeons of Heights Plastic Surgery to deliver skillful results that look and feel naturally you.


also known as: facelift \ rit-i-DEK-tuh-mee \

1. Plastic surgery on the face for elevating sagging tissues and eliminating wrinkles and other signs of age

Procedure options: facelift, mini-facelift, mid-facelift

Procedure Overview


Moderate to severe fine lines and wrinkles

Sagging facial skin

Undefined jawline caused by jowls

Procedure Time

3-4 hours



Female and Male


Possible Side Effects

Mild to Moderate Pain

Drainage from Incisions





Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a Facelift?

The Facelift is a surgical cosmetic procedure that tightens drooping facial features by strengthening weak facial muscles and removing excess skin and fat. Unlike other temporary solutions like dermal fillers and injectables, the Facelift is a long-lasting solution with results that have the potential to last a lifetime.

While the procedure can be performed alone, many patients also undergo eyelid surgery or a brow lift in conjunction with their Facelift for the ultimate rejuvenated and refreshed appearance. Dr. Cara Downey and Dr. Jamal Bullocks are board-certified Houston plastic surgeons with more than 15 years of experience performing Facelifts on men and women in Houston and its surrounding areas with long-lasting and satisfying results.

Facelift Benefits

Getting a Facelift can be a great way to improve your quality of life by addressing various signs of aging and enhancing your appearance. This transformative procedure offers a lot of benefits, including a more youthful appearance, a defined jawline, increased confidence, and long-lasting results. Unlike temporary solutions like fillers and injectables, a Facelift provides long-lasting results that may last a lifetime with proper maintenance. Additionally, it can be combined with other procedures, such as eyelid surgery or brow lift, for comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

Am I a candidate for a Facelift?

At Heights Plastic Surgery, good candidates for a Facelift experience the following concerns:

  • Moderate to severe fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sagging facial skin
  • Undefined jawline caused by jowls

Ideal candidates are in good general health and have realistic expectations of their potential results. The best way to determine if you are a good candidate is to schedule your private consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.

How does a Facelift work?

A Facelift is an outpatient procedure that typically takes about three to four hours to complete. To begin, the application of anesthesia will ensure you are comfortable and pain-free throughout your surgery. Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks will then perform any of the following Facelift techniques. We will discuss the surgical techniques used while developing your personalized treatment plan during your one-on-one consultation.

  • Standard Facelift. The standard procedure aims to alleviate moderate to severe sagging skin on the face and neck. Your surgeon will make incisions along the hairline and behind the ears, giving Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks a better lifting capability. This method results in a longer—but still easily-concealed—scar.
  • Mini-Facelift. This technique is ideal for less severe wrinkled, aged, or sagging facial skin. Incisions are made along the front of the ear and the edge of the hairline to lift the lower face with the jowls. It only addresses neck issues to a small degree but may be combined with neck liposuction to enhance the result.
  • Mid-Facelift. The mid-facelift uses an incision on the outer side of the eyelids to correct signs of aging in the area. This also corrects mild to moderate sagging skin while having only minimal scarring involved.

What You Can Expect

Before, During, & After Your Facelift in Houston

1. Personalized Consultation.

Our process for a Facelift in Houston begins with a personal consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. We work with you to understand your unique goals, medical history, facial features, and desired outcomes.

2. Collaborative Treatment Plan.

Our esteemed Houston Facelift surgeons, Dr. Downey and Dr. Bullocks, will work together to develop a tailored treatment plan. This plan can include a standard Facelift, mini-facelift, mid-facelift, or modified Facelift, potentially combined with non-surgical options to achieve optimal results.

3. Informed Decision-Making.

At Heights Plastic Surgery, patient education is paramount. We provide comprehensive information about the different procedures, allowing you to make an informed decision that aligns with your goals, budget, and timeline. We encourage you to ask questions and address any concerns you may have.

4. Convenient Scheduling.

We will help you schedule your Facelift at a time convenient for you. Our on-site, state-of-the-art surgery center provides a private and comfortable environment for your outpatient procedure. Expect to take a break from work and everyday activities for three to five days after surgery.

5. Pre-Surgical Preparation.

We provide detailed pre-operative instructions to ensure you are fully prepared for your Houston Facelift. Upon arrival at our facility, our staff will guide you to the surgical suite, where we will review the procedure one last time before starting.

6. Expert Surgical Care.

Your board-certified surgeon will meticulously perform your customized Facelift procedure. Due to the effects of anesthesia, it is imperative that you arrange for someone to drive you home afterward.

7. Dedicated Aftercare.

Following your procedure, our Facelift Houston plastic surgeons will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor healing and address any questions you may have. This ensures a smooth and successful recovery.

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Our Mission: Enhancement of Your Natural Features with a Facelift.

At Heights Plastic Surgery, our mission is to help you achieve subtle enhancement of your natural facial features. Led by the board-certified cosmetic surgeons Dr. Downey and Dr. Bullocks, we offer a comprehensive range of cutting-edge surgical as well as non-surgical procedures. We prioritize creating a welcoming, comfortable environment and a personalized patient experience, ensuring you feel informed and supported throughout your journey.

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