Facelift Procedure Steps


Facelift Procedure Steps | Houston Plastic Surgery | Cosmetic SurgoenFacelift cosmetic surgery has the potential to take several years off the patient’s face and restore a rejuvenated, youthful look. At the time of pre-op facelift consultation, the surgeon will discuss the steps involved in the procedure and take the patient through how it will be performed.

A facelift should only be performed a fully trained and experienced surgeon because of the complexity and nuances involved in the surgery.

Dr. Kristi Hustak is a board certified female plastic surgeon providing facelift and various other procedures for the face, body and breast.

Dr. Hustak will take the patient’s unique facial anatomical and personal aesthetic requirements into account and perform the surgery with a customized plan. She provides impressive facelifts to patients in Houston, Texas, and surrounding locations across the landscape.



The first step in the facelift plastic surgery procedure will be to place the patient under anesthesia. General anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation will be applied as per the pre-determined plan after considering the patient’s condition, risk factors and the extent of surgery needed. A prior medical analysis will be conducted to clear the patient for general anesthesia.

In case of a full traditional facelift surgery, general anesthesia will usually be preferred. An anesthesiologist or a certified nurse anesthetist will be present throughout in the operating room to administer as well as monitor the patient’s response. The patient will have no recollection of the procedure once they are brought out of anesthesia.


Incision Placement

Once the patient is under anesthesia, the procedure will begin with the surgeon creating discreet incisions to perform facelift. The incisions will be located in inconspicuous sites to hide any subsequent scarring. The main incision will usually be placed above the hairline to hide the scar.

Smaller additional incisions may be placed within the natural facial creases because these locations not only heal faster, but also hide the scars well. The main incision will begin behind the hairline on one side of the head, slightly above the temple. It then follows the hairline down to the ear, and continuing into the lower scalp under the hair.


Skin and Muscle Tightening

The surgeon will delicately lift the facial skin from the underlying tissue through the incision. They will remove excess fat tissue, tighten the underlying weak muscles to enhance facial contour, and trim away loose facial skin. Once the procedure is done, the surgeon will smoothly re-drape the remaining skin with stitches or staples.

The incision sites will initially be covered with bandages to allow for safe healing. Patients in Houston, Texas, and nearby areas have an opportunity to receive facelift from a golden and astute female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Hustak.


Combining Multiple Procedures

The surgeon may sometimes perform facelift in conjunction with another procedure to create more comprehensive and natural looking results. Facial or neck liposuction are commonly performed with facelift, if the patient has stubborn fat pockets. Cheek, chin, or lip implants, facial fat transfer, dermal fillers and Botox injections may also be performed along with facelift to create improved facial harmony and balance.

For more information on procedures and treatments provided by board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Kristi Hustak please call us to schedule a consultation at 713.322.7265 or click here. Offices in Houston, Texas.