Facelift

We perform facelifts in Austin because it is hands down the "gold standard" for facial rejuvenation.
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A smoother, younger face

While non-surgical procedures such as injectables and lasers can certainly revitalize the face, no procedure will turn back the clock like a facelift.

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Facelift Technique

Plastic surgeon in Austin, Dr. Whitfield performs both traditional and short-scar facelifts using the SMAS (submuscular aponeurotic system) technique. In the past, the downside of facelift surgery was that it could make a patient look pulled or "done." The SMAS - a thin layer of connective tissue or fascia located beneath the skin and fat, but above the muscle - interconnects the muscles of the face, mid-face, and neck.
By working at this deep level, there is no pulling on the skin. Instead, the skin is re-draped over your newly tightened muscles. When this technique is used by a very experienced surgeon such as Dr. Whitfield, it can deliver a truly natural-looking result for both men and women.

How long does it take to see facelift results?

A facelift provides an immediate result, with the skin appearing smoother and dramatically less saggy and wrinkled the moment the patient wakes from surgery in a comfortable recovery room, aided by a dedicated nurse.

With a surgical facelift, Dr. Robert Whitfield is able to:

  • Lift loose skin
  • Create a more defined jawline
  • Tighten lax muscles to smooth sagging cheeks and jowls
  • Address any aging issues in the neck if needed
  • Place the brow back in its original, more youthful-looking position
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Where will the facelift incisions be?

For most facelift patients, the incisions will be placed in the hairline and around the ear. However, with a short scar facelift, there are no incisions behind the ear. The advantage of this is that it, as the name implies, produces a shorter scar. While this sounds ideal, it does not necessarily mean a less visible scar. The disadvantage is that it only works for certain patients and cannot address the neck. Dr. Whitfield is sensitive to the fact that no patient wants a visible scar; this is where his experience and years of training really come into play. He is meticulous in the making and closing of his incisions, creating well-hidden facelift scars.

Recovery from a facelift

A facelift is performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgery center. Some patients may desire to stay overnight under the supervision of a nurse, while others may choose to go home with a caregiver such as a family member.

You will need some help for the first few days. Dr. Whitfield advises his patients to be extremely careful about lifting or exercise that will elevate the heart rate or blood pressure significantly during their first few weeks post-op. You will be examined the morning following surgery. Dr. Whitfield will assess your skin and soft tissues and remove any drains. You will come back in seven to ten days to have stitches removed.
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Not ready for a facelift?

Try the MyEllevate™ Facial Rejuvenation procedure.
The Ellevate facelift is a minimally invasive procedure that is easily performed while the patient is comfortably under local anesthesia for light sedation, rather than costly general anesthesia. Your MyEllevate procedure can be further enhanced by pairing it with energy-based laser skin tightening technology.
Benefits of MyEllevate™ jawline contouring
MyEllevate is not a facelift surgery, nor is it a thread lift. Light-guided energy provides jawline definition to elevate sagging jowls and create a contoured jawline that looks years younger. The best part of the procedure is that it only takes about one hour to perform on average and does not require the patient to undergo general anesthesia. 
 Try a Liquid Facelift
Finally, a non-surgical alternative to facelift surgery. Another alternative to facelift surgery is the liquid facelift, a non-surgical procedure in which Dr. Whitfield uses carefully placed dermal filler injections to restore lost volume to depleted skin.
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What is a Blepharoplasty? (Eyelid Surgery)

Your eyes also, unfortunately, are where the earliest signs of aging appear. The skin around the eyes is thinner and more delicate than that on the rest of the face, making it particularly susceptible to fine lines, sagging skin and puffiness. For these issues, getting a blepharoplasty in Austin can provide some of the most profound results of all aesthetic procedures. Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure to revitalize the look of the upper lid, the lower lid or both. It is a great option for both men and women who want to look refreshed, but who are not ready for a more extensive anti-aging surgical enhancement such as a facelift.

Types of Blepharoplasty Surgery

Upper eyelid surgery
Age, genetics and lifestyle choices such as smoking and sun exposure can weaken the tissues around the eyes. The result is sagging skin and puffy fat on the upper eyelids that can make you look haggard, perpetually tired and older than your years. In severe cases, the skin may even be limiting your peripheral vision.

An upper blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure in which Dr. Whitfield lifts the skin and muscles on the upper lids and removes or repositions any fatty deposits if necessary. The stitches are placed in the crease of the eyelid where they won’t be noticeable once you have recovered.
Lower eyelid surgery
MyEllevate is not a facelift surgery, nor is it a thread lift. Light-guided energy provides jawline definition to elevate sagging jowls and create a contoured jawline that looks years younger. The best part of the procedure is that it only takes about one hour to perform on average and does not require the patient to undergo general anesthesia. 
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Why choose Dr. Robert Whitfield for your Blepharoplasty?

Dr. Robert Whitfield is a board certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience in cosmetic surgery. He has an in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy and an artist’s eye for proportion. He looks to the big picture: how your eyes relate to your face as a whole, as well as the underlying causes of the aging around your eyes.
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Lower eyelid rejuvenation with AccuTite

AccuTite treatments are becoming the “gold standard” in scarless lower eyelid rejuvenation. If you are tired of seeing fatty deposits and sagging skin below your eyes that leave you looking older, sad, or continually exhausted, you may be a candidate for AccuTite. A groundbreaking development in aesthetics, AccuTite delivers focused, precision, RF energy to tighten skin, while removing excess fat.

If you are living with unsightly pads of fat beneath your eyes, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive treatments with AccuTite – imagine looking years younger, refreshed, and rejuvenated, without the long recovery time of traditional lower eyelid surgery? The results that can be achieved are scarless, long-lasting, and very natural in appearance.

Will I need dermal fillers?

For patients who only need upper eyelid surgery but still have some persistent shadows in the tear trough area, Dr. Whitfield may inject dermal fillers or utilize fat transfer to fill in the hollow beneath the eyes, the underlying cause of dark circles. All of this will be discussed in detail during your initial consultation
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How long is the recovery from eyelid surgery?

In general, most patients recover quite quickly from eyelid surgery. You will be bruised and swollen for the first week, and if you have sutures, they will need will be removed in seven to ten days. Patients should be back to their daily activities within three to seven days after their Blepharoplasty in Austin, looking younger, healthier, and brighter – never overdone. Expect compliments.
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A custom brow lift – natural-looking results.

No one wants to look in the mirror and see a heavy, drooping brow. With age, the skin and muscles of the forehead begin to lose strength and resiliency, causing the brow to sag or droop.
You may be left with eyes that appear hooded, looking perpetually tired or angry. Restoring your brows to their former, youthful, lifted position which is why we offer a brow lift in Austin, to make you look happier, younger, and well-rested. The most critical point in an effective brow lift is proper positioning; it will look unnatural when the brow is placed too high. You don’t want a result that makes you appear as if you are in a constant state of surprise.

Where are the incisions made in a brow lift?

A brow lift can reduce the horizontal lines across the forehead, improve the “eleven” lines between the eyebrows, and lift a sagging brow back to a more youthful position, making the eyes look more awake. Dr. Whitfield performs what is called an endoscopic brow lift. This advanced approach to facial surgery involves the use of an endoscope, a tiny camera inserted within the brow structure, with the muscular condition revealed on a television monitor.

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Types of incisions in a brow lift

The best technique and approach will be based upon your anatomy, hairline and your personal goals. A custom endoscopic brow lift can be performed with various techniques, including:
Coronal brow lift: Within the hairline
Coronal brow lift: Within the hairline
Temporal brow lift: At the temples
Trichophytic brow lift: For patients with higher hairlines
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Why choose Dr. Whitfield for a brow lift?

Not all facial surgeons are equal in skill, talent, and artistry.
Dr. Whitfield is recognized for his high level surgical skills, professional, kind demeanor, and for consistently achieving exceptionally natural-looking results. If you are tired of seeing a drooping, heavy brow and are considering facial surgery, the most critical point in the success of treatment is the skills of your plastic surgeon. Dr. Whitfield uses advanced techniques, performing brow lift in Austin, endoscopically for less scarring and a subtle result that appears like you – just years younger.

If you are considering a brow lift in Austin, meet with Dr. Whitfield for a private consultation. He will perform a physical examination of your brow, taking measurements of your face, and assessing skin quality and elasticity. He will listen to what you hope to achieve with a brow lift, and answer all of your questions and concerns. A brow lift is a fully-customized procedure and may be one part of a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

Scarless brow lift with AccuTite

Truly remarkable improvements to the brow can be achieved by Dr. Whitfield with AccuTite, a revolutionary development in aesthetic technology. This device delivers focal radiofrequency energy to the underlying structure of the brow. It is a minimally-invasive treatment that performs two tasks: skin tightening and fat reduction, performed under local anesthesia, in a scarless brow lift procedure.

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What is the recovery time for a brow lift?

A brow lift may be performed as a single procedure but is often be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as an upper or lower eyelid surgery, or a facelift. You can expect to be bruised and swollen after your surgery. The swelling and bruising will soon fade, typically within one to two weeks, after which you should feel comfortable going back to your usual daily activities. You should notice a marked improvement at ten days to two weeks, although swelling can last from weeks to months depending on the combination of surgical procedures performed.
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