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Facelift surgery is a time-tested and highly effective way to take years off your appearance. Triple board-certified Houston facelift surgeon Dr. Michael Eisemann and his son, fellowship-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Bradley Eisemann, perform both full and mini-facelifts. Each procedure is customized to meet the exact needs of the individual. 

If you are considering a facelift in Houston, we welcome an opportunity to meet with you and discuss your goals. Our aim is to help achieve the refreshed, youthful – and natural – look of your dreams.

What is a facelift?

A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, can significantly transform the mid and lower facial contours, resolving ptosis while tightening the jawline. It is considered the gold standard in facial rejuvenation, thanks to its long-lasting results that continue to impress for years to come.

Facelift surgery does more than merely reposition the outer skin layers. It also tightens the underlying SMAS muscles (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) to achieve an anti-aging effect that appears to originate from within. 

When performed by a skilled aesthetic artist such as Dr. Michael Eisemann or Dr. Bradley Eisemann, a facelift can revitalize your self-confidence and restore your overall quality of life.

What concerns can a facelift address?

Facelift surgery is designed to lift and reposition the sagging, deflated tissue of the face and neck, replace lost volume, and remove any excess skin. This age-defying surgery can correct the following:

  • Hollowed cheeks
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines
  • Jowls
  • Turkey wattle
  • Double chin
  • Loss of definition in the jawline

How is a facelift performed?

Your facelift surgery is performed at our immaculate, state-of-the-art surgical facility fully accredited by the AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities.) You will receive either general anesthesia or sedation according to the treatment plan you and your surgeon established at your consultation.

Incisions are then created within the folds of the ears, stretching into the hairline where they are mostly inconspicuous. Through these incisions, your surgeon can remove excess skin and fat, tighten the underlying facial muscles, and redrape the outer layers for a tighter, firmer appearance.

Both Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann insist on a natural-looking, nuanced result that appears seamless and unforced. In their capable hands, you will never experience the pulled or overly tight look that so many patients fear.

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How is my facelift surgery customized?

Facelift surgery will take years off of your appearance, but it comes with certain limits. If you are unhappy with several areas of your face, Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann may recommend combining your facelift in Houston with additional procedures, including eyelid surgery and a brow lift.

Facelift surgery can also be enhanced with non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers, chemical peels, or laser treatment. During your initial plastic surgery consultation, we will help you decide on the appropriate procedures and begin customizing your rejuvenation plan.

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What are the different types of facelifts offered?

Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann perform several different types of facelifts in Houston at our state-of-the-art, private, accredited plastic surgery center:

Full facelift

A full facelift is ideal for patients with loose or sagging skin in the face and neck and wrinkles from the midface down through the jaw. This procedure requires an incision from the sideburn area, down the front of the ear, around the earlobe, and up behind the ear. The incision gives the surgeon the ability to lift and re-suspend underlying fat and muscle. The tissue is tightened and repositioned into a more appealing position, mitigating the effects of gravity and aging.


This technique is perfect for patients with only mild skin laxity and initial signs of aging. The mini-facelift reduces sagging in the cheeks, along the jawline, and throughout the neck. The incision for a mini-facelift is typically shorter, and the downtime is usually reduced.

Revision facelift

In situations where a previous surgeon delivered subpar results, Drs. Michael and Bradley Eisemann can perform a revision procedure to correct errors and ensure you once again feel confident and secure in your appearance.

Liquid facelift

A liquid facelift is a non-surgical procedure performed using a combination of dermal fillers and injectables. It can be useful in temporarily reversing volume loss, smoothing lines, creases, and wrinkles, and establishing improved definition in the lower face. When there is moderate to severe skin laxity, however, a surgical facelift may be the best option.

What are the benefits of a facelift?

  • Rewinds the clock on facial aging
  • Removes sagging skin
  • Combats volume loss in the midface
  • Improves definition in the jawline
  • Corrects drooping jowls
  • Tightens and firms the skin
  • Enhances satisfaction with your image
  • Long-lasting results
  • Elegant, natural-looking outcome

Am I a candidate for a facelift?

The best candidates for facelift surgery have loose or sagging skin in the neck and facial area and desire a tighter, more youthful appearance. Patients should have the following attributes:

  • They are non-smokers
  • They are in good physical and emotional health
  • They are aware of the risks and benefits of facelift surgery
  • They are prepared for a surgical procedure
  • They can take time off from work and strenuous activities to recover
  • They are willing to follow all pre and post-operative instructions
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It is crucial to have realistic expectations. This procedure can take several years off of your appearance, but it will not make a 50-year-old look 18 again. Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann take great care in crafting personalized procedures while still maintaining natural-looking results. What you can realistically expect will be discussed during your facelift consultation. We will also present you with a photo album of previously treated patients.

What can I expect from my recovery?

Your facelift recovery will depend on several factors. These include your body’s natural ability to heal and the type of facelift you have had performed. We will help you plan for a safe and comfortable recovery and provide you with all of the information you will need to maximize your recuperation process and reduce the chance of unwanted complications.

The following timeline may prove helpful:

Day of facelift surgery

The majority of our patients go home the same day as their operation. You’ll want to have a trusted friend or a family member drive you home and remain with you for at least the first 24 hours to help you with basic needs like meals and medications. If your surgery is completed in the hospital and you stay overnight, dedicated nurses will facilitate your needs the night of surgery.

Week one

In the first week following your facelift surgery, you’ll want to take it easy. Plenty of rest is needed. You may be taking pain medications, which could cause some fatigue or nausea. Most patients will move around their homes easily for two to three days after the procedure. Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann will provide you with specific postoperative instructions to help you care for your bandages and manage any pain and discomfort you may experience.

Week two

In week two, most of the swelling and bruising will have decreased, and you can resume very light activities, such as walking. While plenty of rest remains the order of the day, you should get up and move around as directed in your aftercare instructions to keep blood flowing and aid in the healing process.

Week three

Most people are able to return to work after two weeks of recovery at home. You should begin feeling reasonably normal, although many patients report lingering tightness in the skin, tingling, or numbness. You can resume most of your usual day-to-day activities, but save the intense exercise for another few weeks to prevent injury.

Week four and beyond

After the fourth week, you should be able to resume a majority of your normal activities, though more intense physical activities should be avoided until week six or eight. Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann will work with you during your recovery period to help you determine when it is safe to begin strenuous or demanding tasks. We are carefully following your individual healing timeline and will be making recommendations at each postoperative visit.

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How much does a facelift cost in Houston?

The cost of a facelift in Houston depends on factors such as the type of procedure you are undergoing, the addition of other surgical procedures, and the time that will be required to produce the results you envision.

We understand that facelift costs play a role in the decision-making process for many of our patients, but it’s important that you select your doctor based on their expertise, demeanor, and results and not on pricing alone. Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann are consummate aesthetic artists who will ensure your utmost safety from start to finish as well as the seamlessness of your final results. We are pleased to offer the following financing options that can help make your hopes for improvement a reality:

  • CareCredit®
  • Prosper®
  • Alphaeon™
  • Parasail®

If you would like additional information about these financing options, we can discuss them during your initial consultation.

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Why choose the Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center in Houston?

Dr. Michael Eisemann is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and, as such, has achieved a nearly peerless reputation for aesthetic excellence. He served as an Assistant Clinical Professor in Plastic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and Weill Cornell Medical School and was the Assistant Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. His meticulous training, artistry, and compassion combine, allowing Dr. Eisemann to exceed your expectations for success.

Dr. Bradley Eisemann is a board-certified, fellowship-trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon with an impressive level of experience and precision. He has performed complex aesthetic procedures under the direction of some of the world’s most highly-regarded pioneers. Dr. Eisemann is focused on delivering outstanding patient-centered care for both adults and children, helping all who cross his path to live their best lives and love how they look. 

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Facelift FAQs

Where is my surgery performed?

All of our Houston facelift procedures are performed in a hospital setting or in our private outpatient surgery center, which is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities. Here, your comfort and health are a top priority. You can further reduce your risks for complications by following the instructions provided by our doctors for the preparation of your surgical procedure.

Is a facelift safe?

The statistics on facelifts are clear. The procedure has been performed for decades, and hundreds of thousands of patients across the world undergo facelifts without experiencing any significant complications. Of course, a facelift is only as safe as the plastic surgeon is competent. That’s why you must ensure you are under the care of a respected, highly-trained facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Michael Eisemann is triple board-certified and has three decades of experience in performing this delicate procedure.

What are the risks involved with a facelift?

It’s important to understand that a facelift, like all surgical procedures, brings certain risks. These are rare and relatively minor, but we believe in always being honest and upfront with our patients. Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann will evaluate your candidacy for a facelift in Houston to ensure you are a good fit for the procedure, reducing the risk of any complications. Facelift risks include: bleeding, infection, anesthesia complications, nerve damage, swelling and numbness, and asymmetry.

Will I have scars after a facelift?

Scars after a facelift are well-hidden within the hairline and the folds of the ears. For those with short hair, it may be a good idea to let your locks grow out in the short term while your scars are still healing. We can also recommend excellent scar creams that can help fade your incisions.

How long will a facelift last?

Results after a facelift are long-lasting and can continue to impress for anywhere from 7 to 15 years. Some clients will want to redo their procedure down the line, while others will not feel the need. In order to preserve the longevity of your outcome, it’s important that you protect your skin from prolonged sun exposure, eat right and exercise, and avoid smoking at all costs.


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