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Facelift Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery

November 24, 2019 | 4 minute read

Facelift Plastic Surgery | El Paso, Texas | Las Cruces, New MexicoA facelift, medically known as a rhytidectomy, is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure, which helps remove wrinkles, lines, and other signs of facial aging to restore a more youthful facial appearance. 

This procedure involves the elimination of excess facial fat and skin as well as tightening the underlying facial muscles. 

The patient should choose an experienced and highly qualified surgeon for safe and effective rhytidectomy outcomes. Envy Aesthetic Center, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Marco Gonzales, provides facelift surgery to patients in El Paso, TX, and surrounding locations.

Ideal Candidates

Facelift surgery could be an appropriate procedure for people who are unhappy with the appearance of droopy skin, sagging muscles, or other conspicuous signs of aging, which can make them look older and tired. 

It is important for the candidate to have some degree of elasticity and suppleness in the skin to attain cosmetically attractive results from a facelift. In addition, the candidate should have a robust facial bone structure, which can offer support to the results of the procedure. 


In facelift plastic surgery procedure, the surgeon will lift the skin off the face and tighten the underlying tissue and muscles. Then they will pull the skin tautly over the face. This procedure is usually performed with the patient under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation and local anesthesia. 

The procedure initiates with the surgeon making an incision in the temple area. This incision extends around the ear, and through this incision, the surgeon tightens the facial muscles and tissue. After the process of tightening is complete, the surgeon pulls the skin tightly over the face and seals the incisions using sutures. 

An experienced plastic surgeon will make these incisions in a discreet manner to ensure that any future scarring remains hidden. This surgery may take several hours to complete, depending on its extent.

Surgical Techniques 

The surgeon will recommend an appropriate rhytidectomy technique, depending on the unique needs of the patient and the extent of the surgery.

Endoscopic Facelift

This technique involves the surgeon inserting a camera through the incisions allowing them to see the underlying facial structure on a screen to undertake the procedure in a targeted manner. The procedure usually involves placing three tiny incisions and eliminating excess tissue while tightening the underlying muscles of the face.

Cutaneous Facelift

The cutaneous facelift is an older technique, which involves only the removal of extra facial skin. The surgeon makes a long incision along the hairline and gently lifts the skin. Then they suture it securely at a raised position. This facelift technique involves relatively lesser risks as it does not make changes to the muscular structure of the face.

SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System) Facelift

SMAS facelift is a more sought-after procedure today as it offers holistic results. This technique involves the removal of extra skin and the tightening of the underlying facial muscles. It provides patients with more comprehensive and natural-looking outcomes. 


Patients usually require nearly one week of downtime after a rhytidectomy. However, they should take mild walks within their home and perform light activities to ensure proper blood circulation. 

The patient should not undertake vigorous activities for around one month. A majority of patients can resume their work or normal activities in one week to ten days after their facelift. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Marco Gonzalez receives patients from El Paso, TX, and nearby areas for facelift surgery.

For more information on Plastic Surgery (cirugía plástica) and Non-Surgical Medical Spa procedures and treatments, please contact the offices of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon (cirujano plástico), Dr. Marco A. Gonzalez (Dr. G) by clicking here or calling 915-600-2639.

Serving patients in El Paso Texas, Las Cruces New Mexico, Ciudad Juárez Mexico and surrounding areas.

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