About Facelift Surgery
In the past, the term "facelift" inferred to simply lifting the skin of the cheeks, often leaving a tight, unnatural appearance. Many doctors try to pull the face as tight as possible in an attempt to make the patient look as young as possible, resulting in an artificial, operated look. As plastic surgeons better understand the science of the aging face, our surgical techniques have changed dramatically.
At Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center in Dallas, TX, Dr. Toledo’s facelifts involve lifting and tightening the lower face and neck in two layers. The muscle and fascial layer, called the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS), is tightened separately from the skin and fat layers. This technique avoids tension on the skin, minimizing the artificial look and reducing the appearance of scars. This approach aims to achieve an elegant, angular neck with a tight jawline. In contrast, the upper face and cheek areas are not "pulled" as tightly as in the outdated approach. The area around the eyes often needs tissue volume replacement, whereas the lower face and neck should be lifted, elevated, and oftentimes, have fat reduced. In order to achieve this, Dr. Toledo will either gently reposition fat from the jowls and nasolabial folds to the cheeks or transfer fat from other areas of the body.
It has been 34 years since Dr. Toledo performed his first facelift in Dallas. His results today look more natural, have a shorter recovery, and last longer. Experience matters!
Dr. Toledo's Philosophy
At Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Toledo will analyze every aspect of your aging face, from your collar bone to the top of your scalp. The effects of gravity and aging can impact all aspects of your face.
The following areas may need to be addressed during your procedure:
- Lifting the forehead and brow (Forehead Lift)
- Correcting extra skin and fat bags around the eyelids (Blepharoplasty)
- Removing excess skin and fat from the neck and jowls (Neck Lift)
- Fat grafting to the upper cheeks, orbital rim, and temples (Fat Transfer)
- Lifting and narrowing the nasal tip (Rhinoplasty)
- Augmenting thin lips to their more youthful fullness
- Decreasing the size and lifting earlobes
- Skin resurfacing with laser, dermabrasion, or chemical peels to address fine lines, wrinkles, or discoloration
Dr. Toledo believes that correcting one area of the face without addressing the others will leave your face appearing disproportionate. For example, lifting the cheeks without lifting the neck or performing eyelid surgery without a forehead lift may not result in a balanced, harmonious appearance.
Fortunately, most patients do not have all of these signs of aging, but a discerning plastic surgeon who is keenly aware of these issues and is able to correct them is necessary to obtain a naturally stunning, total facial rejuvenation.
"I typically am only a reader or reviews but my experience with Dr. Toledo and his “girls” was so outstanding I’m submitting my first review. I came to Dallas from Alabama for a full facelift and eyelid surgery. My cousin, a Dallas doctor, in Highland Park had a facelift last year and she raves about Dr. Toledo. So, I went to Dallas for a weekend of shopping and for my consultation appointment. Dr. Toledo did a very thorough evaluation, explained all his recommendations, and answered all my questions. I have never been to a doctor’s office that was so warm and caring. I scheduled my surgery, and his nurses gave me everything I need to get ready. I had a face/neck lift and eyelid surgery in April 2021. I stayed in Dallas for about 10 days then headed back home. I look at least 15 years younger. I didn’t feel like I had to hide, my recovery was fast and painless. My husband keeps calling me his trophy wife, I know if sounds bad, but I love it. We have been married for 30 years and this rejuvenation has given us a new spark. This is the best decision I have ever made."- M.J. / Google / Nov 21, 2021
"Having retired from anesthesia, I was fastidious about who I would use to perform a rhinoplasty. Dr. Toledo was one of 3 I felt comfortable with going forward. I chose him because having worked with one of his office nurses elsewhere, I was aware that many of the problems seen with other surgeons, Dr. Toledo fixed. I am also realistic in that no provider will be perfect and some people, patients have unrealistic expectations. Expect Dr. Toledo will tell it like it is - it’s what you want in a surgeon and not a yes man. Yes, Dr. T has confidence that some might construe as not appealing; but really, don’t you want someone cutting on your face or body to be confident in their abilities? If not they shouldn’t be doing surgery! Btw, I have never provided anesthesia for any of his surgeries, nor have I been solicited to provide this review. However, I do have colleagues who have helped Dr. Toledo with his anesthesia needs decades ago (but no longer.) Even decades ago, Dr. Toledo has always had an impeccable reputation. Further, Dr. T’s anesthesia provider for my procedure, whom I did not know before, was outstanding. Both men having high standards, exhibiting honor and integrity in a field that is sometimes lacking in those areas. Dr. T’s aesthetic’s and artistic abilities have only refined over the years. I am just hoping he still is in practice when the time comes I need a face lift!"- L.W. / Yelp / Jan 04, 2022
"My 55 year old face looked like it was melting in the Texas heat. My forehead and eyes were droopy making me look tired all the time and my neck was hanging down like a turkey. Needless to say, it was time to talk about a facelift because I looked about 15 years older than I should. I have always heard Dr. Toledo’s name mentioned by ladies as the facelift king. I met with him and he recommended a face and neck lift, forehead lift and upper eyelid surgery. He also required I get medical clearance prior to surgery which I appreciated. I had my surgery in May. My recovery was quick, and I went back to work in 10 days. I had no discomfort or bruises but did have to keep ointment in my eyes for a couple of days. My results are perfect, I look like I’m forty again. My neck is smoothed with no sagging, but I love my forehead and eyes. People keep telling me my eyes look so bright and I look really happy. Well I look that way because of this incredible surgery but an excellent surgeon. Dr. Toledo and his staff are as good as it gets. After my experience with surgery and recovery I trust him completely. Update: Still so happy with my looks."- B.T. / Google / Nov 26, 2021
"Dr. Toledo performed rhinoplasty and breast augmentation last month. I LOVE my results. I only wish I did it earlier. My breasts are just the right size- not too big, not too small. They fit my athletic frame perfectly. Before surgery my nose had a big hump and pointed down when I smiled. Now multiple people tell me I look like Halle Berry. What a compliment! Dr. Toledo is the best and his staff is very caring. Silvia, Esther, and Katie walked me through the entire process and made it so easy for me. I’ll be ready for my facelift is a few years and won’t consider using any other plastic surgeon. I highly recommend Dr. Toledo. "- J. / Healthgrades / Apr 28, 2022
"People tell me I look like Halle Berry now - what a compliment - Dr. Toledo performed rhinoplasty and breast augmentation last month. I LOVE my results. I only wish I did it earlier. My breasts are just the right size- not too big, not too small. They fit my athletic frame perfectly. Before surgery my nose had a big hump and pointed down when I smiled. Now multiple people tell me I look like Halle Berry. What a compliment! Dr. Toledo is the best and his staff is very caring. Silvia, Esther, and Katie walked me through the entire process and made it so easy for me. I’ll be ready for my facelift is a few years and won’t consider using any other plastic surgeon. I highly recommend Dr. Toledo."- M. / RealSelf / Apr 27, 2022
Men and women in good health with sagging skin of the face and neck are typically good candidates for this procedure. The average age of Dr. Toledo’s facelift patients are in their mid-50s, but genetics often play a big factor. Dr. Toledo’s patients may range in age from 40 – 80 years old. Younger patients may benefit from BOTOX, fillers, chemical peels, lasers, and other noninvasive procedures in order to achieve satisfactory results. However, if the younger patient has lost a significant amount of weight or has unfavorable genetic characteristics, the skin may lose elasticity and a facelift may better help the patient to achieve his or her goals. There is no upper age limit to candidates for this procedure; however, an older patient will require medical clearance from his or her primary care physician. Our goal is to achieve a rested, refreshed, and more youthful look at any age.
During Your Consultation
During your initial facelift consultation at the Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Toledo will specifically ask you which areas of your face are a concern. He will then carefully evaluate your entire face and neck to determine the optimal technique to achieve your goals. Every face is different, and Dr. Toledo has performed thousands of procedures from which to draw his vast experience. Dr. Toledo knows his limitations and will ensure your expectations are realistic. Bringing photographs of yourself from 10 – 20 years ago will also help Dr. Toledo plan your surgery.
Dr. Toledo will review your medical history, including past surgeries. Safety is our number one concern so medical clearance from your primary care physician is mandatory. Smoking, caffeine consumption, or nicotine addiction will impair wound healing and may cause Dr. Toledo to deny your surgery. At the end of your initial consultation, Dr. Toledo will give you his recommendations and the office manager will explain the procedure costs.
Dr. Toledo will not schedule surgery unless he feels you are in good physical and emotional health and your expectations are realistic. He must also feel confident that he can come close to delivering your desired results. Once your surgery is scheduled, you must obtain medical clearance, including laboratory blood work and an EKG. Following these procedures, there will be a second preoperative consultation with Dr. Toledo and his staff. At your preoperative visit, details of the surgery, permits, photographs, and written instructions about your procedures will be discussed. These instructions are also available on our website. (click here)
Depending on your individual needs, there are a number of facelifts available. Some facelifts rejuvenate the upper portion of the face while others focus on the middle and lower. Furthermore, some procedures are slightly more invasive and intricate than others. It is also common for some men and women to have a brow lift, forehead lift, or fillers and BOTOX to enhance their results.
Considered the gold standard, the full facelift generally makes an incision along the hairline, then extends down to the temples, reaching the base of the ears. The underlying facial tissues and muscles are gently pulled and tightened to produce a lifted look, which softens excessive lines and wrinkles. The traditional facelift is reserved for men and women who have signs of advanced aging. With this lift, many methods may be combined, including upper or lower blepharoplasty to enhance the eyes or a neck lift for the lower region.
What to Expect
Your facelift procedure will be performed at the Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center. Most surgeries start at seven o'clock in the morning and require 3 – 4 hours. More complex procedures will require longer surgical times, especially if you add forehead, eyelids, or other surgeries. You will have general anesthesia administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. For your convenience and comfort, we will arrange for you to stay at our facility the night following your surgery. You will have a private nurse to administer antibiotics, pain, or nausea medicine if needed. Your blood pressure will be monitored and care is taken to help prevent blood clots from forming in your legs by encouraging and assisting you with ambulation.
The next morning, Dr. Toledo will change your dressings. Barring complications, you will go home in the care of a family member or other caregiver. Written postoperative instructions will again be reviewed. You should spend the next 4 – 5 days resting in order to facilitate the healing process.
Days 5 – 6
You will return to the Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center to have your eyelid sutures, half of the facelift sutures, and your drains removed. The next day, you can shower, fix your hair, and apply light makeup to your face. Sunglasses are advisable if you plan to leave home.
Days 10 – 11
Your remaining sutures, usually in the hair, are removed. There may be some slight residual bruising and swelling, but you should be able to return to work and other low-key pursuits. Continue to avoid strenuous exercise.
Weeks 3 – 4
You will need to return to the Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center for a follow-up visit. Your incisions will be examined with additional skin care instructions provided as needed. You should be able to resume all normal activities and exercises at this time.
Months 3 – 4
Dr. Toledo and the staff of the Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center will examine you to ensure you are healing as expected. Oftentimes, we will take postoperative photographs if the swelling has subsided. If you are traveling a long distance to Dallas, you will return for your follow-up when it is convenient for you.
Dr. Toledo would like to see you, at no charge, every year or as able to follow the results of your surgery. This allows Dr. Toledo and his staff to better evaluate patient outcomes and continue to refine techniques in the future.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a facelift cost?
The total cost of your facelift will vary based on the technique used. During your consultation, Dr. Toledo will develop your custom treatment plan based on your needs and goals. Once this is established, he can discuss cost estimates. To avoid results that look unnatural, it is best to focus on finding an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Toledo, instead of the cheapest price. Highland Park Plastic Surgery Center can help you find low-interest medical financing that will make your surgery easier to afford.
Which technique is best for me?
The best surgical facelift technique for you will depend on your needs, goals, degree of skin laxity, which areas of your face are being addressed, and more. To produce the results you want, Dr. Toledo will discuss the different surgical techniques during your consultation. He will then help you decide which technique is best for you.
Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
While there are many great nonsurgical skin tightening procedures, these can usually only produce mild improvements. If you have moderate to severe skin sagging, a surgical facelift is the best choice to significantly improve your appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Toledo will discuss your options, including nonsurgical treatments, to help you decide what is best for your needs and goals.
What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Injectable wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like Juvéderm and BOTOX, have become very popular in recent years to refresh the face. Sometimes known as a liquid facelift, injectable wrinkle treatments can help with early signs of aging, but the results are temporary. A facelift can produce more dramatic improvements than injectables with results that can last for a long time. Ask Dr. Toledo about injectable treatments during your consultation.
Will my results look natural?
Many patients worry that facelift surgery will make their skin look too tight, shiny, or like they live in a wind tunnel. Dr. Toledo focuses on giving you a natural-looking result so you look refreshed and not fake. He listens to your needs and goals before developing your personal treatment plan with the technique that will produce your best results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $12,000 - $25,000
The Right Facelift for You
Facelift surgery can take years off your face and help create a fresh look. Today, there are many options for surgery based on your personal needs and goals. This treatment is designed to help you look younger but still natural. To learn more, we invite you to call our facility in Dallas, TX to set up your private consultation with Dr. Toledo.