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Facelift in Dallas, TX

The Intersection of Art and Science

Dr. Matthew J. Trovato is a master craftsman both personally and professionally and a curator for the art of the facelift procedure

Facelift with Dr. Matthew J. Trovato

Board-certified Dallas plastic surgeon, Dr. Trovato uses his keen artistic eye and advanced aesthetic skills to offer specialized facelift procedures and treatments for Dallas patients. Your facelift will improve more than your current appearance - it will lift and elevate your outlook on life with greater self-confidence and renewed self-esteem. A personalized facelift treatment plan is developed during your consultation. Facelift is designed to create a smoother, firmer, and more youthful appearance.

How the Face Ages

Over the decades, the underlying structures of the face tend to shift downward, leading to a tired, aged appearance. The cause is twofold. First, the skin loses collagen and elastin as we age, causing the skin to lose firmness and elasticity. In addition to wrinkles and laxity, the facial fat pads and underlying connective tissues lose turgor, ultimately causing sunken cheeks, creasing around the mouth, and slackness on the jawline and chin. A facelift elevates and suspends the tissues to restore a younger-looking appearance.

What is a Facelift?

Also known as Rhytidectomy, a facelift removes fat and tightens skin and muscle, giving your face a younger, fresher look

In addition, a facelift can improve the visible signs of aging on your face and neck, such as deep creases along the nose and lower eyelids, a loss of volume in the lower face, loose skin, excess fat deposits under the chin and jaw, and sagging in the middle of your face.

Choosing a Facelift Procedure

An expert in several different techniques of facelifts Dallas plastic surgeon, Dr. Trovato, sometimes recommends blending techniques to achieve the best result. During your consultation, he will make a personalized recommendation on the procedure most compatible with your specific cosmetic concerns and goals.

Traditional Facelift

Traditionally, a facelift entails repositioning the skin, muscle, and fat deposits to create a smoother, lifted facial contour. While the exact incision patterns can vary, the incision often starts near the hairline around the temples and continues around the ears. The underlying tissues are suspended, followed by re-draping the skin and removing any excess.


Designed as a less invasive procedure, the mini facelift reduces the wrinkles and loose skin on the lower half of your face. As a result, scarring and recovery time are often considerably less than a traditional facelift.

Non-Surgical Alternatives

Not everyone needs to go under the knife to achieve a more youthful face. Non-surgical treatments such as FaceTite, MyEllevate, dermal fillers, and neuromodulators are available to counteract the effects of aging. Laser resurfacing is also an excellent way to refresh the face, neck, and décolletage. They can effectively resurface the skin for a smoother texture and promote an even skin tone by erasing years of sun damage and hyperpigmentation concerns.

Related Procedures

Sometimes, facelifts are combined with a brow lift and eyelid surgery to achieve more dramatic results. The procedure can also be limited to the neck (called a neck lift) if most of the patient's concerns center there.

Benefits of a Facelift

While it won't necessarily make you look like a celebrity, a facelift will reverse some of the signs of aging, taking from five to ten years off your face. In addition, facelifts remove unwanted fat deposits and address sagging to shape a more youthful, heart-shaped face.

What can a Facelift achieve?

  • A sculpted, defined jawline
  • Tighter, smoother-looking skin
  • A more youthful, elevated mid-face
  • A reduction in jowls and submental fat
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Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

It's important to have a healthy
perspective about your procedure

The ideal candidates want to refresh their appearance while remaining true to themselves. They should be in good overall health, both mentally and physically. Patients must not be pregnant or breastfeeding. Smokers should not undergo elective surgery as they have a much higher risk of complications.

Concerns Addressed with a Facelift

  • Lax skin
  • Sagging jowls
  • Double chin fat
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines

Consultation and Preparation

When you come in for your consultation, Dr. Trovato will listen carefully to understand the facial concerns that bother you most. He will also review your medical history with you and ask about any medications you might be taking. If you are a candidate for surgery, he will let you know which type of facelift suits you best. Dr. Trovato prides himself on being a skilled listener and will take the time to answer all of your questions. He will also provide you with a consent form detailing the possible risks and complications associated with the procedure. His office will also provide you with a custom price quote so you can prepare financially should you decide to move forward. After scheduling your surgery date, you may need to prepare for a facelift by adjusting your medications, filling prescriptions, and quitting smoking if necessary.

Complementary Procedures

Your customized treatment plan may include other procedures designed to complement the results of your facelift.

Brow Lift

If you have sagging eyebrows or deeply etched forehead lines, Dr. Trovato may recommend pairing your facelift with a brow lift, also called a forehead lift. This raises the position of the brows, so they sit on the brow ridge.


Blepharoplasty, also known as an eye lift, refreshes aging eyes by removing redundant skin and repositioning the fat and muscle on the upper eyelids, lower eyelids, or both.


Rhinoplasty improves the function or appearance of the nose. During the procedure, Dr. Trovato removes or reshapes the soft tissues and cartilage to refine the shape of the nose, so it appears more harmonious relative to your other facial features. He can also correct issues such as rhinophyma or thickened, bumpy skin on the nose.

Neck Lift

A classic combination, many patients see an optimal result by having a facelift and neck lift together. During neck lift surgery, Dr. Trovato smooths and sculpts the contours of the neck by removing excess tissue and tightening the platysma muscle.

Lip Lift

During lip lift surgery, he removes a segment of skin from beneath the nostrils. As he sutures the incision closed, the upper lip border is raised so the lip takes on a more beautifully defined appearance.

Complementary Non-Surgical Procedures

A facelift can refine the structure of the face, but it won't necessarily add volume or treat dynamic wrinkles. Dr. Trovato may suggest pairing your facelift with neuromodulators such as Botox and dermal fillers to enhance your results.

Facelift Procedure

Your facelift surgery is an outpatient procedure with local or general anesthesia provided

Once you are ready for surgery, small incisions are made. Next, excess skin is removed while the remaining skin and muscles are tightened and sutured. Our Dallas facelift procedure typically takes between two to five hours. In some cases, a drain is placed behind the ear for a couple of days to remove excess blood and fluids. Dr. Trovato will then loosely wrap the area.

Patients often worry about scarring, but since Dr. Trovato places the incisions in inconspicuous places, such as behind the hairline and within the natural folds of the face and ears, the scars typically fade to near invisibility over time.

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Facelift Recovery

Dressings are usually removed after one to two days. Tubes may also be present to help drain excess fluid under your skin. They will also be removed with your bandages. Stitches will come out in five to 10 days. Cold compresses will help minimize swelling and bruising and keep your head elevated and still as much as possible.

At first, your face will feel stiff and will probably look and feel strange to you. This is normal, but you should be prepared for it. You will likely have some numbness in your skin. This can last for a few months after your facelift. Dr. Trovato will provide more details on timeframes for healing, resuming exercise, and the like depending on your healing rate. Most people, however, can return to normal activities in two to three weeks.

Facelift Recovery Timeline

After the procedure, Dallas facelift patients can expect to reach the following weekly milestones.

Week 1

At first, your face will feel stiff and will probably look and feel strange to you. This is normal, but you should be prepared for it. You will likely have some numbness in your skin. This can last for a few months after your facelift. Sleeping on your back with your head elevated on pillows will minimize swelling. Dr. Trovato may also suggest applying cold compresses to reduce bruising and discomfort.

Week 2

Swelling and bruising start to taper off. At ten to fourteen days post-op, most patients head back to the office. However, physical exertion is off-limits in this early stage of healing.

Weeks 3 and 4

By now, the incisions have healed, the bruising has resolved, and most patients can resume their normal daily activities.

Week 5 and Beyond

By now, most patients are on their way to a complete recovery. The face also takes on a more natural, rejuvenated appearance, allowing patients to see an early preview of their results. Most patients have returned to all their usual daily activities, including vigorous exercise and jogging.

Facelift Results

You will receive post-operative instructions from your specialist team

It's essential to adhere to all of your post-care instructions about cleaning and caring for your face to ensure optimal healing. After the swelling subsides, your Dallas facelift results will last for five to 10 years but can be longer with proper care.

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Why choose Dr. Trovato?

Technology is constantly improving in the field of aesthetic surgery. Dr. Trovato keeps abreast of the latest surgical techniques to help his facelift patients recover with less pain and minimal downtime. As an award-winning plastic and reconstructive surgeon, he brings the highest level of artistry to every facelift he performs. Additionally, Dr. Trovato is board-certified and has completed fellowship training with some of the top plastic surgeons in the nation, allowing him to achieve remarkable results through rhytidectomy.

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Schedule Your Dallas Facelift Consultation with Dr. Trovato today

Selecting your plastic surgeon is an essential factor in your surgical results. Dallas plastic surgeon, Dr. Matthew J. Trovato M.D., will develop an individualized plan of treatment for each patient to achieve their aesthetic objective. Call (214) 827-2873 for our Dallas location or schedule a consultation to learn more.

Facelift Frequently Asked Questions

What are the risks of a facelift?

Side effects of facelifts include bleeding, infections, and poor wound healing. Your post-operative instructions will help minimize any side effects and ensure optimal recovery.

Is facelift surgery painful?

You will be under anesthesia during your procedure. As a result, you may feel tightness in some areas following your surgery. Dr. Trovato is adamant about patient safety and comfort and creates a specific recovery plan to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during and after your facelift procedure.

How much does facelift cost?

During your consultation for a facelift Dallas plastic surgeon, Dr. Trovato will assess your face and skin and discuss your facelift options. The cost of your surgery will vary on the type of procedure that delivers you the best results.

Does my insurance cover a facelift?

A facelift is generally considered to be a cosmetic procedure, so it is usually not covered by insurance. Dr. Trovato does offer payment and financing options if these are needed to assist you. You can always talk to your insurance provider to see if coverage is possible.

What can I do to protect my skin after a facelift?

It's essential to protect your investment. Adding sunscreen with a broad-spectrum SPF and makeup that includes SPF to your beauty regimen will help you maintain healthy skin habits, maximize your results, and add longevity to your facelift.

How long does it take to recover after a facelift?

Dr. Trovato will provide more details on timeframes for healing, resuming exercise, and the like depending on your healing rate. Most people, however, can return to normal activities in two to three weeks.

Experience what it feels like to walk into a room knowing you look your best. Matthew J. Trovato MD has been Dallas’ best plastic surgery experience for nearly a decade. Discover why by scheduling a consultation today.

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