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Facelift Surgery in Houston, TX

The formation of facial lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin is an expected but undesirable part of the aging process. As time passes and the face is exposed to the sun, harsh environmental conditions, and lifestyle factors such as poor diets and smoking, the skin and tissues begin to lose their elasticity and strength. When this occurs, patients develop an aged and tired appearance that often conflicts with their inner vitality.

Christopher K. Patronella - MD, FACS, FICS

True Form Facelift®

Facelift surgery restores a more youthful appearance by tightening the skin and underlying tissues. Houston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Patronella’s True Form Facelift® provides long-lasting results that never appear artificial or overdone.  In 2019, Dr. Patronella received the Surgical Face Makeover of the Year award at the esteemed My Face My Body Awards in Hollywood, California, considered the “Oscars” of the aesthetic industry, beating out plastic surgeons all across the globe.

Award Winner 2019

True Form Facelift® Candidates

Facelift surgery addresses wrinkles, sagging skin, jowls, and volume loss in the cheeks and areas between the nose and mouth. Men and women who experience at least one of these conditions may be a candidate for facelift surgery. Candidates for facelift surgery are healthy adults with no previous medical conditions that can affect their ability to heal, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations of their results.

True Form Facelift® Procedure

Facelift Surgery Tracys Testimonial

Read the facelift testimonial of permanent cosmetic artist and patient of Dr. Patronella Tracy by clicking on her photo.

True Form Facelift® restores a more youthful facial appearance by addressing wrinkles, sagging skin, and volume loss in the mid and lower regions of the face. Facelift incisions are made within the hairline and natural creases of the skin so that the resulting scars are easily concealed. Dr. Patronella performs the True Form Facelift® by using a dual-plane facelift technique. This technique repositions and tightens deep facial tissues and muscles as well as the skin. By doing this, Dr. Patronella can ensure that results will remain natural, and patients will never have a wind-blown appearance.

Once the underlying tissues are tightened, the skin is trimmed and gently re-draped over the musculature. Incisions are closed with sutures.

Facelift surgery is performed under general anesthesia within three to five hours.

Combination Procedures


As facelift surgery is performed under general anesthesia, patients must arrange to have someone drive them home and stay with them for the first night to assist them with all of their regular activities. Facelift patients can expect bruising, swelling, tenderness, and soreness during the initial days and weeks. Prescribed oral medication, over-the-counter pain medicine, and cold compresses can help relieve any discomfort and keep swelling to a minimum. During recovery, patients should try to keep their head upright at all times to ensure proper blood circulation and fluid drainage. Most patients are required to take at least two weeks off from work and their normal activities; however, this depends on the nature of your job. Patients can typically resume exercise and more strenuous activity after six to eight weeks.


After facelift surgery, patients can expect to see a more rested and youthful facial contour. Lines and wrinkles will be smoothed, facial volume will be restored, and jowls will become less noticeable as the jawline is defined. These results can be enhanced further when your facelift is combined with additional surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Facelift surgery is known to provide long-lasting results, and patients can extend this by undergoing periodic non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments, protecting their skin from the sun and harsh elements, not smoking, following a healthy lifestyle, and keeping their skin hydrated and moisturized with pharmaceutical-grade skin care products.

With True Form Face Lift® surgery, Dr. Patronella’s goal is to highlight a patient’s natural beauty and restore a younger-looking facial contour.

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Dr. Patronella’s warm and friendly patient care team will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have and schedule your appointment with Dr. Patronella in Houston, TX.

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