Dr. Paul Howard Plastic Surgery | 205-871-3361 | 2010 Patton Chapel Road North, Suite 101 Hoover, AL 35216



Facelift & Mini Face Lift

Howard Plastic Surgery
Facelift Specialist Birmingham ALBirmingham Facelift Surgeon

Facelift & Mini Facelift by Dr. Paul Howard

The No General Anesthesia Facelift

"Dr. Facelift"

The break throughs in plastic surgery have always been driven by our patients. Today's plastic surgery consumer is asking for facial rejuvenation with shorter, less conspicuous scars, a shorter recovery, and a more natural refreshed look without the danger and complications of general anesthesia. These are not small requests and are out of the comfort zone of most facelift surgeons. Many non-surgical facelift ideas have flooded the market to address these issues, but failed terribly to deliver actual results. The plastic surgery industry has witnessed the insurgance of the non-surgical aesthetic practitioner into the cosmetic industry without training and surgical skill. Almost all of the non-surgical facelift solutions, such as the thread-lift, failed to achieve the results promised and now remains a failed gimmick in plastic surgery history. Also, the failure of facelift marketing companies, such as the Lifestyle Lift, emerged and quickly failed due to poor results, non-results, high prices, and non-board certified physicians performing the surgeries with little to no training in plastic surgery. Facial rejuvenation consumers are finally waking up to the plethora of gimmicks flooding the cosmetic industry realizing the facelift is here to stay as the solution to facial aging.

For the last 20 years, we have been refining progressive tension cheek-lift so that it is now performed simply in the office with sedation and nerve blocks anesthetize the entirety of the face. Dr. Howard's facelifts are NOT "skin-only" facelifts either. In order to acheive optimal results, Dr. Howard's facelifts incorporate tightening of the SMAS layer beneath the skin to properly lift for a natural appearing result. Once the SMAS layer is tightened, the skin is draped and tightened as well for a rejuvenated result. Further break throughs include the judicious use of "micro drains" to reduce swelling and bruising, and meticulous detail regarding the earlobes and tragal incisions to hide the incisions within the ear instead of in front of the ear on the face.

Dr. Howard has answered the facelift market demanding a shorter recovery and less bruising with a result comparable to older facelift surgery techniques with his Howard Lift facelift techique. Patients from across the nation have traveled to Dr. Howard for his facelift procedures due to his excellent record and results.

We believe the facelift to be the key to most facial rejuvenation procedures and as such it must be safe, effective, natural appearingTop facelift surgeon Dr. Paul Howard, and affordable.

Dr. Howard is a real board certified plastic surgeon and the actual surgeon performing ALL facial procedures. Dr. Howard does not have associates, non-board certified physicians, or students (residents or fellows) performing any of his surgeries/procedures.

Dr. Howard offers his exclusive

One Facelift A Day Promise

Dr. Howard's facelift patients are the only surgery case for that day. You are his sole concern and focus, he is not rushed to perform his surgery since you are the only patient and it is not performed under general anesthesia. Even your Consultation with Dr. Howard is exclusive. His office staff schedules one hour for consulations, meaning your are his only patient allowing ample time to thoroughly discuss your facelift plan without interruption.

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What is a facelift?

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that repositions the skin and soft tissues of the face that have been affected by the aging process. The procedure is intended to give the patient a more rested and youthful contour to the face. Non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results. Dr. Howard also offers a non-surgical face lifting for patients who are not yet ready or in need of a mini or full surgical facelift.

When is it time for a facelift?

You may be candidate for if you have experienced a loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone of the face. A facelift is also desirable if you are showing the signs of aging with the development of jowls, deep creases creating frown lines, and may also be helpful if you believe you have a tired facial appearance. An ideal candidate for a facial rejuvenation is also one who: •Is physically healthy •Is a non-smoker •has a positive outlook and realistic expectations.

How is a facelift done & where are facelift scars?

Facelifts range in size from "mini" to "mid" to “full” depending on location and extent of skin laxity. The operation is done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with oral sedation. Incisions are made along the ear, extending down around the earlobe, and ending behind the ear (an extended incision behind the ear may be required for some patients who require more lifting in their neck area). Dr. Howard does NOT place facelift incisions on the face or in front of the ear, but rather along the contours of the ear so that they hide within the ear and around the earlobe. The subcutaneous layers and facial muscles are tightened, the facial skin is re-draped and lifted, and the excess skin is removed. The patient goes home with head and neck wrapped in dressings, which are usually removed the next day. Minimal initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication and ice compresses. Sutures are removed within 7 days. Bruising and swelling will decrease over 7-14 days. Most patients are able to be socially presentable with the use of sunglasses, a scarf, and/or full coverage make-up after one week.

What is the recovery & downtime for a facelift?

The average recovery for Dr. Howard's patients is approximately one to two weeks. Some patients are able to drive after only a few days and have been known to take excursions out of the house with simple sunglasses, a hat, and maybe a scarf. Dr. Paul Howard is one of the first plastic surgeons to offer this minimum incision facelift for over 15 years.

For detailed instructions on recovery, please visit our facelift recovery page.

Pain after facelift

Most patients experience very little pain; often stating they only needed the pain medications for the first night after surgery. A majority of Dr. Howard's facelift patients report switching to Tylenol on the second or third day following their procedure if they experience any discomfort.

Swelling after facelift

Most patients experience swelling after any kind of surgical procedure whether on the face or body. Swelling after facelift is to be expected and usually resolves completely after a few weeks. In some cases, swelling after facelift can last longer depending on your particular life-style and personal health. Some factors that prolong swelling after facelift are as follows: smoking and other tobacco use including second-hand smoke exposure, high blood pressure, anxiety, high sodium diet, depression, stress, sun exposure, and other pre-existing health conditions that may affect your ability to heal. Facelift patients are encouraged to drink plenty of purified water, avoid high sodium food products, use of cold compresses is encouraged, sleep elevated, and avoid alcohol for two weeks before and after your procedure.

What is the cost for facelift?

Dr. Howard's facelifts begin at $5100.

Do you Perform the LifeStyle Lift™ ?

The Lifestyle Lift™ is a registered trademark owned by a recently bankrupt marketing company and not an actual "revolutionary" surgical procedure. They were a company that marketed a name to the general public, instead of the surgeon's credentials or surgical ability. Dr. Howard has performed facelifts, mid-facelifts, mini-facelifts for over 20 years. Dr. Howard has been performing minimal incision face lift procedures under local anesthesia with "twilight" for over 15 years. Dr. Howard has never been a physician employed by the Lifestyle Lift™ company where each physician was required to perform approximately 4-5 facelifts a day each with no guarantee your surgeon would be a board certified plastic surgeon. Instead, Dr. Howard has always offered his exclusive "One Facelift a Day Promise" where patient's receive the VIP treatment and are truly special!

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