Facelift in Dallas, TX | Rhytidectomy

(Facial Rejuvenation Surgery)


If you are considering a facelift in Dallas, TX, then you have come to the right place. Dr. Jennyfer F. Cocco, MD, is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon in the area, and facelift surgeries are one of her specialties.

Facial aging is a process that happens in all structures of the face, not only the skin. As science evolves, we are noting aging in the underlying fat, facial muscles and facial skeleton. The signs of aging become more and more apparent as time goes by and they are usually reflected in the skin first. There are a multitude of treatments to help improve the signs of aging starting with good skin care. This is something we believe should be instituted in our children from a very young age such as diligent use of sunblock. Skin care routines consisting of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing should be taught to teenagers and so on. The treatment of facial aging gradually turns more invasive as the underlying facial structures begin to change.

What is a Facelift Surgery?

A Facelift, also known as a Rhytidectomy, is an invasive surgical procedure meticulously performed by Dr. Cocco to rejuvenate and enhance the appearance of the aging face. This highly specialized procedure aims to redirect the way facial muscles are suspended on the aging face. It is designed to address the visible signs of aging, such as sagging skin, deep folds, and jowls. The main objective is not merely to pull the skin back towards the ears but to alleviate “jowling” and re-drape the skin of the midface in a natural direction. By skillfully lifting and tightening the underlying tissues and removing excess skin, Dr. Cocco’s facelift procedure aims to restore fullness to the midface and gently improve the jawline, resulting in a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Furthermore, Dr. Cocco’s expertise in facial rejuvenation often involves combining facelift surgery with other procedures, such as Neck Lift, Upper and/or Lower Blepharoplasty, and Fat Grafting.

This comprehensive approach ensures harmonious outcomes and a balanced, rejuvenated look, as facial aging is significantly impacted by the loss of facial fat, making fat transfer an integral part of the process before, during and after a facelift.


How is a Facelift Performed?

A facelift procedure begins with a thorough consultation with Dr. Cocco, where she discusses the patient’s goals and expectations. This consultation is crucial as it helps Dr. Cocco determine the best approach for the facelift and identify how many phases may be required for the best outcome.

During the surgery, Dr. Cocco makes discreet incisions that are strategically placed in inconspicuous areas, such as around the hairline and behind the ears. Through these incisions, she lifts and repositions the underlying facial tissues and muscles, removing excess skin to create a smoother, more youthful appearance.

In addition to addressing the face, Dr. Cocco may also perform a neck lift to address sagging skin and muscle laxity in the neck area. This involves making discreet incisions behind the ears and under the chin to access and tighten the underlying tissues and muscles.

To enhance the overall results, fat grafting can be incorporated. Depending on the patient’s needs, Dr. Cocco has the flexibility to perform fat transfer during the facelift procedure, but sometimes it may be best to perform it separately, as a staged procedure. Fat can be extracted from other areas of the body, such as the abdomen or thighs, or from the face itself through liposuction. The harvested fat is then carefully processed and injected into specific areas of the face and neck to restore volume, contouring, and rejuvenating the appearance.

Starting Price of a Facelift in Dallas, TX

Facelift in Dallas, TX - Rhytidectomy | Facial Rejuvenation Surgery

How Much Does a Facelift Cost in Dallas, TX?

The starting cost of a facelift with a neck lift surgery is $18,500. However, it’s important to note that the price may vary depending on the type of facelift required and the patient’s specific goals. This may include factors such as whether a midface lift or lower facelift is needed, the inclusion of fat grafting, or the decision to forgo a neck lift altogether. Dr. Cocco’s approach to facelift procedures combines techniques to address both the face and neck, ensuring harmonious and balanced results. By incorporating fat grafting, the patient’s own fat is skillfully redistributed to contour and augment the face, resulting in a natural and refreshed appearance. It is recommended to consult with Dr. Cocco to determine the exact price of this procedure based on your individual needs and goals.


Can a Facelift be Covered by Insurance

Insurance coverage for a facelift procedure is not typically available. While insurance plans may cover certain reconstructive surgeries that are deemed medically necessary, they generally do not cover cosmetic procedures, including facelifts. However, it is important to note that every insurance policy is different, and it is recommended to review the specifics of your plan to determine if any coverage is available. Consulting with a reputable plastic surgeon will help you navigate the financial aspects of your facial rejuvenation journey.


Payment plans and Financing options

We offer advanced payment plans for this procedure and the terms depend on the overall cost of proposed surgery. All procedures must be fully paid off 10 business days before your scheduled surgery date. While we do not offer in-house financing, we recommend two third-party options for your convenience: Alphaeon and CareCredit. Both have easy-to-follow online applications, which you can access through the links provided below.

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

    Please call our Dallas office at (972) 200-1718 during office hours, or use the form below to contact us. After receiving your email, we will promptly get in touch with you to answer any questions you may have and assist you in scheduling your appointment with Dr. Cocco.

    The information you choose to share with us is always kept confidential. Consultation fee is non-refundable, and is applied towards your procedure. Cancellation fees apply if you fail to attend your appointment or cancel with less than 24 hours notice.


    Who is a Good Candidate for Facelift Surgery

    A thorough evaluation by a qualified plastic surgeon is essential to determine if a person is an ideal candidate for facelift surgery. Good candidates for facelift surgery are typically people who are bothered by visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as sagging skin, deep wrinkles, and jowls. They should be in good overall health, have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery, and be committed to following post-operative care instructions. During the consultation, Dr. Cocco will carefully assess each patient’s unique needs and goals to determine if a facelift is the right solution for them.

    Each patient will be referred to their primary care physician for a medical evaluation and risk assessment for surgery under general anesthetic. The physician may repeat certain lab work, or perform an EKG depending on the patient’s state of health. Once we receive medical clearance, we can proceed with scheduling a surgery date.


    What to Expect During Your Facelift Consultation

    During your consultation for a Facelift, you will initially meet with a medical assistant who will review the paperwork you fill out containing a full medical history. This is important information that will be used to determine whether you are a good operative candidate. Next, you will be able to discuss your observations and goals with Dr. Cocco, who will in turn give you an honest opinion and help you understand your options. This initial meeting should treated as a two-way interview. It is just as important that you agree and understand the recommendations given to you, as Dr. Cocco must feel she understands your expectations and is confident she can help you achieve your goals. Once a full understanding between doctor and patient is reached, a proposal will be generated and the decision to proceed with surgery will be made jointly.

    The consultation process is an important step in understanding your goals and expectations, as well as providing you with the necessary information about the facelift procedure. Here’s what you can expect during your consultation:

    • Detailed discussion: Dr. Cocco will take the time to listen to your concerns and discuss your expectations, ensuring a clear understanding of your desired outcome.
    • Facial examination: Dr. Cocco will carefully examine your face, assessing the extent of aging and identifying areas that would benefit from rejuvenation.
    • Surgical plan: Based on your facial features and desired results, Dr. Cocco will recommend the most suitable surgical technique, explaining the procedure and addressing any questions or concerns you may have.

    Facelift Before and After Photos

    What are the Benefits of a Facelift?

    A facelift can effectively address the signs of facial aging and help patients achieve a more youthful appearance. Some of the key benefits of a facelift include:

    • Reduction of wrinkles and fine lines: A facelift can improve deep wrinkles and fine lines from the midface downward, resulting in a more refreshed and youthful look.
    • Tightening of loose skin: With age, the skin loses elasticity and begins to sag. A facelift can tighten the skin, providing a firmer and more toned facial contour.
    • Improvement of facial contours: By removing excess skin and fat, a facelift can enhance facial contours, restoring volume and definition to areas that may have become hollow or sunken over time.

    Facelift + Neck lift for Best Results

    When it comes to facial rejuvenation surgery, combining a facelift with a​ Neck Lift procedure is often the most effective approach. By performing these procedures together, Dr. Cocco is able to address sagging skin, deep wrinkles, and excess fat not only in the face but also in the neck area. This comprehensive approach results in a more natural and refreshed look for her patients. Additionally, Dr. Cocco may recommend to incorporate fat grafting to further refine the results, contouring and augmenting the face with a patient’s own fat. If you are considering a facelift or neck lift, trust Dr. Cocco’s expertise and the benefits of this combined approach for the best possible results in facial rejuvenation surgery.

    Fine-Tuning a Facelift with Fat Grafting

    One effective method for enhancing the results of a facelift is through the precise technique of Facial Fat Grafting. This procedure involves the skillful redistribution of a patient’s own fat to contour and augment the face, resulting in a natural and refreshed look. Here are three key benefits of incorporating fat grafting into a facelift:

    • Enhanced Volume: Fat grafting allows the surgeon to restore lost volume in the face, which is a common sign of aging. By strategically injecting harvested fat cells, the surgeon can create a more youthful and fuller appearance.
    • Improved Skin Texture: Fat grafting can also improve the quality of the skin by stimulating collagen production. This can result in smoother, tighter, and more radiant skin.
    • Long-lasting Results: Unlike dermal fillers, which require regular maintenance, fat grafting provides long-lasting results. The grafted fat cells have the potential to permanently integrate into the facial tissues, providing lasting rejuvenation.

    A Comprehensive Three-Phase Approach

    We understand that every face is unique, our goal is to help you achieve the most natural results possible. Dr. Cocco’s approach to combining facelift surgery with fat grafting in phases is designed to optimize your results and ensure you receive the most tailored care.

    1 – Initial Volume Restoration: If you’re in the early stages of facial aging and have lost volume in key areas, we may recommend starting with fat grafting. This minimally invasive procedure adds youthful fullness to areas that need it most, helping you look and feel refreshed without the need for a full facelift. By undergoing this initial phase, patients can enjoy the rejuvenating effects of fat transfer to the face for up to 3-5 years.

    This extended timeframe allows for a gradual and natural transformation, providing patients with the opportunity to assess their desired outcomes before considering additional surgical options. At the end of this period, if patients desire further enhancement, Dr. Cocco will carefully guide them through the subsequent phases of our comprehensive approach.

    2 – Comprehensive Facial Rejuvenation: When the time is right for a facelift, we take your rejuvenation journey to the next level. Dr. Cocco’s integrated approach combines facelift surgery with strategic fat grafting. The facelift addresses sagging skin and tissue, while fat grafting ensures the restoration of lost volume, creating a harmonious and natural-looking result. This combination provides the best of both worlds for comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

    3 – Fine-Tuning for Perfection: After your facelift, we may recommend a final phase of fat grafting, if it hasn’t been done previously or, we may recommend it years later, to maintain your results. This step allows us to make precise adjustments, ensuring your results are the best they can be. By waiting until after the initial surgery has settled, we can target specific areas that may benefit from additional volume, achieving the most natural and stunning outcome.

    Different Phases Approach of Dr. Cocco for Facelift Surgery

    Facelift Techniques

    Dr. Cocco offers different facelift techniques tailored to each patient’s needs. Two commonly used techniques are the SMAS facelift and the deep plane facelift:

    • SMAS composite facelift: This procedure lifts and tightens the Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) to rejuvenate the lower face and neck. It provides natural-looking results and addresses concerns like sagging jowls, deep nasolabial folds, and loose neck skin.
    • Deep plane facelift: This approach repositions both the skin and underlying tissues for a more comprehensive and long-lasting lift. It is particularly beneficial for patients with significant facial sagging and requires a skilled surgeon like Dr. Cocco for optimal results.

    With these advanced facelift techniques, Dr. Cocco can tailor the procedure to meet the unique needs of each patient, ensuring natural-looking and rejuvenating outcomes.

    Different Types of Facelift Procedures

    When considering a facelift procedure, it is important to be aware of the different types available. The three main types of facelift procedures are the midface lift, lower facelift, and mini facelift. Each type targets specific areas of the face and neck, allowing for customized rejuvenation based on individual needs and desired outcomes. Understanding these different options can help patients make informed decisions and achieve their desired aesthetic goals.

    MidFace Lift

    The Midface Lift targets the middle region of the face, addressing sagging cheeks and deep nasolabial folds. This procedure can provide a significant improvement in facial harmony and restore a more youthful contour to the cheek area. Benefits of the midface lift include:

    • Lifts sagging cheeks and restores volume to the mid-face
    • Improves deep nasolabial folds for a more refreshed look
    • Enhances facial symmetry and overall facial balance

    During the midface lift procedure, Dr. Cocco carefully repositions and lifts the underlying tissues, tightening loose muscles and removing excess skin. This results in a natural and rejuvenated appearance.

    Lower Facelift

    The Lower Facelift is a surgical procedure that targets the lower region of the face, including the jawline and neck. It is often performed to address sagging skin, jowls, and deep creases in this area. The lower facelift can provide a more defined jawline and a rejuvenated appearance. Benefits of the lower facelift include:

    • Tightens sagging skin and muscles in the lower face and neck
    • Reduces the appearance of jowls and marionette lines
    • Enhances facial contours and restores a more youthful profile

    The lower facelift is very similar to a neck lift, as both procedures aim to improve the appearance of the lower face and neck. During the lower facelift, excess skin is removed, muscles are tightened, and underlying tissues are repositioned to achieve a smoother and more youthful look.

    Mini Facelift

    This procedure is designed to address mild to moderate signs of aging, such as sagging skin and wrinkles, in a less invasive way. This procedure is indicated for people who don’t have any neck issues. The Mini Facelift focuses on tightening the skin and underlying tissues in the lower face and neck area, resulting in a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Benefits of the mini facelift include:

    • The incisions made are smaller compared to traditional facelifts, resulting in less noticeable scars.
    • The less invasive nature of the mini facelift leads to a faster recovery time with less bruising and swelling.
    • Subtle enhancements, maintaining the natural contours of the face while improving facial appearance.

    If you are looking to rejuvenate your facial appearance without undergoing a full facelift, the mini facelift may be the ideal solution for you.

    Combining Facelift with Other Procedures

    Combining a facelift with other procedures can help enhance the overall results and achieve a more comprehensive rejuvenation. Although some are best performed separately, some popular choices include:

    • Blepharoplasty: Also known as eyelid surgery, it can address sagging or drooping eyelids, remove excess fat, and reduce puffiness around the eyes. Combining blepharoplasty with a facelift can provide a refreshed and more youthful appearance to the entire face.
    • Brow Lift: Also known as forehead lift, is a procedure that can elevate the position of the eyebrows, smooth forehead wrinkles, and address sagging skin in the brow area. When combined with a facelift, it can help create a more harmonious and balanced rejuvenation of the entire face.
    • Rhinoplasty: This procedure focuses on reshaping and enhancing the nose. When combined with a facelift, it can create a harmonious balance between the nose and other facial features, resulting in improved facial symmetry and overall aesthetic appeal.
    • Hair Restoration: For individuals experiencing hair loss, combining a facelift with hair restoration techniques such as hair transplant can help achieve a more complete facial rejuvenation. It can restore a fuller and more youthful hairline, complementing the results of the facelift.
    • Otoplasty: Otoplasty, or ear surgery, can address protruding or misshapen ears. Combining otoplasty with a facelift can enhance facial harmony and balance by addressing both the ears and the signs of aging in other areas of the face.
    • Facial fillers: Facial fillers are non-surgical treatments that involve injecting substances like hyaluronic acid or collagen into specific areas of the face. They can add volume, fill in wrinkles and lines, and enhance facial contours. Facial fillers (injectables) are used in combination with a facelift to achieve a more comprehensive rejuvenation and restore a youthful appearance.

    Consulting with Dr. Cocco is essential to determine which procedures are suitable for individual needs and goals.

    Facelift scar locations

    Facelift Scars

    Dr. Cocco’s expertise in facelift procedures extends to addressing the potential concern of facelift scars, ensuring a comprehensive and natural-looking outcome for her patients. With Dr. Cocco’s meticulous technique and attention to detail, the appearance of scars can be minimized and discreetly hidden. She carefully closes incisions with precision, using fine sutures to promote optimal healing and minimize scarring.

    Dr. Cocco understands that her patients desire a harmonious appearance without visible signs of surgery, so she pays great attention to post-operative care. She advises her patients on how to take care of their scars, providing them with recommendations for creams and ointments that can aid in the healing process. By diligently following her instructions, her patients can help minimize the visibility of their scars. Dr. Cocco’s dedication to achieving the best possible outcome for his patients extends beyond the operating room, as she believes that the final result also includes the appearance of the scars.


    What to Expect After Setting a Surgery Date

    Details of the surgical process, such as instructions before and after surgery, informed consent, surgery center requirements and financial obligations will be fully discussed 10 days to a few weeks before surgery. Our medical assistant will schedule a preoperative visit where written instructions are given, consent forms signed, and pictures are taken to help Dr. Cocco prepare herself for the procedure. During the preoperative appointment Dr. Cocco will answer all your questions. As a patient, we want you to feel positive about your upcoming surgery, including being comfortable with your surgeon and confident of your decision to move forward.

    How to Prepare for Facelift Surgery

    To ensure a successful facelift surgery, it is essential for patients to carefully prepare themselves both physically and mentally. Preparing for facelift surgery in Dallas involves several important steps. First of all, it is crucial to choose a skilled and experienced surgeon, such as Dr. Jennyfer F. Cocco, MD., who specializes in facial rejuvenation procedures. Patients should follow any preoperative instructions provided by her, such as avoiding certain medications or adjusting lifestyle habits.

    This preparation may also include undergoing a thorough medical evaluation to ensure the patient’s overall health and suitability for surgery. Preoperative lab work and EKG are usually recommended to undergo successful general anesthesia. Additionally, patients should make arrangements for someone to drive them home after the procedure and potentially assist with postoperative care. You will be supplied with a list of products to purchase for wound care at home. Lastly, ensure you have plenty of time off from work or other strenuous activities in order to recover swiftly. By thoroughly preparing for facelift surgery, patients can enhance their chances of achieving the desired rejuvenation results and a smooth recovery process.


    What to Expect After Facelift Surgery

    Everybody heals at different rates, and this is different, even from side to side. Rest assured; the aftercare will be personally directed by Dr. Cocco. There will be a series of postoperative appointments scheduled for the following year and it is important that you follow all instructions for optimal healing. Even though the results will be immediately appreciated, it takes time for the swelling to subside and the processes of scaring in the skin to fully mature.

    Sometimes garments are used to help guide the way the tissues heal. We will direct you in performing lymphatic massage so that the skin redrapes evenly over the face and jawline. We are happy to take you through the process and we are available to answer questions or concerns.

    After facelift surgery, patients can expect a period of recovery and healing to ensure optimal results. Here are some things to expect after facelift surgery:

    • Swelling and bruising: Swelling and bruising are common after facelift surgery and may take a few weeks to fully subside.
    • Discomfort and pain: Some discomfort and pain can be expected, but your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to help manage any discomfort.
    • Activity restrictions: It is important to avoid strenuous activities and follow your surgeon’s guidelines regarding physical activity during the recovery period.

    Recovery from Facelift

    The healing process following a facelift surgery entails a period of recuperation and restoration. After the procedure, patients can expect some swelling and bruising, which is a normal part of the recovery process. It is important to follow the post-operative instructions provided by Dr. Cocco to ensure optimal healing and minimize complications.

    During the recovery period, it is common for patients to experience temporary discomfort, tightness, and numbness in the treated areas. These sensations gradually subside as the healing progresses. It is important to avoid strenuous activities and follow a gentle skincare routine recommended by the surgeon to promote healing and minimize scarring.

    The duration of the recovery period can vary from patient to patient, but most people are able to resume their normal activities within two to three weeks. It is important to note that the full results of the facelift may not be immediately visible due to swelling and bruising. However, as the healing progresses, patients will begin to see the desired facelift results, with a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.


    Facelift Risks

    Facelift procedures, like any surgical intervention, involve certain inherent risks that patients should be aware of. While facelifts are generally safe and effective, it is important to understand the potential risks and complications associated with the procedure. Some patients may experience numbness or tingling in certain areas of the face. These can be massaged and most likely improve over the next few weeks. Additionally, there is a risk of asymmetry, where one side of the face may appear different from the other. Scarring is another potential concern, as incisions are made during the facelift. Finally, it is important to consider the risk of adverse reactions to anesthesia, as some people may have allergies or other complications that can arise during the procedure.

    Less common is the possibility of infection. Although rare, infection may occur after the surgery and can affect the healing process. Another risk is bleeding, which can result in a hematoma or fluid collections that need to be drained in the operating room or sometimes can be done in the clinic. Furthermore, changes in facial skin sensation is another potential risk.

    The least common but possible risk is underlying facial nerve damage, which can lead to temporary or permanent facial paralysis or weakness. It is important for patients to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to thoroughly discuss these potential risks and determine if a facelift is the right choice for them. By understanding and managing these risks, patients can make informed decisions and have a successful facelift experience.

    Facelift FAQs

    (Frequently Asked Questions)

    When is the best age to consider a facelift?

    There is no specific “best” age for a facelift, as the aging process affects each individual differently. However, many patients tend to consider a facelift in their 40s to 60s.

    Can a facelift address sagging skin on the lower eyelids?

    Yes, a facelift can address sagging skin on the lower eyelids. By lifting and tightening the underlying muscles and tissues, a facelift can improve the appearance of the entire face, including the lower eyelids, creating a more rejuvenated and youthful look. It is important to note however, that a facelift cannot address lower eyelid fat pads or festoons, so a formal blepharoplasty may be recommended.

    Are there any age restrictions for getting a facelift?

    There are generally no strict age restrictions for getting a facelift, as the decision is based on individual factors such as skin elasticity and overall health. It is important to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine candidacy for the procedure.

    Are there any non-surgical alternatives to a facelift that can provide similar results?

    The non-surgical alternatives to a facelift are those adjuvant minor procedures that complement surgery, such as dermal fillers, Botox injections, Silhouette Instalift, and laser treatments. These options can help improve the appearance of wrinkles, sagging skin, and overall facial rejuvenation. Non-surgical alternatives are common on younger patients.

    What is a Liquid Facelift?

    A liquid facelift is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that uses injectable dermal fillers and muscle relaxants to rejuvenate and enhance the appearance of the face. This treatment helps reduce wrinkles, restore volume, and contour facial features, providing a more youthful and refreshed look. Unlike a traditional facelift, a liquid facelift involves minimal downtime and offers natural-looking results.

    Can a facelift be combined with other plastic surgery procedures?

    Yes, a facelift can be combined with other procedures such as a neck lift, eyelid surgery, or brow lift to achieve a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation

    What are the potential risks and complications associated with facelift surgery?

    Potential risks and complications associated with facelift surgery include infection, bleeding, scarring, nerve damage, asymmetry, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. It is important for patients to discuss these risks with their surgeon and follow pre and post-operative instructions for optimal results.

    How long does the recovery process typically take after a facelift procedure?

    The recovery process after a facelift procedure varies from patient to patient. Generally, it takes about 2-3 weeks for initial healing, with gradual improvement over several months. Following post-operative care instructions is crucial for optimal recovery.

    Schedule your Facelift in Dallas, TX Today!

    Are you ready to rejuvenate your appearance and boost your confidence? If so, schedule your facelift in Dallas, TX with Dr. Jennyfer F. Cocco, MD today! With a facelift, you can effectively address sagging skin, wrinkles, and other signs of aging, giving you a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Don’t wait any longer to invest in yourself. Take the first step towards a more confident you by scheduling your facelift in Dallas, TX today!

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