What Is a Facelift?
Dr. Angelo Cuzalina provides a full range of facial surgical treatments in Tulsa, OK. At Tulsa Surgical Arts, one of the most popular surgeries is a surgical facelift. Resulting in a refreshed appearance, a facelift targets specific regions of the face and helps decrease the appearance of sagging skin, wrinkles, and fine lines. For a younger-looking complexion, we can address lines near the eyes, cheeks, mouth, jowls, and neck. Before selecting the best facelift technique for you, Dr. Cuzalina will consider several factors, including the condition of your skin, the severity of skin laxity, your lifestyle, age, and anatomy. He can help you determine if you need a mini, mid, lower, or full facelift. Dr. Cuzalina is a highly trained and experienced surgeon who has years of experience performing facelift procedures. Using precise techniques, a conservative approach, and an artistic eye, Dr. Cuzalina's overall goal is to help you refresh your complexion so it appears rejuvenated, soft, and beautiful.
"Dr. Cuzalina and his entire staff have been so incredible to me. I wish I could give more than just 5 stars. I’ve lost 135 pounds and they did my tummy tuck! Not only this, but they did it completely free to me after applying for Dr. Cuzalina’s complimentary surgery. Never once did I feel as if I was treated any differently than patients who paid. Each member of the staff was so incredibly kind, caring, and made sure to let me know they were there for me! They gave me their personal cell phone numbers to be able to access them outside of regular office hours if I had any issues. My stomach has never been flat my entire 23 years of life, and now it is thanks to Tulsa Surgical Arts! Down the line I hope to get skin removal on my arms and thighs as well, and I know without a shadow of a doubt I will be returning to their office when I can afford it. Thank you all so very much for changing my life. Words can’t describe how grateful I am for all of you."- S.H. / Google / Oct 20, 2020
"I couldn’t be more happy for my decision to do my septoplasti at Tulsa surgical arts !! Amazing friendly staff & Dr Cuzalina is probably one of the best Beauty surgeons in the country !!! You will fall in love with him and his magic !! They will take care of you so well all throughout your process!!! I will highly recommend!!"- R.S. / Google / Oct 14, 2020
"Awesome place. Literally left a new woman! Dr. C is a wonderful caring doctor that always goes above and beyond to make sure you receive the best care. He even checked on me after hours when I had an emergency ❤️❤️❤️ Also, check out Brandy for lymphatic massage!!! Angelica, Missy, and Kathy are so sweet and wonderful!"- J.W. / Google / Oct 08, 2020
"Top quality facility! Dr. Cuzalina and his staff are very professional but also personable. From the consult all the way through the post op appointments they go out of their way to take care of you. Truly a great experience. Couldn’t have been any better."- T.G. / Google / Sep 29, 2020
"I cannot say how thankful I am for Dr. Cuzalina and his team! I absolutely love my results! If you’re thinking about getting any cosmetic procedures, don’t walk, RUN to Tulsa Surgical Arts!"- A.F. / Google / Sep 16, 2020
Is A Facelift Right For You?
If you experience sagging skin on the cheeks, underneath the eyes, or on the jowls, a facelift could address these issues. Depending on your cosmetic goals, a facelift can treat specific parts of the face. Age does not always determine the best time to receive a facelift. When it comes to determining the best facelift technique, Dr. Cuzalina will listen to your cosmetic goals, discuss your medical history, and assess your skin. The lifting technique is different for patients under the age of 50 compared to patients over the age of 60. In addition to your age, skin laxity is one of the most important factors to consider. Before undergoing surgery, facelift patients should maintain good health, refrain from smoking, and set realistic expectations.
We offer a variety of facelift techniques to address different parts or the entire face. Some procedures are slightly more invasive and intricate than others. To further enhance their appearance, patients can combine an eyelid lift, brow lift, or a rhinoplasty. Additionally, we can use noninvasive methods, such as BOTOX and dermal fillers, to improve your results. Some of the more common facelift techniques include:
- Full Facelift
Considered the gold standard, a full facelift creates an incision along the hairline, which extends down to the temples and reaches the base of your ears. To smooth the complexion, Dr. Cuzalina gently pulls and tightens the underlying facial tissues and muscles. This technique decreases excess wrinkles and sagging. The traditional facelift is used for patients who have signs of aggressive aging. During a full facelift, we can combine various treatments, including an eyelid lift and chin augmentation.
- Mini Facelift
During a mini facelift, a small incision is made around the ears to lift the skin to a higher position, which impacts the mouth and jawline. This method creates nice and subtle enhancements that look natural.
Incorporating a similar approach to the mini facelift, the mid-facelift addresses sagging skin on the cheeks and the upper jaw. The mid-facelift works well for patients who want to improve the lower two-thirds of the face, including the jowls.
- Lower Facelift
This particular facelift addresses the neck and chin, and in many cases, the jowls. If you prefer nonsurgical methods, Dr. Cuzalina can use KYBELLA injections to reduce a "double chin" and help you attain a younger-looking neck.
What to Expect
To ensure that you are ready to recover at home, our team will monitor you before releasing you. However, some out-of-town patients may prefer to stay in our overnight guest suite so they have additional help throughout the night. If you plan on going home, you will need a responsible adult to drive and stay with you for the first 24 hours. Before leaving, Dr. Cuzalina will schedule your follow-up appointments and provide detailed aftercare instructions. To ensure proper healing, you will have a large dressing wrapped around your head. On rare occasions, we may place surgical drains attached to bulbs that hang at your neck. These bulbs are removed in approximately 24 hours. To reduce any discomfort, such as bruising, swelling, drainage, and soreness, Dr. Cuzalina may prescribe pain medication. In about a month, you should look and feel much better. After the surgery, you will experience a glowing complexion with fewer lines and wrinkles. Overall, your face will appear naturally lifted and rejuvenated.
How much does a facelift cost?
The cost of your facelift will depend on the technique used. In your consultation, Dr. Cuzalina will develop your unique treatment plan to match your needs and goals. Once this is established, he can go over cost estimates. To avoid results that look unnatural, it's best to concentrate on finding an experienced surgeon, like Dr. Cuzalina, instead of the cheapest price. Tulsa Surgical Arts can help you find low-interest medical financing that will make your facelift affordable.
Which technique is best for me?
The best surgical facelift technique for you will vary based on your needs, goals, degree of skin laxity, which areas are being addressed, and more. To produce the results you want, Dr. Cuzalina will discuss the different surgical techniques in your consultation. He can then help you decide which technique is best for you.
Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
Although there are several great noninvasive skin tightening procedures, these can only give you small improvements. If you have moderate to severe skin sagging, facelift surgery is the best choice to significantly improve your appearance. During your consultation, Dr. Cuzalina will discuss your options, including nonsurgical procedures, to help you select what is best for your needs and goals.
What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM®, have become very popular in recent years to refresh the face. Also known as a liquid facelift, injectable wrinkle treatments usually help with early signs of aging, but the results are temporary. A facelift will produce more significant improvements than injectables with results that can last for a long time. Ask Dr. Cuzalina about injectable treatments during your consultation.
Will my results look natural?
Some patients worry that facelift surgery will make their skin look too tight, shiny, or like they are in a wind tunnel. Dr. Cuzalina focuses on giving you a natural-looking result, so you appear refreshed, not fake. He listens to your concerns and goals before creating your personal treatment plan with the technique that will produce your best results.
The Right Facelift for You
A facelift can take years off your face and create a rejuvenated appearance. At Tulsa Surgical Arts, we offer a wide variety of surgical techniques for your unique needs and goals. This procedure is meant to help you achieve a younger, natural-looking complexion. To learn more, we invite you to schedule an appointment at our Tulsa, OK office. During your appointment, Dr. Cuzalina will create a detailed treatment plan, and his team will provide information about costs and financial plans.