Facelift in Houston, TX

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Many men and women make the decision to have a Facelift (also known as rhytidectomy) to help reverse the visible signs of aging. The term “Facelift” is actually a face and neck lift because the surgery re-supports the cheek, jawline, and neck. 

At Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Dr. Sean Delaney and Dr. Russell Kridel are highly respected for the most natural Facelift results.  Our patients delight in gazing into the mirror and discovering a younger, more vibrant reflection, not an overly windblown or drastically altered appearance.  FPSA offers two face lift surgical approaches to align with your facial rejuvenation goals to dial back the hands of time. Dr. Sean Delaney specializes in the Extended Deep Plane Facelift, while Dr. Russell Kridel is celebrated for his signature Multi-Vector Plane  Facelift (“MVP” Lift).  Exceptional pre-operative and post-operative care are similar with both surgical approaches.

What Sets Us Apart

Dr. Sean Delaney and Dr. Russell Kridel are considered the Best of the Best facial plastic surgeons in Houston. As double-board and triple-board certified experts in Facelift and other facial rejuvenation procedures, they provide the most comprehensive level of patient care, greatest attention to detail and most natural results for every patient. The most advanced facelift surgical techniques they utilize include meticulous dissection and also feature the hidden incision approach developed and published by Dr. Kridel, so that your incisions are virtually undetectable when the healing process is completed. Even your hairdresser won’t be able to tell you had a lift. As we like to say, “Our Results Show And We Are Proud Of Them.”

What To Expect

Improvements from Facelift surgery last 10 to 15 years.  A facelift does not permanently prevent aging, but it does shift back the hands of time. The person with a facelift never looks as old as they would have if they had not had the operation. 

Facelift surgery using either surgical approach usually takes about 5 hours and is typically performed under iv sedation. Both our local Houston, Texas and out-of-town patients spend the first night in the comfort of the nearby Hotel Chifley under the care of a registered nurse. At FPSA, we pride ourselves on the level of detail and post-operative care.  You will visit our office the next day after surgery for a follow-up, and the initial dressing will be replaced. You will have multiple follow-up visits during the first two weeks and throughout the year, including one to wash your hair a few days after surgery. Most patients are back to their regular routines within 2 weeks. 

Very pleased with the result from my facelift. Dr Kridel and his staff are wonderful, very professional and attentive from start to finish. They deserve 10 stars!

D.R. Google

Dr. Delaney and his staff are very professional, kind and compassionate. I had a full face lift a year ago and Dr. Delaney has provided service to me the entire year. I am very pleased with the results!

M.S. Google

Dr. Kridel is a brilliant, compassionate surgeon (artist) who delivered the most natural appearance for my Sinuplasty-Rhinoplasty procedure. For decades every doctor i went to said ‘you have a deviated septum’. Honestly I put this surgery off for decades. There were a variety of reasons for the delay including recovery time, how I would look and which surgeon to select. I cannot thank Dr. Kridel & his staff & the nurses that took such good care of me. I have never breathed better in my life. The septum was approximately 90% closed. No one can believe I only had nose surgery. They swear I’ve had a facelift.! I sleep better. I feel better. I never have earaches anymore, and my eyes are as white as snow. I am a raving fan and am happy to give a 100% recommendation to Dr. Kridel & team. Sharon Williams Kirwan Houston, TX

S.W. Google

Women regard their faces as their lives. If you want to make some changes because of the marks left by the years on your face, Then you should find Dr. Kridel, His exquisite skills are not to be missed. Dr. Delaney is also an expert who you can trust .Their team is caring and warm. I highly recommend this clinic.

PZ Other

I had a face lift and neck lift at this modern, spacious, immaculate facility. The staff and Dr. Sean Delaney are friendly, personable, knowledgeable and professional. I’m very pleased with surgery. I highly recommend Dr. Delaney.

M.P. Google


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Dr. Sean Delaney exclusively performs an Extended Deep Plane Facelift.  An extended deep plane facelift offers a comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation by addressing aging changes in the "deep plane" immediately underneath the SMAS layer.  The "extended" dissection of this technique allows for improvement of the nasolabial fold, corner of the mouth, jawline, and neckline. Unlike traditional facelifts that focus primarily on tightening the SMAS, the extended deep plane facelift relies on the complete release of retaining facial ligaments beneath the SMAS to permit a more dramatic lift with less tension for a more natural result. Because the surgery is conducted at the deep tissue level, there can be an enhanced correction of smile lines and the upper cheek areas.  This approach can also provide better skin circulation during your body’s natural healing process and may result in a decreased risk of skin necrosis, as well as less visible bruising. Particularly for younger patients, there can be reduced downtime with this surgical approach.

Multi-Vector Positioning, “MVP” Lift

With his signature Multi-Vector Positioning Facelift, the “MVP Lift,” Dr. Russell Kridel will lift and release the underlying muscle layers, and then secure them in a more rejuvenated configuration. Sagging skin is repositioned, excess fat, tissue and skin are removed, and the underlying musculature is re-suspended with permanent sutures to extend the longevity of the results. The skin is meticulously re-draped which results in an extremely natural look, not a tight “wind-tunnel” look. Over thousands of facelifts, Dr. Kridel has perfected his MVP Facelift surgical approach to consistently produce the most natural results.  His technique allows for a more customizable facelift as the underlying SMAS musculature can be lifted in different directions or multiple vectors. Because no two faces are alike, Dr. Kridel will adjust his SMAS technique specifically for you depending on your tissue types and anatomical shapes.  In some instances, he may utilize deep plane techniques in combination with manipulation off the SMAS. With his well-known attention to detail, Dr. Kridel takes extra time to carefully hide incisions around the ear and back into the hair, while preserving the hair in front and behind the ears. Dr. Kridel pioneered this “hidden incision” technique and published extensively in scientific medical journal and textbook chapters. This technique is now taught in medical schools across the country and has been adopted by plastic surgeons around the globe.

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Typical Results?

The improvements that result from an MVP Lift last around 10 to 15 years. No operation can permanently prevent aging, but a facelift improves the appearance of the face by creating a younger look than can provide dramatic and long-lasting improvement.

What About Scarring?

Using painstaking thoroughness, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Delaney will make incisions in inconspicuous locations, which means facelift scars (inevitable anytime an incision is made) will be in the hair or natural facial creases, making them virtually undetectable even to your hairdresser.

Combining Procedures?

It is very common for Dr. Kridel and Dr. Delaney to combine facelift surgery with other surgical or non-surgical procedures. This can be quite beneficial to patients to avoid having anesthesia multiple times. While a facelift does not get rid of fine wrinkles or creases around the mouth and eyes, the surgeon can use a CO2 laser in these areas or the full face to remove the fine lines and revitalize skin texture. Many patients also have submental liposuction done at the same time to remove the fatty pouch under the chin. Some patients also combine facelift with eyelid surgery, known as blepharoplasty, to remove the upper eyelid drooping and under eye bags.

Lunchtime or Quick Lift?

There has been a great deal of marketing for lifting treatments referred to by names such as the mini-lift, the weekend lift, and the lunchtime lift. Most of these "drive-thru” lifts rely on very minimal, if any, dissection. Therefore, the longevity of the results from such techniques is short-lived – only about 2-3 years and can leave visible scars. Dr. Kridel and Dr. Delaney do not perform these types of procedures. Instead, they will recommend other non-surgical options, such as laser treatment or injectable fillers. For patients with significant signs of aging, including jowls and sagging skin, a proper surgical facelift will be more appropriate and have lasting results.

How Common?

Due to exposure to the elements, genetics, gravity’s force, and the passage of time, it’s inevitable that facial skin will show signs of aging. Modern medicine has allowed individuals to have facelift surgery with exceptional results, making it a very common surgery. In fact, many men and women have a facelift earlier, with the first evidence of loose facial skin, wrinkles, and pouches in the cheeks, jawline, and neck.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.