Facelift or Laser—Which is Right for Me?

With all the different skincare gimmicks and trends out there, it can be hard to find something that actually produces the results you’re after. The first step to real improvement is to consult with a medical professional. As a team of board-certified plastic surgeons, we offer different facial rejuvenating options that can address your specific skin concerns. Laser resurfacing and facelift surgery at our Houston practice are 2 of the most popular options. Once we evaluate your skin and listen to your desired results, we will help you determine which of these procedures is right for you.

Facial Aging

Before you can understand how to treat signs of aging, you must understand why they appear. Wrinkles, volume loss, and other skin irregularities are caused by genetics, the environment, and your lifestyle.

The best way to treat these issues is to prevent them before they develop. Wearing sunscreen every day, not smoking, avoiding alcohol, eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, exercising, and following a daily skincare regimen are a few ways to keep your skin looking great.

Your Treatment Options

However, regardless of how well you take care of your skin, the signs of aging can still appear. Laser resurfacing and facelift surgery can effectively address your skin concerns. However, these 2 treatments are not equal, so candidates for one procedure may not be right for the other.

Laser Resurfacing

We offer TotalFX™ facial laser treatments here at Houston Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. TotalFX uses advanced fractional CO2 lasers to target both the surface and the deeper layers of the skin to remove dead skin cells and stimulate collagen growth. This results in firmer skin and reduced wrinkles and superficial scarring.

Laser treatments are performed at our office. Once your skin is prepared, one of our experts will move the laser handpiece across your skin, delivering short bursts of energy precisely where you need it.

In the days following your treatment, your skin may look and feel as if it’s sunburned. This is normal and should resolve on its own. Until then, it is especially important to avoid unnecessary sun exposure.


If you have more noticeable facial aging, nonsurgical options may not adequately accomplish your cosmetic goals. A facelift can provide more dramatic results. Candidates for this procedure have one or more of the following qualities:

  • Laxity on the jawline or chin
  • Wrinkles, lines, or folds around the nose and mouth
  • Loss of volume in the cheeks
  • Sagging skin in the midface

We perform all facelift procedures in our fully accredited surgical suite. The procedure is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. One of our surgeons will first make your incisions, then lift and reposition the tissue and muscles beneath the skin. He will remove the excess skin and finally close the incision with sutures.

Facelift surgery requires more downtime than laser resurfacing and other nonsurgical options. Typically, patients can return to work within a week or 2 after surgery. If your job requires manual labor or vigorous activity, you may not be able to return to work as quickly. We will give you more specific advice during your consultation.

Facelift results can be maintained for years to come with good skincare habits and regularly scheduled filler treatments.

Individualized Treatment

When you come in for consultation, we will help you decide between laser resurfacing and facelift surgery, and we will also create a customized treatment plan that will help you look and feel your very best. We can recommend complementary treatments or procedures that fit your unique needs.

If you want to discuss your options, request a consultation online or call our office at (281) 282-9555.

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