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When Is It Time For a Facelift?

When consulted by new, prospective patients, Dr. Eisemann is often asked about the threshold age for having a facelift. The answer is of course variable by the patient and his/her circumstances and desired look. Much of the non-scientific literature (such as women’s magazines) suggests that women of the age 40 and over are prime candidates for a facelift, but that is an arbitrary “standard.” However, keep in mind that men also seek facelifts. Key points for determining when to have a facelift include listening to your plastic surgeon during consultation, focusing on what a facelift can and cannot deliver, and your personal expectations (which need to be reasonable). If saggy eyelids are bothering you, then a facelift is not going to help. In that instance, a procedure called blepharoplasty is required, which can be done in conjunction with a facelift or by itself. Alternatively, if all that bothers you is the forehead, then a facelift is probably more than you want for treatment. Facelifts today do more than merely tighten the skin on the face. To yield a more natural look for the patient, a facelift can reduce some unwanted fat in certain areas of the face and tighten muscles that contribute to slackness in certain facial features. Age is not really a good indicator because it completely discounts varying lifestyles and how well one maintains his/her skin. For instance, Dr. Eisemann may encounter a 30-year-old who spent excessive time tanning, in the natural sun without protection, smoking and/or drinking. That patient may be ready for a facelift (another restorative work) immediately. A 45-year-old patient, who cared for his/her skin, remained a non-smoker, moderated alcohol intake, and/or received facials or Botox may not need a facelift at all or for several years.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dr. Michael Eisemann, Dr. Bradley Eisemann, and the entire staff at Eisemann Plastic Surgery are committed to the health and safety of all of our patients and ourselves.

We are thankful to be connected to Houston Methodist Hospital, one of the most respected hospitals in the country. Because of this, our screening policy is aided by the hospital's official policies and checkpoint screening measures completed prior to entering our building. These measures allow us to do everything we can, at this point in time, to minimize the chance that we expose ourselves or our patients to someone who has been sick or contagious with the virus.

We are set up to perform new consults and patient follow-ups via ZOOM video conferencing.

As of Monday, March 23rd, our office is open. We are open and seeing select patients. If you are currently on the schedule, please call our office if you have any concerns about your own health.

While all major hospitals have stopped elective surgery at this time, we are very selectively performing indicated operative procedures in our procedure room and in our AAAASF certified operating room under local and IV sedation.

As always, both Dr. Michael Eisemann and Dr. Bradley Eisemann are available by phone and email to answer any questions you may have.

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