As one ages the fat in the face shrinks or atrophies,
facial expression muscles create permanent skin creases and gravity pulls all of the skin and soft tissue under the skin downward. We see the results of this process as vertical lines between the eyebrows, horizontal lines on the forehead, downward displacement of the eyebrows, deep lines that run from the corners of your nose to the corners of your mouth and from the corners of the mouth down to the jawline, loss of jaw line definition, and loose skin in the neck.
A face-lift surgery elevates and redrapes the facial skin and muscles to reverse the changes made by gravity and aging by removing excess skin, repositioning soft tissue under the skin and removing or adding fat as needed. The surgery can be done alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as a forehead lift, eyelid surgery, or nose reshaping. The procedure cannot correct fine aging lines on the lips or cheeks. These are more effectively treated with botox, chemical peel, dermabrasion or laser resurfacing.
Is a facelift right for me?
Facelift’s are most commonly performed on patients between the ages of 40-60. But can also produce great results in patients in their 60-70. You may be a good candidate for a facelift if you have any of the following:
- A deep line that runs from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth
- You do not have a well-define jaw line
- Loose skin, wrinkles or excess fatty tissue in the neck
How is a Facelift performed?
There are many variations to a Facelift. However, the incision is typically hidden in the natural contour of your ear, and then extends around the earlobe and back into the hairline. There are also may be a small incision hidden beneath your chin.
The facial skin is freed from its underlying tissues and is pulled upward and back. The excess skin is then removed. The tissue may also be repositioned to restore a more youthful contour to your face.
Like most people who have had this procedure, you will be very pleased with you refreshed and rejuvenated look. Although the healing may take some time, you can expect the results to be worth the wait.