What is a Facelift?
A facelift is performed to treat facial wrinkles and sagging skin caused by aging. Removing excess, sagging skin can lift and tighten the deep facial tissues and smoothen out deep folds to help patients achieve a refreshed, more youthful appearance.
The facelift procedure can address the following:
- Sagging skin in the midface and jawline
- Lines that extend from each corner of the mouth down to the chin (marionette lines)
- Deep creases that extend from the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds)
- Facial volume that has fallen or been displaced
- Sagging in the lower face that results in jowls
- Creased and sagging skin on the neck
The Facelift Procedure
There are a number of different facelift techniques available today. The one that is right for you will depend on your individual needs, and your cosmetic surgeon’s recommendation. These techniques include:
This technique is best for patients with a mild degree of sagging skin, as it is less invasive than a standard facelift. During this procedure, short incisions located along the hairline above each ear and in the natural creases surrounding the ear are made. Through these incisions, tissues around the cheeks are tightened and lifted to correct jowling and refine the jawline.
This technique is more comprehensive, and addresses moderate to advanced aging around the mid-face and neck. Incisions are made just behind the hairline beginning near the temples, and around the front of the ear. Through these incisions, your surgeon will reposition the deep tissues beneath the skin and remove any excess skin to create a more youthful facial and neck contour.
Following the facelift procedure, patients may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which will gradually get better with time. Most patients can return to their normal activities after about two weeks, though strenuous activity and exercise should be avoided for about four weeks. The face should also be protected from the sun, as patients will be more vulnerable to sunburn for several weeks after surgery. Every person heals a little differently, so your cosmetic surgeon will provide you with specific instructions on how to properly care for your treatment site for the best results.
Candidates for a Facelift
Adults who feel that their face does not reflect their energy level or youthful spirit, or are unhappy with facial sagging and excess skin on their face and neck can often benefit from a facelift. A consultation at our office is needed to best determine the treatment option for you.