In time, gravity, sun exposure, and the stresses of daily life take their toll on our faces and necks. Deep creases appear beside the mouth, the jaw line slackens and becomes jowly, and the neck develops loose folds and fat deposits. Facelifts counteract these signs of aging by tightening muscle, removing fat, and trimming excess skin, giving your face a fresher, youthful look. After surgery, some patients look 10-15 years younger.
Facelifts can be combined with other facial procedures and must be carefully considered in a thorough consultation.
There are several different types of facelifts from mini-facelifts, to S-lifts, to full facelifts. Each type of facelift has its own indications and uses. Complications can occur, but are typically quite mild, as long as patients are carefully selected. Smokers do have problems with healing and therefore a slightly higher complication rate. Mini-facelifts and S-lifts can be performed on smokers with less complications.
What can a facelift do for me?
Facelifts, technically known as rhytidectomies (literally, "removal of wrinkles"), rejuvenate the mid- to lower face and neck. Facelifts are most effective for patients who want to correct:
• Midface sagging
• Deep creases between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds)
• Jowls due to loss of muscle tone
• Sagging areas of fat
• Loose skin and fat under the chin and jaw
Consultation & Process
During the consultation, the surgeon will check for other significant medical conditions as well, which can cause problems during or after surgery. Facelifts are very individualized procedures and each one needs to be evaluated carefully to understand the problems from aging, as well as the patients expectations. Most facelifts can be performed under IV sedation with local anesthesia on an outpatient basis, typically in an office setting.
Most facelifts involve an incision in the hair line, gently curing around from the cartilage of the ear and then heading behind the ear into the hair line. These conceal quite well and most patients return to work quickly after surgery. A facelift involved separating the skin from the underlying muscle layers and repositioning some of the muscle and fatty layers to improve the contour. Occasionally, excess fat is suctioned at that time and then sutures secure and support the deeper tissues to help lift and reposition the face to regain a more youthful appearance.
Most patients heal quite quickly and return to work within a week. Mild bruising may persist a little bit longer, but typically resolves within the first two weeks. Early results are apparent; however, the overall improvement continues to occur over the first several months. Scars are quite well hidden in natural creases around the ears and fade with time.