Also Known As Rhytidectomy
Facelift surgery is the most comprehensive approach to treating facial wrinkles and sagging caused by aging. 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, causing a “double chin.”
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.* A facelift continues to maintain its reputation as the ‘gold standard’ for facial rejuvenation and every year, thousands of people undergo successful facelift surgery and are pleased with the results.
Your facelift surgery may be done in an office, ambulatory surgery, or hospital setting. Patients may have a choice of local, IV sedation or general anesthesia. Many patients will stay overnight in the hospital after surgery. The procedure takes about two to eight hours. The way a facelift is performed varies depending on the surgeon, the patient’s facial structure, and the extent of correction desired.
The Two Most Common Incision Techniques Are:
Traditional Facelift: The “full” facelift for rejuvenating the face, jowls and neck, including fat sculpting, lifting and repositioning of muscle and deeper tissues, and skin trimming and re-draping. The incision begins at the temples and travels down to the front of the ear, around the earlobe, and behind the ear to the lower scalp at the hairline. Sometimes, another incision is made under the chin.
Limited-Incision Facelift: For limited rejuvenation around the eyes and mouth, including nasolabial folds and other deep creases. Short incisions are made at the temples and around the ear, and possibly in the lower eyelids and/or under the upper lip as well.
When to consider Facelift surgery:
- If you feel that your face does not reflect your youthful spirit and energy level
- If you determine that your facial sagging and excess skin is a social or career obstacle
- If you show signs of facial aging but still have some skin elasticity
- One day you look in the mirror and realize that time, gravity, sun exposure and heredity have taken a toll and you simply do not look like yourself any more.
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* Results may vary based on the individual.