As we age, skin begins to lose elasticity, and facial tissues lose volume. Eventually, this results in “jowls” on the lower face, deep wrinkles, and loose skin on the neck. While this is a natural part of growing older, patients who are bothered by these signs of aging may find a facelift to be a good solution.
Facelift surgery lifts and firms sagging facial tissues to restore a more naturally youthful facial appearance. It is often said that having a facelift works to “turn back the clock,” helping a patient look like a younger version of him or herself, by removing excess, sagging skin, smoothing deep folds, and lifting and tightening the deep facial tissues.
How Does Facelift Surgery Work?
During a facelift, the tissues under the skin are tightened and fat pads that give the face it’s shape are relocated to a higher position. This helps to create a firmer, more youthful appearance. Incisions are usually made above and across the hairline in order to diminish scarring. The incision then follows the crease in front of the ear, behind the ear, and along the lower scalp so as to make scars invisible, with fine sutures. The surgeon separates the skin from the fat and tightens the muscles beneath with dissolvable sutures, then tightens and cuts the excess skin. Excess muscle may be trimmed and excess fat may be suctioned from around the neck and chin area to improve the contour.
Best Age for Getting a Face Lift
There is no ideal age for a face lift. It depends on genetics, individual anatomy and when the degree of aging concerns a patient enough to do something about it.
Generally, patients who have a face lift in their 40’s or 50’s get a better, longstanding result. Waiting until facial aging changes are serves can reduce your chances for the best results, although older patients can still get a significant improvement.
Different types of Facelifts
There are several different types of facelifts you can choose from based on your aesthetic goals as well as your facial anatomy. These procedures differ in the type of incision used, the area of the face being treated and how invasive they are. The type you have will depend on your individual needs and will be discussed with your surgeon.
A face lift can also be combined with other procedures to target specific areas of the the face such as an eyelift, forehead lift, brow lift and commonly a neck lift.
Some types of facelifts include:
Full Face Lift/ Neck Lift
A full facelift addresses both the skin and deeper tissues and muscles of the face and neck. As we progress through our fifties and sixties, the skin, soft tissue and muscles of the face and neck start to sag in predictable ways. A full facelift will reverse signs of aging in the midface (cheek), lower face (jowl) and neck.
A midface lift rejuvenates the cheek and eye area below the lower lid to the upper lip region. It’s performed through an endoscopic incision hidden in the hairline and diminishes the nasolabial folds, aging in the midface and may also improve the jowl area.
Mini Face Lift (Lower Face & Neck)
The least invasive type of face-lift, the mini lift offers a more temporary solution to facial ageing with less downtime. It is sometimes known as the ‘S’ lift because of the type and shape of incision used or the ‘short-scar’ face-lift. The incisions will usually be made from the hairline around the ear with the scars hidden in the natural crease of the skin. The mini-lift rejuvenates the jowl and neck area by lifting sagging skin and muscles.
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