Gravity is what causes the face to droop during the third decade of our lives, surrendering the full, plump face that is synonymous with looking young. Part of this drooping is the result of sagging facial fat pads, structures that are located high in the cheeks and descend with age.
A facelift can mitigate the harsh aging process and offer a younger, fresher appearance even as the years pass. Facelifts and neck lifts are also often performed in conjunction with other surgical procedures, such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), fat transplantation and chin liposuction to help enhance overall rejuvenation results.
During the facelift or neck lift procedure, excess skin is removed and the jaw and neckline are sculpted.
Facelifts and neck lifts are both performed under general anesthesia, with hidden incisions in the natural folds surrounding the ears and hairline.
The sagging facial tissue is elevated to a more youthful position and secured with special sutures. Skin sutures are usually removed during the second week. There may be mild bruising or discoloration and swelling for a week or two following the procedure.
The incision lines usually heal extremely well. Consultations can determine whether a face lift is the ideal surgery for your needs, or if your facial aesthetic goals would be better served by another procedure.