Facelift

Also known as rhytidectomy.

A facelift is the most comprehensive approach to treating facial wrinkles and sagging caused by aging. The surgery varies in range from minimally invasive ‘lunchtime lifts’ to more extensive, sophisticated surgery. A facelift removes excess skin, tightens underlying tissues and muscle and redrapes skin on the face and neck. It can correct midface sagging, marionette lines, jowls and a double chin, maintaining its reputation as the ‘gold standard’ for facial rejuvenation. Every year, thousands of people undergo successful facelift surgery and are pleased with the results.

When to Consider a Facelift

  • 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.

Pros

  • A facelift can improve many areas of the face in one surgery.
  • Can last for ten years or more and can make you appear ten to fifteen years younger.
  • Can re-contour the neck and jawline better than all other techniques.

Cons

  • A facelift will not create a ‘new’ you, just a younger version of yourself.
  • There will be some downtime associated with this procedure.
  • Depending on your age and skin type, you may want a secondary procedure later on.

Am I a good candidate for a facelift?

The following are some common facial characteristics that make you an appropriate candidate for a facelift:

  • Sagging skin in your midface and/or jawline
  • Deep creases extending from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds)
  • Lines extending from each corner of your mouth down your chin (marionette lines)
  • Facial fat (volume) that has fallen or is displaced
  • Sagging and loss of muscle tone in the lower face, resulting in jowls
  • A double chin, resulting from loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw
  • Creased and sagging skin in your neck