Gravity and sunshine take their toll your face. As we age, cheeks drop and jowls form. One loses the youthful, well-defined angle from the neck to the jaw, as skin and muscles sag and fat accumulates. Smoking, weight gain or weight loss, and one’s genetics also impact facial appearance. Unless your genetics are the rare exception, age can take a major toll on your face and neck.
Most women and men over the age of 40-50 notice signs of aging beginning in their face and neck. Often that includes extra skin on the upper eyelids, bags under the lower lids, and wrinkles around the forehead, eyes, neck and mouth. The corners of the mouth start to sag downwards and the skin of the neck and under the chin begins to fall, all resulting in an overall older tired-looking face. Ahhh, life.
Although we all hope to one day stop the aging process altogether, there are several options to reduce, and even reverse signs of aging by rejuvenation through cosmetic surgery. A facelift (rhytidectomy) can transform sagging, tired-looking cheeks, jowls and neck into a face with a more youthful, rested appearance. Depending on the degree of aging a full or short incision facelift (mini-facelift) may be appropriate. All options will be discussed during your consultation. One of my goals of a facelift is to give you a younger looking face that looks natural and not overdone. Some men and women are afraid that a facelift may give them an extreme lift, or windswept look. Newer techniques have provided a variety of alternatives that are safe, effective, and do not leave obvious signs of having had a facelift. A thorough consultation will determine the best choices for you, and I will be able to recommend surgical facial rejuvenation techniques which give the look of a naturally youthful look and feel. The best type of facial plastic surgery result is not one that is immediately noticeable. You want to look noticeably refreshed, but not obviously redone with plastic surgery.
In addition to addressing the lower face, facelifts also include treating the neck. Extra skin is tightened. If there is fullness under the chin due to fatty tissues, this is treated with liposuction and or direct removal of the extra fat. If one has vertical bands on the neck resulting from separated muscles, these are repaired. At times fat grafting (fat transfers) are used to help give volume to cheeks and other areas that have lost significant fullness during aging.
There are some scars with facelifts. Fortunately, with proper technique these scars are heal quickly and are hard to see. Bruising and mild swelling can occur with a facelift and lasts about one to two weeks – this tends to be mostly on the neck can be easily covered with a scarf or hair. There are several choices for anesthesia for the procedure and most find the find the recovery period quite manageable.
Other common procedures that are performed at times along with facelifting include eyelid tucks, browlifts (for lifting the eyebrows), dermabrasion for wrinkles around the lips, chin implants and rhinoplasty (nose jobs).