As we age, we lose the youthful look we once had. The skin on our face becomes thinner and begins to show each crease and fold. A lifetime of expression is worn on our faces in the form of laugh lines around our eyes, deep furrows between our brow, or folds along our cheeks and neck. Things such as genetics, lifestyle, and sun damage can negatively impact the skin on our face as well. If you look in the mirror and are bothered by the signs of aging shown in your face then a facelift may be right for you.
A facelift is the best way to reduce the visible signs of aging on the face and neck. Each facelift is custom-tailored to a patient’s needs. For example, some may experience more sagging in the mid-face, while others may notice that they have developed “jowls” due to a loss of muscle tone in the lower face and upper neck. Some have lost fat in their face resulting in a hollow or sunk-in look around their cheeks. Others may see deep creases or loose skin that can cause them to appear older than they are. Oftentimes, facelifts are performed alongside other facial surgery such as an eyelid lift or brow lift.
The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis so you’ll be able to go home the same day. There is no need for a hospital stay. The facelift is performed under what is known as IV sedation, meaning you are not completely asleep as with general anesthesia. The best candidates are adults that have no major health problems, do not smoke, are concerned about the signs of aging in their face, and have realistic expectations. A rhytidectomy will not stop the process of aging in the future. However, it will greatly diminish the impact that aging has had. Many patients have friends and family say that they look 10-15 years younger after a facelift! This procedure is not meant to change the way you look. You should not look “tight” or “fake”. The goal of a great facelift should be offer the patient a well-rested, more youthful appearance.
Whether you schedule a consultation with our office or another plastic surgeon, always be sure that your surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is qualified to perform surgeries in accredited or state-licensed medical facilities.