As we age, our facial skin loosens and wrinkles, and the muscles of the neck may weaken as well. Anything that will cause the skin to lose elasticity will hasten the process, including sun exposure, weight fluctuations and heredity. A facelift can address these problems by firming and tightening the skin of the face and neck all in one step. It is most effective for the lower face (jowls and neck). A double chin can be improved at the same time by a surgical procedure called supplemental lipectomy. To achieve a more complete facial rejuvenation, face lifts are frequently done in conjunction with other procedures such as eyelid surgery. Your surgeon may also recommend injections of collagen or Botox for deep creases in your forehead or frown lines between your eyebrows.
Contrary to popular opinion, the texture of the skin will not be changed by a facelift. Acne scars, age spots, fine lines and smoker’s creases will soon return to their original texture, no matter how tight the skin is pulled. A facelift will not give someone beautiful skin unless they have beautiful skin to begin with. However, skin treatments such as laser resurfacing or chemical resurfacing can be used in combination with a facelift to improve the texture of the skins and smooth skin wrinkles.
If you’re considering a facelift, the following information will provide you with a good introduction to the procedure. For more detailed information about how this procedure may help you, we recommend that you consult a board-certified facial surgeon with experience in facelift surgery.
What are some of the most common benefits of facelift surgery?
While this procedure cannot stop the aging process, it can often make a person appear to be a decade younger than his/her actual age. Face lifts are one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures in the world.
How long does the surgery take?
A facelift takes an average of two to three hours and can be performed using either a local or general anesthetic. Preferences will be discussed with your cosmetic surgeon during your consultation. Facelift surgery generally requires a few hours to perform, depending upon the complexity of the condition and the desired results.