Tissue Refinements and Rejuvenation
As the face ages, the affects of gravity and the body's metabolism become
more obvious: deep creases form between the nose and mouth (nasolabial
folds); along the jaw line excess skin and fat deposits give a slack and
jowly look ; the angle formed by the lower jaw and neck gradually flattens
losing its youthful sharp angle.
The facelift is designed to remove excess skin and accumulated fat, and
repair stretched out muscles, but cannot eliminate fine wrinkles or pigmentation
of the skin associated with long term sun exposure. While a facelift does
not stop the aging process, it is designed to "set back the clock". A
facelift can be done alone or in conjunction with other procedures such
as forehead (brow) lift, eyelid surgery or chin reshaping.
The best candidate is a man or woman whose face and neck soft tissues
have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose
bone structure is well defined. A facelift can make you look younger and
fresher, and enhance your self-confidence.
The usual facelift incisions begin above the hairline in the temple, extend
in the natural creases of the ear, continue down around the earlobe, behind
the ear and into the lower scalp. Further improvements in the neck are
made through a small incision below the chin. If there is excess skin
of the upper eyelids and pouches of the lower lids, they can be managed
during the same surgery (blepharoplasty). The location of the facelift
and blepharoplasty incisions are specifically selected to restrict scarring
to less obvious areas.
The procedure usually takes two to three hours and is carried out on an
outpatient basis. The dressings are removed the following day. Swelling
and bruising will usually subside within a few weeks allowing you to return
to your everyday life.