Gravity, sun exposure, and the stresses of daily life take their toll on our faces and necks. Deep creases appear beside the mouth, the jaw line slackens and becomes jowly, and the neck develops loose folds and fat deposits. Facelifts counteract these signs of aging by tightening muscle, removing fat, and trimming excess skin to give your face a fresher, youthful look. Patients often look 10-15 years younger after surgery.
Facelifts are most effective for patients who want to correct:
- Midface sagging
- Deep creases under the eyes
- Deep creases between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds)
- Jowls due to loss of muscle tone
- Sagging areas of fat
- Loose skin and fat under the chin and jaw
The specific facelifting procedure chosen depends upon the degree of skin laxity and descent. Younger patients with mild jowling are excellent candidates for mini- or short scar facelifts. With a mini-facelift, the incision is confined to around the ear and the recovery period is less. Full facelift incisions extend from the hair tuft in front of the ear to the hairline behind the ear, and are necessary to correct more advanced facial aging.