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Many patients who are active, vibrant, and youthful in thought both personally and professionally, yet have many facial changes that do not reflect their attitude and spirit are good candidates for this procedure. Typical areas of concern are the jowls of the jawline creating a visible junction between the chin and jowl instead of a smooth more contoured jawline of youth. Stretched or droopy skin of the cheek and area in front of the ear are also noted. In addition to the loss of elasticity of the facial skin with aging and sun damage there is loss of volume(fat) which creates a gaunt or sunken in appearance. We’ve all seen movie stars who have a “wind tunnel” appearance after a facelift which gives them an odd or skeletal appearance. This result can be avoided if the skin as well as the underlying muscles and fat are treated in a more natural fashion. Necklift is, more typically than not, part of the facelift procedure. The patient during consultation will mention the “turkey neck”. Treatment as part of the necklift will include tightening and repositioning of the muscles of the neck that have separated and created the neck which seems to go from the chin to the chest without a neckline. Any excess fat can also be removed and contoured all at the same time and via a very small incision just behind the natural crease under the chin.

Benefits of a Facelift

Restore Your Confidence

Facelift surgery provides a significantly more youthful, rested appearance, which allows patients to feel better about themselves and boosts their confidence and self-esteem.

Natural-Looking Results

Previous facelift techniques only tightened the skin, resulting in a pulled or “wind-blown” look. Current facelift techniques tighten the skin as well as the underlying structures of the face, providing very natural-looking results that are long lasting.

Feel Younger

A facelift can take up to ten years off of your appearance, and when you look younger, you often feel younger. With facelift surgery, you can look as young as you feel.

Multiple Options

Whether you desire minimal wrinkle correction or complete facial rejuvenation, there are various facelift options to meet any and all of your needs.

How do I know when I’m ready for a facelift?

If you can relate to any of the following, a facelift may be the right option for you.:

  • Your jawline it not smooth and jowls appear to hang down
  • Your neck has the turkeyneck look and seem to go from your chin to your chest
  • Your cheeks are not full and the skin has moved lower on your face
  • You always appear tired, sad, or angry because of deep-set wrinkles
  • You appear older than you feel or older than your actual age

Types of Facelifts

Traditional Facelift

A traditional facelift addresses fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin in the lower face, jowls, and neck. The surgeon tightens the facial muscles and removes sagging skin to provide a more youthful appearance. The surgeon may also redistribute or remove fat with liposuction to provide the most aesthetically pleasing results.

A traditional facelift provides the following benefits:

  • Achieves the most significant improvement
  • Eliminates signs of aging in all areas of the lower face and neck
  • Produces a very natural appearance

Limited Incision Facelift

A limited incision facelift is a less-invasive alternative to the traditional facelift. It is an ideal procedure for men and women who seek a subtle improvement to the lower face.

A limited incision facelift provides the following benefits:

  • Uses fewer and shorter incisions than a traditional facelift
  • Improves fine lines and wrinkles in the lower face
  • Allows for a shorter recovery time than a traditional facelift

Neck Lift

A neck lift is often performed along with a traditional facelift procedure. The surgeon tightens the neck muscles and removes sagging skin to produce smoother, more youthful-looking neck contours. The surgeon can also remove fat deposits in the neck during this procedure.

A neck lift provides the following benefits:

  • Eliminates wrinkles, “neck bands,” and sagging skin in the neck area
  • Improves the appearance of a double chin
  • Produces a more youthful-looking neck
  • Creates a more visible neckline by defining the neck from the jawline

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Facelift FAQ

Q. Who is an ideal candidate for a facelift?

A. Ideal candidates for a facelift are unhappy with the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin on their face and/or neck. The best candidates do not smoke and have realistic expectations of the procedure.

Q. Where are the incisions for a facelift located?

A. The incisions for all techniques are easily hidden within the hairline. With the traditional facelift, the incision begins in the hairline at the temples, continues around the ear, and ends in the lower scalp. The limited incision facelift involves shorter incisions along the same area, sometimes along with a small incision within the lower eyelids or beneath the upper lip, depending on the needs of the patient. The neck lift incisions often wrap behind each earlobe and end in the lower scalp.

Q. What is recovery like?

A. You should arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and assist you for the first 24 to 48 hours of recovery. Your surgeon will prescribe medication to help minimize pain and keep you comfortable during this time. Swelling and bruising may last from a few days to a few weeks. Most patients can return to work within one to two weeks.

Q. When will I see the final results of my facelift?

A. Most patients see significant results from their facelift within six months, although subtle changes may continue to occur for up to a year after the procedure.