Getting older doesn’t mean you’ll have to forgo your firm and youthful self. In the hands of a skilled cosmetic surgeon, you can neutralize the effects of gravity and restore a younger, more vibrant appearance by having a facelift.
What is a Facelift?
These days, a facelift can mean many things. Long gone are the days where having a facelift meant you would be out of commission for two or more weeks. While the recovery period is longer with a traditional facelift, technological advances in cosmetic surgery can dramatically decrease your downtime. This is especially important if you’re thinking of combining other procedures with your facelift.
Types of Facelifts
The visible changes of getting older can be seen on your face. The skin becomes lax, jowls become more prominent and youthful volume in the upper cheek region decreases. A facelift restores a more youthful appearance by re-establishing the facial harmony of when you were younger.
A full facelift is a common surgical procedure that addresses the following concerns:
- Jowl formation
- Loss of volume in the midface
- Deep wrinkles and lines at the corners of the mouth
A complete facelift can also be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as surgeries an upper or lower blepharoplasty. Since a facelift only addresses the contour of your face, loose skin or under-the-eye drooping that’s easily corrected with eyelid surgery.
A mid facelift is performed to help improve and restore lost volume in the cheeks and under the eyes. Contrary to a full facelift, a mid facelift does not require as much downtime has a traditional facelift. In addition, restoring lost volume in the mid-face region it can also improve the appearance of jowls or skin laxity along the jawline.
A loss of facial elasticity results in jowls of the lower face, which is often accompanied by loose skin of the neck. Though it is a natural part of aging process, patients who are worried about these evident signs of aging, a lower facelift is a recommended solution.
A lower facelift can improve the following concerns:
- Eliminate jowls
- Tighten the skin of the jawline
- Correct deep wrinkles that run from the corner of the mouth to the chin
Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery
A blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, rejuvenates sagging and drooping eyelid skin. Often performed in conjunction with a facelift, undergoing an upper or lower blepharoplasty opens your eyes, giving a well-rested, refreshed appearance. Lower blepharoplasties target the lower eyelid area while upper blepharoplasties tighten and remove the hooding that occurs as we get older.
A brow lift, when performed with a facelift, provides a long-lasting result. As we get older, our brows start to droop, which results in an angry or tired appearance. Combining a brow lift with a facelift restores the correct anatomical position of the eyebrows, leaving you with a refreshed, more youthful appearance. Many browlifts are now performed endoscopically, which dramatically decreases the recovery period.
A neck lift usually performed alongside a facelift. Removal of loose skin and tightening of the underlying platysma muscles creates a smooth, contoured look that enhances a facelift procedure.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Healthy men and women who have unwanted loose or sagging skin of the face are usually the best candidates for facelift surgery. After taking a detailed medical history and performing a physical examination, Dr. Frankel will discuss your aesthetic goals. Since a facelift does not correct every concern you may have, patients who wish to smooth and lift other areas of the face and neck may want to have a brow lift or neck lift perform as well.
The exact type of facelift performed will depend on several factors, which include areas of concern, your aesthetic goals, the degree of laxity and the anatomic structure of your face. It’s also important to have realistic expectations as to what a facelift can and cannot do. Even though a facelift can restore a more vibrant appearance, it will not stop the aging process.
Cosmetic surgery not only corrects many facial flaws but also eliminates the signs of premature aging. If deemed a good candidate, undergoing a facelift, in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, boosts your self-confidence making you feel as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside.
The surgeons at Dr. Frankel’s Center for Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery will outline the benefits of facial rejuvenation during your consultation. They will determine which procedure will help you reach your aesthetic goals. To learn more about facelift procedures, contact our office for an appointment today.