Signs of aging develop in the face and neck over time due to the natural aging process as well as the effects of gravity, sun exposure, stress, smoking and a number of other factors. A facelift restores the youthful contour to your face by repositioning and reshaping the soft tissue beneath the skin, termed the SMAS layer, which is the framework upon which the skin rests.
By using this SMAS layer (framework) to restore the facial soft tissue to a more youthful position, we take the tension off the skin and allow it to be closed in a manner that avoids the “tight, overdone” look that has been associated with facelift surgery in the past. The surgery is done through incisions inconspicuously placed around and behind the ears and the effects are visible on the mid-face, cheeks, jowls and neck. A facelift is often performed in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), in order to enhance the overall effect.
In discussing your options and the result you would like to achieve, it is helpful to bring in a photograph of yourself from 10-15 years past.
Facelift surgery may be appropriate for you if you are looking for a dramatic and noticeable improvement in the signs of aging around your face and want a longer lasting result than can be provided with injectable fillers and various non-surgical rejuvenation treatments.
Good candidates for facelift surgery typically have one or more of the following:
Deep lines, wrinkles, and skin folds
Loose, sagging skin of the face, neck and jowls
Accumulation of excess fat in the cheeks, neck, and jowls
Volume deficit in the cheeks and/or midface
Ultimately, it is also important to note that you need to be relatively healthy and if you are a smoker, be willing to refrain from smoking perioperatively, in order to be an ideal candidate for facelift surgery.
A facelift is most commonly performed under general anesthesia and may require an overnight stay especially when combined with other procedures. Recovery depends on the extent of your facelift, and any accompanying procedures. You may engage in light activity the day after your surgery; a return to more normal activity may take 1-2 weeks. Your appearance will gradually refine over the following 6-8 weeks.
Proper skincare and sun protection are essential during healing and to maintain your results. While natural aging will continue after your facelift, skin care and non-surgical treatments can be used to maintain a youthful appearance after surgery.