What is a Facelift?
A facelift is a surgical procedure that corrects noticeable signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:
- Drooping in the center of the face
- Deep folds and wrinkles below the lower eyelids
- Deep lines alongside the nose, also called “parentheses” lines
- Sagging facial fat
- Fat that has disappeared, leaving hollows
- Skin tone loss in the jaw area that forms jowls
- Flabby skin and accumulated fatty deposits under the chin and jaw that gives you a double chin, even if you aren’t overweight
Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?
You are a good candidate for a facelift when:
- You are healthy with no medical issues that would hinder healing.
- You are a non-smoker.
- You have a positive outlook and realistic expectations.
- You want to have a younger-looking appearance in your face and neck areas.
What Can I Expect During a Facelift Procedure?
To begin the procedure, you are given either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. You and your doctor will decide which is best for you.
The incision typically starts in the hairline (under the hair to hide the incisions) by your temple area. It circles the ear and stops in the lower scalp. Optionally, fat may be contoured or shifted around from the face, jowls and neck. Also, tissue is repositioned, usually in the deeper facial layers. Then, the skin is then draped back over the lifted areas, and any excess skin is removed and is sutured with fine sutures so you have the best result possible.
If the neck is included, another incision is made underneath the chin and used to improve the neck’s signs of aging.
Sutures or adhesives made for the skin are applied to close the incisions.