There are many factors that contribute to the visible signs of aging. These include heredity, the amount of stress in a person’s life, gravity, and the environmental conditions they live in. A facelift can help to address some of these issues.

A facelift is a surgical procedure that combats the signs of aging on the face and around the neck. It is effective at reducing sagging that happens in the middle of the face. It can address deep creasing under the lower eyelids, at the corner of the mouth, and along the nose.

Additionally, a facelift can improve skin tone in the lower part of the face that creates jowls, remove loose skin and extra fat deposits under the chin and jaw, which removes the appearance of a double chin, and give a person with a sunken face a fuller and youthful appearance.

What a Facelift Cannot Do

Facelifts are restorative surgeries. For this reason, facelifts will not change a person’s fundamental appearance. While it can reverse some of the signs of aging, it cannot stop the aging process.

Facelifts are surgical procedures, and they cannot be performed via nonsurgical rejuvenation procedures. Some of these nonsurgical procedures may have minimal benefits and can serve to complement a facelift surgery, but not all can deliver the same results.

What a Facelift Entails

A facelift can be divided into four separate stages. The first stage is when anesthesia is applied to make the procedure more comfortable for the patient. Whether it is intravenous sedation or general anesthesia will depend on the procedure.

The second step is the incision. The location and size of the incision will depend on how much of a change the patient wants to see.

Traditional facelifts require incisions to be made at the temples, the hairline, and around the ear all the way to the lower scalp. During the procedure, fat deposits in the face are either sculpted or redistributed in the face. The underlying tissues and facial muscles are also re-positioned and then the skin is re-draped over the uplifted face, and excess skin is trimmed away.

Some patients receive a limited incision facelift that will have short incisions applied to the temples, around the ear, and under the eyelids or under the upper lip. Patients who want a neck lift will have an incision that starts in the front of the earlobe and goes around the ear and stops at the lower scalp. During this procedure, skin and fat that have accumulated under the skin will be removed or re-positioned.

Once the procedure is done, step three involves closing the incision. Incisions are made in a way so that they are concealed within the hairline or in the natural contours of the face and along the ears.
Finally, a patient will be able to see the result of their facelift.

Patients who have facelifts usually feel more confident about themselves. For more information, contact Cosmetic Plastic Surgery of Maryland. During the consultation, we will be able to review your goals and determine if a facelift is appropriate for your needs. Contact us today.