The facelift procedure is performed to tighten the skin of the face and neck and give the patient a more youthful and rested appearance. Face and neck lifting is pursued both by relatively young patients to preserve a more youthful appearance and by older individuals to attain a younger and more rested look.
The hair and creases of the outer ear are used to hide facelift incisions in women. The incision begins in the hair behind the temple, passes just within the ear or in front of the ear (depending on the patient), and then loops around the earlobe back into the hair line. In men, the facelift incision may pass in front of each ear where it can be hidden by the sideburns. It does not pass through the ear, as in women, because that would cause beard growth in the ear. Usually there is some tightening of the tissue under the skin including both fat and muscle. Excess fat and skin are then removed prior to skin closure.
Who is a candidate for a facelift?
- If you have experienced sagginess in the cheek area.
- If you have the appearance of jowls and deep creases between the base of the nose and the corners of the mouth.
- If you have developed facial and neck wrinkles.
- If you believe you lack youthful chin and neck contours.
- If you have a tired facial appearance.
- Chin Enlargement (most common)
- Eyelid lift
- Brow lift
- Nose Reshaping
- Laser Skin Resurfacing
- Enhancement of the Lips
Use of chin or pre-jowl silastic (clear rubber) implants are often (30% of the time) a part of our facelift procedure. There is often some bone or soft tissue (fat) resorption from the chin or the area just in front of the jowl associated with aging. Implants in this area can be easily inserted through the same incision we have already made beneath the chin for treatment of the neck. Sculpting of this type will lead to a better more defined jaw line and improvement in the appearance of the neck as well.