A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure used to give the face and neck a more youthful appearance. This procedure targets signs of aging like facial folds, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans undergo facelift surgery for a refreshed, rejuvenated appearance.
Why Undergo a Facelift?
When we age, our facial skin changes. It thins and loses much of its elasticity, causing wrinkles, folds, sagging, and loose skin. Factors like sun exposure, stress, and genetic makeup can also play a role in skin aging.
Common facial changes that result from skin aging include:
- Deepened nasolabial folds, which are the folds of skin extending from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth
- Jowls, or sagging skin at the jawline
- Sagging cheeks
- Lost fat in the face
- Sagging skin and/or excess fat in the neck
A facelift can reverse these changes by sculpting and repositioning facial tissue. In the procedure, the tissue, often including some muscle, is lifted to create flattering contours. This may involve the removal of excess fat.
Once the face has been contoured, the skin is placed back over the tissue. Any excess skin is removed and the incisions are closed with sutures. The entire facelift procedure typically takes around two to five hours.
What Are the Benefits of a Face Lift?
As a surgical treatment to correct signs of aging in the face, a facelift can provide the following benefits:
- Your face will appear smoother, lifted, and more youthful.
- A facelift can improve several different signs of aging, including wrinkles, folds, sagging, and loose skin.
- The results are long-lasting.
- The incisions from the procedure are well hidden, typically in front of and behind the ears.
- A facelift can be performed in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery.
A facelift could be your answer to a smooth, lifted, and youthful-looking face. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for facelift surgery.