Also known as a rhytidectomy, Facelifts help treat noticeable signs of facial aging in people who want to maintain and/or restore a youthful appearance.
During the early stages of aging (i.e., the 30s and early 40s), non-surgical methods of facial rejuvenation such as wrinkle-repairing creams may be beneficial. However, as the aging process goes into the more advanced stages, people find these techniques become increasingly ineffective.
Thus, Facelifts are one of the only effective methods available for rejuvenating an aging face. Yet, Facelifts can also be used as reconstructive surgery for individuals who have facial deformities caused by illnesses or trauma. Furthermore, people can dramatically reduce the signs of facial aging by undergoing a Forehead Lift, Neck Lift, or any of the other available facial rejuvenating procedures in conjunction with a Facelift.
The common indications (i.e., something that is considered advisable or necessary to undergo a particular test, medication, or procedure) for Facelifts include the following: facial skin elasticity loss, stretched skin, facial wrinkles, jowl formation (i.e., subcutaneous fat along the jaw), jowl enlargement (i.e., a widened or rounded face), neck fullness, neck wrinkles, deep/prominent nasolabial folds (i.e., creases that extend from the corners of the mouth to the sides of the nose), sagging skin in the face and/or neck, and other visible signs of facial aging.
The main advantage of Facelifts is the rejuvenation of an aging face and the maintenance of a younger, more youthful look. Additionally, current techniques used for Facelifts produce more natural results and provide women with the option of pulling back their hair without having to worry about unsightly scars. During a Facelift, an incision is made along the front and back of the ear. The skin is then lifted to separate it from the underlying fat and muscle. Next, the surgeon will manipulate the facial fat and soft tissue beneath the skin in order to produce a natural looking result.
Previous techniques for Facelifts relied on a pulling method, but this often led to much scarring and an unnatural “pulled” appearance. Thus, current techniques use the treatment of different anatomical layers responsible for the visible signs of facial aging. Additionally, the wound closure tension is no longer applied at the incision site, so there is minimal scarring from the procedure.
Typically, as people age, they become more and more concerned with maintaining a youthful appearance. Thus, people will spend a great deal of money on expensive age repairing facial creams and other cosmetics in an attempt to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other visible signs of aging. When this fails, people often resort to smiling less in order to prevent the occurrence of more wrinkles and will constantly look at themselves in the mirror from different angles to see how their aging face can improve.
The expected results include a rejuvenated natural looking face, a smoother neck and jaw line, less prominent nasolabial fold, reduced appearance of fine lines and/or wrinkles, youthful looking mid-face, and dramatic improvements in visible signs of facial aging.
The duration of the surgery will vary based on the extent of the procedure; yet, typically, the duration of Facelift surgeries is 2 to 4 hours. The surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia and oral sedation.