If you look older than you feel, a facelift procedure may be just the thing to improve your outlook. This type of cosmetic surgery is useful if you have any of these issues:
- Creases below your eyelids
- Mid-face sagging
- Displaced or fallen fat
- Creases from the corner of your mouth to your nose
Why Choose a Facelift Procedure?
A facelift may be helpful for you if you have a loss of muscle tone that creates the look of jowls. Excess fatty deposits and loose skin under your jaw and chin may make it appear that you have a double chin, even if you are of normal weight for your size.
Some other procedures for rejuvenation that are performed along with facelifts are eyelid surgery and brow lifts.
You should be aware that facelift surgery will not stop the normal process of aging, or change the fundamentals of your appearance.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Facelift?
Facelifts are only performed through surgery. Other rejuvenation treatments that are not surgical will not give you the same results. These treatments may help in delaying the time until you do need a facelift.
Facelifts are individualized procedures, and you need to approach them only if you want the surgery done, rather than to fit an ideal image or for someone else.
You may be a good candidate for a facelift if:
- You do not smoke
- You are healthy overall
- Your goals are realistic
Other procedures may be performed at the same time, to enhance your facelift. These include:
- Re-contouring of facial structure with augmentation of soft tissue
- Facial implants
- Injections for wrinkle reduction
- Resurfacing to improve the texture and tone of your skin
The Facelift Procedure
The incision your plastic surgeon uses will depend on the degree of changes you want to see. Conventional facelift incisions begin in your hairline at the temple and continue around the ear, ending at the lower scalp. Your plastic surgeon may redistribute or sculpt fat from your neck, jowls and face. You may have a repositioning of the underlying tissue. Deeper layers of muscles may be lifted, as well.
Your facial skin will be re-draped over your new contours, with the excess skin being trimmed away. Your cosmetic surgeon may use a second incision, placed under your chin, to improve a thickened appearance of your neck, if it is aged looking. Skin adhesives or sutures are used in closing the incisions.
A modified facelift procedure includes shorter temple incisions, which end within the upper lip or lower eyelids. A neck lift may be performed to correct fat accumulations, loose neck skin or sagging jowls. New Jersey’S The Glasgold Group has earned a reputation for this procedure with a shorter recovery time.
Results of a Facelift
You will experience bruising and swelling initially, but as they subside, you will see the improvements from your facelift. The final result will be a restored, rested and youthful appearance. It may help you in feeling more confidence in yourself.
A bandage may be used to gently cover your face after your facelift has been completed. This will minimize bruising and swelling. A tube is sometimes used, for draining excess fluid and blood from under your skin.
The results of your facelift will be long lasting, once the swelling subsides.