The Many Faces of Facelifts

No matter how much money you have, time and age come to all. But, that doesnít stop us from working even harder to turn back the clock. One procedure that is reminiscent of this need to reverse the aging process is a facelift.

What is a Facelift?

The medical term for it is ìrhytidectomy.î Lifting up the face is one way to remove wrinkles in the skin as well as the loose skin on the face. As we age, skin begins to lose elasticity and tone. Also, fat pads in the face shrink. That leaves skin saggy, giving you a careworn look. The purpose of the operation is to return your skin to a more youthful appearance by removing excess skin that has begun to droop.

Men and women both experience this change in the epidermis and underlying layers of the skin. Therefore, a facelift is an option for patients of either gender.

Types of Facelift Procedures

There is more than one option when it comes to changing the general appearance of your face. Which is used will depend on the extent of your loss of elasticity and what you are looking to improve. Weíll name a few here for you. Facelift procedures are done in an outpatient surgical setting. If your surgeonís office is equipped, many can also be performed in an office OR suite.

Full Facelift

This procedure is done when you want to remove the look of wrinkles, loose skin, sagging jowls and smile lines. It is often combined with a neck lift. During a full facelift, incisions are made in front of the ears and skin is pulled tighter over the underlying tissue. The excess is removed and sutures are placed.
Neck Lift

This procedure is often done in conjunction with a full facelift. An incision is made on the chin and loose skin on the neck is removed. Excess fat may be removed by liposuction. The underlying musculature and fascia is reinforced to give a more toned and tightened look.

Fat Transfer Facelifts

In this procedure, fat is removed from other areas of your body and deposited into areas of your face. A certain quantity of fat is removed from the abdominal area or thighs (like transferring fat to the lips). It is then purified and injected into the areas of the face that have lost their fullness over time. No skin is removed but the skin gets a lift through the fat injections into the hollow spaces.

Liquid Facelifts

These are performed with injections of dermal fillers. These gels are injected into the areas that need to be filled out more on the face, such as the cheek area and around the jawline. Because facelifts affect the lower face and neck, Botox may be injected into the forehead and around the eyes to complete the look.

Facelifts can give you a new lease on life.

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