Face lift surgery is intended to reverse the signs of aging that commonly occur in a person’s middle and lower face. The aging process brings degenerative changes in the facial skin, which culminate to form visible imperfections such as the following:
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- Excess skin overlying the face and neck
- Heavy jowls
- Neck folds
- Drooping cheeks
- Deep nasolabial folds/smile lines
- Deep marionette lines
Who Can Benefit From a Face Lift?
Those who exhibit one or more of the conditions listed above may be good candidates for facelift surgery. Being in good health and holding realistic expectations for the surgery are also important requirements.
Different Facelift Techniques for Different Patients
Today there are different techniques in facial rejuvenation that can address problems ranging from moderate to severe.
Moderate: A patient might exhibit signs of aging that are moderate, but still problematic. Problems might be confined to the to the middle of the face, or in the neck and jowls. Facial imperfections can also be solely caused by excess skin. Moderate degeneration is especially common among younger patients, who may benefit from a less extensive facelift method.
Severe: When the effects of aging are present in the deeper facial structures and multiple areas of the face, a facelift is the ideal solution. Older patients often exhibit more severe conditions that require the classical approach to facelift surgery, which remodels fat, skin and underlying muscle.
The Face Lift Procedure
General or local anesthesia is administered. Incisions are made near the ear and along the hairline. The skin is trimmed or lifted and the underlying tissues are reshaped to produce a tighter, more youthful facial appearance. Incisions are then closed with sutures.
Recover times will vary depending on the extent of your procedure. After surgery, you’ll need someone to drive you home and assist you for the first 24 hours. A dressing will cover a large part of the face and head. The healing process is gradual, so it may take a few months to fully appreciate your new, improved facial appearance.
To learn more about facelift surgery, contact one of the New York plastic surgery offices of Tracy Pfeifer MD.