The face lift is a popular cosmetic surgical treatment that improves the signs of facial aging such as wrinkles, lines and sagging skin.
Wrinkles and lines are inevitable signs of facial aging. As people age, facial skin begins to sag and folds appear around the chin, the jaw line and along the neck. Face lift surgery or rhytidectomy is a popular cosmetic surgery that can help improve these signs of facial aging. The treatment can address concerns such as:
- Excess facial fat
- Loss of neck line and jaw line
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Poor skin tone
- Slackness of underlying muscles
- Deep creases under the lower eyelids
- Mid-face sagging
- Loss of muscle tone in the lower face
Performed by plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic surgery, this surgical procedure involves raising the skin and tightening underlying tissues and muscles to result in a more youthful appearance. Excess skin is removed, with the incisions concealed behind the ear. Keeping in mind the level or intensity of aging and specific conditions of the patient, the plastic surgeon will recommend the right option from among different types of face lifts.
Skin-only Lift: Only the skin of the face is lifted without disturbing the underlying muscles or other structures.
Dual Plane Lift: This procedure lifts and tightens the underlying muscle and repositions the fat to provide a more youthful appearance.
Composite Lift: This procedure helps to resolve the natural descent of the face by addressing sagging of the mid face and aging in the cheek area and lower face.
Mid Facial Lift: Corrects sagging cheeks and laxity or skin folds in the cheek area, and repositions and lifts the fatty tissue layers with minimal scars.
Subperiosteal Lift: Often combined with standard techniques, this lift provides long-lasting facial rejuvenation as it tightens the deep facial tissue.
Short Scar Face Lift or Mini Face Lift: This is a minimally invasive type of lift and a temporary solution for deep folds around the cheek and sagging facial structures. It requires less recovery time.
Slight bruising and swelling can occur after the procedure, which will subside within a short time. Based on individual conditions, the surgery will be performed as an outpatient or inpatient procedure. Usually, patients can return to work and routine activity within one or two weeks.
Choosing a qualified plastic surgeon with experience in performing face lift surgery is important for customized procedures and optimal results. Make sure that the procedure is performed in an in an AAAASF-accredited surgical center equipped with the latest advanced equipment and that the surgeon is supported by dedicated, caring staff. During initial consultation, the right surgeon will discuss all aspects of the procedure, including the benefits and risks. After ensuring that you are a right candidate for the procedure the physician will develop a customized treatment plan to meet your objectives.