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Facelift Surgery for a Youthful Facial Appearance

Posted May 14 2013 8:44am

 Wrinkles and creases are natural signs of aging. Your facial skin begins to sag and folds appear around the chin, the jaw line and along the neck. Face lift surgery can help improve these issues and result in a more youthful facial appearance. Referred to as rhytidectomy, this cosmetic surgery procedure can reduce signs of aging and sun damage by tightening loose, sagging skin and jowls. You are the right candidate for facial cosmetic surgery if you have signs of facial aging but still have some skin elasticity and are in good physical health. It’s also important that you have realistic expectations.

Conditions a Facelift can Treat
  • Unwanted facial fat
  • Sagging fat pockets
  • Double chin
  • Loss of jaw line
  • Loss of neck line
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Poor facial skin tone and
  • Slackness of underlying muscles

Facelift Procedures

The basic procedure involves raising the skin and elevating the underlying facial musculature and facial support to a more anatomic and pleasing position. Excess skin is removed.  Incisions are concealed behind the ear.

Reliable plastic surgery centers offer different approaches to rhytidectomy. Depending on the level or intensity of aging and the patient’s specific goals, the plastic surgeon chooses the right procedure. Most facial cosmetic surgery procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, though in some cases, the patient is required to stay overnight for proper monitoring.
  • Skin-only lift: In this technique, only the skin of the face is lifted. The underlying muscles or other structures remain untouched.
  • Dual plane lift: This procedure lifts and tightens the underlying muscle and repositions fat to provide a more youthful appearance.
  • Composite lift: This procedure is performed to resolve the natural descent of the face by addressing sagging of the mid face and aging in the melolabial area and lower face.
  • Mid facial lift: Ideal to correct sagging cheeks and laxity or skin folds in the nasolabial area, this approach 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: As the name indicates, this is a least invasive type of facelift. It is a temporary solution for deep nasolabial folds and sagging facial structures and requires less recovery time.

The Right Plastic Surgeon

Established plastic surgery centers accredited by the AAAASF provide services of skilled plastic surgeons. Make sure to choose a qualified plastic surgeon with relevant experience in performing face lift surgery procedures. The right surgeon will discuss all aspects of the procedure with you, including the advantages and risks involved. During initial consultation, discuss your aesthetic goals with your physician so that you benefit from a customized procedure to meet your objectives.
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