Time is a relentless force that stops for nothing, especially not our fears about aging. As time passes, the quality of our skin inevitably diminishes and decreases in elasticity. On the face, the loss of elasticity can be seen as sagging develops, appearing as folds, loss of volume, and wrinkling. These signs of aging can leave you staring in the mirror at a reflection that looks far older than you may feel, which can be damaging and can undermine your self-confidence. The facelift is a classic tool and still one of the best methods to turn back the clock on your appearance.
The facelift, also known as the rhytidectomy, is a popular cosmetic procedure that has been around for decades but is constantly evolving and advancing. The basic technique involves surgery that aims to lift and tightens the skin of the face in order to deal with the signs of aging, such as gaunt cheeks, jowls around the cheeks, sagging skin under the chin, and bagginess around the nasolabial region.
A facelift may also include other procedures such as facial implants, fat transfers, tissue augmentation, skin resurfacing, or dermal injections to create a more comprehensive rejuvenation.
The procedure is performed with general or local anesthesia to ensure the patient’s comfort. Depending on the technique, which will be discussed during a consultation, the incision is made typically against the hairline around the earlobes and temples. The incision allows for excess skin to be removed and the remaining skin to be pulled taut, creating a lifted, youthful appearance.
During the recovery period, the final results of the procedure will become clearer as swelling subsides and scarring is hidden by the natural hairline. Each procedure is tailored to meet the needs and goals of each patient.
Consult with an experienced, board certified cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Babak Moeinolmolki to learn more about the revitalizing effects of the facelift.