WHAT IS A FACELIFT?
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck. A facelift repositions the skin (gets rid of sagging skin), creating a youthful face, neck and jawline with a smoother contour. In fact, no one can tell that you have had a facelift most of the time yet you can look natural and up to ten years younger. There are several different types of facelifts: full facelift (multiplanar), mid facelift, S-lift/ mini lift, and neck lift. We will discuss which one is best for you at your consultation. Not everyone is a candidate for the mini or S-lift (short incision lift).
Provided that you take care of your skin, the average procedure can last ten to fifteen years. As time continues, remember additional procedures can be performed to enhance the original procedure. Dr Leake performs many face and neck lifts and the surgeries are customized to emphasize natural results and hidden incisions. The improvements achieved through a facelift include:
- Relaxation of the skin of the face causing sagging
- Deepening of the fold lines between the nose and corner of the mouth
- Fat that has fallen or has disappeared
- Jowls developing in the cheeks and jaw
- Loose skin and excess fat of the neck (“turkey neck”)
WHY MIGHT I NEED A FACELIFT?
Aging, genetics, and environmental changes cause the skin to loosen, creating the classic jowling and sagging neck skin. One of the most common requests we hear is for the outward appearance to reflect the more youthful energy a person feels inside. Now, more and more men and women are appreciating that a facelift could be the answer for them. The “plastic” or pulled look that had been the signature of a facelift is no longer the result being obtained.
Although some improvement in facial wrinkles can be obtained from a facelift, it will not address all the superficial lines that come from premature aging, overexposure to weather, and genetics. With the addition of skin resurfacing and products, your aged skin texture will improve. Other procedures that might be performed in conjunction with a facelift are brow lift and eyelid surgery to rejuvenate aging eyes. Fat transfer or fillers may be suggested to replace the lost fatty volume. Skin treatments such as IPL, dermabrasion, peels or laser may be offered to improve the quality and texture of the skin. Dr. Leake specializes in revising facelifts as well.