Facelift is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging on the face and neck. As you experience signs of aging, the skin and muscles of the face begin to lose tone and elasticity. A facelift can improve the most visible signs of aging by tightening deeper structures, redraping the skin of the face and neck, and repositioning or removing selected areas of fat.
Why Face Lift?
As people grow older, the natural aging process, genetic influences, exposure to the sun and weakening of facial ligaments cause the face to wrinkle and sag. In the younger individual, the face is firm and smooth due to more robust bone structure, more fatty tissue directly beneath the skin and better, more youthful skin elasticity. As an individual ages, the skin and underlying tissues lose elasticity and fatty tissue deposits slip downward due to gravity and weakening of facial ligaments, and the facial bones actually shrink. Skin folds become more prominent, particularly around the chin, on the jaw line and on the neck.
Rhytidectomy, or facelift, has been developed to address these conditions and give people the youthful appearance they desire. This procedure involves the repositioning of fat pads, and the removal of excess skin. Often a rhytidectomy is done in conjunction with other facial cosmetic surgeries such as brow and forehead lift, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), chin and/or cheek bone augmentation, neck lift, liposuction, fat grafting, dermal fillers or rhinoplasty (surgery of the nose). A facelift can be performed any time after, or “just before” signs of aging appear.
Dr. Gordon will carefully assess your appearance and needs and together you will discuss what type of facelift would be best for you (there are many versi