What is a facelift?
Much the same as you would, in front of a mirror, try to lessen the reflected facial aging changes, facelift surgery (rhytidectomy) allows the surgeon to pull up on the cheeks and pull back and up on neck tissues to reverse the laxity and drooping associated with gravity and the normal aging process. A facelift can improve the visible aging changes of the face and neck:
- Jowling around the jaw line
- Muscle bands and skin laxity in the neck
- Collection of fat beneath the chin causing a “double chin”
- Sagging mid-facial tissues
A facelift can be combined with a browlift, eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), or can be limited to a cheek lift or neck lift in those who are not bothered by other aging signs.
The facelift procedure sets back the clock on aging but cannot stop the aging process.