Facelift surgery is performed to reverse the effects that aging, gravity, sun exposure and significant weight loss have on the facial tissues. A facelift usually involves lifting and tightening of the cheek and neck however it is frequently performed in combination with other procedures such as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), forehead (brow) lifts or nose reshaping (rhinoplasty).
A facelift is a highly individualized procedure which your surgeon will tailor to your unique facial anatomy. It is an excellent procedure for individuals with jowls or excess loose neck skin. The surgery can take several hours depending on the patient’s anatomy and the number of combined procedures being performed.
The facelift incisions are usually very well concealed and begin in the hairline of the temple, they continue on the edge of the ear, around the earlobe, and finally end within the hairline behind the ear. The skin of the cheek and neck are separated from the underlying fat tissue. Some of the fat can be selectively trimmed or rearranged to improve the contours of the face. The facial muscles of the cheek and neck are tightened. The excess skin is then cut away. Finally a very meticulous plastic surgery closure is performed on the incisions. A simple facelift surgery is usually an outpatient procedure, however patients who undergo multiple procedures with longer surgical times may stay for an overnight recovery and go home the next day.
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