faceliftupperlowerblepheroplasty7As we age, the loss of facial collagen and structures that support our face are diminished leaving us with sagging jowls and skin, deep creases below the eyelids, and neck folds. Factors that contribute to this condition include heredity, gravity, sun and environmental exposure, and stress. To correct this problem, plastic surgeons use a facial surgery procedure known as a “facelift”. This technique to address sagging skin is also known as a “rhytidectomy” and improves signs of aging in the face and neck such as:

  • Sagging in the middle of your face
  • Deep creases below the lower eyelids
  • Deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
  • Fat that has fallen or has disappeared
  • Loss of skin tone in the lower face that creates jowls
  • Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw can give even a person of normal weight the appearance of a double chin

In general, good candidates for a facelift include:

  • Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that impair healing
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic expectations

Other surgical rejuvenation procedures typically performed in conjunction with a facelift are brow lift, to correct a sagging or deeply furrowed brow, and eyelid surgery to rejuvenate aging eyes.

What it won’t do: As a restorative surgery, a facelift does not change your fundamental appearance and cannot stop the aging process. A facelift can only be performed surgically; non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results, but may help delay the time at which a facelift becomes appropriate and complement the results of surgery.

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