Understanding Facelift Surgery
WHY would anyone start facelifts in their 50s? This was a question asked of me recently during a consultation. The patient was amazed that some individuals have facelift as early as their 40s and wondered why this would be done. The truth is that any facelift technique can only reverse a certain degree of aging. Those that start early have a full reversal their aging and are likely to continue facelifts in the future to maintain the look that they desire.
The patient that waits until their 60s has greater stretching of the skin, advanced failure of the neck and further collapse of the superficial muscular aponeurotic system in the face which is responsible for jowls and other aspects of facial aging. The patient that waits till this phase have an adequate correction but it will never rival the patient that has had early intervention and prevented advanced facial aging.
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What Can Facelift Surgery Improve?
If the signs of aging in your face are bothering you, then a facelift is a means to restore your youthful appearance and beauty. This surgical procedure, known as a rhyticdectomy to doctors, improves the visible signs of aging in both the neck and face. Areas of noticeable improvement are:
· The sagging of the skin in the face
· The jowls area which is the lower part of the cheek, esp. when it is fleshy or drooping.
· Displaced fat
· Deep creases along the nose that extend to the corners of the mouth
· Deep creases below the lower eyelids
· Fatty deposits and loose skin under the jaw and chin that creates a double chin
How Popular is Facelift Surgery?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reports that of the top five cosmetic surgical procedures in 2011, 119,000 facelift procedures were performed, up 5 percent ranking it as #5 beneath eyelid surgery, liposuction and nose reshaping which may also be used in conjunction as complimentary procedures.
Facelifts are among the top five cosmetic surgical procedures for the first time since 2004, replacing tummy tucks.
There are several other procedures which can further enhance the outcome of a facelift. They include:
· Facial implants
· Soft tissue augmentation to recontour the facial structure
· Resurfacing techniques to improve the tone and texture of facial skin
· Wrinkle reduction by injection
Consult with your doctor on the best procedures to use in conjunction with your surgery.