A facelift is the singular procedure that distinguishes excellent plastic surgeons. A great facelift is one that makes the patient appear refreshed but not overworked. During this popular facial procedure, the underlying structures are not changed, but the tissues of the face are lifted and tightened.
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What Are the Types of Facelifts?
A standard facelift is a cheeklift with a necklift. This is performed in an operating room. The skin is lifted with incisions made in the creases beside and behind the ears. The foundation (SMAS layer) is trimmed and tightened. The skin is then advanced and trimmed.
The redraped skin will resolve deep jowls, loose neck skin, and facial wrinkles. The complete facelift lasts longer that the mini-lift techniques, because the redraping is more intensive and there is greater tightening of the underlying foundation of the skin. This procedure is commonly performed in conjunction with a forehead lift (browlift) and a blepharoplasty (eyelid lift).
An office mini-facelift is performed under local anesthesia. It primarily lifts the cheeks and improves jowls, with some lifting of the neck. Ideal candidates for this procedure are younger patients with early skin sagging or patients who have had a previous facelift and just need extra tightening with time.
Mini-facelift techniques have gained popularity because of their ability to be performed in an office setting. Various marketing companies have popularized these lifts (i.e. Lifestyle Lifts), but they are performed in their own centers. However, these mini-lift results do not last as long as those of a standard facelift. This has to do with the limited foundation tightening.
Combining facelifts with another procedure such as the neck lift allows me to offer my patients the benefits of multiple procedures during one surgery. This also offers the benefit of a single recovery period.
I could not be more pleased with the results of my lower facelift. Dr. Jeffords and his staff are the best. Would recommend to anyone needing plastic surgery.
The Neck Lift
A neck lift is the sculpting of the neck and jawline contours with limited incisions. Little or no skin is removed. Precisely tightening and sculpting underlying muscle and fat accomplishes the shaping. The skin is merely redraped over the new contours and fixed in place with tissue glue. This considerably speeds recovery.
Even if your face is relatively wrinkle-free, you may notice that your neck is starting to sag. You may have a double chin or a “turkey wattle.” In any case, a neck lift may be able to recreate the neck of your youth.
Because there are many cosmetic issues that can affect the neck (double chin, sagging, and vertical bands), it is important that we have a personalized consultation. During our consultation, you can share your concerns with us. We will determine if a neck lift is right for you. The length of your recovery will depend on the type of procedure selected.
How Long Does a Facelift Last
You will continue to age; a facelift does not reverse the hands of time. If you maintain your results, however, they will last for many years. Paramount Plastic Surgery also has a complete line of laser care to keep the skin tight after surgery. Our surgeons will assist you in maintaining your facelift as your age gracefully. Good skincare will also keep your collagen strong.