The main goal in face lifting is to restore facial shape to a contour exhibited during their youth, such that our patients appear both more youthful and beautiful, while continuing to look like themselves.
If you are bothered by the signs of aging in your face, a facelift may be right for you. Technically known as rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:
- Sagging of facial skin
- Deep creases between the nose and mouth
- Fat that has fallen or is displaced
- Loss of muscle tone in the lower face that may create jowls
- Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw
Facial aging involves both skin texture changes and the descent of facial fat which accounts for the change in facial shape from youth to middle-age. The main goal in face lifting is to restore facial shape to a contour exhibited during their youth, such that our patients appear both more youthful and beautiful, while continuing to look like themselves. A face lift is performed through concealed access incisions which are contoured around the ear. These access incisions allow exposure of the deeper facial soft tissues so that descended facial fat may be repositioned to the position of youth.
Improvements in the neck are obtained by contouring the sagging muscle of the neck, as well as removal of excess neck fat. The anterior neck is addressed through a small incision under the chin which allows accurate correction of the laxity and banding noted in the aging neck, providing for a sculptured jawline and longer lasting result.
A facelift is designed to correct all of these aging features, restoring a more youthful, rested appearance with uplifted contours and improved tone in facial skin and underlying muscle. The most significant correction occurs from the neck up to the cheeks. Eyelid surgery and browlift can be done at the same.
Facial aging is a complex process. Each patient ages differently, and the key to successful facial rejuvenation is to understand the anatomic and aesthetic changes which have occurred for a particular patient, and formulate a treatment plan which is patient specific.
The most common type of facelift is a two layer or SMAS facelift. This tightens the fascia and deeper muscle layer first and then redrapes the loose skin of the face and neck. The excess skin is removed and sutured into place without tension. The key to a non-surgical appearing face lift is avoiding skin tension, reconstructing the internal anatomy beneath the skin, shaping the face through the repositioning of the deeper soft tissues and muscles. The deep tissues are used to move and hold the face in the more youthful positions not the skin. This is the technique that Dr Wilson uses in his facelift procedure.
Minimizing skin tension also provides greater control in terms of producing consistent, imperceptible scars and no change in the appearance of the hairline or earlobes.
The same surgery is not always right for everyone. A facelift needs to be designed for you individual need and to correct your specific concerns. Remember the goal is to have you look rested youthful not pulled, tight, stretched or artificial.
If there is only a little loose skin at the cheeks or neck than a mini facelift or skin only facelift can be performed. Mini facelifts can also be used as a refresher after a previous facelift. The excess skin, fascia or fat removed may be used to augment lips or fill lines in the face.
A facelift turns back the hands of time but doesn’t stop time from moving forward. Secondary facelifts can be done reusing old incisions and retightening the skin that gravity and age has loosened.
Contact us for your personal consultation with Dr. Wesley Wilson and see what is right for you.