Over time, the effects of gravity, exposure to sun, dry air, and general stress take a toll on an individual’s face and neckline. Jowls can develop under the jawline with folds and fat deposits. Sometimes creases begin to form between the nose and the mouth.
A facelift can considerably reduce these signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening the underlying muscles, and redraping the skin around the neck and face. Facelifts can be done alone, or frequently performed in conjunction with another procedure such as a browlift, eyelid surgery, or nose reshaping. If your problem areas are limited to the neck, a more conservative approach, known as a “neck lift” may be the procedure needed to achieve a more defined jawline.
In the classic procedure of facelift surgery, excess facial skin is freed from the underlying tissues and the excess is trimmed and tightened. In some instances, the deeper tissues are repositioned and lifted to provide a more youthful contour to the face. The removal of fat and smoothing of the structures of the neck and suspension of the neck is generally performed through a small incision beneath the chin. In some cases, a facelift can reduce the outward signs of aging by ten or fifteen years.
An endoscopic facelift is performed if you do not have a significant excess of loose skin and have overall good tissue tone. In this minimally invasive procedure, small incisions are placed in inconspicuous areas usually within the hairline to provide tightening of the deeper tissues and lifting of the tissues beneath the skin.
A consultation with our plastic surgeon will help you determine if you are a candidate for a facelift. At that time, Dr. DiBello will discuss his personalized approach to your surgery as well as important considerations involved in facelift surgery.
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