As we age, our skin becomes less ‘elastic’ and tends to stretch, sag, and wrinkle. The ‘face lift’ aims to reduce this sagging skin. The plastic surgeon accomplishes this by tightening the skin and its underlying tissues. The skin is pulled up and placed back onto the cheeks, redefining the jaw line. Done successfully, the operation will result in a more youthful look in the patient.
Sometimes, excess fat has to be removed using liposuction to achieve the desired aims and look. This procedure is carried out during the same operation as the face lift. The face lift concentrates on the part of the face which is between the upper lip level to halfway down the neck.
To improve the results of a face lift further still, an implant is sometimes placed in front of the jaw bone. This helps to smooth out the jaw line, and again return the face to a more youthful-looking time!
Typical candidates for face lift surgery are people in their forties and beyond. The surgery is most popular with women, but it is certainly not uncommon for men to undertake plastic surgery on their face. It is important to understand that although plastic surgery can artificially turn back the years, time will continue to take its toll, and further changes to your face are inevitable!
There are some aspects of the human face that a face lift cannot help:
- 'laugh lines'
- small vertical ‘lip’ wrinkles
- forehead creases and frown lines
- excess eyelid skin
If you are suffering with these kind of problems, a skin peel may help instead.
If you are overweight, it is advisable that you lose weight before trying a face lift. A face lift aims to sharpen the features, and this is likely to be less prominent in overweight people. Further, if you lose weight post-operatively, you may well find excess skin counteracts the positive effects of the face lift, and needs to be removed in a second operation.
If you smoke, seriously consider giving up if you want a face lift. Smoking can adversley affect the skin's natural healing abilities due to restricting the supply of blood to the facial tissues.
All surgery will result in scarring. Ask to see examples of where the surgeon has managed to ‘hide’ the scars of a face lift. Poor face lifts can result in obvious scarring well behind the ears and below the hairline. A skilled surgeon will be able to hide scars, most commonly in the hair and well-tucked behind the ears. Note that because the skin is pulled up towards the ears, men can find that they need to start shaving behind the ears after a face life!
The results of a good face lift can be expected to last for several years. Naturally this varies from person to person, and depends on factors such as age and lifestyle. There is a myth that facelifts actually accelerate the signs of aging. This is not true. However, a facelift should be considered as a ‘one off’ surgery. Skin will continue to lose its elasticity and repeated attempts to re-stretch the skin may eventually produce an undesired effect that cannot be corrected.
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