As we grow on in years the effects of time begin to take their toll upon our appearance and this is perhaps more noticeable in our faces than anywhere else. Skin loses elasticity, the brow furrows, wrinkles and creases begin to appear around the eyes and mouth and the skin in the neck and jaw line starts to sag.
Factors that can add to this process include:
- Too much sun exposure
- Unhealthy living
- Anxiety and stress
- Lack of sleep
- Poor diet and not drinking enough pure water
Facelift surgery (rhytidectomy) offers a way to reduce these signs of aging and provide the patient with a more youthful appearance. By removing excess skin of the face and neck, tightening the underlying muscles and, if necessary, removing excess fat, a skilled surgeon can take years off of a patient’s face. A facelift can also be done in conjunction with other procedures such as eyelid surgery, nose surgery, brow lift, ear surgery, neck lift or chin surgery to maximize the effect.
The procedure involves an incision being made, usually along the line of the ear, excess skin being removed and skin of the face being pulled back to take up any slack before the incision is closed. With modern techniques such as the MACS facelift the incision is kept to a minimum, meaning less scarring and shorter recovery period, however it may still take several months for the swelling to disappear and for the scar lines to fade.
You may decide that a face lift is not for you, if so there are other options available such as dermal fillers like Botox, Sculptra and Juvederm which can help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and add volume to creased areas and give fuller looking lips. There is also laser skin rejuvenation which stimulates the growth of a new epidermal layer. Please discuss all the options with your surgeon to make sure that the choice you make is the right one for you.
You should be aware that having a facelift will not stop the aging process nor will it change your features, but if you follow the advice of your surgeon and maintain a healthy lifestyle then you can minimize the effects of aging and maintain the effects of your procedure. As with all plastic surgery procedures you should discuss your expectations with your surgeon so you can make an educated and informed decision before you choose to proceed.
If you do choose this route then be sure to see plenty of before and after facelift pictures of your surgeon’s previous patients as this is perhaps the one area of plastic surgery where a small mistake can have the biggest consequences. There are many examples of what happens when a surgeon goes too far; the skin looks over tightened, the eyes are too wide open and have a surprised look, the lips can look unnaturally full or the patient just has that “worked on” look.
A skilled plastic surgeon will make sure that you have a natural looking facelift. Ideally the finished result will be that no-one can tell you have had any surgery at all, you will look younger and healthier with a rejuvenated appearance and you may find that your new look gives you an increased sense of self confidence.
The cost of face lift surgery can vary greatly depending upon the location of the practice and the skill and experience of the surgeon and a face lift may be the one cosmetic surgery procedure above all others where you want to find the best plastic surgeon you can. Here at Posh Plastic Surgery in Jacksonville, FL, we pride ourselves working with what you have to enhance your natural beauty and we invite you to pay us a visit and take a look for yourself.
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