As the name suggests, a facelift refers to a cosmetic type of surgery that lifts the face and/or neck. This procedure repositions or removes skin, fat, and/or muscle to improve the appearance of aging. Some people may also refer to it as rhytidectomy and it can restore the following signs of aging:
- Relaxed, sagging skin on the face
- Deep folds or crease lines present around the nose and corners of the mouth
- Facial fat that has shrunk or is missing
- Skin drooping on the cheeks and/or jaw (jowls)
- Loose skin and extra fat in the neck appearing as “double chin”
As a result, it can make the skin appear tighter and smoother. However, it is important to keep in mind that a facelift is a cosmetic restorative type of surgery. Therefore, it cannot completely transform your appearance nor can it put a stop to the aging process. Moreover, it cannot treat superficial wrinkles, skin damage, or skin color irregularities.
Facelifts are highly individualized surgeries that are tailored to each individual’s face and desired outcome.
Different Kinds of Facelifts
There are various types of facelift surgeries based on the target areas of the face and neck.
Facelift surgeries are classified as follows:
- Standard/traditional facelift
- SMAS facelift/rhytidectomy (superficial musculoaponeurotic system)
- Deep plane facelift
- Cutaneous (skin) facelift
There are also other nonsurgical facelift options that you may want to consider, such as the following:
You may want to consult your dermatologist and surgeon to help you better understand the advantages and disadvantages of each. They will also assess you in terms of the following:
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