Do you look in the mirror and find that your face appears more tired or older than you feel on the inside? If so, you may be a candidate for facelift surgery.
Some of the visible signs of aging on the face and neck include:
- Deepening of the nasolabial folds extending from the nose to the corner of the mouth
- Frown lines (or marionette lines) extending down from the corner of the mouth
- Mid-face sagging with a hollowed-out appearance in the middle cheeks
- Loose, sagging skin beneath the chin and jaw
- Eyebrow droopiness
- Overhanging skin of the upper eyelid
- Lower eyelid “bags”
A facelift can often be the only way to visibly improve these signs of aging. The procedure achieves this result by removing excess fat and tightening the underlying muscles and overlying skin. Facelifts can be performed in conjunction with other rejuvenation procedures, such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery.
In this clip, Dr. Scott describes how facelift surgery can help to reverse the visible effects of aging.*
Facelift surgery is most commonly performed on men and women in the lower 40s to upper 70s age range. Ideal candidates are non-smokers who are physically healthy and not significantly overweight. Prior to the procedure, you will undergo a complete medical examination and be advised to discontinue taking any medication or herbal supplements that may increase bleeding.
The procedure is performed at a fully-accredited outpatient surgical center. A full facelift procedure takes approximately 3-4 hours to complete, but will take longer if performed in combination with other procedures. The incisions are well hidden in the hairline and along the natural curves in front of and behind the ear. Fat may be reshaped or sculpted from the face and neck, and deeper connective tissue and muscles are lifted. The skin of the face and neck is re-draped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away. The neck and lateral cheeks will be supported with a soft wrap.
Some swelling and mild bruising is normal after a facelift and usually subsides within 7 to 10 days. Most patients experience very little pain following a facelift procedure. You can further extend your long-lasting results with life-long sun protection and a healthy lifestyle and a good skin care regimen.
Facial Fat Transfer
Many of us recognize that our facial skin develops wrinkles and laxity with age. However, a less well-known aspect to the aging process is the loss of facial fatty tissue. This fatty tissue loss further accentuates facial skin laxity giving individuals the “tired look”. By utilizing fat transfer or fat grafting techniques, Dr. Scott can greatly improve such volume loss. This process involves harvesting small amounts of fat from other areas (such as the abdomen, thighs, etc.) and transferring them to the areas of facial volume loss. Dr. Scott performs this fat transfer technique as an isolated procedure or commonly in conjunction with a facelift procedure. Common facial areas treated with fat transfer include: the cheek bone area, the lower eyelid/orbital rim hollow area, the nasolabial fold area, the lips, and the jawline.
Dr. Scott talks about different incisions and methods for performing facelift surgery.*
NATURAL FACELIFT RESULTS
Facelift rejuvenation surgery is commonly performed on both men and women. The facelift procedure does not change “your look;” it simply restores your own more youthful appearance.
Dr. Scott explains that a well-done facelift looks natural, not frozen or excessively tight.*