As we age, facial changes materialize that can often give us a tired, older appearance over time. Skin loosens on the face and neck, and facial lines and wrinkles settle deeper. The jawline softens into jowls, and vertical folds surface at the front of the neck beneath the chin. To reverse some of these changes, a rhytidectomy or facelift is a cosmetic surgery that uses a variety of specialized techniques to restore a younger, tighter facial appearance.
What procedures can I combine with my facelift?
Dr. Rousso and Dr. Adams often combine brow lift techniques with facelift surgery to enhance the entire face. They can also perform blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) or skin rejuvenation treatments to deliver an even greater youthful appearance. If there is a specific procedure you’d like to request, feel free to discuss it with your plastic surgeon during your consultation. Your plastic surgeon will recommend the best treatments and procedures to help you achieve your ideal aesthetic goals.
What factors accelerate facial aging?
Genetics play a major role as to how and when the face ages. In addition to the natural aging process, there are a variety of environmental factors that can contribute to how quickly facial aging occurs. Some of these include sun exposure, personal habits, cigarette smoking, large fluctuations in weight and gravitational pull. Any combination of these factors can lead to accelerated facial aging. However, facelift surgery can correct many of these effects and rejuvenate your appearance.
What are the risks of facelift surgery?
As with any surgery, risks exist with facelift surgery. Some examples are nerve damage, infection, poor healing, scarring, fluid accumulation and reactions to anesthesia. However, the risks are few in facelift surgery, and thousands of procedures are performed every year. Your cosmetic surgeon can provide more information during your consultation.
How long do the results of a facelift last?
The results of facelift surgery last far longer than non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments. Your results are likely to last for many years. Younger patients who undergo facelift surgery (before the age of 50) can expect even longer-lasting results. Future aging will continue as normal. To keep your skin healthy and youthful, it is important to minimize sun exposure, wear sunscreen, avoid smoking, and live a healthy lifestyle. Non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers, skin rejuvenation treatments and neuromodulators can help maintain youthful results over time.