About Face lifts (Rhytidectomy)
A face lift is one of the most visible procedures in all of plastic surgery. The simple goal is to improve the appearance of a face which has been changed by the effects of age and gravity.
A quality result, however, requires utmost diligence, sensitivity and skill on the part of a surgeon. Numerous important details must be carefully addressed in turn and quality cannot be rushed.
A face lift is a result in which the subject appears brighter, fresher and more alive. An excellent result may also make the subject appear younger than his or her real age. However, the subtle complexities of aging will never allow the patient’s appearance to return to the appearance that was present at age 20, or even age 30.
What Are the Causes of an Aged Appearance?
The details that cause a face to look aged are quite complex and incompletely understood by even the most advanced and experienced surgeons. Aging and gravity cause changes in the following areas:
- Underlying skeleton and bone
- Facial soft tissue and retaining ligaments
- The composition, position and thickness of the fat in various areas
- The thickness, quality, luster and water content of the overlying skin
- Hair, eyebrows and eyelashes may thin and change color
- Cartilaginous structures such as nose and ears may continue to grow, stretch or change in shape
What is a Neck lift?
A neck lift is a lifting or tightening of the loose and sagging skin which may occur at the front or sides of the neck with age. The procedure can be very effective at improving the neck contour and neckline. Loose skin folds at the sides of the neck tend to be easier to correct than loose skin at the front of the neck. The operation is performed through an incision similar to a face lift and may be done as part of a complete face lift. Excessively loose skin may require a longer incision behind the ear and into or next to the posterior hairline.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Face lift?
The best candidates for face lifts are men and women who have a clear definition of where the areas of concern are and, specifically, which areas may be addressed. They will desire a brighter and fresher look with improvement of most, but not all wrinkles. They will not insist on removing every last wrinkle or smoothing out every last line on the face. They seek the procedure to improve their appearance for themselves and not just to please another person. Good candidates are not excessively overweight or vacillating back and forth on the weight scale.
Procedures Which May Be Performed With Your Face lift
Face lifts lend themselves to be performed with additional procedures. The extent and type of these procedures will vary considerably from patient to patient and Dr. Shannon will go over the details with you specifically during your consultation. Procedures most often performed include upper and/or lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), brow lifting if needed and neck liposuction.
Here at Keystone we would like you to take this opportunity to learn more about these cosmetic surgery procedures and see before and after pictures. You may want to read some of the numerous testimonials received by Dr. Shannon and his staff; you also will have the opportunity to view Dr. Shannon’s credentials.