The facelift is a popular procedure for those 55 and older when a number of areas of the face are showing their age. Cheeks are hollowing out, the mouth has age lines, jowls appear as the jawline loses its shape and the neck becomes saggy. A facelift can help bring back a person’s youthful appearance by addressing many of these areas.
A full facelift is essentially a mini facelift with a combined neck lift procedure. This is the most comprehensive of the lifting techniques. Like other surgical lifts, it is performed in the operating room and takes several hours to perform. People generally require four weeks before they feel comfortable in public.
As in a mini facelift, the existing facial fat is repositioned to its original youthful position through an incision that resides in the natural fold of the ear and often extends into the hairline. Through this incision, the jowl fat is actually grasped and sutured vertically up to its original position just under the cheekbone.
In addition, muscles under the chin are tightened, creating a sling-like effect that reclaims the original neckline. It is performed with an incision placed behind the ears and under the chin.
The longevity of any facelift is dependent on proper fixation of the facial fat, but generally is up to 10 years when performed by a board certified plastic surgeon.
Make sure to review your surgeon’s actual patient photos during your consultation. Pictures provided by a marketing company on the Internet are often altered and not representative of the skill of the surgeon you may be meeting. Furthermore, make sure your surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has hospital privileges to perform your facelift surgery at your local hospital.
Advanced Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery offers the newest and most sophisticated cosmetic surgery procedures for men and women, including neck and face lifts, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), breast augmentation, reduction or reconstruction, as well as Botox, Juvederm and other injectable fillers. All procedures are done by ASC surgeons Dr. David Goldenberg, Dr. Sohel Islam, Dr. Prashant Soni, and Dr. Julia Toto. ASC offices are located in the Fairfield County, CT towns of Danbury, New Milford, Norwalk, Ridgefield and Southbury.
- Dr. Prashant Soni