August 12, 2016
The facelift is a technique to tighten the skin of the face. Facelifts can take from one to six hours, depending on the involvement of the surgery and complete a rejuvenated, more youthful look.
A facelift can’t completely erase the signs of age, and it can’t fix all problems — for example, sagging eyelids, eyebrows, or skin discoloration. To correct these problems, a patient would need to undergo other procedures (such as an eye lift, brow lift, or chemical peel).
What Happens to Skin as we get Older?
Skin goes through many changes as we get older. Cells divide slower. The dermis, or lower layer of skin, gets thinner. It is comprised of several different types of tissue, including elastin and collagen. Elastin gives the skin its elasticity, and collagen keeps the skin taut. Eventually both of these proteins begin to break down, causing the skin to loosen. The loss of elasticity makes the skin and underlying tissue more susceptible to the effects of gravity. Instead of springing back when pulled, the skin sags. Additionally, the muscle and tissue composition under the skin changes, leading to wrinkles.
A facelift can be a phenomenal benefit to you if done properly by the right surgeon. It is an art form and no two surgeons are alike in their training, talent and artistry. You should obtain a clean, smooth jawline with no sagging skin, making wrinkles appear smoother, a neck without fat and muscle laxity with a youthful angularity, plus restored cheek volume and a complete absence of an operated look. These are the achievable goals for the right patient with the right doctor. The goal of a facelift is to get a nice refreshed look.
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