Facelift procedures have surged in popularity in recent years as younger people seek to restore and maintain a youthful look. Unfortunately for us all, the skin begins to loosen on the face and neck over time. The jawline softens into jowls, another chin develops beneath the chin, and vertical folds appear at the front of the neck. Traditionally, facelift surgery has been marketed towards women over 50 years old, but now, men and women in their 40s and sometimes even younger are seeking facelift surgery. Importantly, with an experienced facial plastic surgeon, it is possible to achieve a natural-looking result, not the dreaded windswept look that can hold people back from seeking the results they want. Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker’s goal is a refreshed and natural look, not an over-pulled attempt at looking overly young.
Facelift Surgery Can Correct:
- Sagging deeper tissue of the face and neck
- Loose skin on the face, neck, and jowls
- Excess skin in the middle of the face
- Deep creases along the nose (nasolabial folds)
Other “Lift” Options
Younger patients with earlier aging changes may have other minimally invasive or nonsurgical options available to them to address sagging tissue and excess skin. These include mini lifts, “no incision” laser lifts, and nonsurgical technologies such as injectables, radiofrequency, and ultrasound. An experienced facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker can discuss the procedures best suited to your concerns and anatomy.
Facelift surgery is often performed under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. However, experienced facial plastic surgeons like Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker frequently perform facelift surgery with relaxation and local anesthesia to minimize recovery. Incisions are camouflaged in the hairline and the natural creases around the ears. The deeper support layer of the face, called the SMAS, is tightened to reposition the sagging tissues, including those in the neck and jowls. The skin is redraped over the tightened foundation, and excess skin is removed.
Recovery and Results
A compression wrap is worn overnight. Swelling and bruising will resolve over the first few weeks after surgery. Exercise can usually be resumed after two weeks. Once swelling starts to dissipate, you will notice a significant improvement in the contours of the face and neck and a more youthful, natural look. Assuming realistic expectations, most people are very pleased with their rejuvenated look and feel the process was well worth it.
If you are interested in facelift surgery, Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker can provide you will all the information you need. You can schedule your consultation by calling 678-888-3223 (FACE) or by filling out our online contact form.