A facelift is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck. As people begin to age, the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun, and the stresses of daily life are often seen in their faces. If you are concerned about signs of aging in your face, a facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, may be right for you.

The best candidates for a facelift

The best candidates for a facelift are those whose skin on the face and neck has begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well-defined. Most facelift patients are aged between 40 and 60, but a facelift can still be performed successfully on people between the ages of 70 and 90 as well.

What are the benefits of a facelift?

Today’s facelifts can reshape and improve the balance and blending of the structures of the upper, middle, and lower parts of the face. Facelifts improve the most visible signs of aging by reshaping excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and reshaping the skin of your face and neck. Facelifts can address visible signs of aging such as sagging in the midface area, creases below the eyelids, loss of muscle tone in the lower face, or loose skin and fatty deposits under the chin. As with other forms of cosmetic surgery, a facelift can make you look and feel younger and fresher, and it may also enhance your self-confidence.

How does a facelift work?

During your facelift procedures, your surgeon will make an incision that will allow the skin of your face to be raised, and the muscles underneath tightened. Your surgeon may also remove some excess fat and skin. Facelifts can often be performed using limited incisions, which is associated with a shorter recovery period. A facelift can be done alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as a forehead lift, eyelid surgery, or nose reshaping.

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