Facelifts are one of the most common and long-standing anti-aging facial surgeries available. However, many people know very little about how they actually work. You may not know, for instance, that there are many types of facelift procedures available and that it is a highly customizable surgery that can be tailored to fit your needs. So how does facelift surgery work exactly, and how can a facelift keep you looking younger for years and years?
How the Face Ages
Before you can understand how facelifts work, you have to understand the basics of facial aging. As we get older, skin begins to lose collagen and elastin, causing it to sag.
At the same time, the face experiences fat and volume loss and wrinkles begin to form. The sagging and wrinkling can cause problems like drooping cheeks, deepening nasolabial folds, and “turkey wattle” skin under the neck.
How a Traditional Facelift Works
An incision is made at the hairline so no scarring is visible. The facelift itself is much more about repositioning than “lifting”. First, the surgeon separates skin and fat through the incision to access the underlying muscle structure. From there, the surgeon repositions and tightens the facial muscles. Next, fat is taken and redistributed to areas it is needed, which helps restore volume to the face.
If you’ve done any facelift research in the past, you may have heard of the SMAS layer (superficial musculoaponeurotic system). Tightening this layer helps lift, smooth, and define the cheeks, jaw, and chin overall. This is only done during the more in-depth facelift procedures, such as the traditional method.
Finally, the surgeon redrapes the skin to smooth out wrinkles and combat sagging. The excess skin is then trimmed, and the incision is closed. The operation usually takes between two and four hours.
Other Facelift Techniques
While the traditional facelift offers the most dramatic and lasting results, it may not be right for everyone. Fortunately, the customizable nature of facelift surgery makes it a great option for anyone who is interested in looking younger. Options like the different types of mini lifts, midface, cheek, and neck lift can all be tailored to suit your needs. In addition, facelifts can be combined with additional procedures like eyelid surgery or a brow lift to address other areas of the face.
Are Facelifts the Best Choice for Anti-Aging?
There is no one “best” choice for anti-aging. Depending upon your health and needs, a facelift may or may not be an appropriate treatment for you. Only a skilled facial plastic surgeon can advise you on your options and what might be best for you. Facelift surgery can produce the most dramatic results of any anti-aging procedure, and could be right for you if you want significant improvement for 10-15 years. However, the traditional facelift procedure is quite invasive and should be considered carefully.
An Experienced Surgeon
If you’re interested in undergoing any type of facial surgery, it is crucial to go to a qualified plastic surgeon. This ensures you are getting the best care and surgical skill possible. Take your time when selecting your surgeon, as it is the most important decision you will make regarding your procedure. If you are looking for the best in facial surgery in the Toronto area, consider a consultation with Dr. Robert A. Mounsey of Revesse. Dr. Mounsey is a board certified facial plastic surgeon offering great results to a wide variety of patients. Call Revesse at 416.438.2499 to set up your consultation.