Over the years, the skin loses its natural elasticity and starts to sag and stretch. This allows wrinkles, facial folds, jowls and extra neck skin to appear in the face. A facelift is often the answer to . Although facelifts have been around for quite awhile, Dr. Price uses modern approaches to help our patients look younger once again.
What is a facelift?
A facelift is the treatment of choice for patients who have moderate to severe signs of sagging skin in the face and the neck. It is an outpatient procedure, in which excess skin is removed, sagging muscle layers are tightened, and the facial skin redraped at a more youthful, higher level.
What can a facelift treat?
Dr. Price recommends facelifts for his patients to address various visible signs of facial aging. Such unwanted signs include sagging skin, facial jowls, and double chins due to excess, saggy skin and fat around the neck.
What are my facelift options?
Facelifts are usually done while the patient is under intravenous sedation. Dr. Price most commonly performs the procedure in his private, fully-licensed operating room. Also known as rhytidectomy, there are different types of facelifts, including:
- Full facelift. This type of facelift improves the signs of aging in the cheek area, jaw line, and the neck. This procedure may also be combined with other surgical procedures such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery to enhance results.
- Celebrity facelift. Also known as a “mini lift,” this type of facelift requires minimal downtime (as short as three days) and involves shorter incisions. It is most appropriate for signs of aging at the jawline or above, and is not as completely effective for neck problems as a full facelift. It can be performed with the use of local anesthesia to promote patient comfort. Because it is a less invasive approach, the chances of side effects are also lower. Just like a full facelift, a celebrity facelift can be performed together with other forms of rejuvenation treatments such as injectable fillers, laser treatments, and eyelid surgery.
What happens during a facelift?
After you are fully sedated, Dr. Price will create an incision to begin the procedure. In a traditional facelift, the incision usually begins at the temples along the hairline, continues around the ears, and ends in the hairline behind the ear. Liposuction of the face and neck is then performed as needed. Underlying tissue, typically the deeper layers and muscles of the face, is repositioned and lifted. Excess skin is then trimmed and the skin is draped back over the newly-formed contour. A second incision under the chin is also possible for patients plagued with a visibly aging neck. The goal of the procedure is to restore a more youthful, but natural look to the face.
The procedure concludes by suturing the incision or applying skin adhesives. Dr. Price makes it a point to place the incisions in inconspicuous areas so that they are easily concealed by the natural contours of the face and the hairline of the patient.
A “celebrity” or mini lift involves a much shorter incision, and less work under the skin, minimizing bruising and recovery time. The deeper tissues are still tightened however, and great importance is attached to a “natural” look.