As time passes, our faces inevitably show the signs of aging. However, for those who long to recapture their youthful appearance, facelifts and neck lifts can be transformative procedures. Plastic surgeons Aviva Preminger, MD, and Sara Dickie, MD, members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), shed light on the power of these surgeries to restore a more youthful look.
Contrary to the common misconception, modern facelifts do not result in a “pulled” or unnatural appearance. The outdated technique of simply stretching the top layer of skin has been replaced by more sophisticated procedures that target the deeper muscle layer. By lifting, tightening, and removing excess skin, surgeons can also address the underlying muscles that tend to loosen with age, resulting in a more natural and rejuvenated outcome.
Facelifts primarily focus on the mid to lower regions of the face, addressing concerns such as deep lines, sagging cheeks, and loss of volume. The type and placement of incisions are tailored to each patient’s individual needs and the surgeon’s preferred method. Incisions are strategically hidden within natural skin creases or concealed areas, like the hairline, to minimize visible scarring. Surgeons take great care in closing the incisions meticulously to ensure the most hidden and fine scars possible.
It’s important to note that a facelift does not address all aspects of facial aging. Additional procedures like brow and eyelid lifts may be necessary to achieve overall facial harmony. Furthermore, patients who undergo facelifts often require neck lifts as well. The neck is particularly prone to the effects of gravity and aging, resulting in creases, vertical bands, and sagging skin. A neck lift redefines the jawline-neck angle, removes excess skin, tightens underlying muscles, and reduces fatty deposits beneath the chin.
While noninvasive treatments like injectables and fillers can manage facial aging for many patients, surgery is often necessary to address the neck. Plastic surgeons emphasize the importance of finding a skilled and experienced surgeon who is board-certified to ensure safety and optimal results. The initial consultation is crucial for open discussions about desired outcomes, concerns, and medical history, allowing the surgeon to guide patients towards the best approach for their individual needs.
Ultimately, facelifts and neck lifts offer more than just a physical transformation. They empower individuals to feel like the best version of themselves, boosting confidence and self-esteem. Age becomes just a number, and with the help of modern plastic surgery, one can achieve a timeless and radiant reflection in the mirror.