Surgery to rejuvenate the midface and neck line, as well as reduce jowling and deep nasolabial folds
Aging is a natural part of life, but we can help minimize its effects. As we age, several processes occur that contribute to the shadows and laxity that one will often see. We lose volume throughout the face from resorption of bone and fatty tissue under the skin, the ligaments which hold the soft tissues of our face relax and loosen, and gravity takes effect. Lastly, skin loses its natural elasticity, allowing tissues to descend and cause the heaviness and selective hollowness that can be seen in the aged face.
What is a Facelift?
A facelift is a procedure performed to restore volume to aesthetically desirable places such as the cheeks and posterior jawline. This is done by re-suspending deep tissues of the face to a more superior and posterior direction. This reduces fullness along the lower cheeks, softens nasolabial folds, eliminates jowls, and defines the jawline.
A deep plane facelift addresses all of these problems while avoiding the undesirable sequela of older techniques such as a stretched/"wind blown" look, a tight rigid face, or unsightly scars.
Why a Deep Plane Facelift?
Understanding the technique
The modern facelift focuses on the suspension of deep subcutaneous tissues (SMAS) that withstands the effect of gravity over the years. The skin adapts to these repositioned tissues without any tension or stretching, giving a natural and non-surgical appearance. The incisions are well hidden, usually started at the hairline in the region of the temples and extending around the ears, front and back. Because of these details, scars heal very well and are minimally noticeable, even on close inspection. In select cases, depending on an individual patient's anatomy, adjunct procedures can be performed at the same time and may be recommended for added benefit (e.g. blepharoplasty, brow lift, or neck lift).
For additional information about these procedures and common questions please refer to our patient resources section.
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Knowing Your Facelift Surgeon
The technique and expertise matters
There are several techniques for a facelift, and while some may provide a good result in the right hands, your surgeon should be able to explain his rationale for the selected technique for your surgery.
Members of our team have extensive experience in aesthetic facial rejuvenation and are experts in facelift surgery, but they also have additional training in surgery for disorders of the facial nerve. This makes them uniquely familiar and comfortable with the anatomy of the face and, most importantly, the nerves and tissue planes in this region.
As head and neck surgeons, they operate extensively in and around all aspects of the face, nose, and neck. As fellowship trained facial plastic surgeons, their experience has focused specifically on these procedures.