We live in a world where we are often judged by our looks. Looking your best can play an important role in your self-confidence. Aging of the face can be especially troubling, because our faces are such a dominant aspect of our appearance. To address signs of facial aging, we offer the facelift and neck lift procedures.
If you feel younger than you look, you are not alone. Everyone experiences aging and begins to lose the collagen and elastin which maintain a smooth, youthful appearance in skin. You might develop wrinkles and lines, and your skin may begin to sag because of this lack of collagen and elastin, even making the skin of your neck droop or develop “banding.”
Facial aging appears differently for each individual, but the most common issues are sagging around the mid-face, deep creases below the eyelids, creases along the corners of the mouth, loss of facial fat volume, jowling of the cheeks, and loose skin under the chin that creates the appearance of a double chin.
There are a variety of factors that can contribute to facial aging, including gravity and time. However, the effects of gravity and time on your face can be erased with a facelift and neck lift.
Face Lift Procedures
At Marietta Plastic Surgery, every facelift option is available and, depending on the extent of the effects aging has taken on your face and your desired outcome, you may choose to undergo:
Each type of facial plastic surgery we offer will provide you with long-lasting results because they affect the skin and subdermal tissues of your face. At Marietta Plastic Surgery, our commitment is to provide you treatments with which you will be pleased for many years to come.
There are four major phases to any facelift: anesthesia, the incision, closure of incisions, and finally the recovery period. Anesthesia is required to ensure the patient’s comfort during the surgical procedure.
The technique used for the facelift is going to depend on your specific goals and anatomy.
The most effective type of face lift is a SMAS face lift. The SMAS is the layer of tissue which lies over the musculature of your lower face. It is lifted by making incisions behind your temples, in front of your ears, and behind your ears through your hair line. The skin is loosened to expose your layer of SMAS which is then pulled tight and sutured into place. This elevates and repositions the deep tissue of the face. Your skin is pulled back over the adjusted SMAS and excess skin removed. Sutures are used to hold your facial skin in its smoother, more youthful position, and bandages or a compression garment may be added for support and to minimize swelling and bruising.
A short scar lift lifts skin and muscles as a single unit, utilizing a single incision in front of the ear. The tissues are smoothed and kept in place with sutures while your incisions heal.
Unlike the SMAS and short scar face lifts, a skin only face lift does not affect the underlying SMAS layer, but simply pulls the skin taut over the muscles of your face to remove excess skin and drooping. No face lift procedure affects your forehead or eyes, and for the best possible results you may choose to include a forehead lift or eyelid surgery with your face lift.
A neck lift is often included with a SMAS face lift, as it addresses any sagging skin under your chin and on your neck. If you have excess fat under your chin, or a “double chin”, the fat may be surgically removed or removed with liposuction. A small incision is then made under your chin, and the neck muscles may be pulled together or a portion of them removed to create a smoother silhouette under your skin and crisper angle to the neck. The incision is then closed using sutures, and may be covered with a bandage.
The best results are often seen when a face lift is combined with a brow lift, eyelid surgery, and a neck lift.
Immediately after the procedure, some improvements will be visible, but the final results will become clear once swelling and bruising heal. You will be instructed in advance regarding how to best care for yourself during the initial stages of your recovery.
If you have questions about which facelift options best suit you, schedule a consultation with an experienced professional at Marietta Plastic Surgery. Each facelift or necklift procedure is tailored to meet the goals of the individual, and there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all technique.
A consultation is one of the most important steps of any plastic surgery procedure. During a consultation, you can determine your specific surgical goals and discuss your personal medical history and surgical history.
You will also be able to gain a better understanding of the details of the procedure, including the surgical technique used, recommended course of treatment, and recovery steps. Photographs and measurements of your face will be taken to create a specific surgical plan fit for you.
To learn more about any or all of these procedures, please contact our Atlanta facial plastic surgeons at Marietta Plastic Surgery today to schedule a facial plastic surgery consultation, welcoming patients from Atlanta and Marietta, Georgia, and surrounding states.