One of the most common procedures for those who want to combat the signs of aging is a facelift. The facelift is used to “lift” the skin of the face upwards to reduce skin laxity. It eliminates sagging as well as fine lines and wrinkles. If done correctly, patients still look like themselves, but with a more youthful appearance. Patients considering facelift surgery should have realistic expectations of the results.
There are various types of facelifts including full facelifts and mid facelifts. Some patients may want a more targeted approach such as eyebrow lifts or forehead lifts, which specifically address the upper portion of the face.
As with any surgical procedure, there are specific techniques used to perform a facelift. It involves the tightening or modification of the superficial muscular aponeurotic system, or SMAS. This is the layer of muscle underneath the skin of the face. When tightened and modified, it can pull the facial skin upward.
Most facelifts are completed with incisions behind the hair line. Scarring typically occurs from this procedure, but if within the hair, it often goes unseen by others. This is a great way to reduce the signs of having “work done” and allow patients to stay confident with their appearance.
Facelifts do require patients to take some time off of work and other activities for proper healing. They may need to take pain medication and come into the practice for bandage changes. Special care should be taken around the incision sites, as there may be an increased risk of infection, a concern with any and all surgical procedures.
If you live in the area of Manhattan, New York and want to speak to Dr. Edmund Kwan, MD about a facelift or other surgical procedures used to turn back the hands of time, contact him today by calling [phone1]. We can schedule a consultation appointment during which patients speak to a professional about the surgical options available for addressing aesthetic concerns.