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How Will a Facelift Help Me?

Posted July 26, 2017 in Facelift Surgery

Portrait of happy smiling beautiful young woman touching skinEvery morning when we look in the mirror, our face is the first thing we notice, and it is at this time we look upon it the most critically, when the final moments of sleep are still present and we have yet to wash, moisturize, or apply makeup. And after years of doing this, you may notice that all those years have taken a toll, leaving you with a face that doesn’t look the way it once did and may not represent the way you still feel inside. As our face ages, we lose skin thickness, facial fat, and muscle tone. When the muscles and facial tissues relax, we are left with sagging features and wrinkled skin. And while expensive skin creams, moisturizers, and years of sunscreen can help to minimize these effects, there is no absolute way to avoid aging. It is here that facelifts can come into play; facelift surgery can subtract years from your facial appearance. It is for this reason that facelift surgery is among the five most common cosmetic surgeries, with well over 100,000 performed last year alone.

What Does a Facelift Do?

Facelift surgery (also known as rhytidectomy) is designed to remove excess skin from along the cheeks and jawline (jowls) while repositioning the underlying tissues. The skin is then redraped smoothly over the tightened tissue. Often, along with the lifting and tightening of the tissues, there is some element of fat grafting. Fat grafting means harvesting fat from another part of your body and reinserting the purified fat to fill areas of volume loss that may have left you with hollows and/or wrinkles. Commonly, fat is added to the cheekbones, to the chin, around the mouth, and even to the “tear trough” area. This new fullness allows the face to regain its youthful and natural appearance.

Each person’s face is different based on their age, heredity, and lifestyle. While facelifts focus on tightening the mid to lower face, they are also individualized and tailored to fit the goals of the patient. Facelift techniques vary from mini to broad in order to meet the extent of correction needed. Other procedures may be combined with your facelift, such as a brow lift, eyelid lift, neck lift, or BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, to improve other areas that might make you feel self-conscious.

Are You a Candidate?

While the majority of facelifts are performed on patients who are 55 and over, patients can start to consider the procedure in their mid to late 40s. However, more so than age, the best candidate for this type of procedure is one whose face shows many of the signs. Whether you have sagging skin, deep creases and lines around your mouth, cheeks that have become thin or gaunt, excess skin in your neck, or loss of muscle tone, a facelift can turn back the clock and allow you to feel revitalized and refreshed to bring your inner energy and youth outward.

If you have noticed changes in your face and are interesting in doing something about it, a facelift may be the answer you are looking for. For more information or to set up a consultation with Dr. Grotting, call our Birmingham office at (205) 930-1600 or fill out our online contact form. Dr. Grotting is a clinical professor of plastic surgery and a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience, and he is interested in meeting with you today!

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