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In a facelift, the majority of work is preformed on the structures beneath the skin. A layer of deep tissue accounts for much of the loosening that occurs with age. This layer is repositioned to restore the natural curves of the face. Each layer of the facial tissue must be adjusted to provide a pleasing, long lasting result. Excess skin is then removed and gently re-draped over the face. Sometimes, fat transfer and/or facial implants are recommended with a facelift in order to restore volume lost with age.

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Most patients who undergo facelift surgery are in their forties to sixties, but facelifts can be done successfully on people in their seventies and eighties as well. Typical concerns that may be addressed by a facelift are:

  • Change in the shape of the face
  • The appearance of jowls or fullness along the jaw line
  • Loose facial and/or neck skin
  • Fullness and/or “banding” in the neck
  • Improve folds of the face (e.g., nasolabial fold)
  • Reposition a “droopy cheek”

A facelift, eyelid plastic surgery and neck lift procedures can make you look younger and refreshed, but should not distort your appearance or give you an unnatural look. It will also not restore the vitality of your youth. Before you decide to have a face lift, neck lift, eye lift or other cosmetic surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon. For more information, click here.