Gravity isn’t kind to our skin and underlying tissues. It continually pulls everything downward. The sun isn’t exactly good for our facial skin either, especially here in South Florida where just about every day is a sunny day. As you age, your cheeks lose volume and sag, deep creases form under your eyes and between your nose and mouth, you develop jowls, and loose skin and fat hang under your chin and jaw.
At Cosmetic and Reconstructive Specialists of Florida, Dr. Low and Dr. Cheung can turn back the clock with a facelift, taking 10 to 15 years off of most patients’ facial age.
Areas that facelifts target
The facelift is one of the original cosmetic procedures, the first being performed in Berlin in 1901. The clinical term for a facelift is rhytidectomy (of Greek origin meaning wrinkle + excision). The surgery rejuvenates the mid-to-lower face and neck. These are the target areas of the procedure.
- Mid-face sagging
- Deep creases under the eyes
- Nasolabial folds (laugh lines)
- Sagging cheeks
- Loose skin and fat under the chin and jaw
It doesn’t address your entire face
Some people misunderstand the term “facelift.” They assume the surgery addresses aging on the entire face. But as noted above, facelifts target the mid- and lower face. They do not rejuvenate the brows or eyelids. To address these areas, some patients combine a facelift with a brow lift or eyelid surgery. Botox is also effective on the upper third of the face.
A traditional facelift rejuvenates the face, jowls, and neck. For these procedures, Dr. Low and Dr. Cheung make an incision that begins in the hairline at the temple, moves down around the front of the ear, then behind the earlobe, ending in the lower scalp at the hairline. After the skin is lifted, underlying fat is sculpted or removed, muscle and tissue is repositioned, and excess skin is trimmed then re-draped.
Other techniques employed are a mid-face lift that mainly targets the cheeks and smile lines and a limited-incision facelift that targets the areas around the mouth and eyes. A MACS Lift (minimal access cranial suspension) is another option. All of these techniques involve only small incisions that are easily hidden. These other methods offer less expansive rejuvenation, however, due to the limited incisions.
The hot Ft. Lauderdale summer is a good time to have facelift surgery, as you can lay low in the air conditioning for a few weeks during your recovery. Call us at (954) 533-8029 to schedule a consultation for a facelift.