The face lift surgery can be designed to correct problems in the neck, under the jaw and/or chin and in the cheeks. Though singular in name, “facelift” actually referrs to a set of surgeries to rejuvenate the face by lifting tissues into a more youthful contour, and removing excess skin to give a more vibrant look. A common area of concern are the jowls, which are well addressed with a mini facelift. This is a smaller variant of the face lift, with a shorter surgery and recovery time. Aimed at tightening the jawline, the mini facelift is a sought after procedure for men and women as early as their 40s. Less surgery usually translates to a faster recovery, with most patients looking non-surgical to the outside world in 2 weeks or so. Patients with more advanced facial aging requiring more extensive work to address the descent of the cheeks, jawline, and neckline can be candidates for a deep plane facelift, which is uses a multi-layered technique to reposition the deep tissues of the face and neck. The mid-facelift, which addresses sagging in the cheek or middle third of the face, tends to be more common with younger patients, while patients with more facial aging often require a full facelift to address aging in the lower two-thirds of the face. Facelifts are always tailored to individual patients’ anatomy and areas of concern, and can be combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as the eyelid lift (blepharoplasty), chin implants to further contour the jawline, fat transfer to restore facial volume, and laser resurfacing to improve skin quality and tone.
How to determine the appropriate facelift procedure: Today more women and men are considering a facelift or mini facelift to help restore their face to a more youthful appearance. No longer do you have to worry about a facelift giving you a “plastic” or pulled look. Dr. Kundaria’s facelift patients tell us that their family and friends say that they look just like themselves, just more youthful, refreshed, and vibrant. Facelift surgery restores a more pleasing contour to your face and neck. A facelift can be done alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as a forehead lift, eyelid surgery, or nose reshaping. At your consultation visit, Dr. Kundaria will discuss these procedure options. Are you a facelift candidate? Facelifts have been successfully performed on patients as young as 40 years old and as old as 80. If your face and neck have started to sag, you may be a good candidate. Dr. Kundaria can assess your skin’s elasticity and help you determine the appropriate procedure for you.