Your biggest concern with your face might just be that you look older, but what you’re probably noticing are some of the following changes to your face, which the doctors at Atlanta’s Advanced Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Center list as the characteristics of an aging face:
1. Loss of muscle tone and skin elasticity in the face and neck
2. Jowls and deep creases around the nose and mouth
3. Deep wrinkles of the neck and face
4. Tired appearance
5. Less defined chin and sagging neck
All of these characteristics can be treated with a facelift, which tightens the skin of the face from the eyes down to the neck, lifting it into a younger-looking position.
Depending on your particular face and areas needing improvement, your doctor will help come up with a treatment plan tailored to your own needs. While names and methods can certainly vary from doctor to doctor, the doctors at Advanced Aesthetics say your treatment plan will most likely include one of these types of facelifts:
Standard facelift. A standard (or full) facelift is suggested if all five reasons are present, including obvious sagging and noticeable jowls. This approach most aggressively addresses all concerns by removing excess skin; tightening the connective tissues and muscles in the face and neck; and lifting and repositioning the skin. The incisions are hidden in the contour of the ear, around the earlobe, and in the hairline. A small incision under the chin might be included if excess fatty tissue needs to be removed and if the muscle in the neck requires additional smoothing.
Mini facelift. If the primary concern is mild loss of muscle tone and skin elasticity along with a tired appearance, a mini-facelift may be the appropriate procedure. This approach tightens and lifts the skin but includes limited or no work on the neck or musculature and is intended to address minimal signs of aging. Because the incisions are shorter than in a standard facelift, this technique usually has a shorter recovery period. This approach is generally better suited for younger patients with minimal skin laxity.
Short scar facelift. This variation of the mini facelift, technically called an Extended Minimal Access Cranial Suspension (Extended MACS) Lift, is appropriate if mild or moderate skin laxity and jowling are present. It addresses the face only, not the neck, and lifts the face vertically, not to the back. It leaves fewer scars and is less invasive to the face as a whole.