Facelift Fundamentals

Facial rejuvenation procedures like facelifts surgically reposition aging muscles, fat and tissue to reestablish facial volume and get rid of excess skin.

Before surgery, your plastic surgeon may mark the areas on your face where incisions will be made before anesthesia is administered. An incision is made at the edge of the hairline or in the hairline at the temples that continues around the ear, down to the back of the scalp, allowing for facial fat to be sculpted or redistributed to areas that have lost volume, like cheeks and jowls. Loose muscles underneath the skin are tightened up, and any excess fat is removed. Finally, the skin is re-draped and pulled taut.

It's important to note that a facelift alone will not eliminate all of your wrinkles, which is why the procedure may be performed in conjunction with deep chemical peels and laser resurfacing. Adding fat or fillers can also restore a more youthful, natural appearance.

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