As people get older, the effects of gravity, exposure to the wind and sun, and the stresses of life and smoking, can be seen in their faces. Deep folds can form between the nose and mouth; the jowls begin to form and fat deposits move into undesirable positions, obscuring the jawline and making the face appear “SQUARE”. The neck can also become an area where fat deposits become fuller under the middle of the jaw or “bands” can form in your neck, making you look older and loosing your youthful characteristics. Occasionally facial hollowing appears, especially in the temple areas and sometimes in the mid-face or cheeks and under the eyes. This is known collectively as the “Aging Process”.
While no one can stop this aging process, what a face lift can do is “set the clock back”. The “face lift” can improve the most visible signs of aging by tightening underlying muscles and pulling your jowls off your jaw-line, (removing that square-face look) and re-draping the skin of your face and neck and removing the excess. In addition, by removing excess fat from under your neck, and in some areas replacing fat, a youthful shape is restored. This is usually done in the mid-face cheek area and the temples, and sometimes even placing fat back in the upper lid area to camouflage the bony part above your eye, giving your eyes back their youthful appearance. A face lift can be done alone, or in conjunction with other procedures, such as a neck lift, forehead lift, fat injections(your own fat is used), eyelid surgery, or nose reshaping.
The best candidate for a face lift is a man or woman whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well-defined. Most patients are in their forties to sixties, but face lifts can be done successfully on people in their seventies or eighties as well.
A face lift can make you look younger and fresher and when its done properly, with minimal visible scarring. These procedures can enhance your self-confidence. The incisions must be meticulously placed and closed with minimal tension to avoid visible, widened scars, which would be visible after the surgery.
Choice of anesthesia can be either gentle sedation or complete general anesthesia. This choice would be made keeping in mind your overall medical health and conditions, procedures being done, time expected in the operating room and your own particular desires and level of comfort desired.