Sagging facial skin affects countless adults. The effects of gravity, loss of supportive tissue and folding of the dermal layers cause the skin to droop around the eyes, mouth and jawline. The skin on the neck is similarly affected.
A facelift is a minimally invasive procedure to correct this problem. In most cases, it is an outpatient treatment that doesn’t require a hospital stay. The results are often permanent because the skin is actually pulled upward, with the excess cut away.
If you are considering a surgical treatment to correct the problem of sagging skin, we encourage you to learn more about the benefits of a facelift.
When is a Facelift Recommended?
Mature adults with sagging facial skin begin to notice changes in their overall appearance, particularly the shape of their face. It begins to look a bit more rectangular, with the jawline features becoming less sharp.
When skin on the face sags, the creases around the eyes look bigger and deeper. Jowls are more pronounced. Vertical skin bands on the neck become larger and produce shadows that make the person much less photogenic.
A facelift, known in medical circles as a rhytidectomy, corrects these problems by pulling the skin upward. Excess tissue is removed, and the result is smoother skin without the sagging or wrinkles. It should be noted that a facelift does not treat the health of the skin itself.
How the Procedure is Done
Before we perform a facelift, we consult with the client and determine the extent of the sagging and examine the thickness of the supporting tissue.
Quite often, excess fat has accumulated in the areas where the folds are most prominent. A traditional facelift pulls the skin upward and excess skin is cut away.
Although the results can last for many years, keep in mind that environmental factors, diet and overall skin health will likely determine how long the positive effects last.
Some individuals need no further cosmetic treatment, but other clients may desire to have the procedure repeated as they continue to age.
The effects of a facelift are immediate. The skin becomes firmly re-attached very quickly and the smoothness is quite visible.
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Serving patients in the San Antonio and Austin areas, the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas can help restore a more youthful appearance to your face with a facelift.