With the life expectancy and age of retirement for the average American increasing, it is easy to understand why more and more individuals opt to have a facelift to eliminate the signs of facial aging. The onset of aging plays an important role in the welfare of many men and women. Most individuals feel vigorous and energetic, and thus younger than they look. Looking older than you feel can create psychological stress. In fact, it can also have a social and economic impact, as many potential patients are competing against more youthful appearing co-workers. A facelift can make a person look as vital, vibrant and competent as they truly are.

The aging process actually begins in the mid-to-late 20s and impacts the face in many ways. The skin, fat, muscles and bones all change. With time and age, the fatty soft tissues atrophy or collect in undesired areas. This, in combination with the relentless pull of gravity and the fact that the skull becomes thinner and smaller, causes formation of sagging facial tissues as well as loose, flappy skin on the neck. The loss of elasticity to the skin, along with degenerative changes in the collagen, create deepening lines and furrows brought on by years of facial movement and expression. Everyone ages differently, so the procedure(s) required to reverse the aging process will vary.

A facelift is surgery that repositions sagging facial skin in order to provide a natural, more youthful appearance. Rhytidoplasty and rhytidectomy are the medical terms used to describe the facelift operation. Facelift is accomplished by lifting and tightening the lax muscles and fatty tissues of the face and neck and removing loose, sagging skin. The deep-plane portion of the facelift tightens the “weak neck muscles” and facial connective tissues underneath the skin of the cheeks and lifts the sagging mid-cheek tissues. 

The facelift is divided into two components: the cheek-jowl lift and the neck lift. Most patients require a lifting of both components in a standard facelift. In selected patients, only one of the two procedures may be recommended. Some patients may require a full forehead lift in conjunction with their facelift to accomplish their overall personal goals. This is a different and separate procedure than a facelift.

Dr. Perkins discusses this individually with each patient during their personal consultation. The amount of improvement will depend on the amount of tissue sagging and wrinkling that is present before surgery. If the operation is completed earlier in the aging process, a patient can anticipate an energetic, refreshed look. A person who has waited longer can expect even more dramatic results, especially if there is significant wrinkling and sagging.

Dr. Perkins utilizes computerized video imaging to show patients what their result will potentially look like prior to having their surgery – in comparison to their “pre-surgery” photos. This enables Dr. Perkins to engage in a dialogue with patients to understand their desires, likes and dislikes.

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