Even though your face and body age at roughly the same rate, your face tends to show the signs of aging first. Aging causes your body to slow its production of collagen, elastin, and other important components that keep you skin tight and smooth. This production decrease usually manifests in loose or sagging skin and lines and wrinkles around your face.
Lift procedures for your face help you tighten and smooth out your skin so your face can look younger. There are different lift procedures available depending on how your face is aging. These include the facelift, brow lift, and eye lift.
Loose, sagging skin often accumulates around the lower half of your face due to gravity. As your skin sags, it creates jowls and wrinkles around your mouth. You may also have loose skin around your neck or under your chin. This creates a turkey waddle effect if it gets severe enough. When your skin loosens up, fat deposits under your skin tend to migrate down and settle around the lower half of your face and neck, which can make you look a little heavy set.
Facelift surgery improves your appearance by lifting the soft tissue around your jawline and returning it to its proper position. Incisions are made at your hairline and extending around your ears for easy concealment. If you have extra fatty deposits around your jaw, they are removed through the incisions with gentle liposuction. The soft tissue is then lifted and pulled back towards the incision. If there is extra soft tissue because the skin has sagged too much, that may also be removed. After the skin is tightened, it is secured with sutures.
A facelift won’t restore your face to the same youthfulness you had as a teenager, but it can remove up to ten years of age. Tightening your skin in the lower half of your face improves the definition of your jaw, reduces wrinkles around your mouth, and smooths out your skin. After about two weeks when much of the swelling has resolved, you’ll be able to see the full results of the procedure.
People often confuse the browlift procedure with a facelift, but it actually treats a completely separate area of the face. The brow lift is also known as a forehead lift and it treats everything above your eyes. The skin in your forehead ages in a similar way to the lower half of your face. It begins to sag and pull downward towards your eyes. This may cause your eyebrows to droop or become puffy. Wrinkles also begin to form across your forehead and between your eyebrows. If left unchecked, you may develop a tired or angry appearance around your forehead.
Brow lift surgery is similar to facelift surgery. An incision is made across your forehead, just behind your hairline. If needed, the soft tissue can be pulled back so fat deposits can be removed or relocated. The muscles in your forehead can also be repaired and extra soft tissue can be trimmed. The skin is then lifted back to the incision site and secured in place with sutures.
The results of your brow lift are usually visible after about a week. Swelling or bruising may be present after the procedure, but will go away after a few days. Any bandages or sutures may be removed within this period, as well. After your recovery, you will notice that your face appears brighter and younger.
The eyes are usually among the first areas of the face to show signs of aging. The skin around your eyes is very thin and susceptible to change. The underlying muscles help you create facial expressions which are often linked to wrinkles like crow's feet. Repeated contractions of these muscles cause your skin to develop permanent folds which eventually turn into wrinkles. Aging also affects your eyelids. The upper eyelids tend to droop or sag while the lower eyelids may develop puffiness or a hollow appearance.
An eye lift surgery can address issues with your eyelids and the surrounding area. If you have an upper eyelid that is drooping, an upper eye lift may improve it. If you have puffiness beneath the eyes as a result of fat deposits descending, a lower eye lift may be more beneficial. The different procedures in an eye lift may be done in different combinations to achieve the best results. For an upper eye lift, an incision is made along the natural crease of the upper eyelid to lift the skin. In a lower eye lift, the incision is located along the lash line or just inside of the lower eyelid. The incisions give the surgeon access to move fat deposits and tighten the skin, just like other lift surgeries. After the procedure, your eyes will be noticeably more alert and younger-looking.
Each of these lift procedures focuses on a different area of the face, but that doesn’t mean that you are limited in your choices. It’s actually very common for lift procedures to be performed at the same time. Doing so allows for maximum results and also prevents the patient from needing to come in for additional surgery. The right lift procedure or procedures for you will depend on how your face is aging and what issues you would like addressed. Consulting with a plastic surgeon is the best way to determine your ideal procedures.
To schedule a patient consultation for lift surgery with Dr. Haitham Masri of the Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, call (866) 487-3223 or utilize the Contact page. Dr. Masri offers each of these lift procedures and more to help his patients look their best and feel confident in their appearance.