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Face and Neck Lift

This procedure is designed to reduce the signs of aging. Depending on patients. Preoperative appearance and desires, it may involve more or less advanced approaches.

Facelifting procedures are designed to improve the appearance of an aging face. Surgery may include minimally invasive "mid-face lift" designed to correct early signs of aging or involve more complex face and neck lifting techniques.

At what age should someone have a facelift?

This decision can be only determined by the one’s discomfort with the aging face and desire to look better and younger. Although traditionally facelifts were performed on people in their fifties and sixties and even seventies, nowadays the majority of the patients undergo their first facelift in their forties. Although the results are not as striking as for the people in more advanced age, these procedures, when done relatively early, allow people to maintain their youthful and healthy appearance.

What is a "mid-face" lift?

This endoscopic, technically innovative procedure is designed to correct early signs of facial aging usually associated with a cheek flattening and droop. It is performed through minimally invasive incisions strategically placed in the hair-covered area and inside the mouth. Usually, it is combined with endoscopic brow lift and sometimes with eyelid lift.

What is a facelift?

Traditionally, a facelift is designed to tighten the skin and raise it back up. Although in rare cases desirable results may be achieved by "skin only" tightening and repositioning, in most circumstances a more advanced approach is optimal. This involves not only skin layer surgery but also repositioning and tightening of the loose facial and neck musculature and fascia (SMAS). In most cases, extra fat deposits in the neck are removed through the liposuction techniques. The incision for a facelift usually begins in the hair-covered area near the temple and continues in front of the ear, around the ear lobe, behind the ear and back into the hair. This incision placement makes the scars well hidden. The procedure takes usually about 3 hours, depending on the complexity of the case. Face lifting is performed either under general anesthesia or under IV sedation.