What exactly does a facelift do?
As our bodies age, the skin naturally loses its elasticity. As a result, the aging process leads to sagging and wrinkles. A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that tightens and lifts facial tissues to reverse the signs of aging.
Although many different facelift procedures can involve removing excess skin, smoothing out wrinkles, and tightening facial tissues, typically, it does not include a brow or eye lift. However, that surgery is often paired with a facelift procedure for total facial rejuvenation.
A traditional facelift is only focused on the bottom two-thirds of the face and often the neck. There are many reasons patients consider facelifts, but the most common cause is to help reduce the signs of aging.
How does a facelift make you look younger?
During a facelift, Dr. Larsen will reposition the fat and tissue under the skin to help smooth out creases, remove excess skin that causes sagging or what some people refer to as “jowls.” They also lift and notably tighten the facial skin.
How much younger does a facelift make me look?
According to a study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (the American Society of Plastic Surgeons). Patients who have undergone a facelift rate themselves as looking at an average of 12 years younger after facelift surgery.