As your skin loses elasticity and the face loses volume, everything can begin to sag. From lines across the forehead and eyebrows that descend closer to the eyes to sagging cheeks, jowls and neck skin, the entire face can change. While a traditional facelift can address some of these issues, it is not a complete neck to brow procedure. Here is a breakdown of the different facial lift procedures that are used together to create a complete face and neck rejuvenation from top to bottom.
Facelifts do not impact the brow area at all, which can make the face look unbalanced if the brow is showing signs of aging. There are various options in brow lifts, including endoscopic techniques, that can be used to remove excess skin to smooth and tighten the forehead while lifting the eyebrows.
Blepharoplasty is often combined with a brow lift when rejuvenating the upper face. Both the upper and lower eyelids can be carefully lifted and tightened to refresh the eyes. The extra skin and fat are removed to reduce droopy upper eyelid and bags under the eyes.
Facelifts can impact the lower cheeks but do not lift the buccal fat pads in the upper checks. A midface lift or cheek lift is needed to reshape the cheeks for a more youthful position. This can be performed with a traditional facelift to rejuvenate from the upper neck to below the eyes.
A rhytidectomy, or facelift, uses incisions near the ears to remove excess skin and elevate the skin and tissues in the lower face. This procedure defines the jawline and reduces jowls, rejuvenating the lower third of the face.
A lower rhytidectomy, or neck lift, addresses the excess skin and tissue on the neck. This is often combined with a facelift to create a youthful neck and lower face.
There is not one procedure that can rejuvenate the entire face, but many procedures can be paired and completed together for less recovery time. Many people complete different lift surgeries in stages to create the desired effect. If you are interested in facial rejuvenation procedures, contact our team at the practice of Eric Cerrati, MD, FACS. Call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cerrati.
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