Unfortunately, signs of aging, tiredness, and stress are first visible on face. To combat aging, mini face lifts, face lifts and eyebrow lifts are done as common procedures. It is important to remember that aging is a natural process and cannot be stopped altogether; however, face lifts can help reduce the appearance of aging. The least invasive type of face lift is a mini face lift, or an S lift. Incisions are made near the hairline behind the ear to reposition skin and soft tissue and lift the bottom part of the face. This can either target the cheekbone and jaw line area or the neck and jowl area.
Face lifts are usually performed together with brow lifts to get the full effect. Face lifts are done on people who are seeing loose or sagging skin, loss of muscle tone, deep creases or bags under the eyes, or increased fat deposits under the chin that create a double chin. The procedure is done under general anesthesia. Incisions are usually made behind the ear near the hairline and continue to the lower scalp and back of the neck. From this position, the surgeon will be able to pull the skin back to “lift” the face. Facial deep tissues are repositioned and tightened with sutures. Muscles are also lifted and fat can be removed or redistributed to other areas of the face to create a smooth contour. Any excess skin is removed, and the incisions are closed. There will be initial bruising and swelling, which should reduce within 2-3 days. Full healing should occur within 5-10 days, but be careful not to strain.
Brow lifts lift the forehead to reduce the appearance of wrinkles from creasing and aging. The eyebrow lift is done under general anesthesia. Underlying tissues and muscles are repositioned and pulled to correct the creases and lines of the forehead. In the classic type, one long incision is made within the hairline to hide the scars. In a newer surgery, an endoscope is inserted through smaller incisions for the surgeon to better see the microstructures of the face. This is less invasive. Eye lifts can also be done to reduce the appearance of lid bags under the eye and eliminate puffiness around the eye.
The risks of face surgery include bleeding, infection, poor wound healing, and scarring. With face lifts, complications include numbness and loss of sensation from anesthesia, irregularities in the contour, skin sensitivity, and asymmetry once the facial tissues have settled.
The benefits of face lifts are that they create a youthful look and reduce the appearance of aging. Years of worry and stress can be removed with brow lifts and face lifts to give you a more relaxed look.