Throughout life, various elements such as stress, gravity, aging, and radiation from the sun cause the skin to sag and fat deposits to shift. The jawline and other areas of the lower face and neck are especially prone to these gradual changes. Wrinkles and other signs of aging can make individuals feel that they look older than they really are. A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgery that smooths and tightens the tissues of the lower face and neck. This procedure can provide a fresh and youthful appearance to help you look and feel young again.
Facelift surgical techniques are always customized to the patient’s needs. Dr. Schlechter will evaluate your needs and determine how best to rejuvenate the tissues of your lower face and neck. The facelift operation is performed on an outpatient basis under IV sedation. Incisions extend from the scalp near the temple around the back of the ear, then along the scalp high behind the ear. The deeper tissues of the lower face are carefully suspended to help restore volume. Excess skin is trimmed away to correct sagging, folds, and wrinkles. A small incision is also placed under the chin, and fat is removed from the neck. The underlying neck and facial muscles are tightened to rejuvenate the facial contours. Depending on the location and extent of skin laxity, facelifts range from mini (less invasive) to standard (more invasive).