Facelift and Neck Lifts
Facelifting is an art and a science. Each person and each face are unique with aging characteristics that necessitate thorough evaluation to determine which features might be considered for improvement. Review of photographs taken in younger years are helpful to suggest goals to be achieved. Typically, the loss of elasticity and continual pull of gravity create changes in our faces that result in deepening of the folds of our face, jowling and descent of the soft tissue into the lower face. Before any procedures are considered, correct skin care is essential to optimize the condition of the skin. Less invasive procedures including botox and fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm may be indicated. Face and neck suspension procedures, such as a facelift or platysmaplasty (tightening of the neck muscles) can elevate the soft tissue to a more youthful state. For an overview of facelift procedures, click on this Facelift link. Dr. Remington prefers to use minimal incision techniques and less undermining to still get the result we wish, but with less recovery down time. An important point is to suspend the underlying soft tissue (called the submusculoaponeurotic system, or “SMAS”) for a more natural and longer lasting facelift. Recovery of two to three weeks is common and most patients report little discomfort and a rapid return to their activities.