One of the more common plastic surgeries available is the facelift, or the rhytidectomy—literally, in Greek—removal of wrinkles. This procedure, although gone about many different ways, results in a more youthful appearance and smoother, less wrinkles. Face lifts usually include removing excess skin around the face and redraping skin around the face and neck. It can be combined with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).
The history of the facelift goes back to the early 20th century, where a facelift was much simpler but not as effective. Nowadays, facelifts are conducted under deep twilight sleep or general anaesthesia—and there are many different ways of going about one. Dr. Matthew Lynch will sit down with you to go over your options. Some of the types of face lifts include the least invasive, a mini facelift, to a full facelift, which essentially brings your facial structure back to its youthful appearance.
In a full facelift, the parts of your face that hold the cheek fat – the SMAS (superficial musculo aponeurotic system) is repositioned so that your face not only looks younger, it looks younger naturally. Dr. Lynch will gently place your skin the way it was before sun, wind and the elements aged your face, allowing you to look the way you wish.
A mini facelift, also called an S lift because of the incision used, is for those who have the favored features of a firm and well-contoured neck, and can be a good solution for those with premature aging. An incision is made at the hairline around the ear, which hides the scar in the natural folds of the skin.
There are always new developments and breakthroughs in surgery; if you are considering a facelift, feel free to contact our practice to book an appointment for your consultation today.