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Is Facelift Surgery For You

Oct 22, 2007
Sun exposure and the aging process cause changes in the face of the mature adult. These changes are a deepening crease between the nose and mouth, fatty deposits under the chin, and a loss of definition in the jawline. Laxity of the neck skin further exaggerates the aging appearance. These changes are illustrated graphically to the right.

The deep plane lift is a layered approach that allows tightening of the interlacing network of connective tissues joining the facial muscles underneath the skin. This procedure provides a longer lasting and more favorable result compared to just tightening the skin. Fat is removed from under the chin through a small incision. This enhances the jawline and tightens the muscles in the neck.

The surgery takes about four hours to perform. Patients may elect to be entirely asleep or under sedation. Sutures are removed after seven days following the facelift.

A growing number of men and women are beginning to have facial surgery performed in their early forties rather than waiting for the effects of aging to become more dramatic.

A face lift can help such individuals restore youthful vibrance and energy to the face. The effects of time are virtually undone to restore an individual's face and to remove many of the effects of time and aging. Plastic surgeons accomplish such effects by working with wrinkles, tightening the skin, removing fat deposits, and by tightening the underlying muscles of the face.

This not only helps to restore the physical appearance of the patient, but also restores self-confidence and respect to the patient.

A face lift is a very individualized procedure in which your goals should be realistically determined and discussed with your physician. Together you will determine what specific procedures will be performed.

A face lift is often performed in conjunction with other procedures such as a brow lift, nose job, or eye surgery. Once your goals have been determined you will set a date for this procedure and will be given instructions about how to prepare.

When the date for your face lift has arrived, you should plan on the surgery taking several hours or more depending on which procedures you are having performed. There is no set procedure for how a face lift is performed, as each individual's face is different and may have different requirements.

However, many cosmetic surgeons will determine the best placement for incisions used to remove fat deposits and to tighten skin and muscle tissues. Incisions are often placed in the scalp so that they will be less visible, and if work is done on the neck area, the incision is usually placed under the chin.

The skin and muscle tissues will often be separated so that fat deposits can be removed to improve the overall shape of the face. The cosmetic surgeon in Alabama will then tighten the muscle and skin tissues and remove any excess skin. Finally, the skin is pulled back into position and pinned in place. All procedures are performed with anesthesia to minimize any discomfort or pain
About the Author
Dave Stringham is the President of LookingYourBest.com an online resource for plastic surgery procedures. Learn more about facelifts and other plastic surgery procedures.
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