A More Youthful Look for Women and Men in the Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, and Philadelphia Areas
The face is central to one's appearance and commonly our most distinguishing feature. Countless men and women seek facial rejuvenation procedures to regain their youthful look. A facelift, otherwise known as rhytidectomy, is the pinnacle of these procedures.
Sun damage, skin type, previous skin care, and smoking history all impact the way we age. People notice new lines and wrinkles, skin quality changes, and skin sagging in many places. For this reason, each facelift is a unique compilation of procedures geared toward the desires the individual patient. When it comes to performing a facelift, Philadelphia-area plastic surgeon Dr. Laura Gowen understands that precision is key. She and her team, based in Bryn Mawr and Newtown Square, work to provide their patients with the results they seek by tightening loose skin on the face.
For many people, the aging process prominently impacts the cheeks, as well as the chin and neck area. In the mirror, they see a loss of definition and contour, changing what was once a face with clear, sleek features into one with jowls, neck bands, or simply sagging skin. A facelift addresses this issue by lifting the soft tissues and removing excess skin.
What is a Facelift?
Specifically, a facelift at the Philadelphia area's Cirillo Center for Plastic Surgery involves several steps intended to restore a more youthful shape to the face.
A traditional facelift includes an incision that begins in the hairline, just above the level of the eyes, then travels down around the earlobe and ends at the base of the scalp. The incision for a facelift may be longer or shorter, depending on the specific regions of the face to be addressed by the surgery. If extensive work is being done on the neck, a separate incision underneath the chin may be necessary. Placement of all of these incisions is very intentional, as any scars will be hidden within the hair or disguised in natural folds, lines, and creases.
The incisions will be used to gain access to the tissue beneath the skin. Depending on the needs of each patient, this step may include fat removal or repositioning, as well as a muscle tightening. Next, the skin is pulled tight over the newly contoured tissue and sutured into place. Any excess skin will be removed.
The goal is to provide natural, age-appropriate results and keep any evidence of a surgery to a minimum.
Does a Facelift Include a Neck Lift?
The traditional facelift is frequently performed with a neck lift, known as a platysmaplasty. This procedure includes tightening the superficial muscles of the neck, known as the platysma muscles, to lessen the appearance of neck banding.
The incision for a neck lift alone is essentially the lower portion of a traditional facelift incision. It begins in front of the ear, wraps around the earlobe, and ends at the base of the scalp. To allow appropriate access to the neck muscles, an incision underneath the chin is sometimes needed as well.
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What Happens After a Facelift?
As with any surgical procedure, there will be some swelling and bruising after a facelift. When this subsides, and once any bandages are removed, you will be able to see the new contours and the effects of the tightening.
Know that while the results of a facelift can be long-lasting, your face and skin will continue to age, which might eventually lead to new drooping and sagging. Patients who want to know about the long-term effects of a facelift, as well as what their options are when it comes to maintaining a youthful-looking face and healthy skin, can bring their questions to Dr. Laura Gowen for answers.
Final Words on Facelift in the Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, and Philadelphia Area
A facelift tightens the skin in the middle and lower part of the face, so patients who want to address wrinkles and lines on their forehead with surgery may consider a brow lift, which focuses on the area above the eyebrows. A blepharoplasty specifically targets the eyelid region, which may droop or appear puffy as the years go by. Any combination of these procedures can be performed at the same time to rejuvenate your face's look and feel.
While a facelift does tighten skin, it does not change the skin quality or tone. Patients who want to address spots, marks, or fine lines and wrinkles can consider adding non-surgical treatments to their experience. These include dermal fillers, Botox®, laser resurfacing, and/or chemical peels. Patients should talk to Dr. Laura Gowen about all of their options when it comes to getting a younger-looking face. The most important thing is for each patient to find the combination that works best when it comes to achieving his or her goals. Each person is unique, so each plan will be, too.