Creating a More Youthful Look for Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, Philadelphia, and the Main Line

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.

Contact Cirillo Center for Plastic Surgery to discuss a facelift. To schedule a facelift consultation with Dr. Laura Gowen in our Bryn Mawr office, Please BOOK ONLINE, call 610.672.0500, or Contact Us.

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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.

Laura A. Gowen, MD
Plastic Surgery

Meet Plastic Surgeon
Laura A. Gowen, M.D.

Board-certified and breast-fellowship trained plastic surgeon Laura A. Gowen, M.D., draws on her extensive experience and uses advanced techniques to create beautiful, natural results for both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery patients.

Laura A. Gowen, MD

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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The team at Cirillo Center for Plastic Surgery is ready to speak with you about a facelift in the Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, and Philadelphia area. To schedule a facelift consultation with Dr. Laura Gowen in our Bryn Mawr office, Please BOOK ONLINE, call 610.672.0500, or Contact Us.

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