If you feel that aging has diminished your natural beauty, or that your face no longer reflects your youthful spirit, facelift surgery can help. When performed by a talented surgeon, the procedure can minimize signs of aging and bring out the qualities that make you uniquely attractive. Read on as Dr. Jonathan Grant, a well-known facelift surgeon serving the Seattle area, explains more about the procedure.
What Facelift Addresses
Facelift surgery is designed to correct age-related problems that may be exacerbated by factors such as gravity, stress, smoking, sun exposure, weight fluctuation and genetics.
Facelift can address the following:
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Deep creases in the cheeks
- Deep creases around the nose and mouth
- Loss of youthful volume, which leads to a “sunken” or “hollow” look
- Jowls and fatty deposits underneath the chin
- Loss of healthy muscle tone in the face and neck
To be clear, facelift does not stop the aging process altogether, nor does it change the fundamental elements of a person’s appearance. Patients continue to age after surgery, albeit with more supported facial soft tissues in the cheek, neck and jawline areas. Facelift turns back the clock in most patients’ eyes by about seven to 10 years and enables the patient to age more gracefully in the coming years.
Facelift techniques have advanced considerably in the past few years. A properly performed facelift can produce beautiful and natural looking results with less downtime and fewer side effects.
The basic elements of a facelift procedure are as follows:
Tighten the facial soft tissues. Facelift tightens and lifts the underlying structures of the face, known as the superficial musculo-aponeurotic system or SMAS.
Improve the facial contours. Facelift smoothes out the cheeks and the jowls and creates a more defined chin and jawline. The neck contour is usually more elegant as well.
Repair loose skin. Facelift removes excess sagging skin and tightens the remaining skin, giving it a firmer and smoother quality.
Facelift surgery can be performed in conjunction with other procedures, like eyelid surgery to rejuvenate fatigued or aging eyes or brow lift to elevate a sagging or furrowed brow line. Every patient interested in facial rejuvenation is personally evaluated by Dr. Grant, who then creates a surgical plan to address all of the patient’s areas of concern.
Schedule a Consultation with Our Facial Plastic Surgeon
To speak with Dr. Grant about your personal age-related concerns, please schedule a consultation by calling (360) 336-1947 or sending us an email.