Face Lift Patient Education Guide

In an attempt to regain a youthful appearance, the ever-increasing older segment of the population often seeks to thwart the inevitable ravages of time by seeking a facelift procedure. This is a cosmetic surgery correction to target skin looseness causing facial and necklines or skin sagging. The aging effects are seen as hanging, excess skin, loss of volume or fat loss in the face, and sun damage.

Aging of the face and neck is caused by:

  • Sun exposure
  • Heredity
  • Gravity
  • Smoking and other personal habits

Results of aging involve:

  • Fine skin lines converting to deep furrows
  • More pronounced crevices
  • Crow’s feet (lines lateral to the eyes)
  • Skin sagging
  • Development of jowls along the jaw line
  • Eyelid and eyebrow droop
  • “Turkey neck”

While cosmetic surgery does not prevent skin aging, one can expect a more youthful, refreshed appearance and often a boost in confidence or self-esteem. The best candidates for face lifts are:

  • Those enjoying good health
  • Those with reasonable expectations of the results
  • Those with a thorough understanding of the procedure that has been selected (including how and why a particular option was chosen)
  • Those who have thoroughly discussed the process with the surgeon
  • Those with a degree of loose skin


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