The signs of aging in the face aren’t hard to recognize. Though some folks are more fortunate in the gene department than others, sooner or later we all notice them. Feeling positive and youthful inside sometimes doesn’t match the lines, wrinkles, and loss of tone we see in the mirror.
So where do you start with surgery to renew the face? Although the word “facelift” has been around since the 1930s, the term can be a bit misleading; a facelift addresses only the mid-face and neck, not every facial feature. Maybe you don’t know that there are actually a number of different procedures that specifically target various age-related issues. Let’s look at several features affected by aging, and discuss what can be done to rejuvenate the entire face.
- Sunken cheeks, sagging jowls, and a crepe-y neck reveal the passage of time. Facelift surgery is designed to lift and remove the slack skin from the mid-face (cheeks), jowls and neck. With this procedure, lines and wrinkles are smoothed as the surgeon tightens deep facial tissue and trims extra skin, sometimes removing excess fat.
- Excess skin in the upper eyelids and bags below the eyes are common signs of advancing age. Heavy, droopy skin above your eyes can make you look half-awake. An eyelid lift can address concerns about both upper and lower lids. To keep incisions as unobtrusive as possible, they are made along natural creases in the eye area. Excess skin and fat are removed and then the incisions are closed with very fine sutures. An eyelid lift complements a facelift because it gives the skin around the eyes a similar degree of youthful smoothness.
- Horizontal creases and “frown lines” in the forehead can give you a tired or worried look. And just as an eyelid lift can remove years from lids, a brow lift takes care of the forehead. When the brow is repositioned, the eyebrows are also raised. The rejuvenation from an eyelid lift can be balanced out by a smooth brow.
While we can’t alter the passage of time, we can change its effects on the face. Each of these concerns can be addressed separately, of course, and one procedure may be sufficient for you. But for a comprehensive approach to correct facial aging, consider the cosmetic surgery equation that brightens the eyes and lifts years off the entire face: facelift + browlift + eyelid lift = total rejuvenation.