In time, gravity, sun exposure, and the stresses of daily life take their toll on our faces. Deep creases appear beside the mouth, the jawline slackens, and folds and fat deposits appear on the neck. Facelifts rejuvenate one’s appearance by restoring cheeks, jawlines and neck to more youthful positions and contours thereby relieving the patient of age-related distractions. A facelift can be combined with a brow lift, eyelid surgery or nose reshaping for more dramatic results, or it can be restricted to the neck (neck lift) if the patient is particularly concerned about laxity and the dreaded “double chin.” Incisions are made in inconspicuous places such as behind the hairline and in natural folds of the face and ears, and scars fade to near imperceptions with time.
Though you continue to age after a facelift, the increment of improvement is permanent. In other words, if the average rejuvenated appearance is 15 years, the patient will always look 15 years younger. You jump back on the conveyer belt and you never get back to where you would have been if you had not had the surgery.