The aging process, which can be accelerated by excessive sun exposure and smoking, causes a loss of skin elasticity, loss of volume in the face, and shrinking of the facial bony skeleton. The result is sagging of the cheeks, jawline, and neck tissues. A Rhytidectomy, or Facelift, is a procedure that reverses these changes by tightening both the deeper muscle layer (SMAS) as well as the loose, excess skin. A Facelift almost always includes lifting and tightening the neck as well.
A properly performed Facelift leaves the individual looking refreshed, rested, and younger without looking operated upon. This operation is performed on persons ranging in age from 40s to 80s, and can be performed independently or in conjunction with other facial plastic surgery procedures, including Eyelid Surgery, Check or Chin Implant, Forehead Lift, or Rhinoplasty.