Gravity, time, and weathering are all unfortunate culprits in the loosening and sagging of your skin. No matter how young you feel on the inside, your wrinkles, jowls, and folds are a testament to your age. At West End Facial Plastic Surgery in Richmond, Virginia, double board-certified plastic surgeon Robert Schmidt, MD, and the team can’t turn back time, but they can give you a facelift to awaken and revive your appearance. To schedule a consultation, call The West End office or book online today.
A facelift is a surgical procedure used to tighten the skin on your face and pull it upwards to fight gravity. Over time, your skin loosens and starts to work its way down as gravity pulls it.
The results are more than just a few wrinkles: you might get eye bags, jowls, and other dropping areas of skin and folds.
Several lifestyle factors contribute to this process, including smoking, sunbathing, and avoiding moisturizers. Overall, the main culprits are factors beyond your control. Your skin loses collagen and elastin protein fibers over time that are responsible for keeping it tight and firm. Sagging jowls and other features might also come from your genetics, which you can’t change.
Thankfully, a facelift allows you some control over what you look like despite heavy wrinkles and folds. Your surgeon reviews the severity of these features on your face to develop a strategy to fix them and give you a more youthful appearance that doesn’t look overdone.
Facelift surgery is most popular among men and women ages 40-70, a time when wrinkles are quickly accumulating, and it becomes clear that they won’t let up. With a facelift, you can diminish some common features associated with loosening skin, including:
Your surgeon can also remove fat deposits from your cheeks and jawline during your facelift to make your face appear tighter and help your jaw look more chiseled.
They may also recommend getting a brow lift, eyelid surgery, or other procedures with your facelift for a consistent outcome.
After reviewing your goals for surgery and your medical history, your surgeon decides whether to perform your surgery as an outpatient or inpatient surgery in a hospital. You’ll be under general anesthesia, either way, to make sure you’re comfortable and unconscious.
Your West End Facial Plastic Surgery provider makes an incision near your hairline, then lifts and tightens your skin and tissues. They may remove or redistribute your facial fat in the process before draping the skin back over your face and securing it tightly. It takes two to four hours but may take more if you’re getting a brow lift or other surgery at the same time.
Call West End Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation for a facelift, or book one online today.