How Is A Facelift Performed?

We can’t escape time, but there are ways we can defy the process of aging. If you feel like you’re starting to look much older than you really feel, the Maryland Institute of Plastic Surgery can help. A facelift is the perfect procedure for smoothing out wrinkles and lines of the face, as well as tightening sagging skin below the eyes, softening nasolabial folds (the lines from the nose to the mouth), and reducing the appearance of jowls.

How a Facelift Is Done

There are two kinds of facelift procedures offered by the Maryland Institute of Plastic Surgery. Depending on your needs, either a “full facelift” or a “short scar facelift” (also called as mini facelift) could be the approach for you. Though the procedures differ by the placement and length of the incision, both involve removing of excess skin and tightening, then lifting the tissues of the face.

To identify the best procedure for you, your surgeon will assess your face and your unique signs of aging. You must be able to discuss with him your expectations and your goals for your facelift. Usually, patients are asked to bring a photo of their younger selves as a reference of the procedure. Then, your facial structure will be examined so a specific approach can be recommended.

Full Facelift

A full facelift is usually recommended for people whose main concern is sagging skin, deep folds around the nose and mouth, and jowls. Larger incisions are done for this type of surgery, which starts from the temple area, extending downward in front of the ear, and then goes around the earlobe and behind the ear. The scar is hidden either behind the ear or by the hairline. Here are just some of the benefits of the facelift:

  • Reduces the appearance of deep troughs on the face
  • Softens nasolabial folds or smile lines
  • Tightens drooping skin on the jaw
  • Contouring of the face

Short Scar Facelift

Short scar facelift or mini facelift is a less invasive procedure. Incisions for this approach are usually done closer to the ear, and extends around the back of the earlobe. If your concern does not consist of sagging in the area below the eyes, a mini-facelift is perfect for you. This procedure addresses the nasolabial folds and the jaw area. To summarize, here are the concerns resolved by a mini-facelift:

  • Smile lines or nasolabial folds
  • Loose skin in the jaw area
  • Contours of the face

Know More About a Facelift Procedure

Well-experienced surgeons at the Maryland Institute of Plastic Surgery will be happy to talk with you about facelift. Learn everything you need to know about this procedure, and what type of surgery best fits your needs. Reach out to us, and begin with your transformation.