Facelift – Rhytidectomy
Dr. Park’s Approach:
“The face undergoes classic changes during the aging process and Facelifts try to reverse the general changes caused by a lifetime of using facial muscles and the pulling of gravity. This can include removing and tightening skin, tightening muscle and contouring fat.
One of the common complaints heard is that the skin of the neck is too loose and the lower cheek area is hanging down. This is called Jowling. Deep folds where the cheeks meet the lips are also a sign of the aging face.
There are many techniques to try to improve these problems. It is my belief that the muscle layer must be tightened for a long lasting result. I offer shorter scar techniques for patients who require less lifting, but I feel that traditional access which extends behind the ear offers the best opportunity for tightening of the neck in patients who have more excess skin.”
What is a Rhytidectomy?
A Facelift, or Rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:
- Sagging in the middle of your face
- Deep creases below the lower eyelids
- Deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
- Fat that has fallen or has disappeared
- Loss of skin tone in the lower face that creates jowls
- Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw can give a person of even normal weight the appearance of a double chin
The loss of youthful contours in the face can be due to a variety of factors, including heredity, gravity, environmental conditions and stress.
Rejuvenation procedures typically performed in conjunction with a Facelift are Brow Lift, to correct a sagging or deeply furrowed brow, as well as Eyelid Surgery to rejuvenate aging eyes.
What a Facelift won’t do:
As a restorative surgery, a Facelift does not change your fundamental appearance and cannot stop the aging process.
A Facelift can only be performed surgically; non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results, but may help delay the time at which a Facelift becomes appropriate and complement the results of surgery.