The loss of youthful contours in the face can be due to a variety of factors, including the natural aging process, heredity, gravity, environmental conditions, and stress. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frederick K. Park performs facelift surgery for women and men from Greenville, Wilson, Murfreesboro, and Weldon, NC, and other surrounding communities who want to rejuvenate their appearance while looking natural.
Dr. Park’s Approach:
“The face undergoes classic changes during the aging process. Facelifts are performed 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, forming jowls. Deep folds where the cheeks meet the lips, called nasolabial folds, are also a sign of the aging face.
There are many techniques to try to improve these problems. I believe 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 that extends behind the ear offers the best opportunity for tightening the neck in patients who have significant skin laxity.”
What Is a Facelift?
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 the face
- Deep creases below the lower eyelids
- Nasolabial folds that form along the nose extending to the corners of the mouth
- Fat that has fallen or disappeared
- Loss of skin tone in the lower face that creates jowls
- Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw that can give a person of even normal weight the appearance of a double chin
Rejuvenation procedures typically performed in conjunction with a facelift are a 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.