The lower face starts to show visible sagging with age, and the skin in the upper neck also becomes more lax. This is a normal part of the aging process, and happens because of changes in the skin’s structure as well as in the underlying muscles. A face lift helps our Austin patients resolve the more obvious signs of aging around the lower face and upper neck area. A face lift can also be performed as part of facial reconstruction.
Contact us online today to learn more about your options for a face lift. The Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas helps men and women from Austin, Round Rock and throughout Texas. Count on our team to help you look rejuvenated through cosmetic surgery.
Benefits of a Face Lift
Skin and facial muscles tend to slacken with age. The effect of gravity has an impact on both muscles and skin, pulling downward constantly. At the same time, collagen production declines and your skin loses firmness and elasticity. The combination of looser muscles and weaker skin adds up to sagging jowls and drooping skin in the neck.
A cosmetic facelift tightens and lifts the muscles in the lower face. With the supportive framework of the face repaired, the skin is redraped and any excess cut away. Since only the lower face is addressed in a traditional facelift, it’s very common to include other procedures at the same time. For example, a brow lift smoothes out wrinkles in the forehead and lifts a fallen brow, while eyelid surgery restores a youthful and more alert appearance to the eye area.
Reconstructive face lift procedures help restore a more aesthetic appearance to the face after severe trauma. This could be due to a physical injury to the bones of the face or a tissue injury, like burn damage.
Understanding the Procedure
There are a number of ways that a facelift can be conducted. The approach your surgeon takes depends on a variety of factors.
- Cosmetic Face Lift – This type of procedure is performed for aesthetic reasons. A facelift begins with incisions at the front of the ear and into the hairline. Next, the surgeon will tighten the underlying muscles for improved firmness. The skin is redraped and any excess is removed. In some cases, liposuction or fat grafting can be incorporated to achieve additional facial sculpting.
- Liquid Face Lift – The name of this procedure is a bit misleading since this type of lift is nonsurgical. With a combination of dermal fillers and injectables, patients can look years younger without surgery. The results will offer smoother skin and reduced wrinkles, and should last between several months to a year. Regular maintenance treatments can prolong results.
- Reconstructive Face Lift – The approach for this procedure varies depending on the reason for facial reconstruction. Cosmetic procedures, like rhinoplasty or facial implants, can be included to restore definition. Grafts of the patient’s own skin, cartilage or bone, as well as synthetic facial implants, may be incorporated to rebuild facial features. Facial reconstruction extends beyond cosmetics to help restore normal function.
Recovery and Results
Most of our Texas patients experience some initial discomfort like swelling and bruising right after their cosmetic or reconstructive face lift. There is little to no downtime after a liquid facelift. You’ll notice a change in your appearance right away. As healing progresses, your final results will be revealed. Most patients can return to work in a week or two, although more extensive surgery requires a longer recovery.
A cosmetic facelift from the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas will help resolve the major signs of aging throughout your lower face and upper neck, while a reconstructive lift helps restore function and aesthetics. Most patients also notice a new boost in their self-esteem following their facelift because they feel more positive about their appearance.