What Happens in a Facelift?

There are tons of information online concerning the facelift procedure. However, there are individuals who end up confused after browsing through the Internet concerning the procedure. Every so often, they visit us here at our Rochester cosmetic surgery practice with a lot of questions about the procedure. One of their most common questions when it comes to a face lift surgery is what exactly happens during the procedure. 

Understanding the 3 Components of a Facelift
There are various facelift techniques used today by plastic surgeons. In addition, each face lift we do is unique as each individual has their own set of cosmetic concerns and preferences. However, the following trio of components are always present in all facelift procedures:

1. Removal of extra fat.

The appearance of jowls has largely to do with excess facial fat. This makes the jawline appear less distinct which in turn adds years to one’s face. In a facelift procedure, fat can either be removed or redistributed.

2. Tightening of the facial muscles.

Once the extra fat has been removed or repositioned, the underlying facial muscles are tightened and “lifted” for a more youthful look.

3. Repositioning of the facial skin.

Once excess fat has been removed and the underlying muscles have been tightened, the final step of the procedure often involves trimming and/or repositioning facial skin for elimination of folds and wrinkles. Choosing a highly experienced plastic surgeon is very crucial as your face can look “windblown” in the hands of an inexperienced surgeon.

Your Personalized Facelift Plan at The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester
A facelift surgery can either be done alone or in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation procedures o help achieve your desired outcomes such as an eyelid lift or a nose-reshaping procedure. Let us help you come up with a personalized facelift plan by setting up an appointment with us! Call us at (585) 922-5840 or fill out this contact form to schedule a consultation. We look forward to your visit!


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