According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 100,000 people had a facelift in 2008, but it’s important to note that not all of those procedures were the same. On the contrary, each facelift, also called a rhytidectomy, was specialized to meet the needs of each patient, and there could have been several different techniques used to achieve the desired results.

The traditional facelift – used to soften wrinkles, tighten the skin, eliminate neckbands, and better define the jaw – involves cutting into the skin at the hairline and around the ear. The skin, muscle, and other tissues below the surface are tightened over the bone for a more youthful look, and excess tissue is removed. Stitches are used to close the incision and keep the new positioning in place.

Another type of facelift, a mid-facelift, is sometimes used in conjunction with the procedure above.  Mid-facelifts target sagging cheeks and deep creases running from the nose to the corners of the mouth.  This procedure may require incisions in the hairline as well as the lining of the mouth, but it can often be accomplished with just small incisions in the lower eye lid. Like a mid-facelift, a brow lift is another type of facelift that targets just one area of the face for improvement. It uses tiny incisions above the hairline to access and then remove or alter the muscles and tissues that cause furrowing or drooping. The eyebrows are also raised to create a more youthful look.

In some cases, facelift surgery isn’t needed to reduce the signs of aging or a patient may not want to commit to an extensive procedure. In these cases, a plastic surgeon can use facial rejuvenation techniques, such as Botox or Restylane injections, to improve the skin’s appearance. An ultrafine needle is used to administer the fluids, which reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Doctors sometimes use these injections in combination with a facelift or other cosmetic procedure for optimum results.

In addition to facelift surgery, there are a variety of other procedures that can also restore youth to your face. You should consult a reputable plastic surgery practice to determine the best course of action for your case. Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa is an excellent choice for those in St Petersburg, Clearwater, Sarasota, Naples and elsewhere in the Bay area. Contact Dr. Daniel Greenwald’s staff today at 888-840-3199 for more information on a facelift consultation.