A face lift is a surgical procedure that can improve the contours of the midface, jawline, and neck areas. The goal is to create a more youthful look. In addition to genetics, the appearance of the face and neck can be affected by many factors, including age-related changes such as a loss of skin elasticity and facial fat, as well as the effects of gravity, sun damage, smoking, and stress. While some of these factors can be controlled, others cannot. A face lift is a surgical way to address the resulting aesthetic effects.
What a face lift can – and cannot – do
A face lift can surgically improve many visible signs of premature aging, such as:
- Loose and sagging skin on the face and neck
- Deep creases between the nose and the corners of the mouth
- Lost or “fallen” fatty tissue
- Jowls in the cheeks and jawline
- Excess fatty tissue that creates the appearance of a “double chin” or a “turkey neck”
While a face lift can be very effective in targeting these aesthetic concerns, it is important to understand that this type of surgery cannot reverse or halt the natural aging process, nor can it dramatically change a patient’s fundamental appearance. Additionally, a face lift will not remove wrinkles or rejuvenate the eye and forehead areas.
What can be done about facial wrinkles?
Nonsurgical treatments such as injectable fillers and peels can often improve the appearance of wrinkles and the texture of the skin. While these treatments cannot achieve the same effect as a face lift, the resulting improvements may inspire a patient to delay a face lift.
When both sagging facial skin and wrinkles are of concern, some patients choose to complement the result of a face lift with nonsurgical facial rejuvenation treatments. For instance, injectable fillers such as Restylane (hyaluronic acid) or Radiesse (hydroxylapatite) can be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, and botulinum injectables such as Botox or Dysport can be used to help relax the facial muscles that create wrinkles.
What can be done about visible signs of aging around the eyes and forehead?
Some cosmetic surgery procedures such as blepharoplasty (cosmetic eye surgery) and a brow lift can enhance the result of a face lift by specifically targeting visible signs of aging around the eyes and forehead. For this reason, some patients choose to have a face lift performed in conjunction with another facial procedure.
An experienced and trusted surgeon can make a true difference
To achieve the best possible result from any type of cosmetic plastic surgery, it is essential to work with an experienced and trusted surgeon. For more than two decades, Dr. Daniel Greenwald has been performing face lift procedures at Bayshore Plastic Surgery, the practice he founded in Tampa, FL. As a Board-certified plastic surgeon who takes an individualized approach to treatment, Dr. Greenwald plans and performs each cosmetic surgery procedure with the patient’s unique concerns and goals in mind. Ultimately, his surgical objective is to achieve a healthy and natural-looking result. For instance, after a face lift, he believes a patient’s face and neck should appear refreshed and smooth without being noticeably stretched or overly tight.
If you are interested in addressing visible signs of aging on your face and neck, Dr. Greenwald can offer valuable insight into which procedure or combination of procedures can best help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Well-known for his caring demeanor, Dr. Greenwald will provide all of the information you need to make fully informed treatment decisions.
To schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Greenwald at his office in Tampa, FL, contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 877-873-7522.