If you ask 10 people who are thinking about having a facelift why they are considering the surgery, it’s possible that you’ll get 10 different answers. Although the overall goal of having the surgery might be similar – to create a more youthful and rejuvenated look – the reasons for wanting the surgery can differ. Here are several of the most common reasons why people get facelifts.
You Have Sagging Skin
As you age, the skin tends to lose elasticity as the production of collagen drop. Collagen is the protein responsible for providing support and structure in the skin. As a result, skin becomes loose and saggy. In the lower part of the face, that loose and sagging skin can take on the appearance of jowls, a turkey neck and a double chin.
A facelift can help tighten and smooth sagging skin by repositioning it and the muscle and the underlying layer of tissue. A facelift can also include removal of fat from the area to further improve the shape of the lower part of your face.
People Say You Look Tired
Although it’s often sagging and drooping in the eye area that gives people a tired appearance, having jowls and droopiness in the lower part of the face can also contribute to a tired look. When the skin in the neck and chin area is sagging and pulling down, it pulls the rest of the features down as well.
Depending on the type of aging you’re dealing with, a facelift might be sufficient to give you a more awake appearance. People who also have droopiness in the eye area might consider combining their facelift with an eyelid lift for a more well-rested look overall.
You Have Deep Lines and Creases
Wrinkles and creases form on the face in one of two ways. They can develop as a result of repeated facial movements over the course of your life. Lines created by movement include the crow’s feet and frown lines. They can also be temporarily treated with Botox injections.
Other wrinkles and lines develop as a result of the effects of gravity and a loss of skin elasticity. When they are still pretty shallow, these creases and lines can be filled in with a variety of dermal fillers. If the lines become very deep, often the best way to treat them is with surgery.
Facelifts can help smooth out creases and deep lines by tightening the underlying tissue and by removing excess, sagging and loose skin from the area.
Your Chin and Neck Are Becoming One
A turkey’s wattle is one sign of aging that many people fear getting. It forms when the skin and muscle of the neck are loose and sagging. But another common concern people have is that the neck and chin will become one thanks to sagging skin and a build-up of fat deposits in the chin area.
A facelift can create better definition in the neck and chin area, reducing the appearance of a double chin or, in more extreme cases, reducing the appearance of a mono neck and chin.
You’ve Lost Volume and Muscle Tone
It’s not just skin looseness and sagging that a facelift can help treat. The surgery can also benefit people who have lost muscle tone in the lower area of the face. Facelifts can help tighten and tone loose, stretched out muscle.
Depending on how much tone your facial muscles have lost, an S-lift, sometimes called a mini facelift, might be the best option for you. An S-lift usually has a shorter recovery time than a full facelift and is often performed on patients who are just beginning to see subtle signs of aging.
Whatever your reason is for wanting a facelift, it’s important to work with a board certified plastic surgeon who has ample experience with the procedure. In West Palm Beach, Florida, Dr. Michael Schwartz is a board certified facial plastic surgeon with more than two decades of experience. To learn more about the facelift and see if the surgery is right for you, call 561-655-5562 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz today.