How can I effectively treat facial skin laxity?

Loose facial skin is a natural consequence of aging, because factors such as excess sun exposure, pollution, and loss of fatty tissue, take a toll on the skin over time. Although there are now non-surgical options that can temporarily tighten facial skin, a facelift is still the most effective way to treat facial skin laxity, because it provides dramatic, lasting results.

What is a facelift?

A facelift or rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure that rejuvenates the appearance of the mid-to-lower face, and neck. It addresses sagging skin along the jawline and neck, and also smooths deep lines around the mouth. A facelift can also add volume to the face, by repositioning sagging fat pads.

How does a facelift treat facial skin laxity?

Facelift surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia. The incisions usually start around the temple area, and then extend in front of and behind the ears, so scars are well-hidden after healing. During facelift surgery the skin is lifted, and the deep tissues of the face and neck are tightened. Skin and fat may also be removed as required.

Am I a good candidate for a facelift?

If you have sagging facial skin and are in good overall health, you may be a good candidate for a facelift.

Good candidates for facelift surgery are men and women between the ages of 45-55 years, with skin that still has some natural elasticity. They should also have strong underlying bone structure that can provide adequate support for the facial adjustments.

Are you interested in a facelift? Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the New York, NY area, Specialty Aesthetic Surgery is our featured practice.

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