As we grow older, the fat in the face begins to thin out and the muscles underneath, like all the other muscles in our bodies, begin to weaken and sag. Because of this, the face begins to flatten and wrinkles form, along with sagging jowls and soft jawlines. The facelift is a surgical procedure designed to reduce the signs of aging like wrinkles and creases in the cheeks, jowls, and neck.
Facelifts were actually first performed in the early 1900s by making incisions in the facial skin, pulling back the skin, removing the extra and closing the incision. Unfortunately, this did nothing to reposition the underlying musculature, so they didn't last very long, and patients tended toward a "windblown" look. In the 1970s, plastic surgeons began to understand that although repositioning the sagging skin was key to a youthful result, the deeper tissues and muscles also had to be repositioned to provide long-lasting improvements. Plastic surgeons began to focus on repositioning the Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS), which is the layer of muscle and connective tissue beneath the skin. By repositioning both skin and SMAS, patients receive more natural, long-lasting results.
Ideal candidates for face lifting procedures are healthy men and women who have experienced a descent or sagging of their facial tissues over time, producing the appearance of loose, excess skin in the jowl and neck area. Modern techniques allow a wonderful outcome through a more pleasant experience for the vast majority of candidates; Dr. Soto can help you understand your best options. Come in for your evaluation today!
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