A facelift, medically
known as a rhytidectomy, is a powerful cosmetic operation that can
dramatically improve sagging jowls and necks.
Despite the popularity
today of many non-surgical facial rejuvenation methods, more facelifts
are done today than ever before. Yet there remains two basic
misunderstandings about the facelift procedure.
First, the facelift
only improves the neck and jowl area, not the entire face. Quite
frankly, a facelift would be better named a necklift but the old name is
still widely used.
Second, a facelift is
not done the same on everyone. It is a versatile procedure that is
adapted to the needs of each patient's aging face. It is this approach
that has created the number of facelift options that are available
a full facelift dramatically improves the entire neck (loose
skin in the middle of the neck, a.k.a., neck waddle) and
jowl and involves incisions in front of as well as behind
the ear to create that effect. The full facelift is
typically used in someone a little older (50s and 60s), who
has never had any surgery before. Today, patients do not
want to wait that long before looking better, so facelift
procedures are done at a younger age, usually in the 40s or
early 50s age range. But the same full facelift is not
needed at this age because the face is not as aged.
As a result,
smaller or limited facelift approaches have become popular.
They go by many names, Lifestyle Lifts, Mini-Facelifts, S-
Lift, Q-Lifts, etc, but they are basically the same
procedure. A smaller version of a full facelift is done with
only an incision in front of the ear used. This creates a
lift of the jowls primarily with some limited improvement in