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Facelifts: Being Informed before You Choose

Every year there are hundreds of thousands of people that undergo a facelift. For some, this might be a necessity to repair severe damage, but an overwhelming majority of facelifts are as a beauty treatment and for the sheer purpose of maintaining a youthful appearance. There are a few things you need to consider before you make the decision to go under the knife.


As we age, the skin goes through a number of changes that can cause wrinkling. The cell division slows down, the lower layers of the dermis become thinner. Elastin in the skin that allows the elasticity and both begin to break down, causing a sagging appearance of the skin. A facelift can’t adjust for all of the perils of time on our skin but it can help in some ways, if done properly.

A facelift needs to be done by a licensed and certified plastic surgeon, and it is considered surgery as you will be anesthetized. Each face is different and each facelift is different. A plastic surgeon will examine your needs and make suggestions for the best results. The traditional facelift involves the physician making an incision that may start at the temple hairline and curve down to nearing the earlobe area at the end of the hairline. There may also be incisions under the chin if you are trying to tighten the neck skin. Depending upon the amount of fat, the physician may use liposuction. In essence, the physician stretches the skin back, overlaps or cuts and then sews it or glues it. This stretches the skin of the face and/or neck and smoothes out any of the wrinkles that may have occurred.

Before you decide on a facelift, you need to get referrals from the plastic surgeon and see a lot of before and after photos. We have all seen celebrities that thought they were getting a great facelift and instead they look like a stretched doll.

Source: http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/beauty/skin-treatments/facelift.htm

The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.