A face lift is a surgical procedure that provides the patient with smoother facial skin and more pleasing contours of the face and neck, giving a more youthful or ‘fresh’ appearance overall. Several anatomical factors are analyzed prior to the procedure, particularly the texture, thickness and elasticity of the skin as well as the quantity and type of wrinkles or folds present. An analysis of the hairline is also conducted to determine where is best to place the surgical incisions.
A patient’s facial structure and future endeavours are also discussed prior to the surgery. Factors such as hair growth to cover surgical incisions is considered, as well as plans of possible weightloss. Surgical incisions follow the shape of the area, extending around the earlobe and back into the hairline. Incisions are purposely made in those areas where they can be easily covered by hair or makeup. The smallest incision is hidden beneath the chin.