As we age, several changes in the facial structures and tissues cause us to appear older. The skin begins to lose some of its elasticity due to changes in the collagen fibers, and the underlying bony structure may recede. This allows the effects of gravity to pull the skin and tissues downward, causing deepening of the nasolabial folds, jowling, and loss of the angle between the chin and the neck. A facelift can reverse these changes by repositioning the deeper tissues back to their original position, creating a more youthful appearance that can make a person appear a decade younger.
Many patients are concerned that undergoing a facelift will cause the face to appear “pulled back” or wind-swept, or they worry that there will be unsightly scars that make it apparent they have undergone surgery. Dr. Richardson and Dr. Cain are both fellowship-trained in facial aesthetic surgery and use modern techniques to hide incision lines and provide natural, individualized results that leave the patient looking youthful and refreshed, without the unnatural appearance that some associate with cosmetic facial surgery.
Due to the three-dimensional changes that occur with facial aging, facelifts are commonly performed in conjunction with procedures such as placement of fillers, implants, or transplant of the patient’s own fat into areas of the face that have experienced volume loss over the years. Dr. Cain and Dr. Richardson are both highly skilled in the art and science of facial assessment and can recommend which procedures would most successfully address your concerns during your consultation.