The facelift operation elevates and re-drapes the facial skin and underlying musculature to eliminate laxity and sagging. The operation can be designed to correct problems in the neck, under the jaw and/or chin and in the cheeks. It is sometimes referred to as the cheek and neck lift. As individuals age, there is a change in the skin just as there are changes in all other parts of the body. Fatty tissue tends to decrease in volume and in density causing the skin to sag and hang loosely. There are also changes in the bony facial structure that, when combined with changes in muscular action and the effects of gravity, leads to more prominent skin folds. These changes are greatest under the chin, in the upper neck and at the skin folds near the corner of the mouth.
Facelift procedures are on the rise for both men and women. With new advancements in products and procedures, the plastic or pulled look of before is no longer a concern. The Center’s facelift patients tell us that their family and friends say they look like themselves: just more youthful, refreshed and vibrant! A facelift restores a more pleasing contour to your face and neck. It can be done alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as a forehead lift and eyelid lift. The average facelift lasts ten to fifteen years, with follow-up procedures available to prolong this refreshed and rejuvenated appearance for many more.
If you are a woman or man whose face and neck have started to sag, you may be a good facelift candidate. Dr. Harris will assess your skin’s elasticity and determine the appropriate procedure. Facelifts have been successfully performed on patients from 40 to 80 years of age.
Dr. Harris performs the facelift surgery in the Center’s fully accredited surgical facility in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The Center is conveniently located near all metro Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia areas. Local anesthesia or general anesthesia may be used and surgical times average about three hours.