Youthful looking face and skin that is soft, smooth, and blemish-free is a reality for many and a dream for some. But no matter how much care you take of yourself and your skin, you cannot turn back time. When you hit your 40s, you will most likely see some changes to your skin. Your face, unfortunately, is the first to show some signs of aging.
With some fine lines, dryness, saggy skin, or blemishes, the skin on your face will look and feel old. The loss of fat and collagen causes skin thinning, which leads to wrinkle formation. Your lifestyle, genes, and metabolic factors impact when and to what extent your face starts to show the signs of aging. So if you are unhappy with how your face looks, it can be time to think about a face lift.
What is a face lift?
Face lift surgery or rhytidectomy is a surgery designed to diminish the signs of aging on the face and neck. The goal is also to rejuvenate the face. Your surgeon will talk to you about what you are unhappy with and what changes you want to see on your face and neck. Then he or she will communicate the various options you have and all the necessary details about the procedure unique to your needs and preferences. You can find one of the best face lift doctors in Miami at the Plastic Surgery Institute (PSI) of Miami.
Having performed thousands of successful facial surgery procedures, being board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and having an excellent education, certification, and artistic abilities, we feel confident that you will not find better professionals elsewhere for all your facial surgery needs. Just check out our facelift surgery webpage for detailed information about how we can help you. While any doctor will try his or her best to accommodate and achieve results that the patient wants, it is essential to understand that there are limitations to what a face lift procedure can and cannot achieve. This is not a magical process, and you should have realistic goals for your face lift.
Three things a face lift cannot do
- Any surgical or non-surgical face lift procedure cannot stop the aging process. While areas of your face that need work will be addressed through the procedure (such as tightening the skin, restoring volume, removing wrinkles, etc.), the fundamental appearance and shape of your face will remain the same. Some people have issues such as an overbite that needs dental surgery so that the shape of the face or the position of the chin can be corrected. A face lift procedure cannot do this.
- Issues such as sun damage and discoloration, and bags under the eyes cannot be addressed with a face lift. You should look for other non-surgical methods to correct these. There are many creams and even over-the-counter medications that can help more superficial marks/scars to diminish. Your underlying facial structure cannot be changed with a face lift either.
- Most wrinkles and saggy skin can be tightened with a face lift, but perfection is not something that you can realistically expect. For example, there may be difficult wrinkles that may not be completely removed. Excessive tightening of the skin will lead to an unnatural look and create problems. Therefore, wrinkles can be tackled only up to a certain degree with a face lift. There are other options such as Botox, fillers, and chemical peels that can help improve the more pesky wrinkles and creases. But remember, face lift surgery cannot be performed at the same time as chemical peels or other procedures.
All in all, a face lift can be a very useful process for many of the facial improvements that you may be looking for. Depending upon your needs, you may go in for a small, simple procedure that can be done under local anesthesia, or a more extensive one that needs hospital stay. In Miami, face lifts are performed expertly, affordably, and safely by PSI Miami. Making a sound decision by understanding what a face lift would entail, and talking to a reputable doctor will help to answer questions you may have.