As we grow older, the natural aging process, genetic influences, exposure to the sun and other factors cause the skin to wrinkle and the underlying tissue to sag. The SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) is the fibrous connective tissue underneath the skin. The SMAS is also connected to the platysma muscle, which is a structural muscle in the neck. Usually when gravity starts to affect the SMAS, cheeks and jawline, neck sagging tends to follow closely behind. This is why lower facelifts are usually paired with a necklift for optimal results.
How is the procedure performed?
The procedure is performed in our on-site private surgical suite. First the patient is sedated with a local anesthetic, or with “twilight” sedation. Then, small incisions are made around the ears and by the lower hairline. The underlying tissue is then lifted and sutured into place and the excess skin is trimmed away and discarded. If a necklift is being performed at the same time, a small incision under the chin is made and the platysma muscle is tightened. This add-on procedure only takes an extra 20-30 minutes to complete.
Can I get other procedures done at the same time as a facelift?
You most definitely can! Dr. Apodaca will discuss your aesthetic concerns and goals in your initial consultation. Some common procedures paired with a facelift are:
~Browlift (Forehead Lift)
~Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift)
~Laser Skin Resurfacing/Tightening
~Fat Transfer to the face
Benefits of Face and Neck Lift
~Tighten Sagging Skin
~Smooth neck and jowls
~Reduce mid-face sagging
~Natural looking results
Call (909) 792-9404 to set up your complimentary consultation or reserve an appointment online.