Can a Facelift Improve the Shape of Your Face?

Many patients want to know: Can a facelift change your face shape? For Los Angeles and Palm Spring-area women and men seeking a cosmetic change, our team at Cosmetic Surgery Institute explains that a facelift is a popular cosmetic procedure that focuses on creating more youthful contours. Considering that the procedure can help to improve the appearance of your face and restore a more youthful, refreshed look, the answer is yes!

By lifting and tightening the skin and underlying tissues of the face, a facelift can help to smooth out the face, reduce sagging, and create a more defined and youthful facial contour. Although aesthetic trends continually change, having a leaner face with a more inverted triangle shape that’s associated with youth is currently the look that is most in demand.

If you're considering a facelift to improve the shape of your face, here's what you need to know.

A Facelift Reduces Sagging

As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, and gravity pulls the skin downward, causing sagging and wrinkles. A facelift can help to lift and tighten the skin and underlying tissues, reducing the appearance of sagging and restoring a more youthful facial contour.

A Facelift Improves Facial Contours

A facelift can also help to improve the facial contour, creating a more defined jawline, cheekbones, and neck. The lower half of the face is re-shaped by the removal of excess skin, which can give you a more youthful and defined appearance and help to improve your overall facial balance and symmetry.

A Facelift Restores Volume

As we age, we lose volume in our face, and our skin becomes less plump and full as a result. A facelift can help to restore this volume, creating a more youthful and defined facial contour.

A strong, well-defined bone structure can provide a foundation for a youthful and attractive appearance. However, even those with a strong bone structure can benefit from a facelift as the aging process affects the skin and underlying tissues in ways that can detract from a youthful look. A facelift can help to restore the skin and underlying tissues to a more youthful position, creating a more defined and refreshed appearance.

Can a facelift change your face shape? Our team at Cosmetic Surgery Institute will tell you more about what you can expect from this procedure. Call us at (760) 837-0364 or submit an online contact form to request a consultation if you want to discuss cosmetic surgery for a younger-looking face.

Can a Facelift Reduce Wrinkles?

It’s natural for your skin to lose some of its elasticity as you get older. Not to mention, wrinkles and depressions begin to form when levels of collagen—one of the building blocks of healthy skin—begin to decrease over time. One of the major facelift benefits for Palm Desert patients is that this surgical procedure can tighten skin significantly in a way that wouldn’t be possible with non-invasive cosmetic treatments on their own.

Although the facelift is most well-known for its ability to lift sagging cheeks and jawline skin to rejuvenate the face, patients are often curious about whether this form of cosmetic surgery will also reduce other effects of facial aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles.

The word “rhytidectomy”—which is the medical term for facelift—comes from the words “rhytid” meaning wrinkle and “ectomy” meaning excision or surgical removal of something. The truth is that while facelifts are excellent for correcting loose skin to improve facial contours, they aren’t designed for smoothing superficial wrinkles; other forms of sun damage; creases around the nose and upper lip; and wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, and mouth. They also will not address uneven skin or areas of irregular pigmentation, such as hyperpigmentation and age spots.

In other worlds, facelifts are great for making deep folds and creases less noticeable, but they won’t change the texture, look, or tone of the skin itself. In fact, experienced plastic surgeons avoid pulling the skin too tight during a facelift because this strategy can give the patient an overly “windswept” or artificial look.

Facial cosmetic surgery is meant for correcting “sags and bags,” jowls, or weakened muscles. If you hope to improve the overall quality of your skin, BOTOX® and fillers are the better options for reducing most facial wrinkles, and laser treatments, microneedling, and chemical peels are rejuvenation techniques that can enhance your skin’s quality and appearance. These treatments can be done before or after a facelift to optimize results.

For more details about improving the look of the face, contact Cosmetic Surgery Institute by calling (760) 837-0364, or send a message via a contact form to request a consultation and find out whether you’re a suitable candidate for various procedures or treatments.

What Makes a Good Facelift Candidate?

The quality of your skin changes a lot during your lifetime, often starting off firm and volumized during your 20s but becoming thinner and more prone to wrinkles as you reach your 40s and 50s. Skin eventually loses its elasticity while becoming thinner, paler, and more translucent. Additionally, pigmentation may begin to appear on areas that are frequently exposed to sunlight. Luckily, cosmetic procedures make it possible to turn back the clock and reverse—or at least temporarily improve—some of these changes. Even though there are so many non-surgical options available to reduce wrinkles and enhance the skin’s appearance, such as fillers and wrinkle relaxers, when it comes to more severe skin sagging and volume loss on the mid-face, there’s no replacement for a facelift. Our Palm Springs-area Cosmetic Surgery Institute team often sees patients who are unsure about which anti-aging treatment would be more suitable for them. During your consultation, we will help you make this decision. Here are some factors that would make someone an ideal candidate for facelift surgery. 

Maintaining Realistic Expectations 

For a facelift or any other type of plastic surgery, it’s crucial for the patient to maintain realistic expectations as to what can be accomplished with the surgery, as well as a positive outlook. Patients should understand that the surgery can improve their appearance, but may not necessarily perfect it. 

Healthy Individuals 

A facelift is invasive surgery that can be stressful on the body. Are you in good health without underlying, major medical conditions that could impair healing? If so, you might be considered a good candidate. Patients are encouraged to maintain a stable weight, quit smoking, and maintain a healthy diet. 

A Well-Defined Bone Structure 

Patients who naturally have a strong, distinctive bone structure will often get results that they are quite happy with.

Supple Skin

Even though facelifts are performed to improve loose skin, the patient’s skin still needs to be fairly elastic and strong so that it can tighten around the new facial contours that are sculpted. Therefore, ideal facelift patients should have skin that retains some elasticity and flexibility. 

Need more advice about minimally invasive injectable treatments or other procedures such as facelift surgery? Contact Cosmetic Surgery Institute for more information. Call us at (760) 837-0364 or submit a contact form to request a consultation to find out which procedures are best suited for your concerns and goals. 

What Are the Best Types of Facelifts for Addressing Specific Concerns?

We all eventually age, and the effects of time passing can be seen in the condition of our skin, as well as our facial contours. When we’re younger, it’s normal to have a more heart-shaped face with a slimmer, more defined jawline and fuller, higher cheeks. Once the surface of the skin begins to pull away from underlying tissues, becoming saggy due to gravity and a loss of collagen and healthy fat, it might form pronounced folds on the lower face, loose areas on the neck, and “jowls.” Many people feel self-conscious about the way this drooping skin changes their appearance. Fillers and other injectables can help to some degree, but the option that provides the most dramatic and long-lasting results involves removing the excess skin and restoring a more sculpted face via facelift surgery. For Los Angeles, Palm Desert, and other area patients, there are several different options to choose from, including the standard facelift, mid-face lift, and mini facelift.

The most suitable technique for you depends on your unique aesthetic concerns, facial anatomy, skin condition, and more. While your plastic surgeon will make a recommendation for how best to approach your specific surgery, here is some basic information you should know about the differences and similarities between each of these options, as well as the signs of aging each approach can target:

Mild Jowling and Sagging Skin 

If you’ve started to notice the earliest signs of sagging around your jawline and neck area, you might be an ideal candidate for a mini facelift. One of the benefits of having this particular procedure done is that you may not need to have more drastic surgery in future years. The mini facelift is not as “involved” as more significant procedures and requires smaller incisions. 

Sunken Eyes and Hanging Skin Around the Cheeks 

The mid-face lift, also known as a cheek lift, is designed for improving the area that extends from the eyes to the mouth, without altering the jawline or forehead. It can improve the appearance of pronounced nasolabial folds, sunken eyes, and deflated or pinched cheeks. 

Moderate to Advanced Signs of Aging 

A full facelift is a more extensive procedure used to target especially pronounced signs of aging on the lower two-thirds of the face, including everything below the ears. This surgery can involve removing and repositioning skin and other tissue via incisions that are larger, but still well camouflages in natural lines and creases on the face.

Find out more about the types of facelift surgery Cosmetic Surgery Institute offers. Our team can answer any questions and help you decide which type of surgery would be best for achieving your goals. Call us at (760) 837-0364, or fill out a contact form to request a consultation.