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As people age the effects of gravity, sun exposure and stress can effect the face. The results are excess or baggy skin, deep creases in the nose, cheek and mouth, jowling, wrinkling of banding in the neck and excess deposits in the neck. A facelift is a cosmetic procedure designed to give the face a more youthful appearance. It cannot reverse the aging process, but it can significantly improve the signs of aging. Often a facelift is done in combination with other procedures to give a more youthful appearance such as blepharoplasty and forehead lifts.
The ideal candidate for a face lift is a man or woman in good health whose face and neck has begun to sag, but with relatively good skin tone. The patient with jowling and banding or fatty deposits in the neck is also a good candidate.
The incisions used are usually in the hairline curving down in a natural crease in front of the ear around the earlobe and back into the hair line behind the ear. The skin is often separated from the underlying muscle and connective tissue later and both layers are tightened. Liposuction is often used at the time of surgery to remove excess fat from certain areas. The incisions, type of facelift and liposuction needed will depend on the individual facial characteristics. Frequently a small plastic drain tube is used under the skin to prevent any blood or fluid collections.
When performed by trained plastic and reconstructive surgeons the risk of complications is very low. Complications include bleeding (hematoma), infection, possible injury to the facial nerve branches and infection.
Like most cosmetic surgeries, face lift costs are dependent on the individual’s needs and desires. For the exact same procedure, you are unlikely to find more than a few hundred dollar difference between different surgeons and offices. Factors that affect costs are: