Do I Need a Facelift?

Between the age of 40 to 60 the aging process makes the face and neck sag. The skin gets less elastic, muscles become weaker and gravity pulls it all down. Skin on eyelids develops into folds, wrinkles deepen at the corner of the mouth. The area droops and the jaw line becomes floppy. The angle between the neck and chin become less clearly defined. How quickly this happens depends largely on genes, although smoking and exposure to sun can accelerate the process.

The Term Facelift Covers Various Procedures

People often want to know how long the effects last and in research, in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, answers this question by using standardized measuring techniques and a validated rating system. In this study, 50 people who had had a facelift after 2001 had facial measurements taken by a computer, as well as before and after photographs assessed by five independent raters. The study found that five and a half years after surgery, 76% of people still looked younger than before their facelifts. The neck sagged the most after surgery and the improvement of the angle between the chin and neck seen after the facelift was observed to have reduced in two-thirds of people. In the hands of an experienced surgeon side-effects should be rare, but a list of possible consequences from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons includes skin discoloration and sensation loss. The “wind tunnel” look of wide eyes and mouth should not occur with a good board certified plastic surgeon in Nashville, TN.