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Why Have A Face Lift?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 11:25

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

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Be Good to Your Skin

Ever wonder how to age gracefully? While genetics plays a role in aging - one that cannot be changed - lifestyle factors also influence how skin will look

Don't stress your skin with:

  • Prolonged exposure to the sun
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Air pollutants
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Constant stress

As more and more people over age 40 take control over their health and eat right and exercise, they also want to look good, too.

But years of exposure to sun, stress, gravity, and other factors take their toll on a person's face. The skin on the face becomes less elastic and is less able to retain moisture. At the same time, the layer of fat that supports the skin becomes thinner.

As a result, the skin develops sags and folds. Around the jaw, skin droops into jowls and double chins. Skin on the neck may fold and become looser.

The face lift or rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure to remove these wrinkles, called rhytids, along with fat deposits from the face, jaw, and neck so people can look their best.

A face lift

  • removes and tightens loose skin
  • removes the sag of the cheeks around the jaw line
  • lifts the corners of the mouth
  • reduces creases between the cheeks and lips.

The end result is a smoother, more youthful appearance. And because a face lift addresses the underlying structure of the face, the results are fairly long-lasting, usually between five to 10 years.

Liposuction, used to remove focal deposits of fat in the face, often in the area between the chin and neck, can be done at the same time as a face lift or separately.

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