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As we age, the muscles in our face become weak and slack, and the skin loses elasticity. Wrinkles become inevitable, along with stress lines and creases. Even laughter lines may appear prominent. Additionally, fat redistributes itself at the jawline and neck, resulting in a flabby neck and jowl.
As years go by, skin begins to loosen on the face and neck. Crow’s feet appear at the corners of the eyes. Fine forehead lines become creases and then, gradually, deeper folds. The jaw line softens into jowls, and beneath the chin, another chin or vertical folds appear at the front of the neck.

As the aging population grows, it is obvious why rhytidectomy has become the third most desired facial plastic surgical procedure.

The surgeon begins the incision in the area of the temple hair, just above and in front of the ear, and then continues around the lobe, circling the ear before returning to the point of origin in the scalp.

The skin is raised outward before the surgeon repositions and tightens the underlying muscle and connective tissue. Some fat may be removed, as well as excess skin. For men, the incision is aligned to accommodate the natural beard lines. In all cases, the incision Is places where it will fall in a natural crease of the skin for camouflage.

After trimming the excess skin, the surgeon closes the incision with fine sutures and / or metal clips, which permit surgery without shaving hair from the incision site.

Depending on the extent of the surgery, the process can take from 2-4 hours. When the procedure is performed with a combination of mild sedatives, local anesthesia, and a mild intravenous anesthesia, the patients will experience little discomfort.

Some surgeons prefer to use general anesthesia for facelifts. Following the surgery, the surgeon will apply a dressing to protect the entire area where the incisions have been made.

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