A facelift is somewhat of a misnomer and should really be termed a “lower face and neck lift”. This is because a facelift improves the jawline and neck - enhancing these features mainly. However, the deep plane facelift, which I perform regularly, provides a more vertical vector and will also improve the nose/cheek folds and marionette lines. In addition, it will add some volume to the cheeks creating a fuller, more youthful, and cherubic appearance in this region.
Not every face deserves the same facelift. This will depend on the way your face has aged and what areas will need enhancement. Different types of lifts include the neck lift, short scar facelift, SMAS facelift, vertical facelift, and deep plane facelift. Every patient should be evaluated to assess which type of lift is best for you.
In addition to redraping the skin and tightening the muscle sling under the neck, jawline, and cheeks, volume may be needed for the maturing face. Fat injection can provide a three-dimensional facelift allowing for improvement in contour and structure and can truly complement a facelift.
Contact Dr. Funk at Funk Facial Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX to schedule an appointment and discuss which type of facelift is best for you.