I have now been using more of a vertical vector for my facelift technique and have noticed a considerable improvement in patients’ jowls and their neck. I recognized that the aging process in the face and neck occurs more in a vertical fashion and there is descent of tissues in that direction. I thought, why not suspend the tissues back in that direction. I am tightening the neck less under the chin and suspending things superiorly.
The vertical facelift does require me to place the incision a little higher in the temple but this is very well hidden in the junction of the hairline and temple. I have found that this type of facelift leads to a shorter recovery time and much less bruising and swelling.
Dr. Funk is a board certified facial plastic surgeon in Houston, TX performing facelift and neck lift surgery.