The surgical procedure to improve sagging skin and jowls by removing excess fat, tightening muscles and redraping the skin is termed rhytidectomy or facelift surgery. Because a facelift mostly affects the lower part of the face, it is often combined with other facial surgeries such as a brow lift, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), facial liposculpture, or rhinoplasty (nose surgery).
Facelift surgery can be undertaken at any time after the appearance of the signs of aging. For those with premature aging changes, a facelift may be indicated as early as age 35. However, most patients are in the age range of 40 to 65 years when considering their first facelift.
A successful facelift demands the surgeon's highly detailed and objective evaluation of an individual's face and neck. Not only does Dr. Stevens conduct a meticulously thorough evaluation of each individual before facial surgery but he takes the time to actively listen to each person's needs and expectations. This highly individualized and exacting approach allows Dr. Stevens to select the techniques used during the facelift procedure which give the best and longest lasting results.