A face-lift, also called Rhytidectomy, is more than just tightening of loose skin. It can transform a sagging, tired-looking face, cheeks, jowls and neck, into a face with more youthful and rested appearance. Techniques have changed significantly over the years, and Dr. Kayem strives to offer only the best, and newest standards.
Newer techniques now involve not only removing excess skin, but more importantly restoring volume that has been lost with the passage of time. This is often done with a fat transfer procedure at the same time as the face-lift procedure, to restore the volume the face often loses with the passing of time.
Loss of volume of the soft tissues of the face, and its underlying bony framework, is as important in the creation of wrinkles and sagging skin, as is the loss of elasticity and the effects of gravity. Much like a circus tent collapsing after its center support beam is removed, reduction in the fatty layer of the tissues of the face leads to the appearance of excess skin, droopy facial features, wrinkles, loss of prominence of high cheekbones, and formation of jowls.
Face-lift surgery is aimed at restoring youthful features of the face, by restoring high cheekbones, restoring a smooth jaw line without jowling, and restoring volume.