A facelift is a surgical procedure that rejuvenates the lower third of the face and the upper neck. It aims to decrease the appearance of wrinkles, lift the skin that hangs from the jaw, and create a sharp and well-defined jawline. This procedure creates a more attractive facial contour and a very elegant neckline. The excess skin is carefully removed and the underlying muscular structures are reinforced to achieve a natural and long-lasting result.
The type of procedure that you need (facelift vs. mini facelift) will depend on the degree of laxity of your tissues and the depth of the wrinkles in the jaw/upper neck. We will make sure that the right procedure is selected to satisfy your needs.
A facelift may need to be combined with chin augmentation in some individuals to achieve the best result. Chin augmentation is especially beneficial in patients with recessive profiles due to an underdeveloped jaw. These patients tend to notice jowls early in life and are more prone to develop sagging neck skin. Chin surgery, as a complement to a facelift, can provide the most striking cosmetic results. Chin augmentation accomplishes more than improve a person’s profile; it can also tighten neck skin and define the jawline. In most cases, the chin implant is accompanied by neck liposuction to address fatty tissue under the jawline.
Patients may opt to have chin implants added during the facelift operation, or as a separate surgery. Chin augmentation is an outpatient operation that requires mild sedation or general anesthesia (if combined with additional procedures).
Utilizing special instrumentation for minimal tissue injury, the surgeon inserts chin implants through a small incision in the skin under the jaw. This method is the simplest and most effective approach to chin augmentation. The procedure takes 30 to 45 minutes, but the actual time depends on whether other procedures are also performed. The recovery time is one to two weeks. Mild pain and discomfort are normal the first week; numbness of the lip may be experienced as well during the first two weeks.
Silicone implants are the best choice for chin augmentation. These implants are safe and have an excellent track record for being successful and well-tolerated. They also provide an excellent chin and jawline contour while being comfortable. The newest implants on the market allow surgeons to tailor their size and shape to patients, while also allowing for their exchange or removal if needed.