The aim of a facelift is to treat sagging in facial tissue.
We refer to this as a cervico-facial lift because in most cases the sagging affects both the lower part of the face and the neck. The incisions are made near the ear and, if necessary, at the temple. The skin and muscles have to be separated from the face in order for the excess tissue to be reabsorbed.
The aim is to make the face look younger. Starting from the point of incision, the facial muscles and skin are rewrapped without being over stretched. The excess tissue is removed and the skin is carefully stitched so that the scars follow natural contours to render them as invisible as possible. The extent of the separation of skin depends on the severity of looseness or sagging to be treated. The muscular layer under the skin is sometimes tightened up too but only if this proves to be necessary.
The separation itself usually causes some bruising; the skin quickly knits together again but internal healing continues for several weeks Facelifts carried out according to the rules should not be noticeable and there are two ways to do this: by ensuring the scars remain virtually invisible and be ensuring the tightening is light enough to avoid creating that “frozen” look and yet sufficient to be effective and create a lasting result.