A facelift, also called rhytidectomy and meloplasty, is designed to eliminate signs of aging of the face. Generally, the most noticed signs are the jowls and neck region. The attention of original facelifts was toward those areas. As time passed surgeons started including forehead and eyelid lifts. Recently we recognized that there was an inherent deflation from loss of facial fat that occurs with age. This results in loss of support of the skin and sagging of the middle part of the face as well. The recent facelifts are multi-layered, elevating the muscles and a structure called the SMAS, which is a supporting layer.
Modern facelifts look much more natural without some of the older undesirable signs, such as the wind tunnel look, obvious scars, or deformities of the ear lobes. Dr. Finger developed a facelift called the transmalar subperiosteal midface lift, which we believe gives a more natural and longer-lasting facelift and which is used by many surgeons throughout the country. At Finger and Associates, we often combine the facelift with eyelid lifts, forehead lifts, lip augmentation, fat injections, and even laser treatment of certain wrinkles. Facelifts are usually done under light general anesthesia. Recovery time for most swelling and bruising is 1 to 4 weeks, depending upon the adjunctive procedure done and the health and age of the patient.