The Facelift Procedure
A facelift is performed for people who have sagging neck and facial skin as well as for those with jowls or extra fat in the neck. During the procedure, incisions are created in the hairline that continue in front of the ear in a skin crease and then disappear around the back of the ear into the hairline. During the procedure, facial skin is lifted, excess skin is subtracted, and the muscular layer (SMAS layer) beneath the skin is tightened in order to achieve more attractive, longer-lasting results. Sometimes, incisions under the chin are used to tighten the neck muscles or to perform liposuction of the neck. Care must be taken to avoid problems such as bleeding and infection; however, in skilled hands, these complications are extremely rare.