Issaquah Plastic Surgery - Kimberly K. Lu, M.D.  

Facelift

The effects of gravity, environment, aging, weight loss and gain and genetic influences lead to telltale signs of aging in the face. Sagging cheeks with deep creasing between nose and mouth, excess skin which droops below the jawline (jowls) and loose skin folding in the neck and below the chin with fatty deposits under the chin and jaw may result. In a facelift, skin is lifted up, smoothed and redraped, fat is sculpted as necessary and underlying muscles are typically tightened in order to restore a more youthful shape to the face and neck. A facelift requires an incision around the ear and may also require extensions into the temple hairline and the hair behind the ear. These incisions are made as inconspicuously as possible. A small incision under the chin may be necessary to improve the neck. Additional procedures that are sometimes performed with a facelift include browlift, blepharoplasty (eyelids) and facial fillers. A facelift cannot be performed non surgically. However, facial fillers are excellent for restoring central volume and filling central creases as a complement to surgery and may also delay the time when a facelift may become more appropriate.


Kimberly K. Lu

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Issaquah Plastic Surgery

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(425) 392-8282