Facelifts 101

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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The face is one of the first places on the body to show age. Harvard Health Publications explains that when we were younger, the fat in our face was evenly distributed. Our forehead, temples, cheeks, and areas around the eyes were plump and looked youthful. After years of tugging, sun exposure, dehydration and even gravity, the face loses volume and much of the fat deposits itself in the lower part of the face.


When do I know it’s time for a facelift?

A facelift can correct many of life’s effects on the face. In fact, the term facelift does little to describe the many areas that benefit from the procedure. The procedure is a highly customized approach to rejuvenate facial features. “The patients we operate on typically start somewhere in their 40s and go all the way up into their 70s. While they are all good candidates, they all don’t necessarily need to have the exact some operation, so we try to really tailor the procedure to the needs of the patient,” said Dr. Steven C. Schmidt, a BayCare Clinic plastic surgeon.


Watch this video as Dr. Schmidt delves deeper into what to expect with a facelift.



You can choose to target specific areas you want to highlight and ignore other areas where you are satisfied. Our surgeons are able to manipulate certain muscles and tissues rather than just “pull the skin up” as common myths lead people to believe. Areas of focus include:


  • Eyes – the delicate skin around the eyes can sag, droop and create large creases which cause patients to look tired. A facelift can tighten the baggy skin around the forehead and eyes to look refreshed.
  • Laugh lines and lower part of the face – The lines around your mouth are called “expression lines.” After years of laughing and smiling, deep creases can form. These will be tightened and lessened during a facelift.
  • Jaw line and neck – As mentioned above, we hold more fatty deposits in the lower part of our face as we age. This can create unflattering jowls or a “double chin.” The lifting and tightening of the skin will remedy this. 
  • Excess skin, deep winkles – Just as we all are unique individuals, our wrinkles and lines form differently. Point out the areas you want to adjust to your physician prior to surgery.


Look natural with a facelift

At BayCare Clinic Plastic Surgery, patients can be assured their facelifts will leave them with a refreshed look; their face won’t look exaggerated or unnatural.


“When we do a facelift, what we’re really aiming for is a natural, youthful appearance,” Dr. Steven C. Schmidt reminds patients.

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