The patient, shown here in a 3/4 (oblique) view, received a deep plane face lift -- similar to a traditional face lift but also repositioning of the patient's cheek fat to a more youthful height. While a traditional face lift addresses mainly the neck and jawline (lower face), the deep plane face lift also lifts sagging cheeks and the mid-face area. Face lift surgery was performed by facial plastic surgeon Jacob Steiger, MD.
Face Lift Fact:The medical term for face lift surgery is rhytidectomy. Literally, a “rhytid” is a wrinkle, and the suffix “ectomy” refers to surgical removal. Therefore, a face lift is technically surgical removal of wrinkles. However, many surgeons would tell you this is actually somewhat of a misnomer, since the purpose of a face lift is not really to remove wrinkles, but to remove excess loose, sagging skin and reposition the facial tissues to a more youthful height.
While wrinkle reduction may be a pleasing side effect of face lift surgery, it is not the main goal. In fact, most plastic surgeons will tell you that reducing wrinkles can be better accomplished via a non-surgical procedure such as a laser resurfacing or chemical peel. For this reason, these procedures are often recommended in conjunction with a surgical face lift to enhance the cosmetic result.
To learn more about what happens during face lift surgery, read Face Lift: Step by Step.
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