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Facelift Basics
According to research facelift procedures are among the six most requested cosmetic procedures in the United States. Facelifts mingle among the top with breast reductions, liposuction, rhinoplasty, and others. Facelifts are the surgical way of removing wrinkles by altering the tightness of the skin. This kind of cosmetic surgery is called rhytidectomy and restores a youthful look to the face. During a facelift extra skin is often removed and current skin is stitched about the neck, jaw, and brow line.

When a surgeon performs this operation incisions are made along the brow line and in front of the ear. At times incisions can extend around the ear and behind the neck. Some surgeons will separate the upper dermis from lower tissue. This process is called undermining and includes using scissors or a scalpel. Undermining is normally done around the cheeks and neck to allow the upper dermis to loosen for further tightening.

After undermining is complete a surgeon will then either remove some of the deeper tissues for a smooth appearance or allow them to remain. At this point any excess skin will be removed. The tissues underneath the upper dermis may also be tightened, depending on the extent of the procedure. Sutures will then hold the newly tightened skin into place. Staples can also be used instead of sutures.

In the United States facelifts can cost anywhere between seven thousand and fifteen thousand dollars.

Other Procedures
Often times more than one cosmetic procedure accompanies a facelift, so surgery time may vary. Surgery time also depends on the extent of the facelift procedure and the type. There are currently different types of facelifts available. These types can include full facelifts, half facelifts, mid-facelifts, and others. During a mid-facelift the periosteum of maxilla is removed and elevated using an endoscope and a sublabial incision.

Facelifts can also decrease the folds of skin that surround the neck and the hanging of cheek tissues. Facelifts cannot tighten every feature of the face however. Some areas are difficult to access and include the perioral mounds of the marionette lines and the nasolabial folds. Both of these areas are instead treated with liposculpture and Botox injections. For those wishing to add youth back into these areas, both injection and facelift procedures are often performed at the same time.

Many worry if there will be excess scarring from sutures and staples. With facelifts certain kinds of sutures are applied for minimal to no signs of incision. The incisions around the ear and brow line are hidden and often blend into with current skin. However at times when augmenting sideburn lines, a procedure may result in too much tightening that can leave the face looking unnatural and the opposite of the desired youthful appearance. Over time an individual's bone structure may alter, which can cause previous facelift procedures to shift and result in an augmented appearance.

In some rare cases facial nerves may accidentally be severed and result in immobility of the face. Bleeding may also occur during operation. Infection and necrosis of facial skin folds may also result from facelifts.