A face lift (rhytidectomy) is an operation that corrects the signs of facial aging related to loose, saggy skin and soft tissues, such as jowls, wrinkles, deepened folds, neck bands, double chin, etcetera. By lifting and firming up what has drifted downward, the surgeon can recreate the characteristics of a more youthful, vibrant face including a straighter jawline, sharper and firmer contour to the neck and smoother cheeks. Today’s face lift often includes fat removal from the neck and various techniques to tighten the deeper muscle layers of the face and neck.
The newest trend in facial rejuvenation surgery stems from an appreciation that the youthful face has a more triangular shape with more fullness in the upper cheeks. As we age, due to sagging and fat atrophy, the mid and upper cheeks often become flattened and depressed, while the lower face becomes fuller and wider, essentially reversing the triangular youthful shape. The latest technique in facial rejuvenation involves adding fat or other fillers to the upper cheeks to recreate that youthful fullness. This can be done at the time of the face lift or by itself.
View the full gallery of before and after photos of the various procedures performed by Dr. Richard Schwartz.