Why “Tight” Is Never the Right Goal for a Facelift


Facelifts are commonly perceived as procedures whose main focus is on tightening the facial skin. While some amount of tightening is one aspect of facelift surgery, if it’s overdone, the result can be the artificially stretched or altered appearance that most men and women want to avoid. Instead of perceiving facelifts as tightening procedures, interested candidates might benefit more from a comprehensive view of facelift surgery.

Facial Aging Is Complex

A youthful face doesn’t appear tight. Rather, a youthful face is characterized by fullness in the cheeks, brow and lips, smooth skin, and a refreshed, glowing appearance. In my practice, I approach facelift surgery with these key elements in mind, taking special care to bring out the most youthful and natural looking aspects of each patient’s facial contours.

Facial aging is a complex combination of multiple factors with overlapping results. While some aspects of facial aging are nearly universal, others depend on individual variables such as genetics and lifestyle. While facial aging frequently involves some loosening and sagging of the skin due to a depletion of collagen and loosening of the underlying facial muscles, other physical symptoms of age, such as loss of volume, bags under the eyes, dynamic wrinkling and skin textural changes all affect your overall appearance.

A Comprehensive Facelift Approach

Taking a comprehensive approach to facelift surgery means acting conservatively when it comes to tightening the skin. By toning the underlying facial muscles and restoring volume where needed, the epidermis can be better supported in its natural position with minimal tightening. When needed, I conservatively trim excess skin to help create a refreshed appearance around the eyes and minimize sagging in the lower face. The result is an enhanced rather than an artificial appearance so you look refreshed, not “done.”
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Orange County Plastic Surgeon