Is it mostly true that any Facelift will not remove age related wrinkles on the face?

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Facelift effect on wrinkles

A facelift may lead to some improvement in some wrinkles on the face, but you are correct that the procedure may not remove most of them.  Facelifts tighten the tissues under the skin and the wrinkles are an issue within the skin itself.  Procedures such as laser resurfacing or chemical peels can help to improve the surface of the skin, including the wrinkles.  If there is any volume loss on the face, fillers can be used to help with this and can help improve wrinkles in the treated area.  

San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Wrinkle Removal for Males

An in person consultation is necessary to guide you. The wrinkles may be improved with laser resurfacing or through nonsurgical procedures. Consult with 3 experienced and expert board certified plastic surgeons to understand your options, and choose the one that best fits your needs/objectives.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 41 reviews

Facelift and Facial Wrinkling

A facelift will not “remove” any facial wrinkles, but may instead reduce the prominence of such wrinkles and lines. The surgery is essentially designed to tighten deeper skin tissue that has loosened, which may in turn soften the appearance of your wrinkles and give you a more youthful look. Typically a facelift may be combined with laser treatment to address more superficial wrinkles. 

Sam Rizk, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 73 reviews

Can a face lift remove wrinkles

Thank you for you question about a face lift.

  • A face lift will lift deep tissues and tighten skin when sagging is a problem.
  • Fine lines and wrinkles require prescription skin care combined with peels or lasers.
  • I suggest an in-person consultation to see what your options are.
  • Make-up rarely covers wrinkles - the make-up gathers in the lines and makes lines more obvious.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
I hope you find this information helpful. Best wishes.

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

A facelift will not remove intrinsic wrinkles of the skin.

Significant wrinkling due to sun damage or cigarette smoking may be temporarily improved by the swelling associated with the facelift. When the swelling subsides these will reemerge. Treatment involves topical skin therapy.

Vincent N. Zubowicz, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Will a Facelift Smooth Facial Wrinkles?

The key to successful treatment of facial wrinkles is to understand their cause.  Those wrinkles caused by loose, sagging facial skin that bunches together can be corrected nicely with a facelift.  These lines are frequently seen on the cheeks and neck, running vertically.  You can try this yourself by gently pulling your cheek or neck skin backward toward your ears.  If your wrinkles are caused by overactive facial muscles and increase with expression, then non-surgical Botox Cosmetic treatments work best by relaxing the underlying muscles to prevent them from puckering the skin.  On the other hand, if you have crisscrossing wrinkles that look like they are etched into your skin and resemble cracked leather, then these wrinkles are changes in your skin texture due to sun damage, smoking effects, and even genetics.  These texture lines are not corrected with a facelift and usually require laser resurfacing, chemical peels, or even some topical skin care products to improve.  Seek out an experienced plastic surgeon to evaluate your facial wrinkles, and to discuss your options to look your best.

Richard G. Schwartz, MD
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Is it mostly true that any Facelift will not remove age related wrinkles on the face?

Neither a face lift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) nor a brow lift will remove the wrinkles of weather-beaten skin, the transverse creases of the forehead, “crow’s feet” around the eyes nor the vertical wrinkles of the upper and lower lips. As a rule, surgery is designed to improve sags and bulges and resurfacing should improve wrinkles.  There are several ways to resurface the skin: lasers, chemical peels, dermabrasion, or a combination of these.  The best thing to do would be to seek the consultation of a facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon and have a physical exam performed. Realistic expectations and a surgical plan could be discussed at that time.

Parker A. Velargo, MD
New Orleans Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 47 reviews

Wrinkles and facelifting

there is no question that some wrinkles will look better after a facelift but wrinkles and fine lines,skin discoloration are skin related problems and not necessarily improved with a facelift.A facelift will primarily remove excess skin.Skin blemishes and fine lines are best treated with peels and lasers.

Robert Brueck, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

Face skin laxity vs wrinkles

Dear xzcv:

You are correct.

The aging process creates both skin laxity, folds and sagging, as well as wrinkles, lines and pigmentation. A facelift primarily redrapes the skin and fatty soft tissues underneath in an upward direction. The deeper dermal structures of the skin lose resilience with aging and stretch. These can be strengthened in the earlier changes of aging extending the time before you may wish a facelift or can be used after a facelift to maintain the improvement. 

The more superficial epidermal layer of the skin loses luster, becomes more uneven in coloration and thickens creating wrinkles and lines. This layer requires exfoliation and renewal with damage control and protection. 

Consider the following: 

  1. Surgical lifts would be likened to pulling the bedspread and or top-sheet of your bed up to the head-board and removing the excess material.
  2. Minimally invasive procedures such as fillers provide volume such as adjusting a pillow under the bedspread. Botox and Dysport act by pulling the top-sheet which drags the bedspread upwardly. If the bedspread (or skin) continues to fall to the foot of the bed despite fillers, Botox or Dysport you will need to consider a facelift. Sculptra, a collagen stimulator, can provide firming to the dermis while cell turnover and rejuvenation to the epidermis.
  3. Non-invasive options such as laser and light therapies, skin tightening products and technologies perform their tightening and smoothening of the skin similar to sending your bedspread to the dry cleaners. A more refreshed, even colored, glowing smoother and tighter spread covers the surface of the bed.
So, what's a man to do?
  1. First, get a consultation with a well experienced, Board Certified Plastic or Facial ENT surgeon who provides a full spectrum of care so you can determine what is best for you and not what is all he / she provides. 
  2. Second,"if you can pinch more than an inch" of skin along the jawline in front of the earlobe, consider surgery.
  3. Third, begin a therapeutic skin program to exfolliate, stimulate and protect your skin.
  4. 4th, consider minimally or non-invasive procedures as listed above if you are trying to correct early aging changes or maintaining your facelift investment. 
I hope this has been helpful!
All the best!

Dean P. Kane, MD, FACS
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 82 reviews

Is it mostly true that any Facelift will not remove age related wrinkles on the face?

A facelift is primarily done to tighten loose skin and reposition the facial skin properly on the face.  Surface wrinkles of the skin often remain after a facelift.  Laser resurfacing is required to get rid of surface or superficial wrinkles and sun damage.  For more information please read the following link:

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