As people grow older, the natural aging process begins to affect us all. Genetic influences, exposure to the sun and other lifestyle factors play a part in causing the skin to wrinkle and sag. In younger individuals, the face is smooth and firm due to fatty tissue directly beneath the skin. The tissue, which fills out the contours of the face, gives it an even, smooth appearance. As people age, the skin begins to sag and fit more loosely. Skin folds become more noticeable, mainly around the chin, on the jaw line and neck.
In recent years, a remarkable procedure called rhytidectomy or as we know, a facelift has been developed to help correct the signs of aging on the face, and give people the youthful appearance they desire. This procedure involves the tightening of facial, neck skin and muscles and the removal of excess skin. Often a facelift is done along with other facial cosmetic surgeries such as brow lift and forehead lift, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), chin implant augmentation, liposuction and rhinoplasty (nose surgery). A facelift may be performed any time after signs of aging appear.