The History of Facelifts

Posted on April 17th, 2013 by Dr. Albert Carlotti

The first facelifts were performed in the early 1900’s. During these procedures, the only concern was repositioning the skin to remove the appearance of creases and wrinkles. Facelifts were performed by making the incisions, pulling back the facial skin, removing excess tissue, and closing the incision.

Doctors realized in the 1970’s that although repositioning the skin was largely important in obtaining the youthful facelift results people were looking for, the deeper tissues and muscles also had to be repositioned to provide long-lasting results.

In 1974, doctors began repositioning the Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) for better results. The SMAS is the layer of muscle and tissue below the skin. Up until 1974 doctors were performing facelifts by only repositioning the skin. This new procedure brought longevity to the facelift by repositioning both the skin and the muscle. Plastic surgeons are now able to provide patients with long-lasting and natural looking results. A facelift can reduce signs of aging such as wrinkles and creases in the cheeks, jowls, and neck.

Modern facelifts begin with incisions that are concealed within the hairline. The skin is separated from the muscles and tissue beneath for this type of facelift. The SMAS layer is tightened to provide the youthful appearance in the lower face, mid-face, and neck, and after the SMAS layer is tightened, the skin is pulled back to reduce lines and wrinkles. Finally, excess skin and fat is removed, and the incisions are closed.

Recovery from modern facelifts is faster and much more comfortable than facelifts of the past. There is less swelling, bruising, and pain than ever before. There are also different procedures, such as mini-facelifts, that use smaller and fewer incisions which make recovery even easier.

Thinking about a facelift? Call The Carlotti Center for Cosmetic Surgery today for your consultation at (480) 947-7700. If you have concerns about your facial features, or appearance concerns that go beyond the face and neck area, The Drs. Carlotti can discuss facelifts, breast cosmetic surgery and body cosmetic surgery with you. Call or click here now.


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