In describing a Colorado facelift procedure to my patients, they seem to understand it more thoroughly when I sum it up in the following 6 stages:
Creating the incision. For traditional facelift patients, the incision is made around the ear at the junction of the face and the ear, and at the temporal (sideburn) hairline.
Creating a pocket. After the incision is made, a pocket must be created in order to release the underlying tissues from the skin. This allows the surgeon better visibility to the underlying muscles and tissues that need to be tightened.
Trimming and tightening. At this point of the procedure, the underlying muscles are tightened, and any excess fat or skin is removed to reveal a more contoured facial appearance.
Improving jaw definition and neck appearance. Small sutures are used to sew the edges of the underlying facial tissues together. This helps improve the jaw line because it creates a smoother appearance. Also at this time, the neck is firmed by placing sutures in the area.
Removing excess skin. In this stage of your facelift, excess skin is removed to create a more youthful facial appearance.
Placing fine sutures. The last stage before recovery is to place fine sutures to hold the skin edges together. After, you can begin the recovery process and enjoy your new, enhanced image.
When performed by an experienced, board-qualified plastic surgeon, this procedure usually results in a rejuvenated appearance that looks youthfully tighter, without that “pulled” look.