THE INITIAL OR EARLY SIGNS OF AGEING BEGIN WITH A DESCENT OF THE CHEEK OR MALAR FAT PAD.
Retaining a youthful, energetic appearance is an increasingly prevalent concern amongst males. At Coastal Plastic Surgery, we offer tailored facelifts to help enrich the way men feel about themselves in personal and professional situations.
We all age differently. Sun exposure, genetics, weight fluctuations, gravity, smoking and nutrition will affect the way our facial features change over time. These changes not only affect the skin on our face but also the subcutaneous tissues, the muscles and even the facial bones.
When Plastic Surgeons talk about Facelift Surgery, we are referring to the area from below the eyes down to the neck. The forehead, brows and eyelids are also affected by ageing and these are dealt with by other targeted surgical procedures.
The initial or early signs of ageing begin with a descent of the cheek or malar fat pad. This leads to a loss of roundness of the cheek and a lengthened appearance of the lower eyelid. As the subcutaneous tissues and the SMAS layer (a strong ligamentous structure that supports the soft tissue of the face) stretches and weakens the cheek descends below the jawline creating jowls. This causes the shape of the face to change from a more youthful oval shape to a square (or harsher) shape.
Additionally the nasolabial (smile lines) become deeper and the lower cheeks begin to hollow. With further descent of the jowls, marionette lines form at the corners of the mouth, giving the mouth a sad appearance. While there is generalised loss of fat in the face, there is accumulation of fat below the chin in the submental area. Bands begin to form below the chin giving a ‘turkey gobbler’ appearance. These are caused by a separation of the Platysma muscle.
Men are becoming increasingly aware of these early signs of ageing and wish to address them before they become more pronounced. Facelifting techniques have advanced significantly over the last couple of decades, and individual concerns can be corrected and procedures modified to produce natural long lasting results.
If you would like to discuss your facelift procedural options, please contact us for a consultation with one of our experienced surgeons.