Do you feel like the daily grind is weighing you down? Well, it’s not in your imagination: as time passes, your body becomes more and more susceptible to the forces of physics. Some of the most visible results of this might appear on your face and neck. Wrinkles, sagging skin, and drooping eyelids are all worsened by the pull of gravity as your skin loses elasticity. These signs of aging are a struggle faced by everyone as they age. The good news? A facelift procedure can slow down the appearance of aging. With modern facelift technology, not only can you look younger right away, but your results can last for years and alleviate the effects of gravity.

Below the Surface

Although the results of a facelift are visible externally, the benefits often have more to do with what goes on below the surface of the skin. Facelift surgery can remedy two major underlying problems. First, as your skin ages, it starts to produce less collagen and elastin, proteins that are responsible for the tautness of youthful skin. As the biological tissue of your skin loses these proteins, it becomes more susceptible to the sagging and drooping effects of gravity. Second, underneath your skin is a network of facial muscles. As you age, these muscles can lose their strength and tone. In turn, they lose part of their ability to maintain your face’s fullness. The muscles (and the skin over them) begin to sag.

In the early days of facelift surgeries, surgeons only repositioned sagging skin. But a modern facelift addresses both the skin and the underlying muscles, pulling them back upwards and freshly anchoring them in place. This process reverses the existing drooping caused by gravity. Though a facelift cannot prevent the recurrence of sagging in the years following your surgery, it can restore a youthful structure to your face and allows you to start with a clean slate.

Long-Lasting Effects

The results of a full facelift surgery will be visible for much longer than non-surgical options like fillers or injections. While noninvasive options may be a good fit if you have few or small concerns, they are not a long-term solution for the more significant signs of aging brought on by the loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone. For example, temporary facial fillers last anywhere between six months and two years, while Botox injections usually fade after three to six months.

On the other hand, facelifts typically last 5 to 10 years after surgery. And, with proper aftercare and healthy habits, your facelift can help you appear younger for the rest of your life. Think of a facelift as a rewind button — you can undo part of the aging process with a single surgery, reversing the toll that gravity takes on your skin and rejuvenating your appearance. Although your skin will continue to age following your facelift, you can add years back to your face. And, you can keep those years through proper skin care techniques like wearing sunscreen and staying hydrated.

Mix and Match

At New York Group for Plastic Surgery, we provide high-quality results that will keep you looking younger even as you continue to age. With the many different kinds of cosmetic surgeries available today, it’s important to determine which ones might be right for you. Your personalized consultation with your NYGPS surgeon will narrow down the procedures that will work with your skin and facial structure to prevent your results from fading too quickly.

If a facelift is indeed right for you, your surgery is an ideal time to consider other age-defying procedures that can further enhance the effects of your facelift. Choosing to add other surgeries to your facelift can minimize costs and consolidate recovery times. Our patients often add neck lifts, brow lifts, eyelid surgeries or facial implants during their facelift — all of which come with the same long-term benefits as a facelift, while targeting particular areas of concern. A combination of procedures can help ensure that your whole face looks youthful after your surgery and in the years to come.

Facelifts are one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures in the world, and for good reason. The modern facelift is safe, subtle and effective. If you feel like aging is taking a toll on your confidence, keep your chin — and your skin — up: find out if you are a candidate for facelift surgery today. Contact the New York Group for Plastic Surgery today at 855-337-3063 (New York City), 845-294-2018 (Goshen), 914-366-6139 (Tarrytown) or 914-293-8700 (Cortlandt Manor).