A facelift is a procedure whereby the skin and sometimes the underlying tissue of the face is released from surrounding and underlying structures so that it can be pulled back and tightened. It is this tightening that creates a better jaw line and a smoother neck and gives the results people are seeking when they ask for a facelift.
There are several different types of facelifts. A standard facelift that only involves the skin and underlying fat is different than a facelift that also tightens the underlying structures. You may need a facelift that tightens the muscles of the neck or removes excess fat in the neck region as well.
The length of time the facelift will last before it needs to be redone varies from individual to individual. An older person may require a revisional facelift in five to seven years. A younger person may not need a revision for a longer period of time.