The aging face is characterized by changes in the skin as well as underlying structures and connective tissue. As the skin loses elasticity over time, loose excess skin can start to sag leading to facial aging. As a result of this excess skin, jowls along the jaw line can become exaggerated making the face appear square. Excess skin and a separation of the platysma muscle of the neck can lead to "banding" or a "turkey gobbler" appearance in front of the neck. Laxity of the cheeks as well as fat loss in the mid-face can also contribute to an aging appearance. A facelift procedure can address and correct these visible signs of aging. In some cases, depending on the needs of the patient, cheek or chin implants may be recommended to restore diminished facial volume in order to enhance the results of facelift.
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