Signs of aging are most visible in the face and neck. These are caused by the pull of gravity and the loss of facial volume. The signs include deepening of the facial folds, jowling (droop of facial tissue below the chin line) and platysmal bands (vertical lines of the neck).
Traditionally a facelift only tightened the skin of the face and neck. These are called subcutaneous or skin-only lifts. These are safely and quickly performed, have little downtime