Q: Dr. Langdon, what is the “fascia,” and what does it have to do with a facelift?

A: There are different layers to the structure of the face. You have skin on top, and usually there’s a little bit of fat right below the skin. The important thing with a facelift is a layer called the fascia which is a connective tissue layer. This layer is very tough. When we pull the fascia we’re lifting it to reverse the sagging that gravity has caused. The fascia is actually attached to the underlying structures. It’s important to loosen that so the fascia is able to move more. That’s the key to a long lasting result in a facelift, and it is an important detail that we pay attention to when performing facelifts at The Langdon Center in Guilford, CT.