Face lifting measures are often carried out in parallel with nerve and muscle transplants, as the surgical approach in front of the ear is very similar to a purely aesthetic facelift. Tissue tightening can give the patient a more youthful appearance in addition to functional gains in the eye and mouth complex. For example, lifting the corner of the mouth and tightening the cheek tissue can help to regain "oral continence" (i.e. the ability to keep liquid food in the mouth in a controlled manner). The chewed food during food intake and chewing process remains less in the "flabby cheek pocket". In some cases, the cheek tissue without functioning muscles can become so slack that patients have to use their fingers to remove the partially chewed food bolus. Other functions also benefit: the speech is often much clearer after a facelift, which is sometimes combined with additional connective tissue from the thigh (fascia lata), often postoperatively. There are also no more accidental injuries caused by biting open the cheek mucous membrane during chewing, which some patients find extremely disturbing.