FaceliftA facelift is a surgical procedure to repair sagging, drooping, and wrinkled skin of the face and neck.
Types Of Face Lift Surgery
Mini face lift, lower face lift, mid face lift. with so many options, choosing the right type of face lift surgery depends on more than just your wallet. It is important to consider the specific areas that you want to target for improvement, how long you want to spend recovering from treatment, and what your expectations are for your post- face lift appearance. Click on the links below to learn more about each type of face lift ( rhytidectomy) surgery.
- Lower (Standard) Face Lift
- Mid Face Lift
- Mini "Weekend" Face Lift
- Thread Face Lift
During a faceliftDuring a facelift, the surgeon may : -
- Remove and "lift" some of the fat tissue underneath the skin (called the SMAS layer; this is the main lifting part of the facelift)
- Remove or move loose skin
- Tighten muscles
- Perform liposuction of the neck and jowls
- Use stitches (sutures) to close the cuts
Why the Procedure is Performed
Sagging or wrinkled skin occurs naturally with increasing age. Folds and fat deposits appear around the neck, and deep creases form between the nose and mouth. The jawline grows "jowly" and slack. Heredity, poor diet, smoking, or obesity can contribute to early or severe skin problems.
A facelift can help repair some of the visible signs of aging. Fixing damage to skin, fat, and muscles can restore a "younger" look.
People who have a facelift are not satisfied with the signs of aging on their face, but are in otherwise good health.
RisksRisks for any anesthesia are:
- Problems breathing
- Reactions to medications
- A pocket of blood under the skin (hematoma) that may need to be drained
- Damage to the nerves that control muscles of the face (this is usually temporary)
- Wounds that do not heal well
- Pain that does not go away
- Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
- Unpleasant scarring
- Asymmetry of the face
- Fluid that collects under the skin
- Irregular skin shape (contour)
- Changes in skin color
- Sutures that become visible or cause irritation
The Face Lift ProcedureRead about the details of the face lift procedure, including anesthesia, locations of incisions, and what facial structures are altered to produce your new look. Though approaches vary depending on the surgeon and the patient’s needs, face lift surgery has some universal characteristics that make the surgery safer and more intricate than ever before.
After the ProcedureThe doctor may temporarily place a small, thin drainage tube under the skin behind the ear to drain any blood that might collect there. Your head will be wrapped loosely in bandages to minimize bruising and swelling. You should not have much discomfort after surgery, and you can relieve any discomfort you do feel with pain medication. Some numbness of the skin is normal and will disappear in a few weeks or months.
Your head will be raised on two pillows (or at a 30-degree angle) for a couple of days after surgery to keep the swelling down. The drainage tube will be removed 1 - 2 days after surgery if one was inserted. Bandages are usually removed after 1 - 5 days. Your face will look pale, bruised, and puffy, but in 4 - 6 weeks it will look normal.
Most of the stitches will be removed in 5 days. The stitches or metal clips in the hairline might be left in for a few extra days if the scalp takes longer to heal.
You should avoid : -
- Taking any aspirin, ibuprofen, or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for the first few days
- Smoking and being exposed to secondhand smoke
- Straining, bending, and lifting right after the surgery
You should be allowed to wear concealing makeup after the first week. Your doctor or nurse will give you instructions.
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