Facelift is also called ‘rhytidectomy,’ which means ‘wrinkle excision.’ Wrinkles are the result of aging, as well as gravity, sun damage, weight fluctuation and stress. While a facelift can’t stop the aging process, it can produce a more youthful and relaxed appearance. A face lift may also be combined with other procedures such as forehead lift, eyelid surgery or nose reshaping.
Suitable candidates for face lift:
Women and men who have loose skin in the neck and along the jawline (‘jowls’), and deep ‘smile lines’ in the midface.
While many patients are in their fifties and sixties, older patients may also undergo the procedure as long as they are in good health. Younger patients may also undergo the procedure as needed. Techniques are modified according the individual needs of the patient.
Planning Your Facelift Surgery
ALC Studio facelift surgeon will evaluate your face, including the skin and underlying bone structure, and discuss your goals for the surgery. The surgeon will check for medical problem such as high blood pressure, blood clotting problems, or the tendency to form excessive scars. If you are a smoker, it will be important to stop smoking for three weeks before and after the surgery; nicotine inhibits blood flow to the skin, and interferes with healing. If you take aspirin or related medications, you will be asked to stop for ten days before surgery (with the permission of your personal doctor). Most patients will need ten to fourteen days of recovery prior to returning to work.
Face Lift Cosmetic Surgery
What is a Face Lift
A face lift surgery usually takes several hours. Every surgeon performs the procedure in his or her own way. The incisions are started above the hair line in the temples, and extend downward in the natural line in front of the ear. The incision continues around the earlobe and behind the ear, and then back into the hair-bearing skin behind the ear. Sometimes, a small incision is made under the chin if the neck needs additional tightening. The surgeon lifts and tightens the skin, while also tightening deeper tissue and removing/repositioning fat. The wound is then sutured closed (metal clips may be used on the scalp). Small drainage tubes are left under the skin for a day, to drain any blood or fluid that collects. The head is loosely wrapped in bandages to minimize bruising and swelling.
Facelift Post Operative Care
Facelift – Facial Rejuvenation: RhytidectomyThe surgery may be performed as an outpatient, or you may be asked to spend one night in the surgery center. Discomfort following a facelift is usually quite modest, and can be minimized with oral pain medication. To minimize swelling after surgery, the head should be kept elevated for the first few days, and it’s best to take soft foods to avoid excessive chewing. Drain tube are removed and bandages changed on the first day after surgery. Sutures are removed in about one week. Your face may appear bruised and puffy at first, but most of this resolves within two weeks. Some mild numbness of the skin is normal after a facelift, and this will typically disappear within a few months. You should avoid strenuous activity for two weeks, and sports for four to six weeks after surgery.
Your New Look
Within a few weeks, most patients are enjoying their new, refreshed appearance. Scars are well hidden after facelift; though they may be red at first, they will fade with time and become difficult to see in most cases.
Risks Involved – Face Lift Cosmetic Surgery
When a facelift is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, significant complications are unusual. By carefully following your doctor’s instructions, you can assist in lowering the risks of surgery. Complications can occur, however, including:
Bleeding – blood can collect under the skin after surgery, forming a ‘hematoma,’ and this may require a reoperation to drain the blood.
Infection can occur, but this is quite rare.
Unfavorable scars are also unusual in the face, but may result.
Injury to the nerves that control facial expression can result. This is usually temporary, but can be permanent.
Healing problems may occur, particularly in patients who smoke.