Facelift or rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging on the face and neck. As individuals age, the skin and muscles of the face region begin to lose tone. The facelift cannot stop the process s of aging. It can improve the most visible signs of aging by tightening deeper structures, redraping the skin of face and neck, and removing selected areas of fat. A facelift can be performed alone, or in conjunction with other procedures, such as a brow lift, liposuction, eyelid surgery, or nasal surgery.
Who is a good candidate for a facelift?
Men and women of all ages benefit from facelift. This surgery is individualized for each patient. The best candidates for facelift surgery have a face and neck line begun to sag, but whose skin has elasticity and whose bony structure is well defined.
What will happen during surgery?
The surgery may take three to four hours. Facelift usually is performed under general anesthesia. An incision is usually made from and one or two inches behind your hairline, going down in front of ear, than under and behind ear.
Your face skin will be gently pulled upward, and any excess skin is removed. Your surgeon will be rise up the different tissues of your face.
The surgeon will close the incision with stitches and bandage be applied.
After surgery, there is soreness and discomfort which is easily controlled by medication. You will remain in the hospital for a day or two. Some bruising and swelling are natural, and will begin to decrease in a week to 10 days. Bandages will be removed one or two days following surgery. Stitches used to close the incision will be removed in 5 days to 12 days following surgery. You will be able to wash your hair one or two days after surgery.
Most patients begin to resume their normal routines very quickly following a forehead lift, usually within a week after surgery. Generally, they are back to work tithing a week to10 days.
The decision on when to return to work and normal activities depends on how fast you heal and how you feel. Sports should be avoided for four weeks.
Are there risks involved?
While all surgery carries some risk and plastic surgery is no exception. Serious complications are infrequent when the facelift is performed by qualified plastic surgeon. All patients experience temporary numbness in incision line following a rhytidectomy because some nerves leading to the face are divided during the surgery. Most, if not sensation will return in majority of cases within several months. Heavy smokers should be aware that nicotine can delay healing. Risk of complications can be minimized by closely adhering to your surgeon’s advice on follow-up care.