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Face Lift Surgery

An Introduction

The facelift surgery can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. It usually takes 2-4 hours to perform the procedure and you can go home one the same day or after the overnight stay. You can return to your work after 2-4 weeks and will be able to resume light exercise after 4-6 weeks. There will be slight bruising & swelling on your face right after the surgery which will likely to settle down within 4-8 weeks.

Face Lift or Rhytidectomy (Also referred as Face Sculpting)

Children and young adults have smooth & round faces due to evenly distributed fatty tissues in facial contours. Over time, the skin sags and folds over the chin, jawline and neck. A Facelift or Rhytidectomy, is aesthetic surgery to improve and sometimes eliminate evidence of aging, such as wrinkles and sagging skin on the face and neck. It involves tightening of the facial and neck muscles as well as the removal of any excess skin. The skin begins to wrinkle and sag as a result of age, sun exposure, gravity and genetics. Not only does a facelift improve facial appearance but also has a dramatic effect on the neck, enhancing its contour and profile.

Are you a good candidate for Face-Lift surgery?

The best candidate for a facelift is a woman or man whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well defined. You are a good candidate for facelift if you have one or combination of these following conditions –

  • Deep wrinkles and smile lines
  • Loose skin on neck and jaw
  • Signs of aging in the lower & middle third of the face
  • Heavy jowls
  • Sagging cheeks
The Procedure (view the procedure in 3-D animation)

The extent of the procedure depends on what changes are desired and what your surgeon deems appropriate. When removal of pouches around the eyes is desirable, eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) may be done in conjunction with the facelift surgery. All forms of rhytidectomies are popular with both men and women who feel their face looks older than they feel. General anesthesia is usually required. The surgeon will make incisions inside the hairline at the temple, in front of the ear, then around the earlobe and behind the ear, ending at the scalp area. Excess skin is removed and sagging muscles and connective tissues are tightened and fixed in a desired direction. In some cases, fatty deposits are removed from beneath the chin and neck. Incisions are closed with small sutures. The procedure may take up to 2-3 hours depending on whether any other procedures are performed at the same time.

The facelift has always been regarded as a major surgical procedure but recent advances in technique; both surgical and anaesthetic have made it much safer and comfortable experience. It is important to remember however, that although a facelift can wind the clock back by reversing the effects of gravity, it will not erase loss of volume and permanent creases, particularly around the lips. Further procedures like laser resurfacing or chemical peels can improve those lines and can be carried out in conjunction with a facelift. Dermal fillers may also be used in conjunction with a facelift to help fill hollow areas of the face.

Your Recovery

Immediately after the Facelift surgery, bandages are gently placed about the head and face for 24 hours. Stitches around the ears will be removed in a few days. The scalp sutures will be removed in 7-10 days. To minimize scarring, the doctor may remove the sutures in stages. Scarring fades quickly. Swelling and discoloration decrease within two to three weeks. Feeling of tightness in your face will be present for several weeks, which will soften gradually. In the Facelift, patients can expect some swelling of the face and eyelids and some discoloration is common with any type of facial surgery. This is most notable on the second and third days and diminishes in approximately one week. However, this also depends on your type of skin, age and healing ability. We recommend you to avoid sun exposure for few weeks after surgery.

Expected Results

The degree of improvement can be determined by such factors as age, heredity, bone structure and various individual characteristics of the skin and personal habits such as alcohol intake, nutrition and smoking. All these factors (to some extent) will determine how long a facelift will last. Thousand of Facelifts are performed successfully each year and it can make you look 5 to 10 years younger than your age. Dramatic as the end results are, this is not a simple procedure. It requires a week to 10 days of recovery. Life-long sun protection will help to maintain your rejuvenated appearance by minimizing photo-aging or sun damage. In addition, a healthy lifestyle will also help extend the results of your rejuvenated, more youthful appearance.

Before & After Pics

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