The face usually portrays the first visible signs of aging. Both gravity and diminished volume result in the facial features of aging. Most patients requesting evaluation for facelift feel that their facial features do not reflect their youthful spirit and energy level. They are looking for ways to refresh and rejuvenate their appearance. There are many different variations of the facelift procedure that smooth the skin of the face and neck, tighten the underlying tissues and muscle, and remove excess skin. Ultimately, the facelift will allow you to turn back the hands of time to better reflect your youthful spirit.
How is a Facelift performed?
The facelift procedure continues to evolve. Over the years, the procedure has changed from simple skin lifting to more complex deeper plane lifting techniques. Today, many different techniques exist, with outcomes that are consistently reliable and durable. The facelift procedure usually involves incisions in front of and behind the ear. The incisions may extend into the scalp. Once the incisions are made, various degrees of undermining of the skinare performed, and the deeper layers of the face are ‘lifted’. Muscle tightening as well as liposuction of the neck and jowls may be performed, and excess skin is either removed or repositioned. The results are a reversal of the effects of gravity and tightening of soft tissues of the face to restore a more youthful contour to the face.
Procedure For Facelift Surgery
Facelift surgery usually requires a general anesthetic to be administered so that you will be asleep throughout the procedure. You should be prepared to spend one night in hospital.
Individual factors and personal preferences will determine the specific technique selected for your facelift. Your surgeon will discuss with you the particular method that she or he recommends for achieving the best result in your case.
Generally, an incision is hidden in the natural contour of your ear, and then extends around the earlobe and back into the hairline.
Through these discreet incisions, your surgeon will free the skin from the underlying tissue.
After the skin has been pulled up and back, the excess is removed.
In some instances, the deeper tissues may also need to be repositioned.The procedure may also include the removal of fatty tissue from the area underneath the chin.
Usually there isn’t significant pain or discomfort after the surgery. Any pain can be managed with medications. For 2-3 weeks there may be some swelling and bruising and the skin of the face may feel a little strange with some stiffness and numbness.
Stitches & bandages are removed after 14-16 days. Recommended stay in hospital and back to work in 7-14 days, possibly with makeup to hide bruising. For 3-7 days after surgery patients should minimise activity and be careful with the face and hair, for 2-3 weeks should avoid strenuous activity, and for several months should limit exposure to the sun and avoid sauna. Scarring is hidden behind the hairline or the ears.
*Disclaimer-“There is no guarantee of specific results and that the results can vary from person to person.”
The results of your facelift may be subtle or dramatic, depending on your appearance prior to the surgery as well as the specific goals that you and your plastic surgeon have established. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait several weeks for an accurate picture of your “new look”. Additional minor changes or settling may occur over several months following your Facelift surgery.