About FaceLift Surgery
Turn back the hands of the time
Make sure that the age is nothing but a number
The basic information about facelift surgery
It is not a must that every person be aware of how old you have became but as you grow older, it is harder hiding it from other people. The elasciticity of the skin loosen up and the youthful smooth contours of the face start to disappear because there is no long fatty tissues that are evenly distributed, the wrinkles multiply around the mouth and the eyes while the skin found on the chin area start to sag.
Now you can hide your age by undergoing a facelift also called Rhytidectomy.
How can I know that I am the right candidate for a facelift?
The Rhytidectomy or a facelift can restore the youthful appearance when it removes the sagging skin and the major wrinkles.
Women and men around the entire world experienced the revitalizing effect of the facelift surgery. For the men, the procedure is going to eliminate the sagging skin found on the jawline and neck and this helps to establish a chiselled appearance that they had in their youth. For the women, the facelift helps to achieve a smooth facial contour with the overall feminine softness that had been lost because of the gravity, aging and sun damage.
Everyone can get the facelift regardless of the age and this is good news for even senior citizen. The facelift can be done even in the patients who are over 70 years old and they get successful results.
The goal of the surgery is correcting the facial aging on the two third of the lower face. Depending on which type of the surgery used, the facelift can address the following.
- The fat lost in the cheek area
- Nasolabial folds or marionette lines
- Lax skin found at the jawline or jowls
- Deep wrinkles and folds in a mid to the lower region of a face.
- Vertical neck bands
- The accumulated fat found in the neck or chins area
Types of Rhytidectomy
When it comes to the facelift, the surgeon may use different aggressiveness and all these are based on the level of the correction needed. To be able to achieve this, a detailed consultation has to be done with the surgeon and it will help you to communicate the results you wish to get and the technique that you feel that it will be the best to get to your expectations.Back to the top
Full face lift
A full procedure is the facelift lift that reverses all the aspects of aging including check and neck laxity together with jowls. It is meant to tighten your skin with deep underlying muscles for achieve a definitive pull. The incision made varies depending on the patient but it is made within the natural crease found behind or in the ear in order to conceal the incision. They can also be made within the chin or in the hairline depending on how much correction that it is needed to be done.Back to the top
Mini is for the people who want to have a mini facelift and who wish to get a soft look in the jowls and in the cheeks. Many people who choose to undergo this kind of the surgery, they may have got the facelift before and they just want refreshment or they are young and they want just a minimum tough. This kind of surgery is also called limited incision lift for the S-type lift. Because an incision is made by the use of an S, less skin will be removed compared to the full facelift and it does not include tightening of the deeper tissues found on the face.Back to the top
Mid is a facelift that corrects the sagging tissues and it is found in the centre region of the face and it improves the nasolabial folds. It is meant to improve the region found on the eyes corners or on a side of your mouth. It may also be called a cheek lift. The right people for this procedure are these which do not have too much sagging in the lower area of their face or the people who are still younger compared to the people who undergo full faceliftBack to the top
Lower face lift
Lower is for the people who experience deep jowls and wrinkles together with the sagging in the neck only. The incision for this surgery is done on the hairline, behind or in front of ears in order to help in lifting up the lower tissue. The liposuction can be done at the same time.Back to the top
After the surgery
Healing takes place slowly. Many patients may require 10-14 days to be able to heal and for the swelling and bruising to disappear. A compression garment has to be put on for at least 2 weeks on the neck and head to help in reducing the bruising or swelling. In certain instances, the patients may need to put on drainage tubes in order to prevent the accumulation of the fluids and it is going to be removed within few days of the surgery.
In some weeks that follows the Rhytidectomy surgery or facelift, it is possible to feel the numbness within the skin found on the ear or in the face. Sometime temporary discoloration takes place when the healing had started and this may take some months for them to disappear. To enhance the recovery period; you need to sleep with an elevated head.
Even if the permanent damage only takes place in the rarest cases, sometime the facial nerve can be bruised in the surgery and it results in the temporary loss of function and sensation. Feeling numbness around the face, neck and earlobe is something normal and it will continue for around 1-6 weeks and a tight sensation will last for over a mouth. The results that you were looking for may take place within 6 months that follows the facelift surgical procedure.
When other procedures like eyelid lift or a facial implant is done at the same time, the recovery period will change.
The first step towards the good result is to pass through a consultation. You should meet with your surgeon and prepare yourself both mentally and physically for the surgery. You are going to find out whatever you want to know about.Back to the top
FaceLift Surgery Q & A
Is it possible to do a facelift with other procedure?
Yes but only in certain cases. This is going to depend on which extend the procedure will reach. Most of the time, the facelift can be done together with the Botox or eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty). It can also be done with a Rhinoplasty or nose jobs. Keep in mind that the healing periods may be different and each case will be different from others. The surgeon can suggest that you undergo the two procedures separately if you wish to undergo different procedures.
What should I not expect from the facelift?
The facelift is different from the brow lift or forehead. Even if the forehead is a part of the face, the facelift is meant to address mostly the problem of lower to mid region of a face. The brow lift or the forehead lift is a different procedure and it can be done at the same time with the facelift.
The facelift does not reverse the aging around the eyes. A Blepharoplasty is the one used to correct the skin and tissue found on the eyes. It is among the common cosmetic procedures that are being performed together with the Rhytidectomy.
Is there any alternative to the facelift surgery?
The Facelift surgery had been designed to offer dramatic rejuvenation and it is not recommended to be used for the removal of the fine wrinkles. There are some procedures that are better suited to deal with such problem and this includes laser skin resurfacing and dermal fillers.
How long the results will last?
8 to 10 years as an average if you are careful about leading a healthy lifestyle and you take good care of yourself. The skin is going to be lifted so that it can create a youthful and young appearance and it will not re-sag for a long period.
How visible the scars will be?
Our surgeons try their best to make sure that the incisions are conspicuous. Most of the time, the incisions are done within the natural creases behind the ear or along the ear and they can be blend in so they are not that noticeable. In the first months when the redness is yet to subsidize, it is easy to camouflage them by the use of the makeup.
Which are the risks that I am exposed to with the surgery?
Some of the associated risks or complications are hair loss, scarring, complications, nerve damage, hematoma and infection. A surgeon will explain everything to you in full details.
Do I have to lose weight after or before the surgery?
It is always recommended that every surgery should be done when you are at your maintainable health. In case you wish to lose weight, you should lose it before you go to the surgery and it should be to the level that you can maintain. The reason for this is because the facelift is normally designed according to your body during the time of consultation and when there is any change, it may lead to some unfavourable results after time.
I am going to look as a new person?
The best facelift is the one that can create the look of rest and youthfulness. After the surgery, you are going to look younger, happier and well rested.
How long the healing process will take?
The full facelift is a complex procedure and the initial swelling may last at least 3 months. You need also to let the full healing process to get completed and the tissue and the muscle to settle naturally in the new positions. To get the final results of the facelift may take around 6 months.
How to sleep after the procedure?
It is recommended that you should sleep with an elevated head above the heart after the facelift procedure. This will prevent the venous congestion on a surgical site and it prevents the swelling because of too much flow towards the head.
Is it possible to colour my hair after the surgery?
Normally, you are able to colour your hear after 4-6 weeks of the procedure. However, this is when your incisions had healed well and if you did not suffer any complications or openings.
How long I am able to fly after the Rhytidectomy?
It is recommended to wait at least 2 weeks after the procedure if the procedure was not too complex. When you fly without passing of 2 weeks, you are risking suffering blood clotting and you can be affected because of the change of the air pressure. Within 2 weeks, you can fly in safely.
How can smoking impact on the facelift?
Nicotine and smoking need to be stopped some months before the facelift. The reason for this is because nicotine may lead to poor healing and skin necrosis with some other complications which are easily avoided by not smoking.