Face Lift Facelift

The world of cosmetic surgery has advanced tremendously over {the} last two decades. New procedures have emerged that can make an individual look and feel younger in a very short time. Amongst {the} vast number of cosmetic procedures currently available, {the} face lift is a commonly performed procedure that is sought after by both men and women. Here we shall take a look at {the} Facelift procedure in a little more detail.

What is a face lift? 

  • A face lift is called a rhytidectomy in {the} world of medicine. It involves tightening {the} muscles of {the} face and smoothing {the} skin so that {the} face appears younger and rejuvenated.
  • However, it must be remembered that a face-lift is not a total anti-aging solution.  General health and fitness, body and skin, are critical factors.

Types of Facelift Procedures

The type of facelift procedure performed depends on areas of concern, {the} time set aside for recovery, and {the} individual patient’s wants and expectations. The various types of facelift procedures include:

  1. Traditional Full Facelift: The traditional full facelift provides a comprehensive plan to improve numerous of {the} signs of aging. It can effectively improve sagging around {the} cheeks, lines around {the} mouth, extra fat and rolls under {the} chin, and jowls. This lift requires extensive incisions along {the} temple, around {the} ear, into {the} hairline behind {the} ear, and skin flap elevation down into {the} neck. It is typically chosen by those between 50 to 70 years of age.
  2.  Mid-Facelift: A mid-facelift involves lifting and tightening of tissues below {the} eyes and around {the} cheeks. This requires deep surgery to beautify {the} contours of {the} face and to sculpt prominent cheekbones. As this procedure is limited to {the} mid-face, candidates are usually men and women between 30 and 60 years who just want subtle changes. Post-operatively {the} goal is to look refreshed rather than “overhauled”.
  3.  Mini Facelift:  A mini facelift can do just that with smaller incisions and a shorter recovery period. Mini facelifts are ultra-focused and target small, precise areas such as jawline and lower cheeks. Incisions are made in front of and behind {the} ears and excess skin is excised.  This procedure can be done under monitored anesthesia care and does not usually require post-operative drains.
  4. Lower Facelift: A lower facelift focuses on {the} lower third of {the} face and is a terrific procedure for improving jowls, defining {the} jawline, reducing deep nasolabial folds and helping sagging lines starting at {the} corners of {the} mouth. A Lower facelift is used for patients of most age groups to reduce {the} signs of aging and to promote facial rejuvenation.
  5. Submental Facelift: This is sometimes referred to as “necklift” and involves removal of fat directly or with liposuction, with or without muscle plication.  It would be used to improve a double chin.  Incisions are made in front of and behind {the} ear, as well as under {the} chin.  A drain is usually placed for 24 hours after surgery. This procedure is usually appropriate for middle-aged men and women, but may possibly be indicated for younger patients.

When is a face-lift offered to patient?

  • A Face-lift is offered in a number of different scenarios. The presence of deep creases in {the} middle of {the} face or at {the} mouth and jawline are some indications. As we get older, {the} collagen in our face is gradually lost and this makes {the} skin on {the} face appear rather unsightly. In addition, {the} loss of skin tone can create loose and saggy skin on {the} face. In such situations, a face lift is wonderful, as it can significantly improve {the} appearance of saggy skin and wrinkles.

How is it performed?

  • First, {the} patient will have a detailed consultation with their surgeon regarding {the} benefits and risks of a face lift.  For {the} decided upon procedure, {the} patient is placed under sedation or general anesthesia. Incisions are made and {the} skin and underlying tissue is moved around and redistributed across {the} face in order to give {the} face a fuller and less droopy appearance. Additional incisions may possibly be made under {the} chin if needed.
  • At {the} conclusion of {the} face-lift procedure, {the} incisions are closed cosmetically with a combination of sutures, staples and possibly tissue glue. The goal is to have a scar that is barely visible.

Benefits of face lift

  •  A face-lift can provide a smoother, tighter, less droopy face without drastic changes
  •  A face-lift can rejuvenate one’s external appearance and by doing so can improve   overall confidence of {the} recipient.

Are there any risks of face lift?

  • There are risks associated with a face-lift, which is {the} case for any surgical procedure.
  • There are certain risks associated with {the} anesthesia itself.
  • A slight amount of bleeding and bruising is to be expected and this improves and fades over several weeks.
  • In some individuals, {the} incisions may possibly not heal optimally and additional treatment may possibly be required.
  • Damage to underlying tissues and structures, such as {the} facial nerve, can occur but is rare.
  • The risk of disappointment and/ or dissatisfaction after {the} procedure can hopefully be reduced by having in-depth pre-operative discussions with {the} surgeon concerning reasonable expectations for {the} procedure planned.
  •   An infection can occur any time an incision is made and would necessitate treatment with antibiotics.
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