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Face Lift Surgery

A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that is performed to reduce the effects of natural aging of the face and neck area. The surgery aims at making the person look younger by removing excess and sagging skin, smoothening deep folds of the skin and tightening the facial skin tissues. Procedures like brow lift and eyelift may be recommended in conjunction with facelift surgery for best results.

Why is facelift done?

A facelift is done to resolve issues related to the aging of the facial skin such as

  • Sagging cheeks
  • Excess skin at the jawline
  • Deepening of the skin folds from the side of your nose to the mouth corners.
  • Sagging skin, double chin and excess fat in the neck

A face-lift cannot be used for treating sun damaged skin, creases around the nose and upper lip, or irregularities in skin color.

The procedure

Facelift surgery is customized to suit a patient’s specific needs. The surgeon will tailor the techniques to be used accordingly.

  • Mini-Facelift

Patients who possess a mild degree of sagging skin are often recommended a mini-facelift. This is a less invasive technique. It involves tightening of deep facial tissues through smaller and concealed incisions.

  • Standard facelift

A standard or a more traditional facelift generally aims at resolving advanced aging around the mid-face and neck. The surgery is more extensive than a mini facelift. Hence the recovery time is more and the outcome will be more drastic.

The exact technique a cosmetic surgeon picks for your surgery depends on a number of factors, including your anatomy, personal goals, the extent of the facelift (mini or standard), and whether or not another procedure is being clubbed with the facelift. Facelifts are typically performed using general anesthesia, however local anesthesia with sedation may be used in simpler procedures.

After making the required incisions, the surgeon separates the skin from the underlying connective tissue and muscles. The surgeon then repositions the deeper facial tissues, to get rid of sagging skin and creates a firmer foundation for the skin. The excess skin is removed, and the remaining skin is laid over the newly rejuvenated facial tissues to give the face a smoother, and more youthful contour.

What are the risks involved in facelift surgery?

Facelift surgery poses certain risks like:

  • Anesthesia-related risks
  • Bleeding at the surgery site
  • Infection
  • Poor wound healing and skin loss
  • Facial nerve injury
  • Fluid accumulation or seroma
  • Numbness of skin
  • Severe pain post surgery
  • Scarring
  • Prolonged swelling
  • Discoloration of skin
  • Issues related to the sutures
  • More severe problems like deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications

What are the other procedures clubbed with a facelift?

Your surgeon may recommend certain other procedures to be clubbed with the facelift surgery in order to improve the overall outcome of the surgery. Some of them are:

  • Surgical procedures such as facial liposuction, lip augmentation, eyelid surgery and facial implants.
  • Non-surgical procedures for improving skin quality such as chemical peeling, laser skin resurfacing and microdermabrasion.

Conclusion

A number of factors like skin type, age and anatomy influence facelift surgery results. So individuals who are interested in facelift surgery should go to reputed facelift surgery hospitals for the best outcome.

 

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