A facelift also known as Rhytidectomy is one of the well known surgeries of the face. It cannot stop the aging process, but it can set the clock back. It improves the most visible signs of aging like wrinkles, creases, removes excess fat found in the lower face and neck, laxity of facial muscles, and improves the contour of the lower jaw, and jowls and softens deep lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth.
The procedure is performed by a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon. It involves the use of general and local anesthesia. An incision is made in the front ear. This incision extends to the hairline to ensure it remains hidden. After the incision, loose skin is lifted from the inner tissues in the neck and cheek area. Inner muscles and structures are also tightened using head sutures.
After the procedure is completed, the patient’s head and face are bandaged with a firm cotton. The cotton avoids swelling of the head and face. The head requires to be supported for 2 to 3 days and stitches are removed 6 to 7 days after the surgery. Like other procedure, facelift also has common side effects like swelling, bruising, numbness and hematuria. The slight changes are observed on the face immediately after the procedure is performed.
Some things to remember about the facelift surgery
- Facelift surgery can correct the aging signs on the face, but it cannot fix the signs of aging in the upper portion of the face like sagging skin under the eyes and eye bags.
- The procedure cannot reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles.
- Facelift procedure gives overall lift to the lower third of your face. It gives you a firm skin in the neck, jowls and jawline.
Before the surgery, schedule a meeting with a licensed, reputable and experienced cosmetic surgeon. The doctor will assess your skin first and recommend you the right procedure. The assessment is based on your age, type of skin and condition. Once you have been recommended the procedure, read about it. You can also ask your doctor everything about the procedure including recovery time, cost and after effects. Clear all your queries before undergoing the surgery. Make a list of pre and post surgery precautions you need to take. If you feel any discomfort after the procedure, contact your doctor at once. Do not miss your post surgery appointments.