Facelift or rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure designed to improve visible signs of aging in your face and neck. This procedure can improve signs of aging such as deep creases along the nose, sagging in the midface, loose skin, and excess fatty deposits, loss of muscle tone in the lower face etc.
This procedure is usually performed along with brow lift and eyelid surgery, to correct sagging brows and rejuvenate your eyes. Men and women who are displeased with their current appearance and signs of aging can renew their look by undergoing a facelift procedure.
However, as this is a surgical procedure, it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the basic information regarding the surgery prior to making a decision.
You may be the right candidate for a facelift if you are experiencing some or all of the following signs of aging:
If you are thinking about getting a facelift, you must choose a qualified surgeon to perform the procedure. You should choose a doctor who can demonstrate successful work done previously, and you should request to see before and after photographs of the surgeries performed. You have to be prepared to pay more for a surgery done by a highly qualified plastic surgeon, although the extra cost is worth it as you will be operated by a high respect doctor.
Your doctor will then discuss your expectations with you and suggest a proper solution. You should know that there are other options to rejuvenate your appearance such as non-surgical methods, although they cannot quite achieve the same results.
You must be aware of what a facelift can do for you, and you must be realistic. Although it can successfully rejuvenate your appearance, the surgery cannot stop the process of aging and signs of aging will appear again eventually. Should you decide to undergo this surgery, you should do it for yourself only, and to please anyone else or fit into certain beauty standards. The decision should be your entirely. You should ask your doctor regarding any concerns you may have and any risks associated with the procedure.
Prior to making a decision, there are certain factors that need to be considered such as your health. If you have any medical issues, you should inform your doctor in advance, before you make a final decision. As facelift surgery requires a long healing period, you should be physically ready for the procedure and completely healthy. It is also preferable that you do not smoke or that you stop smoking prior to surgery. It is also important that your skin retained some of its elasticity as during the procedure your facial skin is tightened.
Facelift surgery is usually performed under local or general anesthesia, and patients are allowed to choose the type of anesthesia that will be used. During the facelift surgery, an incision is made and your skin is pulled horizontally toward the ears and trimmed. Many patients choose to combine other surgical procedure along with a facelift so as to achieve full results.
Recovery is a slow process, and it may take several months until the swelling disappears completely. However, the incision lines may take even longer to mature and become less visible. After the surgery, it is necessary to protect your skin. This may require life-long protection from the sun in order to retain the new rejuvenated appearance. You can prolong the effects of the surgery by minimizing sun damage and by leading a healthy lifestyle. A healthy balanced diet and no smoking can help you maintain the new look longer.
A facelift surgery can significantly improve your appearance and reduce the visible signs of aging. However, a facelift cannot stop the aging process altogether. It may rejuvenate your face and thus delay the appearance of deep wrinkles and loose skin, but the effects are not permanent. Following your doctor’s instructions carefully, dedication to leading a healthy lifestyle, and quitting smoking may prolong the effects of the surgery.