As people age, the elasticity of their skin decreases. This results in facial sagging, giving the face an older appearance. Factors such as sun exposure, lifestyle choices and even genetics can exacerbate the development of sagging facial skin.
A facelift is a procedure designed to tighten the facial tissue, leaving behind a youthful and rejuvenated appearance. The surgeon will lift the skin, address the folds along the cheeks as well as the jawline, and ensure that the face is left with a smoother and more youthful appearance. During the procedure, the surgeon makes incisions along specific areas of the face, addresses underlying tissue, fat and muscles, and then sutures the area after the surgical procedure is completed.
A traditional facelift is more intensive and requires more incisions than a mini facelift. It’s also preferred for older patients, while mini facelifts are ideal for younger patients with limited sagging skin.
A facelift is also known as rhytidectomy and can be performed alongside other surgical procedures such as neck lifts, forehead lifts, and other facial rejuvenation procedures.
Improves sagging facial skin, jowls and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles and re-draping skin. Offered by Dr. Echeagaray.
Approximately four hours.
Before the procedure, the surgeon will conduct a thorough assessment of your medical history. Your expected results will determine the procedures offered. During this assessment, the doctor will ask you about your medical history. At this point, you should inform them about any medications you may be taking or any underlying health issues that you may have.
If you smoke or drink, then these could affect the surgery as well. You should inform your doctor ahead of time and not partake in these substances for a few days before the surgery, as recommended by your doctor.
A facelift doesn’t affect fine lines and wrinkles. That’s why many patients opt to get multiple surgical treatments for a more youthful look. In facelifts, it’s usually the bottom 2/3rds of your face that’s addressed.
There are various facelifts that you can get, from a complete traditional facelift to a mini lift. A facelift targets sagging skin along the jawline and neck, jowls, fine lines and wrinkles, marionette lines, and facial skin.
During the procedure, the surgeon will make a small incision along the hairline. The incision is made in a way where scarring is not visible. Flaps of skin on either side of the face are pulled back to reveal the underlying layers.
After this, the tissues are altered to restore a youthful appearance. Once any excess skin is surgically removed, sutures are sued to seal the incisions.
Usually general anesthesia is used or the patient may elect to use sedation and local anesthesia.
Usually this is an outpatient procedure, although some patients may require a short hospital stay.
Possible Side Effects:
Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of the skin, as well as a tight feeling and dry skin. For men, a permanent need to shave behind their ears, where beard-growing skin is repositioned.
Injury to the nerves that control the facial muscles or feeling (which is usually temporary but in rare cases may be permanent), infection, bleeding, poor healing, excessive scarring, asymmetry and a change in the hairline.
When the patient is released after the surgery, they may require bandages and drainage tubes. Stitches from the surgery are usually removed by the surgeon after ten days. The patient may return to work after ten to fourteen days. More strenuous activity may be resumed after two weeks or more. Bruising should begin to disappear after seven to ten days. Sun exposure must be limited for several months after surgery. The use of a sun block that provides both UVA and UVB (Ultraviolet) protection is recommended.
Most facelifts can be expected to maintain an optimum appearance for up to five to ten years. Adopting good skincare practices, using sunscreen regularly and a healthy lifestyle can extend the effects of the facelift.
Either – depending on the patient’s doctor’s decisions.
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