Cosmetic procedures have finally gained mainstream acceptance in most countries. Many women started their cosmetic anti-ageing procedure with less invasive treatments, like injections and dermal fillers, at a certain point, some women would consider facial rejuvenation surgery, or a face-lift, for longer-lasting and more dramatic results
What is a face-lift?
A face-lift is a procedure to lift and tighten sagging skin on the face and neck. Plastic surgeons perform the surgery in the operating room while the patient is often completely asleep under general anaesthesia.
During the procedure, surgeons make small incisions around the earlobes to help hide any surgical scarring, which is minimal. They lift and pull back loose facial and neck skin and connective tissue, removing excess skin before closing the incisions. The procedure help addresses problem areas, such as:
- Jowls that occur on the jawline
- Loose neck skin
- Nasolabial folds, also known as marionette lines, between the nose and mouth
- Mid-face drooping
- Double chin
How long does it take to recover?
For most people recovery will take between 10 to 14 days from the date of surgery.
During recovery, patient can expect some swelling and bruising while incisions heal. The surgeon will provide detailed post-surgical care instructions and pain relief recommendations to speed your healing.
What are the benefits of a face-lift?
The primary benefits of a face-lift are increased satisfaction with your appearance and having others see you as more youthful and attractive.
What are the risks and drawbacks of a face-lift?
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks people should consider before heading to the operating room. General anaesthesia poses a risk for some people, including older adults and people with health conditions such as obesity and diabetes.
Some people also have an increased risk of bleeding during surgery. These patients include smokers and people who take anti-clotting medications, such as warfarin.
Will people be able to tell?
Some people worry that their faces will looked stretched out or that it will otherwise be obvious that they had surgery. This shouldn’t be the case with the right surgeon. If the surgery is performed well, the result will be natural in appearance and nobody will be able to tell.
Who are candidates for face-lift?
The best candidates for a facelift are those whose face and/or neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity. The procedure also works best on persons whose bone structure is strong and well-defined.
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