Face lift surgery (Rhytidectomy)

What is facelift surgery?
A facelift is a surgical method that removes excess facial skin to make the face appear younger. However, the aging face not only loses skin elasticity and develops looser droopy skin, but also loses fat and muscle tone. Additional procedures which may be necessary to achieve the best results include: necklift, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), liposuction, autologous fat injection, removal of buccal (cheek) fat pad, forehead lift, browlift, chemical or laser peel, and malar (cheek), submalar or chin implants.

How is facelift surgery performed?

 The traditional facelift procedure is performed through an incision starting in the hair or hairline above and in front of the ear (the temporal region). The incision is extended downward in front of the ear, comes under the ear and then upward behind the ear ending in the hair or hairline behind the ear. The skin and fatty tissues are then lifted off the underlying muscle and fascia (connective tissue) as far forward as is necessary to correct the loose skin problem. The underlying muscle and fascia can be tightened with sutures if the surgeon feels it is necessary. The skin is pulled back and upward and the excess skin removed. The wound is then closed with sutures and skin staples. Some surgeons leave a drain in the wounds to remove excess blood. Bandages are then applied. There are surgical techniques which go into deeper tissues rather than under the skin and fat. The results are similar.

Risks specific to facelift surgery;

  • Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles - this is usually temporary.
  • Problems with healing of the skin - this is common for patients who smoke.
  • Scarring - there will be some scarring, although the surgeon will always try to hide the face lift scars.
  • Crust on the incisions - this will be temporary.
  • Numbness or tingling around the incision areas - this should be temporary.
  • Skin or hair loss - this is rare.
  • Skin discoloration - this is a rare condition that can continue for several months.

Before & After face lift.



Jolly Princess said...

Gosh! I do not want to undergo this face lift surgery. It looks so frightening to me.

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