Also known as a rhytidectomy, a facelift is a cosmetic procedure that involves the removal of excess facial fat and tightening of the facial muscles and skin. This is to approximate a firmer and smoother appearance on the face and neck.
This procedure is for men and women who feel that their skin is starting to sag around the forehead, jowls and other areas of the face, but whose skin still has some elasticity. It is also advised for individuals with a strong, well-defined bone structure. Surgeons also see to it that their candidates are physically healthy with realistic expectations.
The age that is appropriate to achieve long-lasting results varies from person to person. It will depend on one’s lifestyle and genetics.
A facelift can be done either with general or light sleep anaesthesia. In some cases, a local anaesthetic may also be administered to numb the surgical area.
It is not advisable to drink alcohol or caffeinated drinks at least 4 days prior to surgery and 4 days after. Caffeine and alcohol have blood thinning effects which can delay the healing process. Drinks such as these can make you more prone to swelling. Caffeine can also raise your blood pressure which can complicate your recovery.
After administering the anaesthetic, the surgeon creates the incisions in inconspicuous areas possibly within or slightly above the hairline. Some surgeons make the incisions in front of the ear and then curve around the bottom part. He then separates the fat and the muscle beneath it. The skin and other tissues are then trimmed, pulled back and sutured or stapled into place.
This will actually depend on the surgeon and the technique he uses. If this is a concern to you, discuss it with your surgeon so that he can use other techniques which allow you to maintain your hairline.
A facelift has the following risks:
A facelift generally takes around 2-6 hours to perform. Some may only require partial improvement, while others may need an extensive procedure which could even require more than one session.
Most patients claim that they experience only mild pain or discomfort after the procedure. Fortunately, this can be relieved by an oral analgesic. Any amount of discomfort will gradually lessen during the next few weeks. If the pain intensity increases, report this immediately to your surgeon so that it can be properly assessed.
The main goal of a facelift is to achieve facial rejuvenation by analyzing the face and determining a suitable way to do it. If the level of sagging is not so severe, the surgeon may decide to have you undergo a partial or mini facelift instead. In this approach, the lift relies mainly on excision and not the lift created on the deeper tissues.
Generally, patients can go home on the day of the surgery. During the first day, a support bandage will be applied to the face and the neck which applies pressure to these areas. There is usually mild discomfort which can be relieved by oral analgesics. For neck surgery, in particular, there will be a feeling of tightness after the surgery. An ice pack can be applied to the area for the first two days to reduce swelling and speed up the recovery.
The estimated healing time for this surgery is two to three weeks, although patients may return to most normal activities after a week.
Yes, these may become visible but the surgeon will design this to be well hidden until it fades into a fine line.
You can resume work and non-strenuous activities after one week. However, this will depend on how your body is healing as some might require more than a week to recuperate. It is important that you give yourself enough time to heal to prevent complications.
You will start to notice the changes on your facial skin and muscle as soon as the swelling starts to subside. The final results can be appreciated several weeks after the procedure.
Dr. Daood will have to assess you first to determine what needs to be done for your particular case. During a personal consultation, he will evaluate your facial skin and decide whether you need a partial facelift or a full work done. It is only then that he can give you an exact price quotation.