As we get older, our bodies continue to age and with the aging process comes wrinkles, crow’s feet, sagging skin, sunspots and much more. If your telltale signs of aging are starting to discourage you, it may be time to consider a face lift. A face lift, also known as a Rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that reduces the signs of aging in both the face and neck. Receiving a face lift surgery can help reverse the inevitable signs of the aging process. A series of lifting and tightening your underlying muscles will create a more appealing and younger looking appearance to freshen your face.
In the year of 2016, the amount of facelifts performed were up 4% to approximately 131,000 procedures. The facelift procedure is quite common but with any procedure comes risks. Risks involved in face lift surgery include:
- Reaction to Anesthesia
- Nerve Damage
- Visible Scarring
Like many surgeries and procedures, facelift complications aren’t all that common but the risks will always be present when manipulating any part of your body. It’s crucial to follow instructions from your surgeon in order to decrease the chance of such risks. Choosing a qualified and experienced surgeon is of huge benefit not only to receive your best results but also to reduce infection, possible anesthesia reactions, visible scarring, hematomas, nerve damage and other risks. It’s incredibly important to be honest with your doctor. Keep in mind that if you’re a current everyday smoker, drug user and drinker of alcoholic beverages, tell your doctor prior to undergoing your procedure as these can lead to serious complications and an undesirable outcome.
In preparing for your surgery, try to consider all aspects of your lifestyle and everyday routine. Carefully follow your instructions given to you by your surgeon i.e. medication changes, quitting smoking etc. Depending on the type of procedure chosen will determine your recovery time (although it’s not exact as each patient heals differently). Be sure to take at least 1-2 weeks off of work in order to give your face the time it needs to heal. Wear loose fitting, button-down clothing to your procedure so you’re comfortable and can avoid lifting your clothing over your face. Having all of your prescription medication or over the counter medication ready to go when you get home will help with treating the pain as well as prevent you for having to look around for it. Keeping your head elevated post procedure is preferable so make sure you have extra pillows on hand upon your arrival at home.
The actual steps of the procedure of the face lift is determined based on the type of anesthesia used and the face lift technique that your surgeon feels will best suit your face. Local anesthesia is the most common type of anesthesia to be used however, general anesthesia may be necessary. The location of each incision depends solely on the preference of your surgeon and the natural physiology of your face. Once the incisions are made, your doctor will lift the skin from the underlying tissue, remove excess fat and skin and then tighten the surrounding muscles. Your skin is then re positioned to its desired place to give you enhances contours on your face for a more younger, refreshed look.
The notice-ability of results vary by patient. It may take up to several weeks before noticing the face lift’s full effects. Although the goal of the facelift is to give the face a fresher, more vibrant look, the face lift is not a permanent procedure. Your surgeon will do their very best in hiding the incisional scars, some scars may not be 100% hidden so it’s important to keep this in mind prior to fully consenting to the face lift procedure.