WHAT IS A FACELIFT?
As we age, facial skin and facial muscles start to sag. Elasticity and firmness diminish slowly but surely, being more pronounced from our 40`s on.
The main goal of a facelift, also called rhytidectomy, is to achieve a rejuvenated and natural-looking face.
It is not about looking like someone else. The idea is to turn back the time, recovering a younger version of yourself.
To sum up, a facelift involves removing the excess skin after repositioning and tightening the underlying muscle layers.
The traditional facelift incision usually begins in the temple area (inside the hairline), extending down in front of your ear. Then it continues around the earlobe and behind the ear toward the scalp.
Next, the skin is carefully separated from the underlying tissues. The excess fat is removed, and the muscles are tightened. Additionally, any loose skin is cut away before stitching it up in an upwards direction.
Scars are perfectly camouflaged in the hairline to make them unnoticeable.
The intervention is performed with general anaesthesia in under 2 hours. Although, in less invasive cases, it could be done under local anaesthetic and sedation for you to feel comfortable and have a quicker recovery.
FACELIFT RECOVERY PERIOD
Once the lifting surgery is complete, the wounds are closed with stitches. The patient will leave the operating room with surgical dressings on the head. These bandages will stay put for two days, and the stitches will be removed during the first week.
Also, in some cases, drains could be left in place to avoid fluid build-up (including blood).
Although a facelift is treated as a day case and hospitalization is not usually necessary, we recommend that the patient be accompanied. You must get assisted in the following hours after the intervention.
The day after the intervention, the surgeon removes the bandages and evaluates the incisions. If everything is ok, he will give you additional recommendations and schedule a follow-up consultation.
The postoperative period is not very painful, although it may be uncomfortable. To reduce swelling, we use a special facial mask (hilotherapy) that provides cold at a constant temperature of 15ºC.
Sleeping the first days propped up with the head slightly elevated can help the swelling subside and ease the discomfort you may experience.
The recovery time will last around two weeks. As in other plastic surgeries, the patient will experience some bruising and swelling in the treated area. These symptoms will fade gradually.
Fifteen days after the facelift surgery, the patient can return to normal life. Before this time, you should be especially careful with sun exposure. Also, you are not allowed to engage in strenuous activities, heavy lifting, or bending down.
At first, your face will look a little puffy and swollen. Also, the skin could look and feel too tight. This usually settles down within six weeks of surgery. Although, you must wait about six to nine months to judge the final results of your facelift.
FACELIFT VS NON SURGICAL PROCEDURES
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