What you must know about Facelift
As people age, the effect of time shows in their faces,
the skin on face and neck begin to thin and to lose
elasticity, deep creases form between the nose and mouth;
the jaw line grows slack and jowly; folds and fat deposits
appear around the neck.
Hereditary factors, personal habits, smoking, exposure
to the sun could contribute to ageing of the skin.
The purpose of a facelift (technically known as rhytidoplasty
or cervicofacial) is to tightening the facial tissue,
correction of the creases, removing excess fat, tightening
underlying muscles, and redraping the skin of your face
and neck. The skin tightens along with the tissue improving
the appearance of the face.
If you're considering a facelift to improve your appearance,
the proper information will clarify some aspects like
benefits of the procedure, duration, post-operatory,
complications, and right time for it.
Realistic expectations and a good doctor-patient relation
is the base for the success of the surgery.
Who is a candidate?
As in any aesthetic surgery, good health and realistic
expectations are basic requirements.
The patient must consider the limitations of a rhytidoplasty
understanding that there is no ideal stop this aging
process. A facelift can't stop ageing but it can make
you look younger and fresher. The age of the patient
is not crucial. What’s important are the expectations
and reasons for the surgery which you must discuss with
The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia,
combined with a sedative or under general anesthesia
depending on the patient's choice. This is something
that will be discussed on you initial consultation.
Incisions usually begin above the hairline at the temples,
extend in a natural line in front of the ear (or just
inside the cartilage at the front of the ear), and continue
behind the earlobe to the lower scalp.
The surgeon separates the skin from the fat and muscle
below around the cheeks and neck, trims the fat, tightens
the underlying muscle and membrane, and then pulls the
skin back. If the neck needs work, a small incision
may also be made under the chin.
The incisions are stitched; a small, thin tube may
be temporarily placed for 24 hours to drain any blood
that might collect there. A bandage is placed for 48
hours and the patient must remain hospitalized for 24
to 48 hours.
The patient must rest and take pain medication.
The stitches will be removed 5 to 10 days after the
After surgery edema and small hematoma may appear but
will disappear after two or three weeks.
Patients will resume their normal daily activities
after one or two weeks depending on the magnitude of
Complications, although infrequent, include: hematoma,
infection, facial control, poor healing and noticeable