Facelift is a surgery that lifts the facial skin, sometimes even neck – necklift, by removal of excessive skin, subcutaneous fat and by making the fibrous tissue more firm. It is performed mostly under general anesthesia, it takes 1,5 to 3 hours. Hospitalization takes 1 day, the head bandage is removed in 3 to 5 days, recovery process takes usually 1-2 weeks, great physical strain is possible in a month.
What is a face lift (rhytidectomy)
Wrinkles can take hold in different parts of the face on different people. Some people develop deep creases between the nose and mouth, while others see the skin around their lower jaw and neck is getting weak and loose. These changes can be effectively removed by having surgery of the face and neck, more commonly known as a face lift.
By removing excess facial skin, as well as any excess fat, and then tightening the underlying muscles and tissues, a reformation of the skin on the face and neck can be achieved. This can lead to the removal or lessening of the above mentioned signs of ageing.
If you're considering a face lift, the following information will give you a basic understanding of the procedure, when it can help, how it's performed, and what results can be expected. You can post questions about face lifts in our forum. The actual procedure may more or less differ from this information, since a lot depends on the individual attitude of the patient and his relationship to his face lift doctor. A good result is always influenced through good understanding and cooperation between the patient and the surgeon. Therefore do not hesitate to ask your surgeon about anything you don’t understand.
Are you a good candidate for a face lift?
Face lifts are popular among women, and lately interest is growing among men as well. The main indication if a face lift would be right for you is loose skin in the face and neck. A natural condition is an overall healthy patient. Most patients are in their forties to sixties. A face lift can be done on younger patients, if the above mentioned ageing effects have appeared sooner than expected. The surgery can also be considered by older people, if they fulfill the medical requiremenrs. Face lifts can make you look younger and fresher and the result should never lead to an unnatural look. Before you decide to have face lift surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon. Also, view before and after face lift photos to see the results from face lift surgery that you can expect.
Before your facelift surgery
If you decide to have a facelift abroad, your surgeon will explain the surgery process and the chosen anesthesia to you; he or she should also inform you about the risks involved. Don't hesitate to ask your doctor any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding certain medications. Carefully following these instructions will help your facelift to go more smoothly and you to heal without troubles. Before the planned surgery you should arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery, and to help out for the first days if needed.
The final effects can be expected to last for five to ten years. The procedure can be repeated as needed.
This text has been created with the kind assistance of Tomas Dolezal, M.D.
Frequently Asked Questions
- When is it not possible to perform face lift surgery?
- Where is the incision made in a classic face lift?
- What regimen must be followed after a face lift?
- What type of anaesthesia is used during face lift surgery?
- What effect does the face lift have?
- What are the alternatives to a traditional face lift?
- What is an appropriate age for a face lift?
- What are the possible complications and risks of having a face lift?
- How long does the effect of a face lift last?
- How painful is a face lift?
- What is the difference between a face lift and mini face lift?
- What is the price range of a face lift?
- How long is the recovery period after a face lift?
- What is a SMAS face lift ?
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