Face lift, Younghood renewed!
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As we get older, skin and tissues naturally lose their elasticity. This leads to sagging and wrinkles. A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that lifts and tightens these facial tissues.
A facelift can involve removing excess skin, smoothing out folds or wrinkles, and tightening facial tissue. It doesn’t include a brow or eye lift, although these might be done at the same time.
A facelift is only focused on the bottom two-thirds of the face and often the neck. People get facelifts for a lot of different reasons. A common reason is to help disguise signs of aging.
Risks for a face lift
- anesthesia risks
- cardiac events
- blood clots
- pain or scarring
- hair loss at the incision sites
- prolonged swelling
- problems with wound healing
What happens after
After the surgery, your doctor will likely prescribe pain medication. You may or may not have some pain or discomfort along with swelling and bruising. This is all normal. Your doctor will give you instructions on when to remove any dressings or drains and when to make a follow-up appointment. Once the swelling goes down, you’ll be able to see the difference in how you look. As far as your skin “feeling” normal, this usually takes several months.
Typically, give yourself about two weeks before resuming a normal level of daily activity. For more strenuous activity, like exercise, wait about four weeks. Everyone is different, though, so ask your doctor when you can expect to be able to resume your usual activities. To help extend the results of your facelift, moisturize your face daily, protect it from the sun, and live a generally healthy lifestyle.
The results of a facelift aren’t guaranteed. You might not get your desired results from one surgery. Sometimes a subsequent surgery is necessary.
Talk with your doctor about what you can do to help ensure a successful facelift and what you can reasonably expect from the surgery.
After the surgery you will be given pain medication, you should expect some pain, discomfort, swelling and bursting, it is quite common and not to worry-some, but if you feel it is getting out of hand notify your doctor and go to an emergency room as a precaution. Your doctor will give you instructions on how to remove the dressing and remove any drains if at all, when you make a follow.
Good candidates for facelifts include:
- healthy individuals who don’t have medical conditions that can interfere with wound healing or recovery from surgery
- those who don’t smoke or misuse substances
- those who have realistic expectations of what the surgery entails
How to prepare for this surgery
- Stop smoking
- prepare a list of all previous surgeries or illness that you maybe have had
- Discontinue use of aspirin, anti-inflammatory pain relievers, and any herbal supplements to reduce the risk of bleeding and bruising.