Are you considering a Facelift? Here is everything you need to know before making a decision to get a Face Lift done.
What is a FaceLift – Face Lift?
A facelift, technically known as a rhytidectomy (literally, surgical removal of wrinkles), is a type of cosmetic surgery procedure used to give a more youthful appearance. It usually involves the removal of excess facial skin, with or without the tightening of underlying tissues, and the redraping of the skin on the patient’s face and neck.
Who performs a Facelift?
Normally a plastic surgeon would perform a face-lift.
How popular are Facelifts (face lifts) ?
The first facelift was performed in Berlin in 1901 by Eugen Holländer. According to the most recent 2007 statistics from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, facelifts were the seventh most popular aesthetic surgery performed after liposuction, breast augmentation, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), breast reduction, and rhinoplasty.
“a face-lift will not halt the ageing process, it will give you a more youthful appearance”
How often can patients repeat a face-lift?
The Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery says that while a face-lift will not halt the ageing process, it will give you a more youthful appearance. Patients can undergo repeat face-lifts every 4-10 years as a preventative maintenance program.
How is the Face Lift Procedure?
There are a few different procedures and techniques but basically during a face lift surgery, the plastic surgeon begins by making an incision (usually above the hairline) and separating the facial skin from the underlying tissue. Excess fat and skin are removed, and the surrounding muscles are tightened to improve the contours and appearance of the patient’s face. The skin is then repositioned with stitches or staples, and the treated area is wrapped in bandages. The removal of accumulated fat and excess skin generally results in a noticeable reduction of sagging and age lines in the face. Combined with the tightening of facial muscles, such face lift surgery procedures can give patients a refreshed, younger-looking, and more vibrant appearance.
How bad is the healing process?
Following face lift surgery, the healing process will last several weeks. During this time, pain medication is usually prescribed, and physical and social activity may be limited initially.
Are scars visible?
Because incisions are made above the hairline whenever possible, virtually any scarring will be obscured by the patient’s hair.
What is the best age to have a face-lift done?
The suitable age range for a facelift is between 40 and 80 years.
Where can I see before and after Face Lift photos?
In this link to the Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery
At plasticsurgery.org you can also see more photos.
Have a look to some Facelift Surgery Animations
Are there any other non-surgical alternatives?
Yes, there are. We are preparing an article on non-surgical face-lift alternatives.
Images: Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery
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