Face lift or rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck.
If you are bothered by the signs of aging in your face, a facelift may be the right option for you. Technically known as rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:
- Sagging in the midface region
- Deep creases below the lower eyelids
- Deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
- Fat that has fallen or is displaced
- Loss of muscle tone in the lower face may create jowls
- Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw can appear as a double chin on a person of normal weight.
Rejuvenation procedures typically performed in conjunction with a facelift are brow lift - to correct a sagging or deeply furrowed brow, and eyelid surgery - to rejuvenate aging eyes.
As a restorative surgery, a facelift does not change your fundamental appearance and cannot stop the aging process. A facelift can only be performed surgically; non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results, but can complement the results of surgery or help delay the time at which a facelift becomes appropriate.
Like any other surgery, there are certain risks involved in this procedure. Please ask your plastic surgeon in detail about the potential complications associated with this surgery. You will also be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any possible risks or potential complications.
Fibrin sealants (made from heat-treated human blood components to inactivate virus transmission) are used to hold tissue layers together at surgery and to diminish post-operative bruising following surgery. This product has been carefully produced from screened donor blood plasma for hepatitis, syphilis, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). These products have been used safely for many years as sealants in cardiovascular and general surgery. This product is thought to be of help in diminishing surgical bleeding and by adhering layers of tissue together.
Immediately after the procedure, a bandage could gently be placed around your face to minimize swelling and bruising. A thin tube may be present to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect under the skin. You may need to be hospitalized for a day. You may need about a week of rest.
It may take several months for swelling to fully dissipate and up to 6 months for incision lines to mature. Life-long sun protection will help to maintain your rejuvenated appearance by minimizing photo-aging or sun damage. In addition, a healthy lifestyle will also help extend the results of your rejuvenated, more youthful appearance. You need to know that the practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.