What is Face Lift?
Facelift also known as Rhytidectomy is a procedure used to counteract the effects of aging by tightening the tissue beneath the skin of the cheek, jaw, and neck. If you have sagging eyebrows & wrinkles of the forehead then you should perhaps consider an endoscopic brow lift. A Rhytidectomy may be performed alone or in combination with a forehead / eyelid lift (Blepharoplasty) or nose surgery (Rhinoplasty), Liposuction, Abdominoplasty & Breast Lift.
Who is the ideal candidate?
The ideal candidate is one whose face and neck has begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong & well defined. Besides, those with loose skin with fine wrinkles, freckles & rough areas will benefit from this surgery. This procedure mostly done by patients who are in their 40’s to 60’s and also people who are in their 70’s or 80’s.
How the procedure done?
Incisions are usually made above the hair line at the temples. This incision lines follow the natural crease, in front of the ear and extended into the hairline above and behind the ear. Beneath the skin is a layer of muscle (platysma) & fibrous attachments that is pulled up and back to tighten the face. The tensioned tissue is secured to bone behind and in front of the ear. The surgeon will then separate the skin from the underlying fat and muscle. The incision is then closed using sutures so that it is lifted upwards and backwards. This procedure is mostly carried out under general / local anaesthesia & the patient would be advised to spend a night in the hospital.
What can you expect after the operation?
After the surgery, there will be some bruising and swelling and this tends to descend into the neck. However, a face lift dressing is applied to put pressure on the incision line & surgical area to limit the swelling & bruising effect. Discomfort is mild and can be controlled with Paracetamol. It is also normal to have some numbness of the skin of cheeks and ears. These signs will usually disappear in a bout few weeks or months.
What is the significance of the procedure?
The patient will look younger with a more vital and cheerful facial appearance which is also tends to increase their morale and self-confidence.