Should I Get a Face Lift?

Monday, 03 Jan 2011 04:29 PM

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Do you have sagging in the face, deep creases below the lower eyelids, or loss of muscle tone in the lower face? Face lift surgery could be an answer. Before opting for a facelift, you need to know what a surgical face lift can do, how it is performed, and the risks and costs associated with the face lift surgery. It is more important to assess if you are the right candidate for a face lift.

A face lift surgery is technically called Rhytidectomy. It is a surgical procedure to improve the overall appearance of the face and jaw area. A surgical face lift may extend below the skin to reposition the underlying facial muscles, tighten saggy skin, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and excess skin.

There are many types of face lift surgeries. You need to know which suits you and your needs. For this, you will have to identify a skilled and artistic face lift surgeon and seek their opinion. Different types of surgical face lifts target different problems on a person’s face and are performed based on the patient’s individual needs.

Old-fashioned, traditional face lift surgery goes for a larger incision and is preferred by people who are in old age and have pronounced signs of ageing. Liposuction may be used in conjunction with the face lift surgery to remove excess fat under the skin. A neck lift concentrates on the neck area to correct a jowly neck appearance. For people between forty and forty-five years of age, the mini lift or weekend face lift technique is used to correct small signs of ageing.

To undergo a surgical face lift, you must be physically and mentally healthy. You should have specific and realistic expectations of the outcome of the face lift surgery and maintain a positive outlook. You should weigh the risks and complications against the benefits of a surgical face lift and consult your surgeon. It also helps if you don’t smoke. People, whose skin is still relatively supple benefit most from the surgical face lift.

Face lift risks are inherent, as with any surgical process, but face lift surgery is relatively safe. Some scarring can be expected. However, a skilled surgeon will minimize the scars. The most common face lift scars are found around the ear and beneath the chin. Few temporary complications sometimes occur like blood or fluid retention under the skin, crusting of face lifts scars, and numbness of the skin. Apart from this, the risk of nerve damage or infection after a face lift is low, but does exist.

The cost of a face lift varies depending on the surgeon and even the region. Without including the costs of anesthesia, medical tests, and prescriptions, the average face lift surgery in the U.S. could cost about $6000. Many surgeons offer excellent face lift surgery financing options to cover the cost.

Consult your surgeon whether face lift alternatives can help you achieve the look you desire. Alternatives to surgical face lift continue to be developed. They include the laser face lift, micro current face lift, and natural products that firm and tone the skin.


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