What Is a Face Lift?

Tuesday, 19 Oct 2010 11:17 AM

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A facelift is a plastic surgery procedure through which a plastic surgeon can tighten the facial muscles and smooth out wrinkles in the face. Currently, the facelift surgery procedure has made it easier for people to erase the wrinkles and sagging that comes with skin aging. Here are a few things you should know before opting for facelift surgery.

What happens during cosmetic facelift surgery?
A facelift, technically known as a rhytidectomy, can take years off your face by reducing the sagging appearance of facial and neck skin. During traditional facelift surgery, the surgeon makes a simple incision before the ear and then extends it to the hairline behind the neck. The surgeon then extends the incision into deeper tissue to tighten it with a few simple stitches. If necessary, the surgeon can remove extra skin or re-drape it during facelift surgery to create a fresher, younger appearance after surgery. The benefit of a facelift is that incisions are usually invisible and cannot be detected easily after facelift surgery, but the effect, namely younger- and tighter-looking skin, is obvious immediately after the patient recovers.

Are there any complications associated with facelift surgery?
Before a cosmetic facelift surgery, surgeons inform you about the procedure, its duration, complications associated with the surgery, and the cost. Facelift surgery itself can take from two to five hours. The most common complications that arise immediately after facelift surgery are bleeding, swelling, post-operative hemorrhage, infection, injury to the facial nerves, and temporary or permanent numbness. Most temporary facelift surgery complications are resolved within a month of treatment. Long-term complications include scarring, necrosis of skin flaps, and distorted facial expressions, however these are relatively rare.

How long will a cosmetic facelift last?
The effects of cosmetic facelift surgery last for a long time, but aging continues. After a few years, the aging process and various lifestyle choices can catch up with you, causing the sagging appearance of facial skin. Nonetheless, there are many techniques that can be chosen to prevent this. For example, effects of procedures such as short scar cosmetic facelift surgeries last for a shorter time, but SMAS cosmetic facelift surgery results last between ten and fifteen years. If you care for your facial skin properly and follow a healthy lifestyle, cosmetic facelift effects can last for a long time.

Can a person get a new facelift every 10 years?
Yes, most surgeons can do repeat facelifts if you are not satisfied with the first surgery. But the surgery process may vary. The incision placement
is different and deep tissue correction may not be required. The doctor will also perform a detailed medical evaluation to make sure it is safe for you to undergo surgery.

What is the average cost?
Many kinds of facelift surgery procedures are available based on individual requirements ranging from a complete neck and face lift to a lower jaw reshaping, or an eyebrow, forehead, or eyelid tightening. Naturally, the cost of each procedure can vary significantly. There are now newer, minimally invasive facelift treatments being developed. It is advisable to consult your doctor for the best and most accurate cost estimate. Make sure the surgeon you choose is qualified and experienced. There is no harm in checking with the local or state medical society or the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

The cost of a facelift is usually not covered by medical insurance so be sure to discuss any potential surgery cost and complication scenarios with your insurance provider when drawing up your estimates.

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