A procedure in which the skin of the face is tightened to give the patient's face a more youthful appearance. Because of aging and gravity, the skin on a person's face tends to sag and feel flaccid. This is the time when face lift surgery becomes a great option for looking younger.
In this procedure, incisions are made in front of and behind the ear and may extend slightly to the base of the scalp. Once the incisions are made, various degrees of penetration are made into the skin and the deeper layers of the skin are stretched. Liposuction and tightening of the neck and jowls muscles may also be performed. The remaining skin is removed or repositioned.
During face lift surgery, it 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 muscles tightened to improve the contour and appearance of the patient's face. The skin is then placed back into place with stitches or staples, and the treated area is wrapped in bandages. Removal of accumulated fat and excess skin usually results in a noticeable reduction of loose skin and age lines on the face. In combination with facelift muscle stretching, such face lift surgery procedures can give patients a renewed, younger, more vital look.
The primary purpose of the facelift is not to remove wrinkles, but to replace the tissues in a location that produces a more youthful appearance. Of course, you simultaneously get a decrease in the number of wrinkles, but not their total elimination.
Most surgeons agree that the operation has a conservation period of about 10 years, after which it is probably necessary to make a retouching. It is very important for the patient to know that the face lift does not stop the aging process, it only decreases the signs of aging, and its duration will depend to a large extent on the quality of the patient's skin, and, of course, the care that is applied.
The first 48 hours should be a complete rest period, during which time you should avoid bending over or making strong head movements.
You should also apply cold compresses with ice packs or gel to reduce swelling and avoid exposure to heat and sun for at least one and a half months, or until directed by your surgeon.