A facelift is a surgery that helps to improve the signs of crumbling on the face and neck.
There are some things that you need to take care of before you decide to go for the surgery.
- Make sure that your surgeon is trained and board-certified because this kind of surgery needs a certain level of expertise, education, and certification
- For every surgery, there are possible risks that you need to be aware of. Which includes anesthesia risks, numbness, infection, blood clots, and poor results. Before starting the surgery, talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of the surgery to make sure that whether it is right for you or not.
Your geographical area matters a lot in finding a trained and well-certified surgeon. The procedure of this surgery is done in a hospital and you can go home the same day. The recovery time is mostly 2-4 weeks long. According to the American Board of cosmetic surgery, the cost of facelift surgery is between $7,700.00 and $ 11,780.00. The cost of this surgery also depends on your geographic area and on your surgeon.
Sometimes it takes more than one facelift to achieve your desired results. After the swelling goes away you will be able to see the full results. If you take care of your skin and adopt a healthy lifestyle, it will prolong the results of a facelift.
What is a facelift?
As we get older, our skin and tissues naturally lose their elasticity and this leads to wrinkles and loose skin. A facelift is also known as rhytidectomy. It is a surgery that tightens these lose tissues and skin.
It involves removing excess skin, smoothing wrinkles, and tightening skin tissues. It does not include a brow or eye lift but these can be done at the same time.
This surgery only focuses on the bottom two-thirds of the face and sometimes the neck. People get a facelift for a lot of reasons and a common reason is to avoid the signs of aging. The only people who can go for this surgery are the ones who,
- Healthy people who don’t have any kind of health problem that can interfere with the healing process or with the surgery
- Those who don’t smoke or use anything like that
- Those who know about it clearly and expect the same from the surgery
How does it work?
During the surgery, your surgeon relocates fat and tissue under the skin to:
- Helps to smooth creases
- Removes the excess skin
- Lift and tighten the facial skin
What’s the procedure:
The procedure of this surgery varies depending on your desired results.
Basically, an incision is made in the hairline near the temples. This cut goes in front of the ear. Fat and excess skin can be removed or distributed from the face. The muscles and connective tissues are tightened. For a mini facelift, a shorter incision involves.
For the neck lift, the excess skin and fat will be removed. The skin of the neck will be tightened and pulled up. This is done by giving a cut just under the chin. Most stitches are not involved in such surgeries and sometimes you have to go to your doctor to remove the stitches. The cut is made in such a way that it can easily blend with your hairline and facial structure.
What to expect after the surgery?
After the surgery, your doctor will prescribe you some pain killers. Some pain doesn’t have any kind of pain with the swelling but others do and that’s normal. Your doctor will guide you about when to remove the dressings and tubes and when to make the next appointment.
Once the swelling does down, you will be able to see how different you look. But your skin will take a few months to feel normal. Give yourself about 2 weeks before going back to your normal routine. And if you want to do exercise, wait about 4 weeks. Everyone’s different, so ask your doctor, he’ll guide you about when to start your normal routine again.
If you want to extend the results of your facelift, moisturize your face daily, protect it from the sun, and adopt a healthy lifestyle.
The results of this surgery are not guaranteed, it’s possible that you don’t get your desired results with one surgery and you have to go for a subsequent surgery for your desired results. So, before everything, talk with your doctor in detail about what you should expect from this surgery.
Preparing for a facelift is like preparing for any other kind of surgery. Before the surgery, your doctor will check your blood pressure and every other thing that might interfere with your surgery. Maybe they ask you to stop taking certain medicines or adjust your diet before going for surgery.
Your doctor can tell you to stop smoking, stop taking aspirin, pain killers, or other things that increase the risk of bleeding. He’ll suggest you apply certain things on your face before surgery.
It doesn’t matter where the procedure of your surgery is done. You will always need someone who can take care of you one day because you will be in a state of general unconsciousness. So, it’s a good idea to arrange someone who can stay with you for two days.
Finding a provider
If you are living in America, you have to make sure that your surgeon is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic surgery. Because this will ensure certain standards of education, expertise, and best practices. If you have friends who have had facelifts, this is a good place to start. Ask them about their experience and whether or not they are satisfied with their surgeon. Do your complete research and make sure that you choose a doctor you feel comfortable with. Meek with various doctors and then select one. An informed decision is a good decision.