Facelift Rhytidectomy Facial Rejuvenation
Facelift - Rhytidectomy
A facelift smoothes loose skin on your face and neck, tightens underlying tissues and removes excess fat. Your bone structure, heredity and skin texture all play a role in how many “years” a facelift can “remove” and, to some extent, influence how long it will last.
There are many variations to the facelift procedure and the placement of incisions. The goal of every facelift technique is to keep the incisions hidden as much as possible; following surgery, scars will be concealed by your hair or with makeup.
Your plastic surgeon will free your facial skin from its underlying tissues and trim off the excess. In some instances, the deeper tissues may also need to be repositionned to restore a more youthful contour to your face. If necessary, a small incision beneath your chin permits the removal of fat and smoothing of the cord-like structures in your neck.
If you do not have a significant amount of excess skin, you could be a good candidate of for an endoscopic facelift. This minimally invasive procedure requires small incisions that are placed inconspicuously according to your individualized chirurgical plan.
When facial sagging in the cheek area is pronounced, a procedure called a mid-facelift may be performed. Incisions are often made inside the lower eyelid or may be placed in another area that provides superior access to the access to the central cheek region.
After facelift surgery, you will experience temporary skin discoloration and some tightness or numbness in your face and neck. Since your skin will remain somewhat sensitive for a few months, protection from the sun including daily use of a sun block is essential. You can wear cosmetics a few days following surgery and patients often are back to work within two weeks.
During your consultation, your surgeon will instruct you on what medications to avoid prior to your surgery. You will be able to determine this with your doctor during your pre-operative consultation.
The condition of your skin, location of your hairline and extent of rejuvenation required will be evaluated preoperatively.
A facelift usually takes several hours-or somewhat longer if you're having more than one procedure done.
Incisions usually begin above the hairline at the temples, extend in a natural line in front of the ear and continue behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. If the neck needs work, a small incision may also be made under the chin.
You should be up and about in a day or two, but plan on taking it easy for the first week after surgery. Be especially gentle with your face and hair, since your skin will be both tender and numb, and may not respond normally at first.By the third week, you'll look and feel much better. Most patients are back at work about ten days to two weeks after surgery.