As we age, our skin loses elasticity and becomes saggy, while the muscles in the upper and lower jaws weaken, resulting in jowls, flat cheeks, and lower eye bags. Factors such as sun damage and pollution, including smoking, contribute to collagen and hyaluronic acid loss, causing wrinkles, age spots, and fine blood vessels.
A facelift, also known as Rhytidectomy, is a personalized plastic surgery procedure designed to address sagging skin, jowls, and deep wrinkles in the lower face. Our board-certified plastic surgeons utilize techniques that help rejuvenate the face by restoring facial volume and lifting sagging tissue areas. Facelift surgery is often combined with other facial plastic surgeries, such as neck lift or facial fat transfer, to achieve natural and refreshed results.
Am I a suitable candidate for a facelift?
A facelift is suitable for individuals experiencing:
- Sagging jowls
- Midface deflation
- Temples and brow wrinkles
- Overall tired-looking appearance
- Signs of aging and sun damage
Candidates for cosmetic surgery at Novomed should be in good mental and physical condition, without major medical complications, and have realistic aesthetic goals.
What happens during facelift surgery?
Facelift surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia and may take up to four hours. In some cases, a less invasive technique, such as a mini facelift, can be done as a day case procedure under local anesthesia with or without sedation. The specific technique used for a facelift will vary depending on the type of facelift chosen. Generally, the surgeon makes incisions above the hairline, starting at the temples and moving downward in front of the ear, under the earlobe, and behind the ear. If the jawline needs lifting, additional incisions will be made under the chin. Some patients may opt for facial contour enhancement through fat transfer, where excess fatty tissue is extracted via liposuction from another area of the body, purified, and reinjected into the desired facial areas.
What are the types of facelifts?
- SMAS lift: Treats the superficial and underlying tissues of the face and neck for more significant improvements compared to conventional facelifts.
- Deep plane lift: Ideal for older patients requiring a comprehensive lifting procedure with incisions concealed along the hairline.
- Mini facelift: Suitable for younger patients seeking upper face rejuvenation with minimal incisions.
- Mid-facelift: Restores volume to drooping mid-face skin and reduces deep nasolabial creases.
How is the recovery process after a facelift?
Patients typically experience temporary swelling, pain, and bruising after facelift surgery. During the initial stages of recovery, it is advised to maintain an upright position, apply cold compresses, and take prescribed pain relievers to ensure comfort. The duration of time off from work may vary, with some patients needing at least two weeks, depending on their job requirements and physical demands. Initially, scar tissue may appear red and raised, but it should gradually fade and flatten over time.
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