Also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure aimed at reducing the visible signs of aging on the face and neck. It involves removing excess skin, tightening the underlying muscles, and repositioning fat deposits to create a more youthful appearance.
During the procedure, the surgeon makes incisions around the hairline, ear, and sometimes under the chin. Through these incisions, they access the underlying muscles and tissues, tightening and repositioning them as needed. Excess skin is then removed, and the remaining skin is pulled taut and re-draped over the face and neck. Finally, the incisions are closed with sutures or staples, and the patient is sent to recovery.
Before the procedure
Patients should avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, as these can impair healing and increase the risk of complications. They should also stop taking blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, as these can increase the risk of bleeding. The surgeon will provide specific instructions on how to prepare for the procedure, including what medications to take and what to eat and drink before surgery.
After the procedure
Patients will need to take some time to recover. They may experience bruising, swelling, and discomfort for several days to a few weeks. The surgeon may prescribe pain medication to manage any discomfort. Patients should avoid strenuous activities, bending over, and heavy lifting for several weeks after surgery to prevent complications. They should also avoid exposure to the sun and wear sunscreen when outside to protect the healing skin.
The results of a facelift can last for several years, but it does not stop the aging process entirely. Patients can maintain their results by practicing good skincare habits, including using moisturizer and avoiding sun exposure, and leading a healthy lifestyle.
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