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This procedure can address these problems by firming and tightening the skin of the face and neck . It is most effective for the lower face (jowls and neck). A double chin can be improved at the same time by a surgical procedure called liposuction.
The incision for your facelift usually begins in the hairline near the ear and continues in front of the ear, around the ear lobe, behind the ear and into the hairline. The muscles and sagging tissue are tightened, excess skin is removed, and the remaining skin is repositioned to create a more youthful look. The surgeon will close the incision with stitches.
A facelift takes an average of two to three hours and can be performed using local anaesthesia and sedation.
A facelift can be done in the surgical suite. You may be allowed to return home within a an hour or two after the surgery, and spend the night in the comfort of your own home.
Patients usually feel and look OK surprisingly quickly after a facelift. Despite the fact that it is a large operation, there is usually very little pain. Swelling disappears within a few days, and bruises are usually gone by two weeks. Patients generally feel a sense of tightness and numbness that should gradually subside within several weeks. It is important to follow the doctor’s post-operative instructions carefully, restraining from strenuous activity in order to avoid tension on the wound (which could lead to worse scarring).
The scars will remain pink for a few months before maturing to less visible white scars, which can be hidden with makeup. Furthermore, the scars are often hidden within your hair and in the normal creases of your skin.
After recovery, patients can expect a more rested, and often youthful, appearance. Although a face lift can last for many years, patients continue to age. Therefore, it is impossible to predict how long it might be before an individual would consider a second lift. Some believe that a facelift also helps prevent the skin from sagging again by holding it tighter to the face.
The results of a facelift are different for each person. The people who look best after a face lift are those who looked the best before the procedure. Some people have one facelift in a lifetime, while others have a second surgery 7 – 15 years later.
In general, the best candidates for facelift are:
- People with good facial skin elasticity
- In good physical health
- Psychologically stable
- Wanting to improve the appearance of their face and neck
- Well informed in regard to the procedure’s outcome
- Having realistic expectations
A person should have a facelift when they feel that they are ready for it, and could enjoy the benefits it might offer them. For a person with fat deposits on the sides of the face, or on the neck, that could be as early as the twenties. For others, it could be in the eighties.