Heredity, stress and environmental factors can result in in wrinkles, deep creases, and excess skin on the face. Facelift surgery also known as rhytidectomy addresses these aesthetic issues and slows down the signs of aging, helping to restore a more youthful appearance. American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) statistics 2014 reveal that this cosmetic surgical procedure is among the top five in the U.S.
The signs of aging that can be addressed by the procedure include- fine lines, creases between the eyes, mid-face sagging, double chin and jowls in the lower face.
Some facelift procedures also include tightening of the underlying tissues. To improve results, it is often combined with procedures to enhance the appearance of the forehead, cheeks, brows and eyes.
Facelift Surgery Different Options
During the consultation, the surgeon will evaluates the patients general health status, the level or intensity of aging and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors. Your your surgical goals will also be evaluated so that the right option can be recommended. Various options available include-
Dual Plane lift
Midfacial and Subperiosteal lifts
Short scar face lift or mini facelift
For a traditional facelift, an incision is made in front of the ear extending up into the hair or hairline. The skin is raised and the underlying facial musculature is elevated to a more anatomically pleasing position. Excess skin is removed and the incisions are concealed around the ear.
The time taken to perform the procedure will depend on the type of lift. While mini-facelifts can be done in or under two hours, standard facelifts usually take three to four hours; treatment that combines other procedures such as eyelid or brow surgery may take up to six.
Some slight bruising and swelling is typical and may last for few days after the surgery. During the recovery stage, a bandage might be placed around the face to minimize swelling and bruising.
Choose the Right Facelift Surgeon
Not all surgeons can perform rhytidectomy. Make sure to choose a board certified plastic surgeon with relevant experience in performing facial cosmetic surgery procedures. Also ensure that the practice you choose is equipped with advanced equipment and is AAAASF (the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc) accredited. The mission of AAAASF is to ensure the highest quality patient care in the ambulatory surgery setting through an accreditation program. In a reliable center, you can expect personalized care and comprehensive support till full recovery.