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Facelift

What is a facelift?

As we age, the effects of gravity, sun exposure, and the stresses of daily life are felt on our faces. Deep grooves form between the nose and mouth; cheeks droop; Fat and wrinkles appear around the neck.

A face lift can improve the most visible signs of aging, tightening the muscles of the face, removing excess oil and redistributing the skin of the face and neck. The facelift can be performed in isolation or associated with other procedures such as blepharoplasty or rhinoplasty. The forehead lift corrects the drooping of the eyebrows and the wrinkles on the forehead and eyebrows.

 
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Who is a good candidate for a face lift?

The most important thing is to have realistic expectations about the results you can achieve, so talking to your surgeon is essential.

He will explain the procedure in detail, show you before and after photos of a facelift and talk to you about the real results you can expect. In the clinic you can also find out about the price of a facelift for your specific case.

The ideal candidates for a facelift are those whose face and neck begin to “fall out”, but whose skin still retains some elasticity.

Facelift surgery

Facelift surgery typically lasts for several hours, or even longer when associated with other interventions, and is usually performed under general anesthesia, although in some cases more sedation may be performed under local anesthesia.

Generally incisions are made at the temples, hidden in the hair, which extend by a natural line that passes just in front of the ears and continues behind the earlobe towards the back of the scalp. If the neck area is worked, a small incision can be made behind the chin.

The skin is separated from the fat and the underlying muscles. The fat can be removed or liposuctioned around the neck and chin to improve the contour of the face. Then the underlying muscles and, finally, the skin are tightened, removing the excess.

After the facelift, a light bandage is usually placed.

In the front facelift the incision is located on the forehead, hidden behind the hair. The skin in this area separates from the underlying structures, drying out the muscles responsible for wrinkles and excess skin.

 

After facelift surgery

After a face lift there is usually little discomfort and these can be easily alleviated with the medication prescribed by the surgeon. You can notice numb skin in certain areas, but this feeling disappears in a few weeks or months.

For a few days after the facelift, you should keep your head elevated to reduce inflammation. If you have had drain tubes inserted, they will be removed in a couple of days; the bandages are removed between the first and the fifth day after the facelift. During the first days you will have a swollen and purple appearance but in a few weeks you will return to have a normal appearance. Most stitches are removed after five days.

Most patients who undergo a facelift are fine in two days, but it is important to rest for the first week. You should be careful with your face and hair, as they will be more sensitive for a while. You should also avoid strenuous activities for at least 2 weeks and limit sun exposure for a few months.

By the third week you will look much better. Most patients return to work 10-15 days after surgery. If you consider it necessary and it makes you feel better, you can use makeup to hide the bruises.

The results

The results are very satisfactory, although it is not immediately visible. Even after the swelling and bruises go away, for a few months you may notice that the hair around the temples is too fine and the skin somewhat dry and rough. The facelift scars will be hidden behind the hair and in the natural folds of the face; They will also decrease with time, becoming less and less visible.

After a facelift your face will continue to age as time passes, but the results are long-lasting; after several years you will continue to look younger.

Techniques

Preoperative appearance

The incisions are usually placed in the hair, in front of and behind the ear. Face and neck tissue and muscles are separated for proper stretching

Excess skin is removed. Resulting incisions

Postoperative appearance