What to know about facelift surgery?
Or as people are calling it “turning back the clock”. A facelift is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of ageing in the face and neck. It lifts and firms sagging facial tissues to restore a more naturally youthful facial look.
The loss of youthful contours in the face can be due to a variety of factors, including thinning of the skin, loss of facial fat, gravity, sun damage, smoking etc.
Why are people having facelifts?
When we become older, our skin begins to lose elasticity. Even though ageing is a natural process, some people are bothered to stay goodbye to the way they looked when they were younger. For those people, facelifts can be a good answer.
- …you feel unconfident and don’t like the way your face and neck looks because of the sagging skin…
- …you wear scarves and turtlenecks to hide your ageing neck…
- …you look older than you feel…
…facelifts are something you should at least consider.
What’s the surgical procedure?
- Anaesthesia – You are given medication for your comfort during the procedure.
- The Incision – A traditional facelift incision begins in the hairline, continues around the ear and ends in the lower scalp. Fat may be removed or redistributed from the face, jowls, neck and underlying tissue is repositioned. If there’s minimal skin sagging, a mini facelift may be done. Skin is re-draped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away.
- Closing the incision – The incisions will be closed with sutures that may dissolve or may need to be removed after a few days. Some surgeons use skin glues to seal the incision. Once healed, the incision lines from the facelift are well concealed within the hairline and in the natural contours of the face and ear. In some cases, there might be a need for a surgeon visit to have the stitches removed. Be prepared to have some bandages wrapping your face.
How to prepare for the surgery?
It’s not that different from any surgery. You will be asked for blood work and pre surgery evaluation. If there are any medications you take, you might need to cut back on those or stop taking them entirely. It depends on the profile of the medication. In addition to your medications, your doctor will also take a look at your blood pressure, scarring, allergies, skin condition etc.
It’s always a good practice to ask a friend or a family member to stay with and help you a couple of days after the surgery.
Setting the right expectations
You will be given medication. You will most certainly have some pain, swelling and bruising. Be prepared to feel a little discomfort, especially the first week after the surgery. Your healing process starts right away and you will already see the results after the first swelling has gone down. It takes several months to feel completely “normal” again as far as your skin goes.
Be prepared to take the first couple of weeks very easy. Resting is the most important aspect of the healing process. You can resume your daily activity after approximately 2 weeks and in case you are into sports, resume your training regime after four weeks.
Everyone is different though, so follow up with your doctor to check how your recovery process is going and when can you return 100% to your pre-surgery routine.
Getting the best results
It will really help to moisturize your face daily and protect it from the sun. It doesn’t hurt to take on a healthy way of living if you weren’t a big fan before. Smoking, drinking alcohol and eating unhealthy foods will not give you good long term results in any form.
Possible Risks, side effects, complications
Although surgeries are very safe in general and complications are infrequent, you have to make sure your doctor has all the right qualifications and experience to go through with the process with you.
Even then, any surgery comes with some risk.
These risks include: Bleeding, bruising, infection, scarring, tissue death, unevenness between both sides of your face etc.