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It’s like setting the clock back…as it works for a more youthful appearance by removing major wrinkles and sagging skin by tightening of the facial and neck muscles as well as the removal of any excess skin.
As people age, the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun, and the stresses of daily life can be seen in their faces. Deep creases form between the nose and mouth; the jaw line grows slack and jowly; folds and fat deposits appear around the neck. Not only does a facelift improve facial appearance but also has a dramatic effect on the neck, enhancing its contour and profile.
The best candidate for a face lift is a man or woman whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well-defined. Most patients are in their forties to sixties, but facelifts can be done successfully on people in their seventies or eighties as well.
A facelift can make you look younger and fresher, and it may enhance your self- confidence in the process. But it can't give you a totally different look, nor can it restore the health and vitality of your youth. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.
A face lift is frequently performed in conjunction with blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), forehead lift, chin augmentation, and/or liposuction to create an overall rejuvenation of the face. The procedure can be repeated as gravity continues its effects after the first surgery.
The surgeon will make incisions inside the hairline at the temple, in front of the ear, then around the earlobe and behind the ear, ending at the scalp area. Excess skin is removed and sagging muscles and connective tissues are tightened. In some cases, fatty deposits are removed from beneath the chin and neck. Incisions are closed with small sutures.
There is no specific age for having a facelift. The results of a facelift can be subtle or very dramatic depending on the patient’s appearance before surgery.
Endoscopic or minimal- incision surgery is performed using a tiny fibre optic lens inserted through small incisions placed in the temple and in the mouth.
The main benefits of endoscopic surgery include : no visible incisions, minimal scarring, less bleeding, no hair loss, minimal numbness and a much quicker recovery.
You should be up and about in a day or two, but I suggest to take it easy for the first week after surgery. Be especially gentle with your face and hair, since your skin will be both.
You'll look and feel much better after 15 days. I find most patients getting back at work within ten days to two weeks after surgery.
Notwithstanding the fact that having a facelift doesn't stop the clock, you'll continue to look better even years after the surgery. Sounds lovely, isn't it?