Synonyms: Facialplasty, Rhytidoplasty, Rhytidectomy
Face Lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed in both men and in women to reduce the visible signs of aging produced by gravity and loss of skin elasticity, from your face and neck. The visible signs of aging include wrinkles, sagging and loose skin on the face and neck with deposition of fat in some areas. Face Lift consists of removal of fat, tightening of skin and the underlying muscle giving your face a younger and fresher look. Face Lift can either be done alone or in conjunction with Blepheroplasty (Eyelid Surgery), Rhinoplasty (Nose Reshaping) or a Forehead Lift.
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Cost of procedure performed in the US: $8,500 - $11,000.
All prices are in US dollars and include the cost of the procedure and minimum hospital stay. Estimates and minimum hospital stay will vary depending upon individual needs and requirements.
Face Lift is fondly called a procedure to 'Turn Back Time'. The major reason for someone to have a Face Lift is basically to reduce or remove wrinkles, loose sagging skin and excessive fat deposition from their face and neck. However, bear in mind that Face Lift will not affect the wrinkles around your eyes.
If you are a man or a woman with loose, sagging skin on your face with well defined and strong structure of your facial bones, then you are an ideal candidate for a Face Lift.
Face Lift is usually performed under local anesthesia with oral sedation to help you relax during the procedure. It can also be performed under general anesthesia. The procedure of Face Lift may take anywhere from 3 - 5 hours depending on your surgeon's approach and definition of your facial bones. For a typical Face Lift, your surgeon begins by making an incision along your hairline just above the ear. The incision for the Face Lift extends down along the front edge of the ear, around the earlobe, and then up and behind the ear extending back into the hairline. The intent for making this incision is to hide it in the hair and make it as inconspicuous as possible. The same kind of incision is repeated on the other side of the face. Using various kinds of highly sophisticated instruments that are used for the Face Lift procedure, the surgeon separates the skin of the face from its underlying tissue, moving down to the cheek and into the neck area and below the chin. Fat deposits over the cheeks and in the neck may either be removed surgically or with Liposuction at this time. Your surgeon will then tighten bands of small facial muscles and tissue that extend up from the shoulder, below the chin, and up and behind the neck to give your face and neck that 'lift'. It is important that these muscles are tightened, otherwise, the looseness and sagging appearance of the skin will return. The excess skin from the edges of the original incision is trimmed, pulls the skin back and re-drapes it on the face, staples or sutures it into place.
Before your Face Lift surgery, make sure that you inform you surgeon and your anesthetist regarding any other medical condition, all the prescription and non-prescription medications (including vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements) that you take. If you smoke, make sure that you do not smoke at least 2 weeks before and 1 - 2 weeks after Face Lift surgery to avoid problems with healing. Your surgeon might prescribe you vitamin C and vitamin K to ensure proper healing of the scars after your Face Lift.
The recovery period is pretty smooth for most patients after the Face Lift procedure. Your face will be bandaged to avoid hematoma formation. Your surgeon will most probably prescribe you pain medication, antibiotics and a steroid injection to prevent pain, infection and swelling after the Face Lift surgery. You will spend the next few hours after Face Lift in the recovery room to ensure that there is no bleeding and will be allowed to go home the same or the following day after the Face Lift procedure. Be sure to make arrangements for someone to drive you home and help you around the house for the next couple of days after the Face Lift surgery. Be gentle with your face and hair in the next few weeks as your face will be tender after the Face Lift. Your stitches will be removed after a week of your Face Lift and you will be able to enjoy your new and improved look soon enough. Your surgeon will provide you with some instructions to avoid irritation of your facial skin, sleep with your head slightly elevated to minimize swelling, avoid strenuous activities and also avoid saunas and steam baths for the next few months following Face Lift.
During the next couple of weeks following Face Lift, your face might look different and feel a little stiff making you self conscious. All this will soon disappear and in about 3 weeks or so, and you will certainly like what you see. There will be some scarring from your Face Lift stitches which can be well hidden by your hair and will soon start to fade and disappear. Getting a Face Lift does not halt the aging process. As time goes by your face will again suffer the brunt of aging and environmental factors and you will probably require another Face Lift in about 5 years time.
B . R . A . N . D . of Face Lift
There are alternative non-surgical treatment options available to Face Lift if you want to look younger but not have those unsightly scars on any part of your face. Here are some alternatives for you to consider:
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