The facelift is a surgical procedure that tightens and rejuvenates the sagging and loosened skin over the years due to various factors. As we get older, our skin loses its elasticity, which causes sagging in the future. A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, removes these signs of aging in the face and neck area.
There are a few things to know before getting a facelift surgery. The most important of these is whether the operation is suitable for everyone. If you are considering facelift surgery:
- You should be in an overall good health condition
- You should not have any condition that may cause complications or prevent recovery
- You should not smoke
Besides, patients should know their skin well and have realistic expectations. The facelift surgery will provide you tighter skin, but won’t stop aging. In other words, the results you will get from the surgery won’t be permanent.
How Does a Facelift Work?
In facelift surgery, the surgeon starts the procedure by making an incision from the hairline towards the ear. The muscles and tissues in the lower layer are tightened after the excess fat and skin on the face are removed through this incision.
Most patients request a neck lift surgery in addition to facelift surgery. Indeed, these two operations create amazing results when performed together. A small incision is made under the chin for a neck lift procedure to remove the excess fat and skin. The neck skin is pulled up and tightened before closing the incision and terminating the procedure.
The stitches used in these incisions are often dissolvable and tend to go unnoticed after a while as they were made in hard-to-see areas of the face such as the hairline or just under the chin. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about postoperative scars at all.
Facelift surgery is a relatively riskless procedure as long as it is performed in the hands of specialist surgeons. You are expected to be fully recovered within 15 days after having a facelift, however, final results will be revealed in approximately 6 months. Don’t forget that you have to follow your doctor’s instructions to maintain good results as long as possible.