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Facelift Surgery: Improve the Overall Facial Appearance

Posted Apr 08 2013 9:10am
Also known as rhytidectomy, face lift surgery is provided to improve the overall facial appearance of those individuals who are really bothered by the signs of aging. It effectively addresses issues such as:
  • Excess facial fat
  • Sagging facial skin
  • Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the skin and jaw
  • Deep creases below the lower eyelids and along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
  • Loss of skin tone and elasticity
  • Loose underlying facial muscles
  • Loss of jaw line or neck line

The Face Lift Surgery Procedure

The surgeon makes an incision that starts above the hairline at the temples. It extends in front of the ear; continues behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. The skin is lifted off the underlying muscle and fascia (connective tissue) as necessary to correct the loose skin problem. Any excess fat is removed. The underlying muscle and the connective tissue can be tightened using sutures if your surgeon feels it necessary. The skin is pulled back and upwards and the excess skin is removed. The wound is then closed with skin staples and sutures.

Facelift Surgery Variations
  • Skin only lift
  • Dual plane lift
  • Composite lift
  • Mid-facial lift
  • Sub periosteal lift
  • Short scar face lift or mini face lift

Are There Any Complications Involved?

Facelift surgery is associated with certain complications.
  • Bleeding, hematoma, bruising
  • Infections
  • Neurological dysfunction i.e. loss of muscle function or sensation
  • Widened or thickened scar
  • Unevenness between the two sides
  • Skin necrosis i.e. loss of skin from tissue death

However, you need not be concerned about these issues if a reliable and experienced plastic surgeon is providing the service.

Benefit from a Youthful Appearance

The facelift helps to make your face appear young and flawless. Selecting the right plastic surgeon is very important. The surgery is a sensitive issue and hence the decision has to be made wisely. Go for a board-certified plastic surgeon to benefit from the best aesthetic results.

Additional procedures and medications if recommended by your surgeon would prove beneficial for your surgery. Make sure that you remain physically active and refrain from smoking to be eligible for the surgery. Your surgeon will provide the necessary instructions, which are to be followed with minute attention to detail. Talk to your surgeon about your aesthetic goals so that he/she can customize the procedure to meet your objectives.

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