Facelift – Procedure, Recovery Time, and Risks Associated With Surgery

Facelift surgery procedure

The face is significantly affected by constant exposure to the elements, and the natural effects of aging.

Why Should You Get Facelift?

A facelift is designed to remove excess skin and fat and redrape the skin to improve wrinkles, sagging skin, jaw and necklines. A once old, tired, sad appearing face may become brighter and more youthful in appearance.

Procedure for Facelift

The procedure is performed by camouflaging incisions in the temporal hairline, down the front, around, and behind the ears. Excess fat is removed, and liposuction of the neck may be performed. The sagging tissues are resuspended, and the skin is redraped and tightened. The face then appears more youthful and fresher. The results of the procedure usually last for 5 to 10 years.

Endoscopic Surgery May be Performed

In selected individuals, endoscopic surgery may be performed to achieve the same result with significantly smaller incisions. Facelifts are often combined with a forehead lift, eyelid surgery and fillers in order to improve all aspects of the aging face.

Where is it Performed?

The procedure is performed as an outpatient at an outpatient surgery center. The operation is performed under general anesthesia. Surgical time is usually 2 to 4 hours.

After the Surgery

After the operation, you may experience swelling and discoloration of the skin. This is variable and will disappear shortly. You may experience temporary numbness in the neck and face. This too will improve. The stitches will be removed in 5 to 7 days. Makeup can be applied after the stitches are removed. Strenuous activity is avoided for six weeks. Sun exposure is to be avoided.

Risks and Complications

Rarely, one may experience complications after surgery. These include bleeding, infection, scarring, change in hairline, and rarely, nerve injury. A second facelift procedure is associated with a significantly less chance of risk than the original procedure.

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