Have you ever considered having a facelift?
You may have heard that a facelift is one way of achieving a more youthful appearance. But what exactly is a facelift, what benefits does it offer, and what happens during the procedure?
In this blog, we cover these facelift ‘need to knows’, while also describing another cosmetic procedure; the mini facelift.
What is a facelift?
A facelift – also known as a rhytidectomy – is a cosmetic surgery which is capable of giving the face a younger look. The procedure is focused on reducing folds and sagging skin on the jawline and cheeks, as well as other facial ageing signs. A facelift can be combined with a neck lift to address sagging skin and fat deposits in the neck region.
It’s important to note that facelifts do not reduce skin wrinkles or damage which is the result of sun exposure.
Benefits of having a facelift
So why might you want a facelift? For those seeking a younger facial appearance, there are a number of reasons why a facelift can be an appealing option:
– A more youthful appearance – the enhancements offered by a facelift can result in a more youthful and refreshed appearance, thanks to skin which is tighter and looks healthier.
– No noticeable scars – while the facelift procedure does involve incisions, it uses a technique which leaves very few signs that you have had cosmetic surgery.
– Effective tightening all over the face – facelifts can eliminate wrinkles and fine lines around the face; from the cheeks to the eye area, forehead, jowls and neckline.
– Customised to the patient – when you have a facelift, the procedure is customised according to your individual facial features, and your overall objectives. This makes a satisfactory outcome more likely.
– Combine with other cosmetic procedures – from neck lifts to brow lifts; there are several cosmetic procedures which can be combined with a facelift. This can save time, and in some cases allow you to save money.
What happens during a facelift?
So how exactly does the facelift procedure work? Ahead of the procedure, you are likely to be given sedation and local anaesthetic, in order to numb a part of the body. In some cases, general anaesthetic can be administered. It should be noted that it takes longer to recover from the effects of general anaesthetic.
The type of incisions which are made during the procedure will depend on the type of facelift you have chosen. A traditional facelift uses an incision which starts in the hairline at the temples and goes around the ears to the lower scalp. Some facelifts use only a limited incision which starts in the hairline at the temples but goes only around the front of the year. A necklift incision begins in front of the earlobes and goes around the ear to the lower scalp, with a small incision made under the chin.
Facelifts usually involve the elevation of skin, followed by the tightening of the muscles and tissues underneath. Fat can also be redistributed or removed. After the facial skin is re-draped over the new facial contours, excess skin is removed, before the wound can be stitched closed.
After undergoing a facelift you may experience swelling, bruising, moderate pain, and numbness, as well as some drainage as a result of the incisions. The procedure typically takes two to four hours.
What is a mini facelift?
You may also have heard about a mini facelift. This is a modified version of a standard facelift which uses smaller incisions around the hairline, allowing the lower part of your face to be lifted. It is effective in addressing sagging skin.
People who decide to have a facelift are typically over the age of 40. Ultimately, it is a personal choice which should not be made in order to please anyone but yourself