Published On: Mon, Nov 2nd, 2020

Do I need a facelift? This is how you know

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Is it possible to keep a youthful face for your whole life? Some people think this is possible if you take care of your skin, use SFP daily, and use the best anti-wrinkle creams on the market. Well, a youthful face is not something you can have forever but, thanks to medicine, there is one option that can help you to add a touch of youthful beauty to your face.

Definition of facelift

The technical name of this procedure is rhytidectomy. It is used to give the face of the patients a younger appearance. The most visible changes can be seen in the jawline and cheeks area. A great benefit of this procedure is that it decreases the signs of aging and the sagging skin in the face area.

The following things can be reduced with this procedure:

  • Sagging skin on your cheeks
  • Fat or extra skin in the neck
  • Loose skin in the jawline

This procedure is performed by a plastic surgeon and it’s necessary to go to an appointment where you explain your intentions to have this surgery to your doctor. The doctor then has to do a full physical exam to determine whether the patient is an eligible candidate for a facelift.

You can be a candidate if you:

  • Patients who don’t smoke
  • Patients who enjoy good health and doesn’t have unrealistic expectations about this procedure
  • Individuals who don’t have any medical conditions that avoid good healing after a surgical intervention

Overview of the procedure

During the operation, your doctor will make a small incision at the beginning of your hairline or in your neck. This will depend on the technique of the surgeon.

After this, the surgeon will begin to elevate your skin to make this youthful appearance. The fat on your neck will be removed or redistributed at the patient’s preferences and the saggy skin will be also removed. Your facial skin will be moved in a way that helps with the contour of your face and the surgeon will do it in a way that looks as natural as possible.

Risks

Like every surgical procedure, a facelift has its downsides. Some of the risks are:

  • Skin loss that is more known as sloughing
  • Hair loss
  • Scarring that has to be treated with corticosteroid medication
  • Hematoma formation
  • Injuries to the nerves

In case you experience chest pains, irregular heartbeats, or pain on one side of your face after the surgery, you must contact your surgeon immediately. This can be a sign of a much more severe consequence of the facelift.

References:

  1. Mayo Clinic
  2. American Academy of Facial Esthetics
  3. American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  4. University of Michigan

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