What can you do when the age that shows on your face is not the age you feel? When your face shows signs of aging, such as sagging skin, wrinkles, and a crepey neck, it is time to take action. Though some women are fine with aging naturally, others want to look younger for longer. Modern facelift procedures help them do just that.
What Is Involved In A Modern Facelift?
Before deciding to have a facelift, a woman should know what is involved and if she is a good candidate for a facelift. The facelift procedure has improved over the last decade. The downtime or recovery time has been shortened. Now, the procedure can be performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia.
The procedure involves small incisions that are hidden beneath the chin, at the ear, or at the hairline to be nearly invisible. If the neck is involved, excess fat and skin are removed, and the neck muscles are tightened to give the neck better definition.
Then, incisions are made at the temple and hairline to allow the superficial muscular aponeurotic system to be identified and muscles lifted outward and upward in the cheek area for a natural look. Tissues are secured with sutures and extra skin is removed. The incisions are closed with no tension and heal to be nearly invisible.
Last, the protective dressing is applied. This dressing can be removed the next morning. The recovery time has been shortened as patients stay at a recovery retreat centre or at home. The bandages are in place for a week and then patients visit the doctor’s office for complete bandage removal.
Breaking Down A Facelift Into 4 Steps
The 4 basic steps in a face lift include:
- Medications are administered to make the procedure more comfortable. The choices include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
- The facelift can take several forms, including a traditional facelift, limited incision facelift, or a neck lift. The required incisions are made in the hairline, at the temples, and under the chin if the neck is involved. The excess fat is removed, the underlying tissue is repositioned, the skin is re-draped over the uplifted contours, and the extra skin is removed.
- The incisions are closed with dissolving sutures or sutures that will be removed in a few days. A new method uses skin glues to seal the incisions. All three methods allow healing of incisions to a nearly invisible look.
- The patient has a short period of recovery. Bandages are placed around the face to minimize swelling and bruising. Patients can choose to recover at home or in recovery centres. You will be given directions about post-operation care of the facelift site. There may be medications to take orally or to apply to the surgical site.
The initial recovery time for a facelift is about two weeks. If you bruise easily or don’t want anyone to know work has been done, plan for a few more days. For more extensive facelifts such as SMAS lifts or deep plane lifts, the recovery time can be six to eight weeks. The recovery regimen can include ice compression, head dressings, pain medication, JP drainage tubes, antibiotics, and head elevation for a few days to two weeks.
After the recovery time, the results will be very satisfying. There will be instructions from the plastic surgeon on steps to take to ensure these results last. Making small lifestyle changes and skin care efforts can keep that young look for much longer.