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What is Facelift Surgery?

Environmental factors, stress, gravity, and other conditions regularly result in the contours of your face changing and this can have a severe impact on your confidence. Facelift surgery or a Rhytidectomy is described by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as an elective procedure used to restore the youthful appearance of a patient’s face.

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Benefits of Facelift

Facelift surgery has many benefits, including boosting your self-esteem and confidence. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons view these other benefits of undergoing a facelift procedure. 

It can improve your facial silhouette

The underlying muscle and tissue of your face will sag as you get older, and this will eventually change the contours of your face. A facelift surgery when performed in the mid or lower area of the face can restore or refine the appearance of your neck, and your cheeks. Liposuction is sometimes also performed to remove excess fat from the neck area to give a more toned and smooth facial appearance.

It tightens sagging skin

Over time, the elasticity of your skin reduces and a facelift procedure will trim your skin gently tightening and pulling it up to restore a firmer appearance.

It can tone facial muscles

One of the first things that happens during a Rhytidectomy is that your underlying facial muscles are tightened and readjusted. This reduces the stress put on your skin by providing a more solid foundation.

They can enhance your appearance without scaring

They keep the incisions used during a Rhytidectomy subtle, meaning that the vast majority of patients who have undergone these facelifts show no scarring evidence.

The surgery can be tailored to your needs

A board accredited plastic surgeon will completely appreciate the needs of their patients, they will have the skills and techniques to meet their patients’ individual goals and needs

 

Facelift (Rhytidectomy) best candidates

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends that anyone who’s deciding on facial surgery should always initially schedule a consultation with a board-certified surgeon. This will allow them to completely evaluate and understand which method of surgery will meet their needs. Ideal facelift candidates should meet the following criteria.

 

  • Have a positive outlook and realistic expectations
  • Show evidence of loss of fat volume and skin set in the facial area
  • Be unhappy with their current facial appearance
  • Have a history of trying to correct these issues using non-invasive techniques
  • Be in a strong physical health and have no underlying health conditions or illnesses
  • Be not be habitual drug users are smokers

How Facelift is performed?

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recognizes three commonly used Rhytidectomy techniques


The SMAS technique
When using this technique your surgeon will make an incision along your hairline to minimize any scarring. This will begin at your temple and follow the natural line of your hairline down around your ear, this means the creases of your hairline will naturally hide the incision.


The Cutaneous technique
This technique is primarily used to address excess skin or skin sagging. They also perform it using a long incision along your hairline. It is popular as it reduces any risk of nerve damage, as it does not penetrate the muscle layer of your face.


The S Lift technique
This procedure is performed by making an s-shaped decision near your ear through this incision your surgeon will trim and even out any excess skin, tighten the underlying tissues of your lower face to give you a more refreshed appearance.

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Facelift combined with other cosmetic procedures

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends that if you are considering multiple plastic surgery procedures that you always consider the part of your body your surgeon will operate on. For example, during a facelift, they can easily combine other cosmetic procedures such as nose jobs. But having a Brazilian butt lift at the same time you have a facelift probably wouldn’t be recommended under any circumstances as it most likely will cause serious complications.

How much is a Facelift?

The average cost of Rhytidectomy varies from region to region and clinic to clinic. This will largely depend on how much work it involves and the experience of your surgeon. But a general price range will start from $5,000 and cost you anything up to $11,000. 

 

The most recent data available shows that in 2016 the average cost of a facelift was $7,000, and this is according to statistics held by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. You should also remember that these costs regularly don’t include other fees such as.

 

  • Financing
  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Prescriptions or other medications
  • Surgical facility costs
  • Medical/laboratory tests
  • Anesthesia fees

Facelift surgery recovery & results

It is common for bandages to apply to your face to help reduce swelling and bruising following facelift surgery. Occasionally small tubes are left in place to help remove excess blood or fluid and prevent them from accumulating underneath your skin. You can also expect to receive specific instructions on how to keep the surgical site and any drains clear of infection. He should receive proper medication to help you in the healing and recovery process. Also, your clinic and searching should schedule a series of follow-up appointments.

Preparing for surgery and choosing your plastic surgeon

Preparing for surgery and choosing your plastic surgeon

 

It is common for most plastic surgery clinics to ask patients to do some if not all the following to prepare for surgery

 

  • Take a course of lab tests
  • Adjust any current treatments you’re on or take more meditation
  • Discontinue taking any anti-inflammatories. or substances such as aspirin as they increase the probability of bleeding. 

 

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons suggest that you only work with surgeons who can show they have the following

 

  • A board certification granted by the ABPS (American board of plastic surgeons) 
  • Proof that they have finished a minimum of 6 years of surgical training and 3 years of residency in a noted plastic surgery clinic or hospital.
  • Confirmation that they have passed both comprehensive written and oral examinations
  • Proof of graduation from an accredited medical college
  • Proof that they are involved in continuing education on surgical procedures and patient care
  • They perform in a surgically accredited clinic
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