Fundamentals of a facelift.
A facelift, which is the general name given to rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure where excessive wrinkles on the face are removed, hence giving the patient a markedly more youthful appearance. There are a number of variations in this surgery but the general idea is to get rid of the extra skin that accumulates on the face with age, tightening the tissue underneath it (optional), and then suturing the modified skin. Facelifts can be performed in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery procedures to drastically reduce the apparent age of the patient. Patient is put under general anesthesia and the surgery usually takes 4-5 hours.
Facelift procedure is considered the most effective method to recover a youthful appearance. Some patients opt for non-surgical treatments to rejuvenate their skin, but the result is far from that of a facial surgery. The best possible results can be achieved through the combination of non-surgical techniques with a facelift.
History of facelifts:
Facelifts have been popular since the start of the start of the twentieth century. It has seen many improvements and evolutions since then: the first such surgery merely cut off the loose portions of the face; during the First World War, the skin graft inlay technique was invented by a Dutch surgeon – and this was the time when facelifts became quite popular. The next big leap was superficial muscular aponeurotic system, a procedure invented by the surgeon Tord Skoog in ’68. Deep plane surgery followed in 1980 when Paul Tessier proposed subperiosteal cutting as a more effective technique than the standard method. However, it was during the ‘90s that the procedure became what it is today with the surgeons becoming concerned about reducing wounds caused during the procedure, and replacing the subcutaneous volume that gets lost as a result of age. Today, there are a number of diverse choices that result in the most aesthetic and durable results.
Should you get a facelift?
Facelift surgery is a good option for you if your facial skin has developed noticeable sagging or jowls, creases under the eyelids, overly deep laugh lines or lost fat. Although it will not completely halt the effects of age, a facelift will go a long way in restoring the youthful beauty of your face that has been lost due to the stresses of life, both physical and psychological. But before you make your decision, be sure that you have no existing medical conditions that hinder healing from wounds – high blood pressure or diabetes. Moreover, you need to have realistic hopes regarding the results and be able to stay positive throughout the procedure. If you do not smoke, that makes you an even better candidate!
Benefits of a facelift:
There are a number of plus points to getting a facelift at the right age:
If you work too hard, or have experience a lot of stress, you may find yourself aging prematurely: Sunken eyes, a creased brow etc. occurring before 35 years of age are common symptoms of this. You can regain the lost elasticity and muscle tone of your face, aside from the removal of creases and furrows by having a face surgery.
You can once again have the confidence of a youthful appearance. It is an undeniable truth that looking good will open many doors for you. As you age, you may find that you might make less of an impression on people. By undergoing a facelift, you can once again have your lost charisma back.
Facelift results usually last for 7-10 years.
Facelift surgery saves a lot of money spent on beauty products and gives better results.
If you start doing facelift early, the results will be better and the cost will be less.
Precautions after facelift surgery:
Before you go ahead with a facelift surgery, you need to know that there are certain risks related to the procedure. The most common ones include bleeding, swelling and fluid accumulation. To prevent these side effects, the affected area will be bandaged post operation and your doctor will take measures to prevent infection. This means that you will not be able to strain your face in any way for some time after the procedure but this is a small price to pay for looking young again.
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