Rhytidectomy – Facelift

Rhytidectomy – Facelift


Popularly referred to as a “Rhytidectomy”

Face Plastic Surgeries

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What is a Face lift?

A facelift (rhytidectomy) is an aesthetic surgical procedure that is used to give you a more youthful appearance within your face. This procedure can help reduce the wrinkles or folds on the jawline and cheeks and also other changes in the face's shape that are caused by the aging process. When undergoing a face-lift procedure surgery, a skin flap on either side that of the face will be pulled down and the tissues underneath that skin area are surgically modified to restore the the face back to a more youthful look. When the flap is sutured shut, the excess skin removed.

The necklift (platysmaplasty) is usually done in conjunction with a facelift to decrease the appearance of fat deposits and loose skin around the neck. Facelifts won't reduce wrinkles or fine lines in your skin, or the damage caused by sun exposure. Other procedures for cosmetics can improve the appearance or condition of the skin.

  • If you think that your face doesn't reflect your youthful energy and vitality level
  • If you think that your face is sagging or has excess skin are a social or job problem, you should consider removing it.
  • If you are showing signs of aging on your face, however, you still have skin elasticity
  • You take a look at yourself at yourself in the mirror and see that gravity, time, sunlight exposure, and heredity have caused a lot of damage and you don't look the same as you used to.

These are the commonly observed facial characteristics that can make you a suitable person for facelift surgery

  • The skin around your midface or jawline
  • Deep creases that extend from your nose and around the edges of your mouth (nasolabial folds)
  • Lines that extend from every corner of your mouth to your cheeks (marionette lines)
  • Fat on the face (volume) in which the volume has fallen or has been moved
  • Loss of muscles on the lower face leading to cheek jowls
  • A double chin that results from skin sagging and fat deposits beneath the jaw and chin
  • Skin that is sagging and wrinkled on your neck

The majority of facelift treatments concentrate on the lower face areas including the jawline, cheeks, and jowls. Facelifts can also concentrate on the midface, or forehead. In certain procedures, deep facial tissues can be stretched or moved to give an appearance that is more youthful. In other methods, the removal or the addition of soft tissue fillers might be necessary for the best results. Nowadays, a variety of techniques are available with results that are consistently safe, secure and long-lasting. The procedure you choose to use will depend on the region of the face being targeted as well as the degree of change you wish to see.

The surgeon will give you thorough instructions for your surgery prior to the procedure, answer any questions you might ask, and take a thorough medical history, and conduct an exam to confirm the level of fitness required for surgery. You might also need to get medical clearance from your family physician or an internist.

The process of preparing for surgery begins when the surgeon inspects your body and discusses the details that will be involved. If the surgeon suggests you maintain your weight prior to surgery, or gives other suggestions for your lifestyle, try the best you can to follow these suggestions for the best outcomes and avoid any risks.

The surgeon will explain the length of time before you are able to get back to your normal degree of activity and job. Following surgery you and your family caregiver will be given detailed instructions on your post-operative treatment, including details on:

  • Drains, in the event that they have been put in
  • Common symptoms you may notice
  • Possible signs of complications

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