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Technically known as rhytidectomy, a facelift surgery is one of the most common cosmetic surgery of face done worldwide. As one ages, there are visible signs of aging such as sagging of the midface, wrinkles and creases which start appearing below the lower eyelid. Hollowing or grooving of the cheek, decrease in muscle toning leading to jowls etc also become prominent. Certain deep creases too appear along the nose, corner of the mouth and multiple folds & wrinkles develop across the neck as such giving an overall tired and crumpled look to the person. All these effects of aging can be effectively addressed through face lift surgery.
Face lift surgery is done under local or general anesthesia depending upon the complexity of the procedure. Incisions are normally made in front of the ear, extending to the hairline so that they can remain inconspicuous. After that, loose skin is elevated from the underlying tissues in the cheek and neck area. The underlying muscles and deeper structures are pulled up and tightened with sutures. At times when there is excess laxity of the underlying structures, if need be they can be excised. The skin is pulled up and loose lax skin is excised giving a tightened and a much better contour to the face. Face lift cosmetic surgery results are very rewarding both to the surgeon and the patient.
A newer technique called MACS (minimal access cranial suspension) involves a limited incision and a shorter post operative recovery. Mini face lift is done in cases where there is less tissue laxity and the tone of skin and underlying muscles is better. After this procedure, the face and head are bandaged in firm cotton dressing to avoid swelling and provided support for about 2-3 days. Most of the stitches are removed after about 6 to 7 days.
Fat grafting is touted to be becoming a favorite with aging people to rejuvenate their face naturally. It is known to provide the most balanced results which should effectively last over the rest of life. If one wants to get his or her younger version this procedure may work the best. However it is important to consult an experienced plastic surgeon to get the best results.
Face lift surgery changes the overall texture & expression of the face and makes a person look much younger. Results are usually long lasting and there are no real complications. Bruising, swelling, collection of blood or haematoma under the skin, mild asymmetry, and numbness are noticed however these usually subside in a few days.
It's natural to have apprehensions when one is thinking about a face lift. However it is best to let an expert guide you through. With the right kind of guidance and counseling you will be able to make a very informed decision. All you have to do is contact us using the form on our website or call us. All communications will be treated with highest confidentiality.