A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a type of cosmetic surgery usually done to give a more youthful appearance. It is a cosmetic restorative surgery which reshapes the lower half of the face by removing excess facial skin. The procedure is usually an outpatient one and is done either under general anaesthesia or local anaesthetics.
To perform a facelift surgery, the surgeon makes an incision in front of the ear and extends it to hair or hairline. Simultaneously, the incision is extended behind the ear into the scalp. Then the skin is lifted off the facial muscles and fat and pulled in an upward direction. The surgeon will then proceed to lift-off excess skin. In some cases, the surgeon may also perform neck lift in which an incision is made below the chin and the skin is tightened. Once the excess skin is removed, the incisions are closed sutures or staples.
The entire area is then bandaged to remove any excess blood or any other remaining fluid. The entire process usually takes anywhere between two and five hours and in most cases, the person can return home the same day. New methods of performing the facelift surgery are constantly being developed which make the surgery more efficient. Methods like laser surgery, endoscopic surgery, liposuction etc. reduce the scarring and recovery time.
Though facelift surgery is a relatively safe procedure, the possible risks include:
Facelift surgery is aimed at imparting a more youthful appearance and has multiple benefits like:
A facelift surgery significantly changes the overall appearance of the face by removing excess skin. By imparting a more youthful look, it boosts confidence and a general sense of wellbeing. Facelift surgery is an excellent option for people dissatisfied with their looks and desiring a more youthful appearance.
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