Facelift

Whilst the anti-aging cosmetics industry is experiencing a real boom, face lift remains the most effective procedure to refresh skin appearance and redefine facial contours. Most times 40-70 years old people, showing well marked wrinkles and drooping soft tissue in the face, turn to plastic surgery in their battle against aging.

Informations about the medical procedure

In cosmetic surgery there are several facelift techniques, but the specialist chooses the procedure that best fits the singularity and needs of the patient. Procedure is performed through an incision above the hair insertion up to the temples, extending to the pre auricular area and behind the ears to more effectively mask scars. Then underlying tissues are repositioned since their dropping causes the appearance of aging skin, then excessive skin is removed. Finally, the skin is beautifully relayed, the incisions are carefully closed and beauty is enhanced again. Often, this procedure is associated with volume restoration by injecting own fat in the areas of facial atrophy, occurred with time.

To complete the work of rejuvenation, facelift is often combined with a neck lift. The surgeons’ mission in this area is to set out the jaw line and to tone the neck. To do this, he must eliminate not only the skin in the neck area, but also pre and retro platysmal fat, to strain the platisma muscle, harmonizing with the result achieved by the facelift.

Aesthetic surgery may restore to a woman the pleasure of looking in the mirror, on the condition that the esthetician shall not move away from the authentic image of the patient, not fall into the trap of standardized “perfection”, because a face excessively intervened on is not harmonious, but simply artificial.

Consultation

Pre-surgery consultation is crucial because, in an informal discussion, the doctor finds out the patient's motivation behind the decision to resort to plastic surgery and what results they expect. In return, the patient is given treatment alternatives, surgical or non-surgical, and is presented with details of the operation and possible risks. Finally, they receive and sign an information form about the surgical procedure.

Truthfulness is probably the most important thing in the doctor-patient relationship, because it guarantees at a considerable extent the success of an aesthetic procedure.

Duration

The operation takes about three to five hours.


Anesthesia

General or local, potentiated with intravenous sedation.

Hospitalization

Depending on the length and complexity of the intervention, the patient will be discharged after a few hours or a day or two.

Side effects and surgical risks

Among the most common postoperative effects numbness and congestion of the area where surgery was performed are included, both of which are, however, temporary. Enlarged tissues and ecchymosis (contusion) resolve in a week or two after surgery, and scars will be imperceptible since they are hidden in the hair or the physiological skin folds.

After surgery advice

Recess from any exercise and physical activity is advisable, as well avoiding hot baths or saunas. Smoking patients are advised to refrain from tobacco to full recovery, not to slow down the recovery process and avoid tissue necrosis.

Contraindications

This procedure is not recommended for people prone to keloid or hypertrophic scars.

Recovery

Most patients resume activity about 10-21 days post-surgery, depending on the procedure chosen by the surgeon.