A face lift will reduce the slackness of the facial skin and tighten muscle to create a more youthful and rested appearance. The issues addressed by this procedure include sagging jowls, loose neck skin and fat accumulation under the chin (double chin).
As a face lift only affects two-thirds of the face, it is often considered and performed in conjunction with a browlift and/or eyelid surgery.
Younger patients, or those only concerned with a particular facial aspect, may opt for a mini face lift which targets specific areas. Performed early enough, a mini face lift can also prevent signs of aging before they become apparent.
Advantages of a Facelift
Over the years the human skin loses its elasticity, folds start to appear and the structures of the face begin to sag. Tightening the underlying structures can turn back the clock, making you look much younger.
Rhytidectomy or facelift surgery is the kind of cosmetic surgery that is performed under general anaesthesia or under sedation. Depending on the ageing degree, three types of surgery can be distinguished: mini lifting, complete lifting and face lifting combined with neck lifting. An incision is made in front of and behind the ear. Then, the sagging structures of the face (muscles and fat tissue) around the cheeks and/or neck are tightened and excess skin is excised. Tissue glue will be used to close the wounds, this disappears completely after ten days. Immediately after the facelift operation, a special bandage will be wrapped around the face by the plastic surgeon.
For 1 hour after the procedure, the cheeks will be cooled down with iced washcloths. These iced washcloths help to prevent post operative swelling. When discharged, the patient’s facial bandage will be replaced with a special compressive face lifting mask. This mask needs to be worn day and night during the first week after the facelift. The second week it only needs to be worn during the night.
The first couple of days, the face will be swollen. This swelling, however, will diminish progressively and iced washcloths can help speed up this process.
During the first months, the cheeks will feel numb, but this feeling will disappear. If necessary, the patient can consider a couple of lymph drain sessions with a physical therapist in order for the swelling to subside more rapidly.
Bruising of the neck and cheeks may also occur after the surgery. For this, the patient can apply Auriderm XO gel to the cheeks and neck twice a day.
Before & After