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What is a facelift?

A facelift (officially known as rhytidectomy) is a plastic and cosmetic procedure used to give an appearance of youthfulness to the face, removing or smoothing out the wrinkles and creases that make the face look aged and worn. As skin ages it loses its firmness and elasticity, resulting in sagging skin around the neck and jawline that many people find unappealing. In this case a facelift can reverse this process, tightening loose skin and reshaping the lower third of the face. A facelift is performed with the patient under either general or local anesthesia.

The procedure begins with an incision on each side of the face which continues around the earlobe and eventually settles around the hairline behind the ear. The surgeon will raise the skin in order to tighten it, sometimes removing any excess fat and tissue that may also contribute to skin loosening. The incision will then be sealed using stitches or staples. Facelift surgery can last between 2 to 5 hours depending on the extent of the procedure.

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A facelift, which is also referred to as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure which repositions facial skin, fat, and muscles, reducing wrinkles and creates a younger looking appearance. A facelift is usually sought after by patients who are aged between 40 and 70, and are showing signs of aging. Facelift surgery is often combined with an eyelid (blepharoplasty) surgery.

The surgical technique which is used for a facelift varies with each patient, depending on the desired goals and outcomes. Modern techniques mean that this procedure can be performed with minimal scarring. Recommended for Face wrinkles Facial sagging Jowls Loose skin Loss of elasticity Eye bags, Nasolabial folds Time requirements Number of days in hospital 1 - 2 days Average length of stay abroad 1 - 2 weeks. Patients may need a follow up appointment to check progress or get stitches removed. Facelifts rejuvenate aging skin by surgically tightening it. 

Patients will discuss the desired outcome and goal of the facelift with the surgeon prior to the surgery. Patients who smoke will be advised to refrain from smoking in the time leading up to the surgery and those taking blood thinning medication, such as aspirin, will be advised to avoid the medication pre and post surgery.

The overall health of the patient will also be assessed, in order to ensure that they are fit for surgery. Patients should arrange to have someone to take them back to the hotel and to stay with them after the surgery. Patients should wear loosely fitted clothing which do not need to be pulled over the head to take on or off.,

The patient will be administered with an anesthetic. The surgeon will make an incision in the area of the temple hair, just above and in front of the ear. An incision is made under the earlobe and traces back to the back of the ear and blends into the hairline.

The skin is lifted as the surgeon repositions and tightens the underlying muscle and connective tissue. Some fat may be removed, as well as excess skin. The site is then closed with sutures.

Anesthesia Local or general anesthetic. Procedure duration The Facelift takes 2 to 5 hours. An incision is made and the muscles and tissues beneath the skin are tightened, and excess skin and fat are removed.,

Post procedure care After a facelift, the face will be bandaged for a few days, and a fluid drainage tube may be attached. The face may feel numb, and it is recommended to avoid swimming or other sports as the face may get injured.

The stitches are usually removed after around 7 to 12 days after the surgery. Possible discomfort Swelling and discomfort following surgery is inevitable, and patients should expect to have a week of rest following the procedure.,

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