Face Lift (Rhytidectomy) – Facial rejuvenation procedures are widely popular among today’s aging population. Although many individuals are putting off surgery for non-surgical solutions, including Botox, chemicial peels, and microdermabrasion, the face lift is still one of the top facial cosmetic surgical procedures performed in Pakistan.
The purpose of the face lift, or rhytidectomy, is to reduce facial wrinkles and improve the overall appearance of the face and jaw area. The face lift will not stop aging or turn back time, but it can erase many signs of aging and achieve a more youthful facial appearance.
If you are ready to reduce facial wrinkles and rejuvenate your aging face, it’s time to find out if a face lift is the right procedure for you.
Consultation with a Plastic Surgeon
One of the most important aspects of achieving successful face lift results is by choosing a qualified facial plastic surgeon who can determine the best treatment approach for your personal situation and then perform the cosmetic procedure skillfully and safely.
During the preliminary consultation, the surgeon will examine your facial structure, skin texture, color, and elasticity. The surgeon will also assess your overall physical and mental health, discuss the surgical procedure, benefits and risks, and realistic expectations. The surgeon may also recommend alternatives or additional procedures, such as liposuction to remove excess fatty deposits, a neck lift, or a brow lift, to help you more fully achieve your desired results.
Benefits of Having a Face Lift
A face lift can reverse many signs of aging and help you achieve a more youthful appearance. The procedure will: Reduce wrinkles Correct sagging skin Tighten facial muscles Improve facial contour Although the aim of cosmetic surgery is to improve your appearance and help you look your best, it can also boost self-confidence and improve self-esteem.
About Face Lift Surgery Before undergoing surgery, your surgeon will provide you with pre-surgery instructions to aid healing and recovery. As with all surgical procedures, you will be asked to stop smoking 2 to 4 weeks both before and after surgery. Nicotine impairs healing and greatly increases the rate of complications. You may also be asked to stop certain medications that interfere with healing.
The face lift procedure will be performed in a surgical facility with sufficient medical resources available to handle any unexpected surgical complications. Face lift surgery is performed with anesthesia, and prior to surgery your surgeon will discuss the various options with you. While some surgeons prefer to use general anesthesia for face lifts, it may also be performed using a combination of mild sedatives, local anesthesia, and a mild intravenous anesthesia.
To begin the surgery, the surgeon will make incisions along the outer edge of the face from the area of the temple hair, down the front of the ear and around the lobe. The incisions are made in natural creases of the skin in order to make them as inconspicuous as possible. The skin will be pulled outward and the underlying muscle and connective tissue will be re positioned and tightened as well.
After the excess skin is removed, as well as any excess fat, the incisions are closed with fine sutures and/or staples. The incisions are then covered with a protective dressing. The entire process can take from two to four hours, depending on the extent of the surgery.
RecoveryThe surgeon will provide specific instructions for post-surgery care, including: how to care for the incisions, pain medications, when to schedule a follow-up appointment, and when you can expect to resume exercise and normal activities.
It is important for you to follow the surgeon’s post-surgery instructions in order to reduce complications and ensure a successful outcome. Following surgery, patients are usually advised to avoid activity as much as possible and to keep the head elevated when resting or sleeping.
Although it is common to experience some swelling and bruising, patients are often advised to use cold compresses to keep swelling and discomfort to a minimum. Most patients don’t experience too much pain after surgery, but pain medications will be prescribed in case they are needed. Patients with too much pain or discomfort should contact the surgeon.
Healing and recovery usually takes two to three weeks, depending on the extent of the procedure and a patient’s personal healing rate. Any dressing or drainage tubes will usually be removed after one to two days, while sutures and staples will usually be removed five to ten days after surgery.
It can take up to a year for scarring to diminish and fade. Risks of Surgery Any surgical procedure involves some degree of risk, even with a skilled surgeon under the best of circumstances. Before undergoing an elective cosmetic procedure such as a face lift (rhytidectomy), a patient should consider both the benefits and risks of surgery.
Unexpected events, such as an infection or reaction to the anesthesia, are always a possibility. Other possible complications of a face lift include:Swelling, bruising, and pain Visible scarring Nerve damage Cost of a Face Lift The average total cost of a face lift is about $6,000.
The actual amount you pay will vary based on the surgeon’s fee, the geographic location, and the extent of surgery. The surgeon’s fee is often the primary expense, which is greatly determined by the surgeon’s training, skill, and experience.
Other expenses include hospital or surgical facility costs, anesthesia fees, pre-op tests, pain medications, follow-up appointments, and revisions. You will be able to get a more accurate estimate after the surgeon performs an examination and the extent of surgery is known.
Face Lift Results Patients with realistic expectations of what can and cannot be achieved with a face lift, tend to be more pleased with their results. It can take several weeks before final results are seen, as swelling and bruising will diminish and the tissues will somewhat relax during the healing process.
Overall, you will notice an improvement in facial contours and have a more youthful facial appearance. Caring for the skin with proper cleansing, moisturizing, good nutrition, and use of sunblock will prolong results, but the aging process will continue after surgery.