Face-lift is a cosmetic procedure to create a new, more youthful look for your face. It can reduce sagging or wrinkles in the cheeks, forehead, or the jaw bone as well as other facial changes caused by time and aging.
During a face-lift, the skin on each side of the face is stretched out while the skin tissues underneath will be tightened, changing the contour of your face to make it look younger. Then the excess skin will be removed before the wound is stitched closed.
A neck-lift is also performed as a part of a face-lift to minimize sagging.
Why should you get a face-lift?
As you get older, your appearance and face shape bear certain changes. It’s a normal part of life. Your skin becomes less elastic and no longer toned. Fat deposits increase in your face and other body’s areas. A face-lift can help you manage these problems.
A face-lift doesn’t work for wrinkles caused by sun damage, the creases around the nose and the eyes, and irregularities in skin tone.
What are the risks of a face-lift?
A face-lift can result in several complications. These can be managed with proper care and medication. Possible risks include:
- Hematoma. This is the most common risk of a face-lift. Hematomas usually form within 24 hours following the surgery. Typically, Thea’s experts have no trouble dealing with this potential issue and prevent skin injuries in a timely manner.
- Scarring. Incision scars from a face-lift surgery will be there forever but usually, they can be positioned along the hairline or the natural contour of your face. Raised scars from the incisions are rare. Your surgeon may use corticosteroid injections or other treatments to make the scars less visible.
- Nerve injury. This complication is highly unlikely if you receive face-lift surgery at high-class clinics with well-trained and experienced surgeons. If you have nerve injury, you will experience temporary paralysis or an uneven facial expression. This will typically last a few months to years and can be improved with surgical interventions.
- Hair loss. After a face-lift, you may experience temporary or permanent hair loss. This can be improved with a surgical hair transplant.
- Skin loss. In some rare cases, a face-lift can interrupt the blood supply to the facial tissues, resulting in skin loss. Your surgeon will advise you to use medications in combination with at-home care to manage this problem.
Like any other type of surgery, a face-lift carries the risk of bleeding, infection, or adverse reactions to anesthesia. Poor lifestyle habits and certain medical conditions can increase the risk of complications. Thea’s surgeons advise against receiving a face-lift if you have factors that may increase your risks or make it more likely for you to get undesired results. These include:
- Use of blood-thinning medications. These can your blood unable to clot properly and increase the risk of hematoma following surgery. Common blood thinners include Coumadin, Plavix, aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), ginseng, fish oil, and others.
- Certain chronic medical conditions. If you suffer from diabetes, hypertension, or other cardiovascular conditions, you are not a good candidate for face-lift surgery.
- Smoking. Smoking impairs the body’s ability to heal. Moreover, the harmful chemicals in cigarettes also increase the risk of hematoma and skin loss following a face-lift.
- Weight fluctuation. If you have a history of constant weight gain and loss, your doctor may recommend you don’t get a face-lift as it may affect the shape and condition of your face. The results of the surgery may not be satisfactory or may only be satisfactory for a short time.
How to prepare for a face-lift?
First off, you need to discuss with a plastic surgeon in detail about the procedure. A consultation usually involves:
- Your general health and medical history (if any). Be prepared to answer questions about your past medical conditions: previous surgeries, any complications experienced in the past, history of using stimulants such as cigarettes, drugs, and alcohol. Thea’s surgeon will perform an overall physical exam to determine if you are a good candidate for face-lift.
- Medication review. Provide your surgeon with the names and dosages of all medications you regularly take, including prescription drugs, OTC drugs, herbal medications, vitamins, and other dietary supplements.
- Facial exam. Your plastic surgeon will take photos of your face from different angles and close-up photos of some facial features. They will also examine your bone structure, face shape, fat distribution, and skin quality to recommend the best face-lift options for you.
- Expectations. The surgeons at Thea are always willing to listen to your expectations about any cosmetic procedures. That way, they can help you understand how a face-lift can change your appearance and if it can meet your expectations. You will always be informed of the procedure and as comfortable as possible.
What to do on the day of the surgery?
- Follow your surgeon’s instructions. You will be instructed what medications to stop taking or how to adjust the dosages if necessary.
- Wash your face and hair. Use an antibacterial soap to wash your face and hair to minimize the risk of infection before face-lift surgery.
- Fasting. Your surgeon will ask you to avoid eating anything the night before and the morning of your surgery day. Also, you can only drink as approved by your surgeon.
- Find a helper. You will need some time to recover following a face-lift. Therefore, ask someone to help you with everyday activities to ensure a quick recovery.
How will you look after a face-lift?
To ensure a successful surgery as well as minimize possible complications, find a reliable beauty clinic with qualified surgeons and modern technology.
Before the procedure, you will be put under local or general anesthesia depending on your general health.
After that, your surgeon will lift your skin and tighten the sagging tissues beneath. Fat in the face and neck can be removed and your surgeon will reshape your face by stitching the wounds closed.
The incisions made during this procedure depend on the techniques used and your preferences. It can be a cut from your temples to the ears or under the chin.
A face-lift surgery typically lasts from 2 to 4 hours but it might take longer if it is done at the same time with other cosmetic procedures.
This procedure will bring you a more youthful, lively appearance. However, the results are not permanent and will only last for a maximum of 10 years.