Face lifting, scientifically known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure carried out to reduce the elderly look in face appearance, reducing wrinkles and other notable marks that aging has left behind, so that people can get a better looking image, specially in the mandibular section of the face.
This method has become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments among adult people over 40-years-old that want to show a younger and youthful image no matter their actual age.
Face lifting can help reducing the harmful effects of time, the stress and the exposition that environmental factors can generate all over the face.
HOW IS IT DONE?
With the aim of achieving the rejuvenating results that are expected, during the plastic surgery, the doctor will stretch the muscles of the lower part of the face and the jowls, removing excess of skin and tissues, so that the face can have a better looking and firmer appearance.
An experienced plastic surgeon will carry out the process with the delicacy of its expertise, getting extraordinarily perfect results, with almost none notable scar.
In such a way, several studies show that most patients who undergo surgery feel very satisfied with the final results.
There are various types of facelifting different from the traditional stretching of the skin, and each one of them involves specific procedures, however, all of them look for the same goal of generating a younger skin appearance.
HOW CAN YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR THIS PROCEDURE?
Face lifting can be the ideal way to achieve a younger appearance in the face of those whose face skin have been influenced by the harmful effects of aging, helping them to achieve higher levels of confidence and acceptance. Nevertheless, many patients with the same needs consider that their objectives can be achieved through non invasive methods such as face peeling and microdermabrasion.
In the same way, those patients feel unsatisfied with the results after their face lifting usually ask for other complementary procedures like neck and forehead lifting. However, this is commonly related with a poor expectations setting between the doctor and the patient about the real limitations and possibilities of the face lifting.
Thus, generally, a good candidate for a face lifting is a person that is prepared to take the pre and post operative instructions given by the doctor.
In the other hand, there are some physical and medical standards that identify perfect patients to consider them ideal for this kind of surgery.
Perfect candidates for face lifting are people capable of retaining elasticity in their skin no matter the stretching and the incisions made by the surgeon to achieve the results that expected. In that sense, the most successful results are achieved in people that have a naturally elastic skin that can adapt easily to the new a better defined face contour.
STRONG BONE STRUCTURE:
Ideally, a candidate for a face lifting should have an excellent and well defined face bone structure, to provide a tough support for the skin. Patients with less and smoother bone structure, could be benefited with implants that allow their faces to have a better contour.
The patients that appreciate the most the results of this kind of treatment are those that are highly aware about the limitations and possibilities that are derived from its execution. In that sense, an ideal patient is one who know what he or she is trying to achieve with their facelifting and understand what can be achieved and what can not be.
Best candidate for a face lifting have a good and healthy medical history and they are currently in good physical conditions, thus they’re able of withstanding the healing process after the surgery.
EXCESS OF SKIN:
Because during the surgery it is very common that some skin is removed and lost during the procedure, it is very important that the patient has some leftover skin which the surgeon can work with.
HOW MUCH DOES THIS SURGERY COST?
Actual prices for a face lifting can vary depending on many factors such as doctor’s experience, reputation of the hospital, localization, etc. In that sense, in the U.S. this treatment cost up to $6000 on average, but in some Latin American countries like Peru, these surgery is priced on around $1500 and $1000 more for the postoperative implements and medication.
Other factors that can influence the price of the surgery are:
- The type of facelifting
- The kind of anesthesia that was used.
- The technique.
- Additional treatments.
- Surgeon’s reputation.
WHAT TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION BEFORE THE SURGERY
The preparation for the lifting starts with the preoperative consultation, during which the doctor would recommend to stop smoking two weeks before the surgery, in order to allow oxygen to pass properly through the blood torrent.
It is also very common that some vitamins and supplements are prescribed.
Regarding to the practical precautions that must be taken before the surgery, it is important for patients to ensure transportation from the hospital to home right after the operation. Likewise, they should ask for free days at work so that they can have an easy recovery. Some patients also find beneficial to prepare a postoperative kit with everything that might be needed.
HOW IS RECOVERY AFTER SURGERY?
The duration of recovery might vary depending on the patient and the kind of lifting done. However, generally, the process of healing lasts around 3 weeks, during which the patient should take special cares to guarantee his or her recovery.
The day after: once anesthesia is no longer effective, it is likely for patients to feel very painful and numb. Commonly, people would have bandages around the face and surgical drains to avoid fluid retention. The drainage is usually preserve for two days.
During the postoperative phase, patients must keep calm and relaxed, because the first day is usually the most painful and bothering of all, due to the fact that they’re not used to the sensation of the skin.
Doctor might suggest a medical check a few days after the surgery.
A week after: during this phase, patients should focus on keeping calm and relaxed and on avoiding activities that might require some heavy physical effort, but sedentarism should be avoided too. Conversely, patients should try to take short and frequent walks to avert blood clots.
After the first five or seven weeks, patients might visit doctor’s office to have bandages definitively removed from the face.
HOW MIGHT BE FINAL RESULTS?
As it was explained above, final results might depend on the kind of procedure done on the skin of the patient. However, this method generally aims to achieve a younger and revitalized complexion. Likewise, patients must be conscious about the fact that scarring around the face is inevitable, but doctors will make special efforts to hide them.
Facelifting is not the ultimate solution for aging, however, it is capable to give face skin a fresher and younger appearance. So if you feel this surgery is appropriate for you, don’t wait any more and make a consultation in the medical office.