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Taking A Closer Look Into Face Lift Procedures - Ian Pearson

Posted 1/16/2017 6:19:00 AM By Ian Pearson
Ian Pearson
Taking A Closer Look Into Face Lift Procedures By Ian Pearson

Rhytidectomy, or more commonly known as facelift, is a surgical procedure that can remove some of the more apparent sings of aging from face and neck. These include sagging, lines below eyes and along the nose, loss of skin tone, loose skin, and fat that has disappeared or has fallen.

When to do it?

There is no exact answer, especially because different people age differently. However, if one of the following is true for you, then maybe it is time to consider facelift:

  • if you feel that your face needs rejuvenation because it doesn’t correspond to your youthful spirit;
  • if your face shows aging signs, but your skin retains some of its elasticity;
  • if you feel that excess skin and sagging on your face can hinder your career plans or is affecting your social life;
  • if you noticed that sun exposure, stress, genes, and time have left marks on your face, and feel as if it is not your face anymore.

What are pros and cons?

If you’re on the fence, here are some most common advantages and disadvantages of facelift procedure you need to take into consideration before you decide.

On the plus side, facelift is one procedure that can improve several areas at once. Its effects are usually noticeable for ten years, and it can deduct between ten and fifteen years from your face.

On the other side, recovery can be long, depending on the person. Furthermore, sometimes you need another intervention after you finish the first one. This usually depends on skin type and age.

Bear in mind that these procedures cannot stop the process of aging, and don’t expect drastic changes, especially if you’re not willing to undergo extensive surgical procedures. If you’re doubtful, you should also consider treatments that not involve scalpels. They can delay the need for surgeries at a later time, when you feel more ready.

Are you a good candidate?

Apart from being generally healthy, facelift Sydney experts list several other features that make a person a good candidate for rhytidectomy. Firstly, you shouldn’t have any medical conditions that can cause complications during surgery such as, obstructive sleep apnea, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, etc. Secondly, non-smokers are considered better candidates than smokers. Lastly, your psychological condition is also important. You will be considered a good candidate if you are a person with realistic expectations and positive attitude.

 

What does facelift procedure include?

There are many different procedures, and they depend on the patient. Most of them are performed in the lower portion of your face, such as jawline and cheeks. There are also those that focus on forehead or middle portion of your face.

Depending on the work you want to be done, some procedures include removal or adding fat, others remove the excess of skin. Some procedures require tightening or moving deeper tissue in order to achieve results. However, today’s techniques, no matter the procedure, are safe and their results are more durable when compared to the ones done in the past.

After the surgery, you may need to wear a bandage which will reduce the swelling, which is common postoperative symptom. Furthermore, in some cases your recovery will include tubes that drain accumulated excess fluids under the skin. Doctors will provide instructions on how to take care of yourselves and how to treat places where incisions were made. Be sure to follow these closely and take any medication because it will protect you against possible infections. Also, don’t be afraid to ask your surgeon anything that is unclear about your recovery process.

Is there a risk of complications?

As it is the case with any surgery, facelift also carries certain risks that you should be aware of. These include risks related to anaesthesia, infections, skin loss, injury of facial nerves, accumulation of fluid, scarring, skin discolouration, numbness, persistent pain, bleeding, poor wound healing, etc.

Other than health risk, there are also unfavourable results that can include unwanted scars, deformities that can form at the ends of the incisions, and asymmetry.

Your surgeon must discuss all of these risks with you, and you’re obliged to sign consent forms that serve as proof that you fully understand all the potential risks and complication, and the procedure.

How should you select the surgeon?

First and foremost, it is important to choose a surgeon you trust. This includes checking their education, certification and training, as well as experience they have in performing facelift procedures. Be sure you feel comfortable and during your consultations discuss everything in detail.

The consultations are used to discuss both your health and goals you want to achieve with the surgery. Be prepared for this and be honest, because it is important for your surgeon to know all your medical conditions in order make safe decisions. Since these consultations are in-depth, most of them include a reservation and a fee.

Conclusion

Decision to undergo a facelift surgery is an intimate one. No one can, nor should, tell you what to do in this regard. However, before you decide, be sure to get all necessary information regarding the procedures, decide on the best possible solution, be aware of all possible complications, and find a surgeon you trust and you feel comfortable with.

 


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