Face-Lift?

Face-Lift?

 

 

Total-Facelift

Surgery Overview:Total Facelift  is a cosmetic procedure helps to reduce sagging skin and lines by removing excess skin and fat, and tightening muscles.The incision of full facelift will begin above the hairline at the temple area, brought in front of the ear and looping behind the ear lobe and along the lower scalp. In full face lift the neck and face will be tightened altogether. The exact placement of incisions is determined upon the actual examination of facial structure. The patient may opt to do chin liposuction to enhance the result.Operation time:
A full facelift  takes from 3 – 7 hours, depending on the patients requirementsCare  after surgery:
After the surgery, a patient will have to use cold compress for 2 days and avoid lying with the cheeks in contact with bed or pillow for 1 month to prevent heamatoma formation. Some numbness may persist for 3-6 months. The patient should avoid any strenuous activities for at least 4-6 weeks following surgery.  This will give the body ample time to adjust as it continues on the healing process.Recovery period:
Facelift sutures are removed between 5-7 days after surgery, and at this point swelling and bruising are becoming minimal. Makeup can usually be applied, and patients will start to resume some of their activities.Risks and complications:
Full facelift surgery is a very common procedure and complications are rare, but can happen. This includes prominent, red scars, bleeding under the skin, infection, hair loss surrounding the scars, nerve damage, numbness, asymmetrical features and blood clotting.Types of anesthesia use:
You may opt for either local or general anesthesia

Preparation prior to Surgery

  • Assessment of the medical history (any allergies, serious medical condition and all medications taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical examination, and laboratory tests will be performed during consultation.
  • Blood and urine samples will be collected for routine preoperative laboratory tests.
  • Smoking must be avoided for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with circulation and will greatly affect healing process.
  • You will likely to be asked to stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout your recovery period.
  • Avoid taking any medications such as hormones, anticoagulants, anabolic steroids and supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating medical factors prior to surgery. Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.

Mid-Facelift

Surgery Overview:Mid- facelift is a plastic surgery procedure that restores a smooth, youthful look to the lower eyelids and cheeks. During a mid face lift, small, deep incisions are made in the muscle tissue of the face. If the surgeon so chooses, an endoscope (a small, camera-like device) is inserted through the incisions to view the procedure internally. Once the incisions are made, the doctor adjusts the fat and muscle tissue, pulling up the middle of the face to smooth and tighten the skin. Finally, the incisions are sutured.Operation time:
The midfacelift usually takes around 1 hour.Care after surgery:
Although discomfort should be minimal immediately following face lift surgery, patients will not be in a condition to drive home. Their head will be bandaged and they may still be experiencing the effects of anesthesia. They should therefore arrange for transportation to and from the treatment center with a friend or family member. During the week following face lift surgery, they should also plan on maintaining a relatively light schedule. Often, having someone to help with everyday activities such as cooking and cleaning can make the recovery period much easier.Recovery period:
Most patients can return to work from a mid face lift in 10 days to two weeks. For the first few days or weeks, depending on your procedure, only walking and mild stretching are appropriate physical activities. Vigorous exercise, heavy housework, and sexual activity should be avoided for at least the initial two weeks after surgery. Alcohol, saunas, and steam rooms should be avoided for several months. During the face lift recovery period, extra rest is very important to promote proper healing.Risks and complications:
Aside from the risks inherent in any surgical procedure, risks specific to face lift surgery include:
· Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles – this is usually temporary.
· Problems with healing of the skin – this is common for patients who smoke.
· Scarring – there will be some scarring, although the surgeon will always try to hide the face lift scars.
· Crust on the incisions – this will be temporary.
· Numbness or tingling around the incision areas – this should be temporary.
· Skin or hair loss – this is rare.
· Skin discoloration – this is a rare condition that can continue for several months.
Some of the most common postoperative face lift complications are:
· Reaction to the anesthesia – some face lift patients experience nausea and general sickness after receiving anesthesia; this is a short-lasting side effect and usually diminishes completely after a few hours.
· Hematoma – if bleeding occurs under the skin, a hematoma can develop, leaving the area painfully swollen; an operation is required to stop the flow and remove the blood.
· Bleeding – although some light, postoperative bleeding is normal, uncontrolled bleeding is dangerous and can lead to painful hematomas.
· Infection – typically occurring in a specific area, symptoms of infection are swelling, sensitivity, redness, and localized heat. Unless it is severe, an infection can be relieved with antibiotics.Types of anesthesia use:
Mid face lift surgery procedures can be performed using local anesthesia although general anesthesia is also an option. During more intensive procedures, general anesthesia may be required.Preparation prior to surgery:

  • Assessment of the medical history (any allergies, serious medical condition and all medications taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical examination, and laboratory tests will be performed during consultation.
  • Blood and urine samples will be collected for routine preoperative laboratory tests.
  • Smoking must be avoided for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with circulation and will greatly affect healing process.
  • You will likely to be asked to stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout your recovery period.
  • Avoid taking any medications such as hormones, anticoagulants, anabolic steroids and supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating medical factors prior to surgery. Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.
  • Hair should be washed thoroughly the day before face lift surgery to minimize the risk of infection. Additionally, alcohol should be avoided the night prior to the procedure.
  • Patients should also make sure to get a good night’s sleep, since it is important to be well rested during face lift surgery. Some cosmetic surgeons may give patients additional instructions.

2 Comments

  1. Hi there,

    I’m in my sixties and wondering how much for a face lift. Jowls and eyes and possibly neck but depends on price really. I live in Brisbane but soon retiring to Thailand.

    Ian j

    Reply
    • Hi Ian,

      The work and physical areas you speak of require a different kind of procedure and the best way to be sure of a price is to send some images of your face and neck and what you would like to achieve so that a surgeon can make an estimate that is realistic. Email me at dt.englishasia@gmail.com
      Regards

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