Facelift

Total Facelift is a cosmetic procedure that 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 facelift, 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.

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.

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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.

Care 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.

Preparation prior to surgery

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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.

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Blood and urine samples will be collected for routine preoperative laboratory tests.

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Smoking must be avoided for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with circulation and will greatly affect healing process.

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You will likely to be asked to stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout your recovery period.

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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.

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