What should you know about a facelift?

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A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a type of cosmetic surgery procedure that tightens and removes sagging skin on the face and neck. The expected result is a younger and fresher looking appearance which will improve self-confidence. Facelifts have become one of the most common forms of aesthetic surgery in all over the world. If you are considering a rhytidectomy, here are some useful information worth reading.

Who should consider a facelift?

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Both men and women aged between 40 and 70 can have facelift surgery, however, bear in mind that men may face greater risk of blood clotting post-surgery because there are more blood cells in their faces.

When people become older, skin begins to lose elasticity, and facial tissues lose volume as natural signs of growing older. However, if you really feel self-conscious about the way they look, or that aging appearance has negative effects your career or personal relationships, it’s time you should think of a facelift.

Are you a good candidate for a facelift?

The following is a list of factor that decides whether a candidate is suitable for a rhytidectomy or not:

– Skin elasticity: Those with skin that has natural suppleness and flexibility are ideal candidates of facelift surgery because the process of rhytidectomy involves in the tightening of facial skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

– Strong bone structure: In order to achieve satisfying results, the candidate must have a strong bone structure which can provide enough support for the facelift.

– Good overall health: Like other aesthetic surgeries, a facelift requires the candidates to be physically healthy so that the procedure can be implemented successfully.

Types of facelifts:

– Mini-facelift

If you’re starting to witness signs of aging, such as sagging around the cheeks, jaw, and neck, the mini facelift is a good option for you. With this technique, the surgeon will reposition all of the portions of the face that show signs of aging. The incision length is 2 times shorter compared to that of a traditional facelift. Sedation or general anesthesia are usually used in a mini-facelift.

 – Standard facelift

The standard or traditional facelift is recommended for patients who want to reverse the signs of aging on the lower third of the face. This technique completely addresses moderate to advanced aging around the mid-face and neck. Compared to the mini-facelift, the standard facelift surgery lasts longer but the results are more satisfying.

Risks of the facelift

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A face-lift is considered to be a safe procedure, however, there are still some possible risks and potential complications that you may face. That’s why you should consider carefully before making decision whether or not to go ahead with surgery.

– Infection

Common symptoms of infection are severe tenderness, redness, and swelling and they can be treated with antibiotics. Infection is usually seen in several types of surgery within one to six weeks of surgery.

– Swelling

When it comes to facial surgery, swelling seems to be one of the most common risks which occurs within 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Swelling can be reduced by keeping your head elevated as much as possible and try to avoid excessive or strenuous activities which lead to blood flow increase.

– Scarring

Scarring is something we can’t avoid after any type of surgery. Usually, they will fade over time and not be noticeable after several months.

– Bruising

The severity of bruising varies from person to person depending on the skill of the surgeon and the individual patient. Bruising is usually at its worst in the first few days of recovery after face-lift surgery and it often subsides in one to two weeks.

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