Who Is It For?
One of the natural consequences of aging is skin sagging in the midface, the creation of loose skin areas and related deep creases, which can be the cause of changes in a person’s main features. The face might look tired and older than it actually is. During the operation excess skin is removed and major wrinkles are smoothed.
Reducing wrinkles and improving loose, sagging skin, the operation comes in a variety of forms. It is performed either as full face lift, which involves the area below the eyes and neck; or as a mini face lift, involving the mid-face area while omitting the neck. If necessary it can be combined with eyelid surgery and a brow lift. It is important to highlight that special attention is paid to the preservation of natural facial features.
How Is It Done?
During the face lift or neck lift operation underlying tissue structure is tightened and face and neck skin is redraped. Excess skin is removed. The incisions are made in hair-bearing areas near temples, and then they extend around earlobes and back to the hairline. The most complete face lift involves making the incision and redraping the skin behind tragus. In every kind of face lift procedure, the scar is hidden in natural lines and is barely conspicuous. During suturing non-absorbable or absorbable materials can be used. In the case of non-absorbable materials, the sutures must be extracted within two or three weeks after the operation, while absorbable sutures dissolve in the body on their own and their advantage is also the fact that the scar is finer.
There is also a mini facelift option - this method is suitable for a small decrease of jawls. Benefits of mini facelift: shorter incision and then shorter scar, smaller mobilization of the skin and thus smaller swelling and faster recovery. There is also a shorter surgery time and shorter anaesthetic. It is very often combined with upper and lower eyelid surgery. The elastic garment will have to be worn for three weeks.
Face lift surgery takes approximately two hours and is done under the combination of local anaesthetic and intravenous sedation (analgosedation). The client can also request a general anaesthetic.
The client usually stays at the clinic two nights – the postoperative care involves regular checking on the patient’s state and administering medicine. It is important to keep at rest and minimize head movements for one week when the bandages are removed. Swelling usually disappears within two or three weeks after the operation and the scars fade within three to six months.
Speaking, laughing and any movement of the mouth should be limited in the immediate post-operative period. You should avoid sudden movements and bending forwards as this may cause blood pressure in the head to rise, which could result in the rupture of a vessel and bleeding. In the first days following the face lift operation, it is advisable to have only pureed or liquid food which can be eaten without unnecessary movements of the mouth.
Back To Normal
Following uneventful recovery, it is normally possible to return to work and resume customary activities (excluding exercise) within two weeks of the operation.
Do you need further care to achieve your ideal look? A face lift can be combined with an eyelid surgery or forehead operation. The result of a face lifting surgery may also be enhanced by jowls liposuction if there are major fat deposits in this area.