A face lift, or rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure to reduce facial wrinkles, eliminate tell tale signs of ageing and improve the overall appearance of the face and jaw area.
When is it required?
- A deep line or fold , corner of the nose to corner of the mouth
- Loss of well defined jaw line.
- Sagging of the highlight areas of the cheek bone as well as deep wrinkles in the cheek.
What happens during the procedure?
The incision of your facelift usually begins in the hair near the temple and continues in front of the ear, around the ear lobe, behind the ear and into the hair. The muscles and sagging tissues are tightened and excess skin is removed, and the remaining skin is repositioned to create a more youthful look. The surgeon will close the incision with stitches. If the neck needs lifting, a small incision is made under the chin. A drain is inserted in the postop, which is usually removed after 24 hrs.
What are the expectations from the surgery?
Patient can expect a more rested and youthful appearance. Patient appears many years younger than their actual age.
Risk of the procedure?
Bruising and swelling
Numbness around the cheek and the ears which is usually temporary.
Damage to the facial nerve, rarely.