Facelift / Rhytidectomy

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Facelift or Rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure whose goal is to improve the signs of aging in the face and neck.

The aging of the face is inevitable and as the ytime passes by, the skin on the face and neck begins to loosen. Crow's feet appear at the corners of the eyes, the fine forehead lines become creases and then, eventually, deeper folds, jawline softens into jowls, and beneath the chin, another chin or vertical folds appear at the front of the neck.

A facelift can turn back the clock on your appearance by as much as ten or 15 years and give a more rested, youthful-looking contour of the face and neck

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The facelift procedure addresses the face and neck, removing excess skin and fat and tightening the muscles. It can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures, such as the brow lift or eyelid surgery.This procedure is sometimes performed on patients in their thirties, and on patients in their eighties which leads to the conclusion that there isn`t an appropriate age but a visible need for it.

The surgeon is the one to decide whether the patient should be operated.

The Facelift surgery is under a general anesthesia and can last up to 6 hours.Surgical incisions begins in the area of the temple hair, just above and in front of the ear, and then continues around the lobe, circling the ear before returning to the point of origin in the scalp. The skin is raised outward before it is repositioned and then the underlying muscle is tightened. Some fat may be removed, as well as excess skin. For men, the incision is aligned to accommodate the natural beard lines. In all cases, the incision is placed where it will fall in a natural crease of the skin.The incisions are being closed with fine sutures, ocasionally resorbable. After the procedure, the surgeon will apply a dressing to protect the entire area where the incisions have been made.

Patients rarely report any pain after a facelift surgery, painkillers are prescribed if needed. There can be a slight swelling and bruising and usually a cold compress is recommended.The eyelids might be half-open, especially if the patient had a temporal lift.The head must be held elevated when lying down and all physical activity avoided.All sutures and staples /if there is any/ are usually being removed within 7 to 14 days following the procedure.

Recovery takes up to three weeks.Scars are not visible within a year. The eyelid incisions usually disappear and can barely be seen after a month. If the patient is a smoker it may take more time for the incisions to heal. A slight numbness around the ear is possible to appear. A minor swelling usually remains for approximately 4 to 6 months.

There are some other techniques like APTOS or HAPPY LIFT etc. Those are techniques with special stitches and can be applied alone or as a complementary technique to the face lift. There are however strong oppositions to those techniques and for the time being there are no consistent and continual scientific results.

The intake of Aspirin is forbidden for 2 weeks before the procedure.

Smoking is strictly forbidden before and after Facelift Surgery.