You must be thinking…….. a facelift? What is it? Can I do it myself? Is it safe? Essentially, facelift surgery is the most popular cosmetic procedure performed in the United States. According to researchers, humans give off tiny fibers that make up their fingerprints. What appears to be wrinkles, dark spots, etc., on the skin’s surface is really “dirt” or resinous build-up on these fibers. Some of it comes off easily with a good scrub, but some get deeper into the thread and cannot be removed by facial cleansers or even dermatologists’ products. And this is where a facelift- alternatively known as a rhytidectomy, comes in.
Let’s look at what it’s all about
What is a Facelift?
In a nutshell, the procedure entails removing excess skin and fat from the lower face and neck. Often an incision is made under the chin. The surgeon then tightens the muscles and tissues of this area to help create firmer, smoother skin.
What to Expect
Some of the benefits include;
Decreases lines and wrinkles–
One of the benefits is decreased lines and wrinkles. As we age, our skin loses elasticity and becomes less firm. The face ages quicker than the rest of the body because it is exposed to environmental elements like sun damage and dryness. When these conditions exist over a long period, they can cause the formation of lines and wrinkles on the face. But all this can be reversed with a facelift.
A facelift is a surgical procedure performed to improve the looks of sagging skin on your face by tightening the muscles beneath it and removing excess fat, giving you a more youthful appearance.
If you are considering a facelift, there are some factors that you should consider before making any decisions. You may be concerned about the cost of surgery or whether a facelift will leave you with an unnatural appearance. Although a facelift may not reverse all the effects of aging, it can give your face a more youthful appearance.
Are There Any Complications?
Before having this procedure, however, you should be aware of some possible complications and their treatments. A common complication of this surgery is lumps or bumps under the skin. These lumps may occur if too much skin is removed during surgery or fat deposits are not removed properly. These bumps can be treated effectively with a small incision placed over each node to remove excess tissue or fat deposits and then smoothed over using sutures and dressings to avoid further scarring. There are other possible complications.
The real magic with this procedure is in the recovery time. The average patient will have to spend only two days at home after the procedure. They will have to wear a particular garment called a bib to protect their clothing from blood stains, and they will not be allowed to wash their hair or shower for 48 hours after surgery. After two days, they can resume normal activities but avoid strenuous exercises such as biking, running, swimming, etc., for at least one month after surgery. Most people can return to work within 7-10 days after surgery, but if you plan to do something like driving long distances during your recovery period, you might want to wait longer.