A facelift, clinically known as rhytidectomy, reduces wrinkles and sagging skin on the face an neck caused by ageing, weight loss, stress and exposure to the elements. The goal is to improve the overall appearance of the face and jaw.
There are several types of face lifts, that are selected based on different factors: your aesthetic goals, your preferences regarding downtime and recovery, the risks involved as well as your facial anatomy. Generally, facelifts vary by the type of incision, number of tissue layers treated, the area that is targeted and the degree of invasiveness.
You will have an initial consultation with your surgeon, where you can discuss the results you would like to achieve. You will also have an initial examination, hear the doctors recommendations and answer any questions you may have.
During the surgery the surgeon will tighten the underlying muscles of the face to improve the contour appearance and rejuvenate the facial structure. Excess sections of fat and skin will be removed.
Day of the surgery: You will be monitored and cared for in the Summit Clinic until you are ready to go home. Once home you should rest as much as possible, and sleep with your head elevated to reduce swelling. Make sure medications are within easy reach.
First week: There may be some initial mild to moderate discomfort in the hours and days after your facelift. You should be able to wash your hair after about two days. Your face might gradually swell over the first few days, but as time passes the swelling will dissipate. Swelling and even some bruising are normal and expected. The sutures will be removed after 5 to 7 days.
Second week: You might still have bruising and swelling for a few days, but it will continue to reduce over time. You should be able to get back to work using makeup after about 2 weeks.
Three to four weeks: Any activities that increase blood flow to the face such as bending, lifting, sports should still be avoided. Also avoid steam rooms, saunas or steam face masks until your surgeon approves them.
One to four months: You will look and feel great! The swelling and bruising should be gone and the scars will be healing and not be very noticeable. You will be able to get back to your activity level as it was before the surgery.
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