Face lift is a surgical procedure that can remove excess fat, tighten muscles and redrape the skin of the face, resulting in a more youthful appearance. As people age, their skin becomes less elastic, particularly on their face. Sometimes, sagging skin around the jaw line or loose skin on the neck becomes particularly noticeable and inflattering. In such circumstances, a face lift also called rhytidectomy, can dramatically smooth the skin and improve a person’s appearance. While other procedures can smooth surface wrinkles, only a face lift can tighten sagging facial skin, jowls, double chins and loose skin. A face lift reshapes the lower one-third of the face while eyelid surgery and brow lift address the eyes and forehead.
Facelift procedure aims to improve mostly mid and lower face regions along with neck if required. Eyelids can also be improved in the same sitting by doing blepharoplasty. It corrects the sagging skin, improves the wrinkles and rejuvenates the face.
Dr. Sukhbir believes that the ideal candidate is one who is beginning to show the signs of aging with good skin quality. He or she should be a non-smoker and non-alcoholic and in good health. Ideal age is usually early 50’s.
Two most important limitations are that the aging process in unstoppable so it can be delayed by 10 years or so but not reversed. Secondly though the procedure improves the wrinkles and overall appearance of the skin, the skin texture cannot be altered by the procedure for which other ancillary procedures need to be done post surgery.
This procedure should be performed only by a board certified plastic surgeon. We usually prefer full anaesthesia as patient is completely relaxed. We usually prefer the short scar facelift procedure minimizing the length of the scar as much as possible. The incision usually starts in front of the ear and goes upto the hear bearing scalp. Sometimes it needs to be extended behind the ear to address the neck if neck folds are too deep. Liposuction of the neck is done as part of the procedure. Other ancillary procedures which can be combined include blepharoplasty (eyelid surgey), fat grafting, brow lift. Drains are placed after the procedure, which are usually removed the next day morning, or within 48 hours max.
Usually there are drains on either side and patient is asked to take complete rest at home for 1-2 days. Once the drains are out, the discomfort almost disappears. Swelling shall be there post surgery which can take 2-3 weeks or even longer depending on skin texture and healing capacity of the body. Client is usually back to office within 4-5 days of the surgery. The stitches are removed by 7-10 days and scar reduction creams are recommended to the clients, which makes it even less visible. Normal walk can be started by 3 weeks, but other exercises are recommended by 6 weeks only.
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