Facelift surgery is instrumental in refreshing and rejuvenating the face, giving a new lease on life to patients by reducing the signs of aging in the face, helping many patients appear younger and more vibrant looking, which improves self-esteem.  Facelifts usually involve minimal pain and the results may last for many years.

A traditional facelift involves incisions around the ears and inside the hairline behind the ears in order to remove the excess skin on the lower face and neck, and provide a more youthful looking chin and neck by restoring the correct chin/neck angle, and at the same time treating jowls and any skin laxity in the lower face and neck area.  This is done by lifting the skin and fat layers, and then tightening the muscle layer below with permanent stitching.

Facelift Surgery Procedure

  • To begin, an incision is made inside the hairline behind the ears.
  • Another incision is also made around the ears.
  • The incisions are then used to lift the skin and fat layers and tighten it.
  • Excess skin and fat are removed.
  • Loose muscles are treated by applying skin staples or sutures.
  • A drain is sometimes used to extract excess blood or fluids.
  • Bandages or compression wraps are applied to protect the surgical site.

Complications of Facelift Surgery

A face-lift is generally a very safe procedure, but as with every surgical procedure, facelift surgery may have some complications which can include:

  • Bleeding/Bruising/Hematoma: Most common cause is high blood pressure.
  • Infection: As with any surgery, there is a slight risk of infection, which can usually be treated with antibiotics.
  • Loss of Sensation/Numbness: Usually a temporary self-limiting condition, which goes away in a few weeks.
  • Scars: Most are small and in hidden areas, and will fade and often disappear within 1-2 years.
  • Loss of Hair: The site of the incision may include hair loss, but it is rare.
  • Asymmetry: In rare cases, an imbalance in facial features has been reported.  It is much more normal that pre-existing asymmetry is corrected.

Limitations of Facelift Surgery

While patients generally report strong, lasting results from facelift procedures, it is important to note that most facelifts last for a period of around 10 years due to the ongoing aging process.  The age of the patient and the skin quality both impact how long the results last. Additional surgeries may be needed to sustain these results, but it is unusual for patients to have a second Facelift after a successful and properly performed first Facelift; however if a second procedure is needed, the patient is starting from a better position than if it were a first facelift at the advanced age.

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