A facelift cosmetic surgery could help improve the more visible signs of aging through the elimination of excess fat, lifting the facial muscles and as well as the rejuvenation of the skin of face and neck.
The facelift cosmetic surgery can vary in the approach or technique according to the cosmetic surgeon, your facial structure and the desired result. The three most common techniques are:
- Traditional facelift: full facelift is performed to rejuvenate the face, jowl and neck, it also lifts the fat and repositions the muscles and deeper tissues, removing of the excess skin. The incision starts at the temple and moves down towards the front part of the ear, it goes around the ear lobe and behind the ear and on the line of the scalp.
- Mid facelift: this technique achieves a less invasive rejuvenation of the areas around the eyes and mouth, including the nasolabial and other deeper facial folds. Short incisions are made around the ear and lower eyelids.
- Neck lift: a neck lift, where the cosmetic surgeon concentrates in the saggy skin in the jowl and the fat in the lower chin. The incision is made around the earlobe and behind the ear.
In these three approaches, the incisions are closed with stiches. The scars are located artistically to be hidden in the scalp line as well as in the natural folds of the face to achieve a complete natural.
- Men and women whose faces have begun to present sagginess, but whose skin still has elasticity.
- Preferably nonsmokers.
- People with realistic expectations
- Are considering a facelift procedure for personal reasons, not because someone is pressuring them to do it.
After surgery you must rest at least one day and should also consider bringing a friend of relative that can help you a few days after surgery. It is normal for the patient to present some discomfort or stiffness during the first days, but the medication prescribed by the cosmetic surgeon will help control it. The sutures will be removed a several days after surgery. Generally you can return to your work activities after 7 to 10 day and the rest of your regular activities 3 or 4 months after surgery. It is very important to avoid long sun exposure during the first three months post-op to prevent pigmentation on the scars.