Face lift is aimed at lifting the cheeks and tightening the cheek skin. Cheeks sag together with muscles, fat tissue and skin. If this procedure is done as tightening the skin alone, sagging of the muscles and fat tissue is only camouflaged and effectiveness is lost within the short period.
Depending on the degree of change you’d like to see, your facelift choices include a traditional facelift, limited incision facelift or a neck lift. A traditional facelift incision often begins in the hairline at the temples, continues around the ear and ends in the lower scalp. Fat may be sculpted or redistributed from the face, jowls and neck, and underlying tissue is repositioned, commonly the deeper layers of the face and the muscles are also lifted. Skin is redraped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away. A second incision under the chin may be necessary to further improve an aging neck. Sutures or skin adhesives close the incisions. Sagging jowls, loose neck skin and fat accumulation under the chin may be corrected with a neck lift. The neck lift incision often begins in front of the ear lobe and wraps around behind the ear ending in the lower scalp. Once healed, the incision lines from a facelift are well concealed within the hairline and in the natural contours of the face and ear.
The visible improvements of a facelift appear as swelling and bruising subside. Your final result should not only restore a more youthful and rested appearance, but also help you feel more confident about yourself.
For many patients, an endoscopic face lift represents a relatively inexpensive, convenient alternative to traditional cosmetic surgery. Because the endoscopic approach is less invasive, it also involves fewer risks and a shorter recovery period than conventional face lift procedures. It can therefore be an effective way to minimize common signs of aging in the face and neck, while avoiding many difficulties associated with aesthetic surgery.
Sometimes cosmetic problems are limited to a few specific areas of the face. In such cases, highly focused surgery can accomplish dramatic improvements while remaining far less invasive than traditional face lift procedures. This is particularly true when people are relatively young, or roughly in their 30s, 40s, or 50s. Instead of the relatively long, continuous incisions typically made during a conventional face lift, an endoscopic face lift requires three or more cuts less than one inch long. These are made discreetly above the hairline or behind the ear whenever possible. The convenient size and placement of the incisions result in virtually scarless face lift results.
Once the incisions have been made, the surgeon performing the endoscopic face lift inserts a thin wand-like device below the surface of the skin. Equipped with a small camera, it allows the procedure to be seen on a monitor while the surgeon works. Small surgical instruments are then introduced through the remaining incisions. These are used to remove excess fatty tissue and to reshape facial muscles and tissue that have become loose over time. In this way, many of the key factors contributing to sagging or drooping in the face are resolved.
The best candidates for an endoscopic face lift are people with moderate facial imperfections caused by excess fatty tissue and facial muscles that have begun to loosen. Many patients have sagging cheeks, visible lines around the nose, and thin, downturned lips. Typically, they still have somewhat supple akin; are in their 30s, 40s, or 50s; and don’t have large amounts of sagging skin. It is also important for prospective patients to have a realistic understanding of what this type of face lift can achieve. Becoming well informed about how the procedure can and cannot improve various cosmetic problems is the first step in deciding on this potentially scarless approach to face lift surgery.
In addition to producing nearly scarless face lift results, an endoscopic face lift allows patients to improve areas that are difficult to treat with more conventional face lift procedures such as the lower face lift or mid face lift. In particular, areas toward the center of the face, such as frown lines above the eyes and creases around the nose and mouth, are often difficult to reach during traditional cosmetic surgery. Because they are so small, the incisions made during an endoscopic face lift allow much greater flexibility regarding where surgical instruments may be used. This makes it easier to aesthetically modify even traditionally hard-to-reach areas.
An endoscopic face lift can also involve less time, money, and stress than traditional cosmetic surgery. Less invasive than a traditional face lift, the procedure is much quicker and involves less risk of complications.
A facelift is done in the hospital. Surgery takes 1,5-2 hours for each region, so total face lift takes 5-6 hours. You may be allowed to return home within 1-2 days after surgery. A compressive bandage is applied 5-7 days following surgery. Some complaints such as pain, tightness, swelling, bruising and numbness are the natural results of the procedure. Pain usually does not cause discomfort and can easily be controlled by medication. Most of the swelling subsides within 7-10 days, and rest of the swelling which is imperceptible resolves gradually within 6 months and the face gains actual feature. During the first weeks after surgery, tightness and numbness reduce and finally vanish as swelling subsides. Permanent numbness is not common. Lasting of bruising depends on the person’s sensitivity and varies considerably from person to person. Sometimes, disappearing the bruising may delay until 15th day. Just after surgery, your face would be unrecognizable, but your actual face begins to appear within 7-10 days as the swelling and bruising reduce.
While this procedure cannot stop the aging process, it can often make a person appear to be a decade younger than their actual age. After recovery, you will gain much more rested and youthful appearance.