A facelift or rhytidectomy can remove excess fat, tighten underlying muscles, and redrape the skin of face and neck.

A facelift can make you look younger and fresher.

Face lift is suitable for those whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well-defined. Most patients are in their forties to sixties, but facelifts can be done successfully on people in their seventies or eighties as well.

Before receiving the surgery, the surgeon will check for medical conditions that could cause problems during, or after surgery, such as uncontrolled high blood pressure, blood clotting problems, or the tendency to form excessive scars. The patient should inform the surgeon if the patient smoke, or is taking any drugs or medications, especially aspirin and other drugs that affect clotting.

During the surgery, Incisions begin above the hairline at the temples, extend in a natural line in front of the ear (or just inside the cartilage at the front of the ear), and continue behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. If the neck needs surgery, a small incision may also be made under the chin. The surgeon separates the skin from the fat and muscle below. Fat may be trimmed or suctioned from around the neck and chin to improve the contour. The surgeon then tightens the underlying muscle and membrane, pulls the skin back, removes the excess and close the incisions. Basically, a facelift usually takes several hours if you’re having more than one procedure. For extensive procedures, some surgeons may schedule two separate sessions. A small tube may be temporarily placed under the skin behind your ear to drain out fluid and blood. The surgeon may wrap your head loosely in bandages to minimize bruising and swelling. Some numbness of the skin is quite normal; it will disappear in a few weeks or months.

The patients may need to stay in hospital for a day when using general anesthesia. Certain conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure should be monitored after surgery, and may also require a short inpatient stay. The patient will look and feel much better after three weeks. Most patients are back to work about ten days to two weeks after surgery.

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