Facelifts

Facelift and Necklift Surgery Beverly Hills

As the years go by, the skin on the neck and face begins to loosen and aging of the facial appearance is inevitable.

Crow’s feet appear at the corners of the eyes. Fine forehead lines turn into creases and gradually then become deeper folds. The jaw line softens into jowls. Another chin appears underneath the chin or vertical folds appear at the front of the neck.

The pull of gravity, as well as personal habits and heredity, all contribute to the aging appearance of the face.

The third most desired facial plastic surgery as the aging population increases is a rhytidectomy, or facelift.

If you have thought about how a rhytidectomy, or facelift as it is commonly called, could improve your appearance or self esteem, you first need to know how a facelift is performed and what can be expected.

For facial plastic surgery to be successful, it is the result of a good rapport between the surgeon and patient. Trust, based on realistic expectations and exacting medical expertise, will develop during the consulting stages prior to your surgery. Your surgeon will answer specific questions about your specific needs.

Is a Facelift for You?

Realistic expectations and good health with all facial plastic surgery procedures are prerequisites. Understanding the limitations of a rhytidectomy is of crucial importance and psychological stability is a prerequisite to surgery.

The goal of a facelift is to overall improve the facial appearance. There is no such thing as an ideal facelift.

Basic bone structure, skin type, degree of skin elasticity, ethnic background, individual healing and a realistic attitude are all factors that should be discussed prior to surgery.

This procedure is sometimes performed on patients in their 30s, and successful facelifts have also been performed on patients in their 80s.

A facelift cannot stop aging. It cannot turn back the hands of time. What this treatment can do is help your face look its best, giving you a healthy and more youthful appearance. A side benefit of increased self confidence is also experienced in many patients.

You should discuss with your facial plastic surgeon prior to deciding on a facelift procedure whether the overall effect will be more successful if additional changes are made in the chin and neck areas through other facial procedures.

Many patients decide to have facial liposuction to remove excess fat deposits in conjunction with a facelift. More than one procedure may be necessary if several flaws need correction for the best overall outcome.

Vampire Facelift Video

Making the Decision for a Facelift

Choosing a qualified facial plastic surgeon is paramount. During the preliminary consultation, the surgeon will examine the structure of your face as well as skin texture, color and elasticity.

Photographs will be taken so the surgeon can study your facial features.

Individual risks will also be examined, especially those as they relate to medical situations such as any deficiency in blood clotting, high blood pressure, smoking and the tendency to scar.

A thorough medical history will be performed. The surgeon will assess the patient’s emotional and mental attitudes toward the procedure. A realistic attitude is paramount to the success of the surgery. Realistic expectations, as well as the surgical details, will be discussed during the consultation.

After a joint agreement is made to proceed with a facelift, the surgeon will then describe the surgical facility, technique indicated, type of anesthesia, any additional surgery, the benefits and risks which include potential complications and the cost of the procedure.

Mini Face and Neck Lift Video

Understanding the Surgery

The surgery will begin with an incision in the area of the temple hair. This is just above and in front of the ear. It then continues around the lobe, circling the ear, before returning to the point of origin in the scalp.

Before the surgeon tightens and repositions the underlying muscle and tissue, the skin will be raised outward and any fatty tissue may be removed as well as any excess skin.

The incision for men is aligned to accommodate natural beard lines. In all cases the incision is placed where it will fall into a natural skin crease for the best possible camouflage.

The surgeon, after trimming the excess skin, will close the incisions with fine sutures and/or metal clips, which permits surgery without shaving the hair from the incision sites.

The surgical procedure, depending on the extent of the surgery, may take from two to four hours.

When the surgery is performed with a combination of local anesthetic, mild intravenous anesthesia and mild oral sedatives, the patient will experience little discomfort. There are some surgeons who prefer using general anesthesia for a rhytidectomy.

A dressing will be immediately applied after the surgery to protect the entire areas where the incision sites have been made.

What To Expect After Surgery

The surgeon will prescribe pain medication even though most patients post operatively will experience very little pain.

There will be some degree of swelling and bruising as this is unavoidable. The surgeon may instruct you to use cold compresses to help keep the swelling to a minimum. He will also instruct you to keep your head elevated when lying down, avoid as much activity as possible and to report immediately any undue pain or discomfort.

A dressing, when applied, will be removed within one to two days.

There are few risks involved with a facelift procedure and thousands of rhytidectomies are performed each year. Potential risks, however, exist with any surgery.

A drainage tube may have been placed during the surgical procedure in some cases. This will be removed on the first or second day after the procedure.

Within five to ten days following the surgery, all sutures and/or metal clips (staples) are usually removed.

Facial Surgery Procedure Before and After

Generally, surgeons will recommend that patients avoid vigorous activities and that they pre-arrange post-operative support from friends and family.

Plastic surgery of the face makes it possible to alter many flaws and/or signs of premature aging. These conditions can undermine your self confidence and self esteem. Changing your appearance with cosmetic surgery can also help change how you feel about yourself and improve self esteem.

Generally, if done purely for cosmetic reasons, insurance does not cover this type of surgery. Surgery to correct, alter or improve congenital deformities or accidental skin injuries, however, may be reimbursed in whole or in part.

It is the patient’s responsibility to check for information with their insurance carrier on the degree of coverage available to them for this service.

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