Plastic Surgery these days has become extremely predictable. Face Lift Surgery & Rhytidectomy can assistyou look youthful despite your age, & can give you the looks of 20’s when you’re at your 40’s. You might be wondering what is this Rhytidectomy, widely known as a facelift? Is this safe? Are there any age limits for face lifting? Does this hurt? How long is the process? And lastly, the billion dollar question, How much does it cost?
What is Rhytidectomy or Face Lift?
Rhytidectomy, widely known as facelift, is designed to make you look younger by taking away those wrinkles and sagging skin, that causes you to look older. Face lifting will give you a more youthful look, by tightening the muscles in your neck and face and at the same time, the excess skin will be taken off.
As we get older, it is undeniable that our appearance changes, from a youthful skin to a wrinkled and saggy one, this is the truth and everybody gets to face it, but with face lifting – worry no more. Recover your youthful look and have the chance to look younger while aging. Amazing, isn’t it?
What is the Process?
If you are emotionally and of course financially ready to enjoy the benefits of looking young, it is now the best time to head to your cosmetic surgeon for a face lift. The surgery does not take place immediately; your doctor needs to examine and evaluate your overall health.
After examining your health, it is just right to expect that your doctor will discuss with you, how you will look after the surgery and of course to keep you aware, we will also discuss what to expect from the surgery. To keep everything documented and to determine the changes made by the face lift surgery, expect that we will take a picture of you before and after the surgery, you don’t have to worry, everything will be kept confidential.
The process of a facelift is performed together with chin augmentation, liposuction, forehead lift, and eyelid surgery, this is to have an overall youthful looking face. Expect that the process may have to be repeated five to seven years later, as gravity continues its effects even after the first facelift surgery. A facelift surgery is generally performed in inpatient surgical centers. For long procedures concerning facelift surgeries, General anesthesia can be used to help you relax and to get a better result, however, for short procedures of mini face lifting, General anesthesia may not be required.
During the process, your cosmetic surgeon Dr. Debraj Shome will make an incision starting at the inside hairline at the temple, then in front of your ear, around the earlobe and behind the ear, which will eventually end at your scalp area –you will feel no pain during the procedure, because of the anesthesia. Excess skin will then be removed; connective tissues and sagging muscles will be tightened, and at times fatty deposits are also taken off from beneath the neck and chin. The Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System (SMAS) of the face is also tightened. The incisions are closed with small sutures.
Most face lift procedures take between three – four hours to complete.
A large dressing will be wrapped around your head, surgical drains that are attached to bulbs, maybe hanging on your neck, but don’t worry after approximately 24 hours, these will be removed. The stitches around your neck will be removed in a few days, but the sutures in your scalp will be removed in 7 to 10 days..
Expect that there will be scars – but in today’s world, scars should not bother you – Most scars can be removed with Co2 laser skin resurfacing and other scar remodeling techniques.
There will be discoloration and swelling of the face due to the surgery, it will eventually decrease in just two weeks. Make sure to avoid being exposed to the sun after the surgery.
After the surgery, expect that your skin around the ear and face may be numb; as the healing begins you may notice some discolorations, which are just temporary, which will eventually disappear after a few months.
You will not notice the final results for the next few months, since the healing process is gradual.
What is the right age to have a face lift?
Age is not the most important factor in determining if you are eligible of undergoing a facelift surgery. Some opt to have the surgery during their 20’s or 30’s to enhance their beauty and to correct any hereditary conditions. But most of the patients are around the age of 40–70 years, wishing to look younger. The most important factor in having a facelift surgery is the result that you are after . Your cosmetic surgeon is the best person to evaluate whether this surgery will assist you achieve your desired results.
Will it be obvious that I have had a face lift?
Your cosmetic surgeon will aim to make the surgery scar invisible as much as possible. The incisions are strategically selected, so the scars that are most likely to form will be hidden by natural creases in the face or maybe by the hair.
Is face lift surgery painful?
You will receive general or local anesthesia during the procedure, hence any pain during the surgery would be surprisingly minimal. However, you may feel uncomfortable during the process, if the surgery is performed under local anesthesia with sedation. During the face lift recovery period it is most likely that you will be experiencing moderate pain, but can be controlled with a cold compress and some medications prescribed by your cosmetic surgeon.
What are the types of Face lift surgery?
The different types of facelifting surgery are as follows:
Cutaneous, or Skin Only, Facelift
A cutaneous facelift addresses the lower face and neck. Due to the skin’s ability to stretch out over time, this facelift is considered to be less durable than facelifts employing muscle tightening.
The SMAS facelift is another term for the traditional facelift. “SMAS” refers to the superficial musculo-aponeurotic system.
Deep Plane Facelift
The deep-plane facelift is modification of the traditional facelift. During this type of facelift, the surgeon will dissect to a deeper plane of the patient’s face before lifting and repositioning the muscle. While this procedure offers certain advantages to a traditional facelift including a more natural result and improved rejuvenation of droopy skin, this technique also has a higher risk of facial nerve injury and many surgeons dispute that it offers a significant advantage to the traditional facelift.
Necklift Or Platysmaplasty[D1]
A necklift targets a drooping or sagging neck area. Incisions are typically shorter than those made during a traditional facelift and will normally be placed only at the earlobe and behind the ear. A platysmaplasty is commonly needed on necklift patients to remove any pronounced neck cords.
The midface lift lifts soft tissues in the cheekbone area in order to alleviate the appearance of nasolabial folds and hanging skin in the middle of the face (laugh lines). The midface lift is performed through a trans-conjunctival incision (inside of eye) and therefore does not leave any visible scar on the skin of the face.
There are many types of mini facelift techniques. In general, mini facelifts will use smaller incisions than traditional facelifts, and healing times can be proportionately shorter. Because surgeons cannot dissect the skin and tissue as extensively as with a traditional facelift, this procedure is a poorer choice for patients with extensive skin looseness or skin wrinkling. The best candidates for mini facelifts are usually younger patients with good skin elasticity.
The Lifestyle Lift® is a branded procedure offered in various Lifestyle Lift centers throughout America. It is a type of mini facelift.
Thread Lift, Feather Lift[D3]
A thread lift uses sutures beneath the skin to pull it up. There are a variety of sutures on the market today used for this purpose, such as Contour, APTOS, and Silhouette etc. These sutures differ in how they hook into the facial tissues, but the technique used is generally the same. Results are generally subtle at best, with questionable durability.
Before After Images For Face Lift
Face lift Cost
The price of having a facelift varies on the technique and of course the extent of the procedure. In general, it costs $3,000 – $4,000 for minor face lift while more extensive face lift surgeries can cost up to $6,000. The price usually increases by &4,000,if a neck lift is performed at the same time.
The Esthetic Clinic is a world class center dedicated to skin care and plastic surgery of the entire body – and specializes in housing an experienced Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr Debraj Shome, who can provide world class facelift surgery, change your facial age & make you lok aesthetically very young. So if you want to go ahead and have a face lifting surgery, The Esthetic Clinic is the best option for you.
About Dr. Debraj Shome
Dr. Debraj Shome – Founder, The Esthetic Clinic, is a top facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Shome is currently a Consultant at the best Mumbai hospitals like Saifee Hospital, Breach Candy Hospital, Holy Family Hospital & Nova Specialty Hospital in Mumbai, India. He has 40+ research papers in international journals, numerous presentations at conferences & many awards such as “Best Plastic Surgeon in Mumbai”, “Top 10 Cosmetic Surgeon in India”, Best Oculoplastic Surgeon India”, etc. A celebrity plastic surgeon, Dr. Shome believes plastic, reconstructive & cosmetic face surgery can allow you to lead a more fulfilled life …Read more
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