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A facelift is a surgical procedure designed to mitigate the signs of aging in the human face. As we age, the human face develops excess skin, lines, and wrinkles; combined, these features may make us look (and feel) older than we are. The solution to this is often a surgical procedure, known as a facelift. A facelift will remove excess skin and mitigate wrinkles and lines, creating an overall more youthful look. Patients of facelift procedures generally report looking more youthful and feeling more energized; after all, the face looking at them from the mirror now appears younger and rejuvenated. Patients who are interested in a facelift in New York, Dr. Rokhsar offers Mini Facelift procedures and non invasive facelift alternative.
While under anesthesia, the surgeon will make cuts above the hairline, temples, behind the earlobe and lower scalp. Although there are varying techniques surgeons use. During a face lift a brow, eyelid or forehead lift may also be done, alone with loose skin removal, fat tissue removal, muscle tightening and liposuction to the neck and jowls. Stitches are used to close the incisions, and head will be wrapped in order to reduce bruising and swelling. A small drainage tube may be place behind the ear to release any blood that might collect. Face will return back to normal (no swelling, bruises, numbness or puffiness) after four to six weeks.
Eyelid Lift– Excessive lid drooping can be caused by an increase in age (or myasthenia gravis, a disease that causes eyelid drooping). After a numbing injection, tiny slits will be made into the natural creases of the eye lids and any loose skin or fat will be removed. After the eyelid muscles are tightened, small stitches will be placed and a slightly pink scar may remain up to six months post surgery.
Forehead or Brow Lift– A procedure used to correct sagging or frown lines along the forehead, eyebrows or upper eyelids. After being given local anesthesia, sections of hair will be held away from surgery area and a cut line will be placed at ear level and continue along the top of the forehead at the hairline. After the excess skin, fat and muscle, the doctor will finish the surgery with stitches or staples. After the procedure, the forehead will be wrapped to prevent bruising and swelling. Patients may experience numbness for up to six months post surgery, and if bruising and swelling occur, it will disappear within a few days to a week.
The average age for a facelift patient is 40 to 50 years old. However in some circumstances a patient may have substantial loose skin of the face or neck and an unusually young age. In other cases where the patient’s skin has lost too much elasticity and natural structure, their cosmetic goals may need to be adjusted for a more realistic outcome.
Those who wish to improve their appearance and are psychologically as well as physically healthy are excellent candidates. Patients who wish to improve their appearance instead of achieve perfection are ideal. Median age for those that undergo a facelift are about 40 years old, however some may lose some of their skin’s elasticity at a younger than usual age but still may be a candidate. Many times, patients are better candidates for non-surgical alternatives such as fillers, injections and various laser resurfacings.
How long facelift results lasts depends on several varying factors including: if the patient smokes, experiences too much sun exposure routinely, age and genetics. For patients who carry on a healthy lifestyle, facelifts can last an upward of 10 years. Patients who abuse their skin and body can have facelift results that only last up to 5 years.
A standard facelift typically takes care of the cheek, mid-face, nasolabial folds (N-L folds located on either side of the nose), and jowls and neck. A routine lower 2/3 facelift is recommended because the brow line is less important when correcting sagging jowls. A mid-face lift is typically recommended more for cheek and lower eyelid aging.
If you have developed dark circles or baggy eyes, you would benefit the most from blepharoplasty, commonly known as eyelid surgery. There are also fillers such as Restylane that can effectively fill in the hollowness beneath the eyes. The aging process causes the skin to thin and lose fat pouches, something that a facelift may not be able to address as well. Facelifts work well with other treatments such as fillers and laser surgeries. It is best to see your physician for consultation.
Patients are placed under anesthesia to make the procedure more comfortable. There is usually very little pain associated with the procedure.
Patients can return back to work and everyday routines in about a week and a half to two weeks, however strenuous activity should be avoided for at least two weeks afterwards as a precautionary procedure.