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Our faces are our main features as they are the first thing people notice about us. It’s no surprise, then, that how confident we feel in our appearance is largely determined by our faces. But, as we grow older the skin on our face and neck starts to sag as a result of the muscles losing firmness. Facelift surgery aims to reverse the signs of aging by tightening the facial skin for a firmer, smoother appearance.
Facelift procedures namely target the lower two thirds of the face, including the jowls, cheeks and upper neck. Since facelifts do not have an effect on the whole face, they are regularly performed at the same time as other procedures, like eyelid surgery.
During facelift surgery, the muscles in the face are tightened and any excess fat and skin is removed. To get rid of jowls, surgeons take skin from the lower face and pull it taut, giving the jawline improved definition. This skin is stitched to the original incision line, which is made along the hairline.
Facelifts help to reverse the signs of aging with long-lasting results. Patients that have undergone facelift surgery report improved self-esteem and confidence in their appearance.
You will be discharged from hospital the same day as the surgery, though you will be expected to rest until the anaesthetic wears off.
Facelifts do result in scarring. However, all incisions are made in the hairline and around the ears, so you will be able to hide the scarring with your hair.
You should expect some bruising and swelling after your operation. This will start to clear after 1-2 days, and by this time you will be able to allowed to apply a little make up to cover it up.
Any permanent stiches will be taken out after 7-10 days.
It is advisable to rest for a few days after any operation that involves general anaesthetic. Many people return to work after a week or so, but you may wish to stay home until your stitches have been removed.
This completely depends on the patient. Most people who undergo facelift surgery are aged between 40 and 60, yet many successful operations have been performed on older patients, so long as they are in good health.
Your consultant will be able to advise you on whether you are suitable for facelift surgery. Generally speaking, there needs to be some elasticity in your skin, even if it is drooping a little. A good bone structure also helps.
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